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Freight trade boost likey from El Nino threat

A potential El Nino weather phenomenon, which could wreak havoc on global crops, is set to disrupt shipping patterns and raise freight costs, leaving suppliers and importers to cover their food needs from longer-haul destinations.

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El Nino hits crops, boosts soybeans

The El Nino weather phenomenon that is likely to strike this year damages world maize, rice and wheat yields but boosts soybeans, according to a study on Thursday that could help farmers plan what to grow. The Japanese-led report

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El Nino more than 50pc likely: forecast

The chances have increased over the past month that the much-feared El Nino phenomenon, which has the potential to wreak havoc on global crops, would strike by summer in the Northern Hemisphere, the federal US weather forecaster has said.

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'Peak farmland' is here, crop area to diminish

The amount of land needed to grow crops worldwide is at a peak, and a geographical area more than twice the size of France will be able to return to its natural state by 2060 as a result of rising yields and slower population growth, a group of

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As crops rot, millions go hungry in India

Every day some 3,000 Indian children die from illnesses related to malnutrition, and yet countless heaps of rodent-infested wheat and rice are rotting in fields across the north of their own country. It is an extraordinary paradox created

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Saudi to import 2m tonnes wheat in 2011

Saudi Arabia expects about 2 million tonnes of wheat imports this year unchanged from 2010, and aims to double its reserves to one year's consumption by 2014, the kingdom's Minister of Agriculture said on Tuesday. The world's t

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Enough rain say Spain wheat farmers

Spanish rainfall has been enough to allow the wheat crop to develop in the import-dependent country, farmers say, even as drought causes concern in northern European producers. Official data on Tuesday showed rain in the week to May 29 was

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France pledges aid for drought-hit farmers

France's government will pay out several hundred million euros in aid to compensate farmers for losses caused by a drought that cut supplies of animal feed for livestock breeders, Agriculture Minister Bruno Le Maire said. Le Maire also

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Abu Dhabi farmers to get grants from Aug 1

Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) will start disbursing the governmental grants for farmers in the emirate as part of the restructured agricultural support program from August 1. The new program assumes critical importance as the gr

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With climate threat, crop gene swaps ever more urgent

Nations need to speed up the sharing of genetic material from crops if the world is to have any chance of feeding itself in a future with more extreme droughts, floods and storms, a senior UN official said. Scientists say new varieties of

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