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Serbian meat producers can now apply for the “Serbian quality – Srpski Kvalitet” label - the country’s first national quality label - to set their products apart in the market. At a press conference held on 22 May in Belgrade, the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection unveiled the public...
24.05.2017
Wheat breeding, the traditional technique for improving yields or producing other desired characteristics, hasn’t gone out of fashion. It still has a role to play in ensuring food security, improving nutrition levels, and coping with a changing climate. Researchers from some 20 countries this week will travel in and around Krasnodar...
23.05.2017
Bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites are all becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs. This means that medicines used to treat common infections are less and less effective, or even useless. The phenomenon of antimicrobial resistance – now considered one of the most serious global threats to human health...
19.05.2017
The list of potential food safety hazards is long and varied. Bacteria like salmonella and E. coli, mycotoxins, heavy metals, residues of pesticides and veterinary drugs, even food additives – all can cause illness or even death if present above acceptable levels. Analyzing and evaluating the risk to public health of...
18.05.2017
Next month, some 8,000 farmers in Georgia’s Kakheti region will start receiving free text messages on their mobile phones. The SMS’s will recommend when they should apply treatments to their crops, what kind of how much. The initiative is aimed at reducing the spread of crop diseases. These SMS recommendations will...
17.05.2017
The vast majority of agricultural holdings in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are less than 2 hectares, made up of multiple parcels – 7 on average. This fragmentation of agricultural land is one of the greatest challenges for the country’s agricultural sector, having adverse effects on the productivity, competitiveness...
16.05.2017
If there’s one thing wheat farmers agree on, it is the importance of sowing high-quality seeds. More than 50 farmers in Tajikistan last week attended an FAO field day where new wheat varieties were introduced – part of a project to improve access to high-quality seeds by producing them right...
15.05.2017
Farmers in the conflict-affected Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine are learning about the legal and financial aspects of operating in cooperatives. In a series of training sessions during May and June, they will also acquire knowledge about efficient new technologies, business opportunities, and more. A new FAO project, financed by...
12.05.2017
Agricultural producers in seven municipalities of eastern Serbia recently received the final round of European Union assistance to small-scale farms hit by the floods of 2014. Through a partnership with FAO, 600 metric tonnes livestock feed was distributed to 1 875 households in Boljevac, Knjaževac, Kladovo, Majdanpek, Negotin, Svrljig and Zaječar....
10.05.2017
A family owns four scattered plots of land, each no bigger than half a football field. Family members use precious time and fuel moving equipment, seeds and fertilizer from one plot to another – often driving across the crops of other families. The combined output of the four plots might...
08.05.2017
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