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Technology that Will Change Agriculture in 2017

Updated 2017-04-26

Commodity News Center

Updated on 2016-05-03

Are there opportunities for Nigeria to become the agricultural giant of Africa?

Updated on 2016-05-03

What are the avenues for raising finance for agribusiness in Nigeria and overseas?

Updated on 2016-05-03

How can Nigeria benefit from agricultural industrialisation?

Updated on 2016-05-07

Oil futures settle higher, but snap streak of 4 weekly gains in a row

Updated on 2016-05-07

Gold futures soar, book weekly gain after poor jobs report

Updated on 2016-05-07

Oil up on Canada wildfire, dollar; big weekly loss for Brent

Updated on 2016-06-09

Nigeria's pioneer commodities exchange to commence operation

Updated on 2016-06-09

Ongoing supply disruptions in Nigeria causes jump in Crude oil futures

Updated on 2016-06-09

Nigeria to stop importation of six commodities by 2018

Updated on 2016-06-14

Africa’s food suppliers target international exports in the drive for growth and profit

Updated on 2016-09-22

Kaduna government, firm to establish $120m rice processing plant

Updated on 2016-09-22

Bank of China Ltd.’s New York branch will be the first yuan clearing bank in the U.S.

Updated on 2016-10-03

Teekay LNG Partners Offers Investors An Opportunity

Updated on 2016-10-03

Large Oil Company Dividends Might Not Be Sustainable Long Term

Updated on 2016-10-03

Weatherford's SEC Fraud Case

Updated on 2016-10-14

Ukraine: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

Updated on 2016-10-14

Ukraine: Potential Increase of Ukrainian Agricultural Exports to EU

Updated on 2016-11-02

Prices seen rising for oil and other commodities in 2017

Updated on 2016-11-14

Accepting Applications for 2017 Borlaug Fellowships

Updated on 2016-12-13

Developments in Israel’s food and agriculture sector.

Updated on 2016-12-13

U.S Beef Arrives to the Israeli Market

Updated on 2016-12-13

Japan - Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

Updated on 2016-12-13

Senegal - Cotton and Products Update

Updated on 2016-12-13

Private Exporters Report Sales Activity for China

Updated on 2017-02-23

Indication of Interest – Seeking crude oil suppliers

Updated on 2017-03-05

Nigeria BPE selects advisers for commodity exchange transactions

Updated on 2017-03-29

From Aspiration to Reality : Unpacking the Africa Mining Vision

Updated on 2017-04-04

Tanzania plans to import 400 MW of electricity from Ethiopia

Updated on 2017-04-04

OPEC's Barkindo Sees Progress in Oil Cuts as Stockpiles Shrink

Updated on 2017-04-07

Analysing the Petroleum Industry Bill

Updated on 2017-04-07

When Will Russia Run Out Of Oil?

Updated on 2017-04-07

Nigeria’s crude oil production decreases to 1.6mpd

Updated on 2017-04-07

Theft: Shell Shut Bonny Light Oil Export Line

Updated on 2017-04-07

Agip to begin work on $13.5b Zabazaba deepwater project

Updated on 2017-04-07

No Plan To Increase Petrol Price – NNPC

Updated on 2017-04-08

Seadrill - What Really Drove The Selloff And What May Happen?

Updated on 2017-04-08

Chesapeake Energy: What You Must Remember

Updated on 2017-04-08

Permian Economics: Cimarex On The Edge Of Being Part Of Shale Elites

Updated on 2017-04-08

Burma - New Pest Risk Analysis Requirements

Updated on 2017-04-08

China: Monthly Agricultural Market News of South China

Updated on 2017-04-08

Japan: Increasing Interest in U.S. Feeder Cattle

Updated on 2017-04-08

Philippines: Oilseeds and Products Annual

Updated on 2017-04-08

Thailand: Cotton and Products Annual

Updated on 2017-04-08

United Kingdom: UK Triggers Two-year Process to Exit EU

Updated on 2017-04-12

Market Updates: #Oil

Updated on 2017-04-12

Market Updates: #LNG

Updated on 2017-04-12

Market Updates: #Agriculture

Updated on 2017-04-12

Market Updates: #DryBulk

Updated on 2017-04-12

Market Updates: #Metals

Updated on 2017-04-15

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Wine Product Brief

Updated on 2017-04-15

Bulgaria: Oilseeds and Products Annual Report

Updated on 2017-04-15

Canada: Canada Top Market for U.S. High-Value Agricultural Exports

Updated on 2017-04-15

Canada: The Wine Market in the Province of Quebec

Updated on 2017-04-15

Estonia: 2017 Annual Oilseeds and Products Report

Updated on 2017-04-15

Russia: WTO Notifications on EAEU Phytosanitary Requirements

Updated on 2017-04-15

Serbia: Grain and Feed Annual

Updated on 2017-04-22

Crude Falls as Rising Rig Count Seen Boosting U.S. Production

Updated on 2017-04-22

Saudis Target 30 Solar, Wind Projects in $50 Billion Pledge

Updated on 2017-04-26

NNPC reduces trade deficit by 16%

Updated on 2017-04-26

Pipeline vandalism up by 233%, says NNPC

Updated on 2017-04-26

Oil Retreats as U.S. Production Gain Offsets Stockpile Decline

Updated on 2017-04-26

Malabu Oil Asks Court to Stop FG from Signing FID on $13.5bn Oil Project

Updated on 2017-04-26

Nigeria sold $6.7bn less crude in 2016 - Report

Updated on 2017-04-26

FG to sue IOCs over $17bn undeclared crude

Updated on 2017-04-26

FG, two firms sign pact on 120mw solar power

Updated on 2017-04-26

Technology that Will Change Agriculture in 2017

Updated on 2017-05-10

Total Nigeria Q1 2017 Result Review

Updated on 2017-05-10

Marginal fields bid round to commence this month

Updated on 2017-05-10

NNPC awards Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline to Chinese firm

Updated on 2017-05-10

Nigerian oil sales slow as uncertainty surrounds DSDP

Updated on 2017-05-10

Oil Prices Rise after Hint of Longer Extension to OPEC Cut

Updated on 2017-05-10

Global conventional oil discoveries drop to record low in 2016

Updated on 2017-05-10

Over 40% of electricity diverted, stolen

Updated on 2017-05-10

Fashola: DisCos’ poor remittance nearly collapsed power sector

Updated on 2017-05-10

Saudi Arabia and Russia Signal Oil-Cuts Extension Into 2018

Updated on 2017-05-10

Libya Adds to OPEC's Burden as Output at Highest Since 2014

Updated on 2017-05-10

Recent Spike in Commodity Prices Confounded Analysts

Updated on 2017-05-10

Boost in domestic fish production

Updated on 2017-05-10

5 Clean Energy Innovations That Could Transform Our World

Updated on 2017-05-11

Mobil Oil Nigeria Q1 2017 Results Review

Updated on 2017-05-11

Agip to build refinery in Nigeria

Updated on 2017-05-11

International Consumer Pays NBET $159m For Power

Updated on 2017-05-11

FG seeks $5.2bn from World Bank for electricity

Updated on 2017-05-11

Nigeria’s coal deposits can sustain additional 4,300MW for 20 years

Updated on 2017-05-11

Eni to build crude oil refinery in Nigeria -oil minister

Updated on 2017-05-11

Shale Drillers Are Outspending the World With $84 Billion Spree

Updated on 2017-05-11

Small-Scale Miners' Huge Boost to Foreign Earnings in Ethiopia

Updated on 2017-05-11

OPEC APR OUTPUT 31.85 MILLION B/D, UNCHANGED FROM MAR: PLATTS SURVEY

Updated on 2017-06-09

Constraint in Nigeria’s $10bn fruit industry

Updated on 2017-06-09

Dangote signs pact on $700m (USD) sugar project

Updated on 2017-06-09

FG: $1.2bn required to fix refineries

Updated on 2017-06-09

NNPC operating secret fuel subsidy — Senate

Updated on 2017-06-09

44 ships arrive Lagos ports, 8 with 233,000 tonnes of petrol

Updated on 2017-06-09

N4.74tn spent on fuel imports in 2016 – Kachikwu

Updated on 2017-06-09

FG, AfDB open talks on coal-to-power financing

Updated on 2017-06-09

Afam power station’ll generate 340MW by December – FG

Updated on 2017-06-09

Iraq Seeks to Triple Refining Capacity With Slew of Projects

Updated on 2017-06-09

Glut Keeps Oil Prices in Check as Turmoil Shakes the Middle East

Updated on 2017-06-09

Gold Rally Limited to U.K.

Updated on 2017-06-09

India: Grain and Feed Voluntary

Updated on 2017-07-04

France to invest in Nigeria’s oil, gas sector

Updated on 2017-07-04

Nigeria’s major non-oil exports fall

Updated on 2017-07-04

Maize prices rise 83% on the back of armyworm invasion

Updated on 2017-07-21

FG licenses 10 more modular refineries

Updated on 2017-07-21

NNPC daily gas supply to power plants increases by 64%

Updated on 2017-07-21

Downstream oil sector has $10bn investments deficit

Updated on 2017-07-21

Refineries realise N62 billion from refined products

Updated on 2017-07-21

Nigeria to explore African market for crude oil sale

Updated on 2017-07-21

Electricity: Grid loses 689mw after hitting 4,345mw

Updated on 2017-08-08

Lagos acquires 32 tonnes per hour rice mill from Switzerland

Updated on 2017-08-08

GuarantCo provides Debt Service Reserve Account guarantee (DSRA) guarantee in Mali

Updated on 2018-09-04

Ivory Coast cocoa farmers expect abundant crop despite meager rainfall

Updated on 2018-09-05

Nigeria spends $2bn annually on honey importation

Updated on 2018-09-06

Zimbabwe: Bread Shortage Looms As Flour Millers Halt Operations - Cite Lack of Forex From RBZ

Updated on 2018-09-07

Africa welcomes first ever full-stream oil, gas & energy transformation dais

Updated on 2018-09-07

South Africa: Sugar Tariffs to Provide Relief Against the Surge of Imports

Updated on 2018-09-10

Ghana’s cocoa industry is under threat could this be the solution?

Updated on 2018-09-11

Foreign reserves and oil prices fall in Nigeria

Updated on 2018-09-11

Zimbabwe: Gold Trades Lower

Updated on 2018-09-11

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) becomes the first institution to win the Africa Food Prize

Updated on 2018-09-12

South Africa’s manufacturing output for July rises by 2.9 percent!

Updated on 2018-09-12

Global hunger continues to rise, new UN report says

Updated on 2018-09-14

$8.9b lost annually to post-harvest wastage, says NIRSAL

Updated on 2018-09-14

Minister: Foreign investors want banks to invest in mining

Updated on 2018-09-14

Forex earnings from cashew threatened

Updated on 2018-09-14

Nigeria, China sign $2bn MoU on cotton industry

Updated on 2018-09-18

Tanzania: Cassava Promotion Yields Positive Results in China

Updated on 2018-09-19

Why Kenya’s president is planning to cut fuel tax by half

Updated on 2018-09-20

Oil majors expect first ruling in Nigeria’s $1.3b oilfield scandal

Updated on 2018-09-20

$7b Train 7: NLNG secures guarantees for gas feedstock supply, off takers

Updated on 2018-09-21

Ethiopia: Coffee, Tea Exports Generate $82m

Updated on 2018-09-21

Nigeria, China commence implementation of low-density Geochemical mapping

Updated on 2018-09-21

Kenya: Why Nairobians Have Gone Crazy About Pineapple Peels

Updated on 2018-09-25

Zimbabwe: More Gold Resources At Blanket Mine

Updated on 2018-09-25

Nigeria: Experts List Challenges Facing Solid Minerals Sector

Updated on 2018-09-25

Zimbabwe: 'Diversify to Increase Mineral Commodities'

Updated on 2018-09-25

Libya Says Its Oil Output at Most Since 2013 Can Go Even Higher

Updated on 2018-09-27

‘SSAOGES 2018 will shape Africa’s energy culture

Updated on 2018-09-27

Despite huge gas reserves, supply troubles hit Nigeria’s LPG industry

Updated on 2018-09-27

NCDMB boss wants increased lawyers participation in oil, gas reforms

Updated on 2018-09-27

Nigeria Spends $44.5m Yearly On Industrial Minerals Importation – FG

Updated on 2018-09-28

Dangote Refinery jetty receives first ship

Updated on 2018-09-28

OAI seeks government commitment to oil sector reforms

Updated on 2018-10-02

OCP, Chinese firm collaborate on new generation of fertilizers, smart agriculture

Updated on 2018-10-03

FAO charges African governments to invest more in agriculture

Updated on 2018-10-03

FG begins move to broaden apiculture sector

Updated on 2018-10-03

18 fertiliser blending plants revived under PFI-FEPSAN

Updated on 2018-10-03

Nigeria records 20 unsold crude cargoes as trade slows

Updated on 2018-10-05

EU denies proposed ban on palm oil importation

Updated on 2018-10-05

SA looks to kickstart its biofuels industry

Updated on 2018-10-09

Nigeria: No Shipping Link - Nigeria Loses 1.4M Tons Coal Export to Ghana

Updated on 2018-10-09

Africa: 3 'Big' Economies Slow Down Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa

Updated on 2018-10-09

2018 Agric Show: Farmers Call For Adequate Security At Show

Updated on 2018-10-09

Dangote canvasses free trade to deepen Africa’s economy

Updated on 2018-10-11

Cement manufacturers target hinterlands to boost market share

Updated on 2018-10-11

Differentials For Nigerian Crude Remain Unchanged

Updated on 2018-10-11

AIICO Insurance unveils new initiative to boost Agriculture, economy

Updated on 2018-10-11

In Nigeria, Plans for the World’s Largest Refinery

Updated on 2018-10-16

Chinese Company to Invest in Agriculture, Power Projects in Nigeria

Updated on 2018-10-16

Kachikwu: Nigeria Currently In Full-Blown Energy Crisis

Updated on 2018-10-16

World Food Day: Obaseki harps on improved support to farmers, assures on food sufficiency measures

Updated on 2018-10-16

World Food Day: FG restates commitment to zero hunger

Updated on 2018-10-17

Barchart Launches cmdtyView to Revolutionize Physical Grain Trading

Updated on 2018-10-17

CBN Disburses N615bn to Farmers

Updated on 2018-10-18

Agric centre exihibits new technologies

Updated on 2018-10-18

Standard Chartered Foresees Increased China-Africa Trade

Updated on 2018-10-18

Zimbabwe: Wheat Supply Remains Critical

Updated on 2018-10-18

Why coffee farmers left production – Institute

Updated on 2018-10-18

Typha grass threatens farming in Jigawa

Updated on 2018-10-18

Kebbi wants EU to reduce subsidy on agric production

Updated on 2018-10-18

Institute says rice, sorghum, cassava will witness poor harvest

Updated on 2018-10-23

Agric sector loses N20b annually to insurance issues

Updated on 2018-10-23

Zimbabwe: 'Capitalise On Mining Boom'

Updated on 2018-10-23

Zimbabwe: 'Capitalise On Mining Boom'

Updated on 2018-10-23

Agric sector loses N20b annually to insurance issues

Updated on 2018-10-18

Institute says rice, sorghum, cassava will witness poor harvest

Updated on 2018-10-18

Kebbi wants EU to reduce subsidy on agric production

Updated on 2018-10-18

Typha grass threatens farming in Jigawa

Updated on 2018-10-18

Why coffee farmers left production – Institute

Updated on 2018-10-18

Zimbabwe: Wheat Supply Remains Critical

Updated on 2018-10-18

Standard Chartered Foresees Increased China-Africa Trade

Updated on 2018-10-18

Agric centre exihibits new technologies

Updated on 2018-10-17

CBN Disburses N615bn to Farmers

Updated on 2018-10-17

Barchart Launches cmdtyView to Revolutionize Physical Grain Trading

Updated on 2018-10-16

World Food Day: FG restates commitment to zero hunger

Updated on 2018-10-16

World Food Day: Obaseki harps on improved support to farmers, assures on food sufficiency measures

Updated on 2018-10-16

Kachikwu: Nigeria Currently In Full-Blown Energy Crisis

Updated on 2018-10-16

Chinese Company to Invest in Agriculture, Power Projects in Nigeria

Updated on 2018-10-11

In Nigeria, Plans for the World’s Largest Refinery

Updated on 2018-10-11

AIICO Insurance unveils new initiative to boost Agriculture, economy

Updated on 2018-10-11

Differentials For Nigerian Crude Remain Unchanged

Updated on 2018-10-11

Cement manufacturers target hinterlands to boost market share

Updated on 2018-10-09

Dangote canvasses free trade to deepen Africa’s economy

Updated on 2018-10-09

2018 Agric Show: Farmers Call For Adequate Security At Show

Updated on 2018-10-09

Africa: 3 'Big' Economies Slow Down Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa

Updated on 2018-10-09

Nigeria: No Shipping Link - Nigeria Loses 1.4M Tons Coal Export to Ghana

Updated on 2018-10-05

SA looks to kickstart its biofuels industry

Updated on 2018-10-05

EU denies proposed ban on palm oil importation

Updated on 2018-10-03

Nigeria records 20 unsold crude cargoes as trade slows

Updated on 2018-10-03

18 fertiliser blending plants revived under PFI-FEPSAN

Updated on 2018-10-03

FG begins move to broaden apiculture sector

Updated on 2018-10-03

FAO charges African governments to invest more in agriculture

Updated on 2018-10-02

OCP, Chinese firm collaborate on new generation of fertilizers, smart agriculture

Updated on 2018-09-28

OAI seeks government commitment to oil sector reforms

Updated on 2018-09-28

Dangote Refinery jetty receives first ship

Updated on 2018-09-27

Nigeria Spends $44.5m Yearly On Industrial Minerals Importation – FG

Updated on 2018-09-27

NCDMB boss wants increased lawyers participation in oil, gas reforms

Updated on 2018-09-27

Despite huge gas reserves, supply troubles hit Nigeria’s LPG industry

Updated on 2018-09-27

‘SSAOGES 2018 will shape Africa’s energy culture

Updated on 2018-09-25

Libya Says Its Oil Output at Most Since 2013 Can Go Even Higher

Updated on 2018-09-25

Zimbabwe: 'Diversify to Increase Mineral Commodities'

Updated on 2018-09-25

Nigeria: Experts List Challenges Facing Solid Minerals Sector

Updated on 2018-09-25

Zimbabwe: More Gold Resources At Blanket Mine

Updated on 2018-09-21

Kenya: Why Nairobians Have Gone Crazy About Pineapple Peels

Updated on 2018-09-21

Nigeria, China commence implementation of low-density Geochemical mapping

Updated on 2018-09-21

Ethiopia: Coffee, Tea Exports Generate $82m

Updated on 2018-09-20

$7b Train 7: NLNG secures guarantees for gas feedstock supply, off takers

Updated on 2018-09-20

Oil majors expect first ruling in Nigeria’s $1.3b oilfield scandal

Updated on 2018-09-19

Why Kenya’s president is planning to cut fuel tax by half

Updated on 2018-09-18

Tanzania: Cassava Promotion Yields Positive Results in China

Updated on 2018-09-14

Nigeria, China sign $2bn MoU on cotton industry

Updated on 2018-09-14

Forex earnings from cashew threatened

Updated on 2018-09-14

Minister: Foreign investors want banks to invest in mining

Updated on 2018-09-14

$8.9b lost annually to post-harvest wastage, says NIRSAL

Updated on 2018-09-12

Global hunger continues to rise, new UN report says

Updated on 2018-09-12

South Africa’s manufacturing output for July rises by 2.9 percent!

Updated on 2018-09-11

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) becomes the first institution to win the Africa Food Prize

Updated on 2018-09-11

Zimbabwe: Gold Trades Lower

Updated on 2018-09-11

Foreign reserves and oil prices fall in Nigeria

Updated on 2018-09-10

Ghana’s cocoa industry is under threat could this be the solution?

Updated on 2018-09-07

South Africa: Sugar Tariffs to Provide Relief Against the Surge of Imports

Updated on 2018-09-07

Africa welcomes first ever full-stream oil, gas & energy transformation dais

Updated on 2018-09-06

Zimbabwe: Bread Shortage Looms As Flour Millers Halt Operations - Cite Lack of Forex From RBZ

Updated on 2018-09-05

Nigeria spends $2bn annually on honey importation

Updated on 2018-09-04

Ivory Coast cocoa farmers expect abundant crop despite meager rainfall

Updated on 2017-10-30

PM markets: coffee gains, defying strong dollar, which hurts grains

Updated on 2017-10-30

Weekly grain and oilseeds market view from Europe

Updated on 2017-08-08

GuarantCo provides Debt Service Reserve Account guarantee (DSRA) guarantee in Mali

Updated on 2017-08-08

Lagos acquires 32 tonnes per hour rice mill from Switzerland

Updated on 2017-07-21

Electricity: Grid loses 689mw after hitting 4,345mw

Updated on 2017-07-21

Nigeria to explore African market for crude oil sale

Updated on 2017-07-21

Refineries realise N62 billion from refined products

Updated on 2017-07-21

Downstream oil sector has $10bn investments deficit

Updated on 2017-07-21

NNPC daily gas supply to power plants increases by 64%

Updated on 2017-07-21

FG licenses 10 more modular refineries

Updated on 2017-07-04

Maize prices rise 83% on the back of armyworm invasion

Updated on 2017-07-04

Nigeria’s major non-oil exports fall

Updated on 2017-07-04

France to invest in Nigeria’s oil, gas sector

Updated on 2017-06-09

India: Grain and Feed Voluntary

Updated on 2017-06-09

Gold Rally Limited to U.K.

Updated on 2017-06-09

Glut Keeps Oil Prices in Check as Turmoil Shakes the Middle East

Updated on 2017-06-09

Iraq Seeks to Triple Refining Capacity With Slew of Projects

Updated on 2017-06-09

Afam power station’ll generate 340MW by December – FG

Updated on 2017-06-09

FG, AfDB open talks on coal-to-power financing

Updated on 2017-06-09

N4.74tn spent on fuel imports in 2016 – Kachikwu

Updated on 2017-06-09

44 ships arrive Lagos ports, 8 with 233,000 tonnes of petrol

Updated on 2017-06-09

NNPC operating secret fuel subsidy — Senate

Updated on 2017-06-09

FG: $1.2bn required to fix refineries

Updated on 2017-06-09

Dangote signs pact on $700m (USD) sugar project

Updated on 2017-06-09

Constraint in Nigeria’s $10bn fruit industry

Updated on 2017-05-11

OPEC APR OUTPUT 31.85 MILLION B/D, UNCHANGED FROM MAR: PLATTS SURVEY

Updated on 2017-05-11

Small-Scale Miners' Huge Boost to Foreign Earnings in Ethiopia

Updated on 2017-05-11

Shale Drillers Are Outspending the World With $84 Billion Spree

Updated on 2017-05-11

Eni to build crude oil refinery in Nigeria -oil minister

Updated on 2017-05-11

Nigeria’s coal deposits can sustain additional 4,300MW for 20 years

Updated on 2017-05-11

FG seeks $5.2bn from World Bank for electricity

Updated on 2017-05-11

International Consumer Pays NBET $159m For Power

Updated on 2017-05-11

Agip to build refinery in Nigeria

Updated on 2017-05-11

Mobil Oil Nigeria Q1 2017 Results Review

Updated on 2017-05-10

5 Clean Energy Innovations That Could Transform Our World

Updated on 2017-05-10

Boost in domestic fish production

Updated on 2017-05-10

Recent Spike in Commodity Prices Confounded Analysts

Updated on 2017-05-10

Libya Adds to OPEC's Burden as Output at Highest Since 2014

Updated on 2017-05-10

Saudi Arabia and Russia Signal Oil-Cuts Extension Into 2018

Updated on 2017-05-10

Fashola: DisCos’ poor remittance nearly collapsed power sector

Updated on 2017-05-10

Over 40% of electricity diverted, stolen

Updated on 2017-05-10

Global conventional oil discoveries drop to record low in 2016

Updated on 2017-05-10

Oil Prices Rise after Hint of Longer Extension to OPEC Cut

Updated on 2017-05-10

Nigerian oil sales slow as uncertainty surrounds DSDP

Updated on 2017-05-10

NNPC awards Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline to Chinese firm

Updated on 2017-05-10

Marginal fields bid round to commence this month

Updated on 2017-05-10

Total Nigeria Q1 2017 Result Review

Updated on 2017-04-26

Technology that Will Change Agriculture in 2017

Updated on 2017-04-26

FG, two firms sign pact on 120mw solar power

Updated on 2017-04-26

FG to sue IOCs over $17bn undeclared crude

Updated on 2017-04-26

Nigeria sold $6.7bn less crude in 2016 - Report

Updated on 2017-04-26

Malabu Oil Asks Court to Stop FG from Signing FID on $13.5bn Oil Project

Updated on 2017-04-26

Oil Retreats as U.S. Production Gain Offsets Stockpile Decline

Updated on 2017-04-26

Pipeline vandalism up by 233%, says NNPC

Updated on 2017-04-26

NNPC reduces trade deficit by 16%

Updated on 2017-04-22

Saudis Target 30 Solar, Wind Projects in $50 Billion Pledge

Updated on 2017-04-22

Crude Falls as Rising Rig Count Seen Boosting U.S. Production

Updated on 2017-04-15

Serbia: Grain and Feed Annual

Updated on 2017-04-15

Russia: WTO Notifications on EAEU Phytosanitary Requirements

Updated on 2017-04-15

Estonia: 2017 Annual Oilseeds and Products Report

Updated on 2017-04-15

Canada: The Wine Market in the Province of Quebec

Updated on 2017-04-15

Canada: Canada Top Market for U.S. High-Value Agricultural Exports

Updated on 2017-04-15

Bulgaria: Oilseeds and Products Annual Report

Updated on 2017-04-15

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Wine Product Brief

Updated on 2017-04-12

Market Updates: #Metals

Updated on 2017-04-12

Market Updates: #DryBulk

Updated on 2017-04-12

Market Updates: #Agriculture

Updated on 2017-04-12

Market Updates: #LNG

Updated on 2017-04-12

Market Updates: #Oil

Updated on 2017-04-08

United Kingdom: UK Triggers Two-year Process to Exit EU

Updated on 2017-04-08

Thailand: Cotton and Products Annual

Updated on 2017-04-08

Philippines: Oilseeds and Products Annual

Updated on 2017-04-08

Japan: Increasing Interest in U.S. Feeder Cattle

Updated on 2017-04-08

China: Monthly Agricultural Market News of South China

Updated on 2017-04-08

Burma - New Pest Risk Analysis Requirements

Updated on 2017-04-08

Permian Economics: Cimarex On The Edge Of Being Part Of Shale Elites

Updated on 2017-04-08

Chesapeake Energy: What You Must Remember

Updated on 2017-04-08

Seadrill - What Really Drove The Selloff And What May Happen?

Updated on 2017-04-07

No Plan To Increase Petrol Price – NNPC

Updated on 2017-04-07

Agip to begin work on $13.5b Zabazaba deepwater project

Updated on 2017-04-07

Theft: Shell Shut Bonny Light Oil Export Line

Updated on 2017-04-07

Nigeria’s crude oil production decreases to 1.6mpd

Updated on 2017-04-07

When Will Russia Run Out Of Oil?

Updated on 2017-04-07

Analysing the Petroleum Industry Bill

Updated on 2017-04-06

Dangote to intensify local sourcing of sugarcane for refining

Updated on 2017-04-04

OPEC's Barkindo Sees Progress in Oil Cuts as Stockpiles Shrink

Updated on 2017-04-04

Tanzania plans to import 400 MW of electricity from Ethiopia

Updated on 2017-03-29

From Aspiration to Reality : Unpacking the Africa Mining Vision

Updated on 2017-03-29

I quit my job to farm watermelons

Updated on 2017-03-05

Nigeria BPE selects advisers for commodity exchange transactions

Updated on 2017-02-26

John Deere 310SK backhoe review

Updated on 2017-02-23

Indication of Interest – Seeking crude oil suppliers

Updated on 2016-12-13

Private Exporters Report Sales Activity for China

Updated on 2016-12-13

Senegal - Cotton and Products Update

Updated on 2016-12-13

Japan - Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

Updated on 2016-12-13

U.S Beef Arrives to the Israeli Market

Updated on 2016-12-13

Developments in Israel’s food and agriculture sector.

Updated on 2016-11-14

Accepting Applications for 2017 Borlaug Fellowships

Updated on 2016-11-02

Prices seen rising for oil and other commodities in 2017

Updated on 2016-10-14

Ukraine: Potential Increase of Ukrainian Agricultural Exports to EU

Updated on 2016-10-14

Ukraine: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

Updated on 2016-10-03

Weatherford's SEC Fraud Case

Updated on 2016-10-03

Large Oil Company Dividends Might Not Be Sustainable Long Term

Updated on 2016-10-03

Teekay LNG Partners Offers Investors An Opportunity

Updated on 2016-09-22

Bank of China Ltd.’s New York branch will be the first yuan clearing bank in the U.S.

Updated on 2016-09-22

Kaduna government, firm to establish $120m rice processing plant

Updated on 2016-06-14

Africa’s food suppliers target international exports in the drive for growth and profit

Updated on 2016-06-09

Nigeria to stop importation of six commodities by 2018

Updated on 2016-06-09

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>> Historical Transformations in Agriculture

Agriculture is the foundation of civilization. It is what allowed for the formation of large population centers—cities—which then became centers of art, science, and technology. Hunter-gatherers all had to forage and hunt for food at least part-time, which meant the amount of time they had for things such as art, science, and philosophy was comparatively limited.

At first, farmers were no different, but further agricultural advancements allowed for a food surplus which freed enough people from the land that it was possible to have full-time craftsmen, artists, poets, philosophers, and scientists. Indeed every agricultural advance has transformed society in some way. Agricultural advances in 2017 will be no different. 

Historical Transformations in Agriculture

The invention of the plow and irrigation is what allowed farming villages along the Euphrates and Tigris rivers to grow into the earliest cities, examples of which include Ur, Eridu, and Uruk. Eridu may have, in fact, been the first urban center in the world. 

Agricultural advancements during the early Middle Ages, such as the horse collar and more sophisticated crop rotation, also led to a relative population explosion.

During the High Middle Ages that followed, many prosperous towns grew up, cathedrals were built, inventions such as eyeglasses and crossbows were made, and philosophers and theologians wrote some of the most important intellectual works of the Medieval period, which created a coherent philosophical outlook unifying Classical Greek philosophy and Christian theology that still affects Western civilization to this day.

The most dramatic transformation from advances in agriculture, so far, would be the agro-industrial revolution in which the global population went from 700 million in 1750 to 1.6 billion in 1900, one hundred and fifty years later. By comparison, one hundred and fifty years before 1750, the population had been about 562 million. That is quite a contrast in population growth before and after the Industrial Revolution transformed agriculture.

The Agro-Industrial Revolution has helped lead to the modern era of relative plenty, at least in first world countries. We are now at a point, however, where the population is growing so much as to overwhelm the ability of current agricultural yields to feed the world’s population. Yet another transformation in agriculture may be needed to stave off a potential food crisis.

The good news is that science and technology may come to the rescue. There are many new technologies being used to innovate agriculture which will be important in 2017. These technologies are not new, necessarily, but their application to agriculture is, in most cases, relatively new and likely to produce positive results. They may not be as epoch-forming as the invention of the plow or plant and animal domestication itself, but they will definitely have an impact on the future of agricultural production. 

Remote Sensing

As satellites become more easy to use, it is more common for them to be used by businesses and private individuals to accomplish their tasks. Agriculture is no different. In India, for example, remote sensing is being used to monitor crops and crop damage. This will make damage to crops easier to maintain.

This is also being used by insurance companies to better assess insurance claims by farmers to cover crop damage. This could also be used to monitor the productivity of different farm areas and find solutions more quickly.

Genetic engineering

Genetic engineering technologies, such as CRISPR genome editing, make it possible to easily modify living organisms in specific ways. This could be used to create superior strains of crops which produce greater yields and more blight resistance.

Today, most of the world only relies of on a handful of crops—corn, rice, and wheat, mostly. If a blight were to wipe out one of these, it would be a serious problem for humanity. The ability to use genetic engineering to create new crops is, thus, another safeguard against such a disaster. 

Agricultural robots

Automation has enormous potential to transform agriculture. The use of robots to plant, reap, and process grains would make the process more efficient and easier to perform on the scale required to feed the world’s growing population. Robots could also be used to monitor plant growth and the health of the crops. There are proposals to use micro-robots for this purpose, to swarm fields to monitor the crops. 

Drones

The use of drones in agriculture has already begun and, in 2017, it will probably only increase. Drones can be used for a variety of purposes in agriculture that lower costs and increase potential crop yields.

One use of drones in agriculture is for soil analysis since they can create high-quality 3-D images of the soil to determine the nutrients in the soil and how conducive it is to crop growth. They can also be used for planting, crop spraying, and crop monitoring; for example, monitoring the health of crops and any fungal growths or infections which may hinder their development.

Drones can even be used in irrigation since they can assess fields and determine which parts of a field are particularly dry and need more water. It is possible that, in the future, swarms of drones will descend upon agriculture fields, performing various surveillance tasks.

Vertical Cultivating

The increasing population makes it difficult to find enough arable land on which to grow food. There is a lot of open space in countries like the United States, Canada, and Russia, but not much of it is good for farming. This means we are running out of land on which to farm, and new space has to be created. One solution would be to farm vertically.

Vertical farms and vertical ranches are already being used in countries, such as Japan, where there is little space. Crops are grown inside in multistory buildings such as high rises and skyscrapers, in rooms with artificial lighting or in vertical greenhouses. As urbanization and global population size increases, this trend will most likely increase. It is likely we will see more of this approach in 2017.

Indoor agriculture may also be beneficial, in other ways, since it creates a more controlled environment where the environmental conditions can be engineered to be just right for optimal crop growth. For example, scientific research has shown that light of different wavelengths has different effects on crop growth and the health of the plants. Thus, being able to grow the plants under a specific lighting would be an advantage of indoor, vertical agriculture.

Final Thoughts

We seem to live in an age of relative pessimism. Many people are predicting that human civilization does not have much time left—maybe one more century. Many are waiting for the coming nuclear or ecological apocalypse.

Technological advancements which can improve agriculture should offset this pessimism, at least a little, since it shows that although technology can cause problems, it can also solve problems. Science and technology which can be used to solve problems in agriculture, medicine, and other important fields should give us hope.

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