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Dream of ‘father of hybrid rice’ takes root in Africa

Sanya, China | Xinhua | In front of a bronze statue of Yuan Longping, scores of African visitors planted hybrid rice seedlings in memory of the “father of hybrid rice.” The delegates to the Second Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Agriculture were visiting the Paddy Field National Park in Sanya, …

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Rice most smuggled item in eastern Uganda

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has joined other government agencies in a new initiative to fight cross-border crime, amidst increasing cases of smuggling. Over the last week, the agency’s border and enforcement personnel have netted various items from suspected smugglers through the eastern, western, and …

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URA gets gadget to help curb tax evasion by rice importers

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Revenue Authority-URA has secured a gadget that enables customs officials to ascertain the origin of imported rice, to curb tax evasion. This comes amidst reports of increased rice imports from other regions through Tanzania, hence illegally gaining from the East African Community Common …

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Chinese hybrid rice helps Africa enhance food security

Beijing, China | Xinhua | In June, a bowl of hybrid rice from Africa appeared as a special offering at the tomb of Yuan Longping, China’s “father of hybrid rice.” The gift was brought in person by Rakotoson Philibert, former Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture of Madagascar. Recalling that …

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Arsenal stun Man United in injury time

London, UK | PREMIER LEAGUE | Injury-time goals from Declan Rice and Gabriel Jesus gave Arsenal a dramatic late 3-1 comeback win at Emirates Stadium. Marcus Rashford had fired the visitors ahead on 27 minutes with their first attack, only for Martin Odegaard to immediately crash home a leveller. Kai …

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MAAIF, FAO, NARO and partners launch water-saving, drought-resistant rice

  Mbale, Uganda | PATRICIA AKANKWATSA  | The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) under the recently launched Phase 3 of the FAO-China South-South Cooperation (SSC) Programme on June 22nd, launched the Hybrid rice variety (WDR-73)  developed by Shanghai Research Institute in collaboration with National Agriculture Research on organisation (NARO). …

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Rhino camp refugee settlement to venture into rice production

Madi Okollo, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Office of the Prime Minister and the Japan International Cooperation (JICA), have partnered to establish mass rice production in Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement, Madi Okollo district. The move comes as the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) moves to prioritize food assistance for …

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African scientists root for hybrid rice to beat climate-induced hunger crisis

Nairobi, Kenya | Xinhua | Large-scale adoption of hybrid rice that has proved effective in withstanding climatic stresses, as well as pests and diseases, is paramount in order to tackle Africa’s hunger and malnutrition crisis, scientists said Friday. Emmanuel Okogbenin, for programme development and commercialisation at African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), noted …

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Uganda registers decline in staple food production – UBOS report

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | There was a decline in staple food production across the country in the 2018/2019 agriculture year, according to a survey by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics. The head of the Department of Production and Environment Statistics, Patrick Okello disclosed this while releasing the 2019 annual …

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