FAO upgrades global animal disease information platform EMPRES-i

GLOBAL – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has upgraded its global animal disease information platform, the EMPRES-i+ system, to better support countries in identifying, mitigating and even forecasting severe animal diseases, like African Swine Fever (ASF). EMPRES-i+ replaces an earlier version, EMPRES-i, which was first launched in 2004 and has been widely used by hundreds of stakeholders ranging from local communities to global development partners. COVID-19 has underlined the need for greater vigilance to new threats from animal diseases. Today’s globalized and hyper-connected world allows…

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OwO Technologies sees rapid growth within first year of incorporation

INDIA – OwO Technologies,  a Gurugram based water tech start-up in India, is on a growth trajectory, expanding 3X every three months within the first year of its operation, with an increasing customer base of over 5000. The water eCommerce company launched in June 2020 in the middle of the global pandemic COVID-19. OwO Technologies saw huge demand for their services across Gurugram and Delhi and NCR region despite so many clampdowns. OwO Technologies is a kind of water tech start-up app-friendly tech enabled and a one-stop solution for safe…

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Agriculture Victoria funds groundbreaking traceability project for high-value exports in Australia

AUSTRALIA – Agriculture Victoria, an organization that works with the agriculture industry on research, development and extension to improve production, is funding an innovative AU$ 770,000 (US$ 574,693.35) traceability pilot for high-value exports, which will be led by peak industry body Citrus Australia. The funding is part of the Victorian Government’s Food to Market program, announced by Minister for Agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas. “The Food to Market program is an excellent example of how we are providing timely support to agribusinesses impacted by the pandemic, while capitalizing on opportunities to expand…

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Provision Analytics debuts new analytics software to ensure food safety compliance

CANADA – Provision Analytics, a company that creates practical and precise software for food processors and manufacturers, has debuted a new analytics software that will help farmers make data-driven decisions using information gathered for food safety regulation compliance. The software takes information gathered from all the regulated documentation requirements from seed, spray, harvest, wash, cut and packing of a product and stores it on a singular digital platform. That can save revenue in a worst-case recall scenario but it also reduces the need to document on paper the same procedures.…

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Dairy farmers in Kenya’s Nyeri county profit from machine donation

KENYA – Dairy farmers in Kenya affiliated to Kieni Dairy, Nyeri County, a dairy company formed by six primary cooperatives, have received machines meant to enhance the quality of animal feeds they produce- a donation that will mark an improvement in the quality and quantity of milk production. The farmers were mostly relying on traditional feeding practices like natural pastures, crop residues, cut-and-carry grass, forage crops and local feedstuff, as well as communal grazing which significantly inhibited their dairy cows’ milk production. Using supplements for both energy and protein-rich feeds…

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Danish firm offers analytical solutions for Ugandan agricultural sector

UGANDA – Danish firm FOSS Analytics has offered a fresh cut into the Ugandan market with analytical solutions helping food, feed and agricultural industries optimize quality, efficiency and profitability with best-in-class automated and connected solutions. During a three-day visit organized by the Danish Trade Council, representatives of five Danish companies explored development cooperation relevant to their businesses in the agriculture sector, to understand the dynamics of the agricultural sector as a business in Uganda and visited farmers and big agricultural firms in the country. Always at the forefront of analytical…

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Olam Food Ingredients partners with Agri-Neo to debut pasteurized dried onions

SINGAPORE – Olam Food Ingredients (OFI), one of the world’s largest suppliers of ingredients, has joined hands with Agri-Neo, one of Canada’s top growing food safety technology companies, to provide “industry’s first organically pasteurized dried onions.”  The collaboration will reinforce OFI’s market position in dried onion ingredients and expand Agri-Neo’s pasteurization technology, Neo-Pure. Commenting on the partnership, Greg Estep, CEO of OFI’s spices platform, said the partnership will support the company’s strategy to supply natural and tailored ingredients. According to Estep, the development of the certified organic dried onion solution…

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FDA’s study shows efficiency of Whole Genome Sequencing program in combating foodborne illnesses

U.S – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a study on the effectiveness of the GenomeTrakr Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) Network, a scientific tool that helps the FDA detect, investigate and limit the spread of foodborne illness outbreaks linked to FDA-regulated foods. The FDA estimates that the program was likely cost effective in its second year of implementation and at current funding levels, the program is generating US$100 million to US$450 million in net annual health benefits. These estimated benefits of the WGS source tracking program easily…

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Scotland researchers receive over US$ 200,000 to device oyster diseases detection tests

SCOTLAND – Aquaculture researchers in Scotland’s University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute have received nearly £200,000 (US$ 271,670) in funding to build a system for difficult to test diseases in mussels and oysters. The researchers will build the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method for detecting a range of diseases in shellfish, after being backed by the Seafood Innovation Fund and the Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC). The testing system will enable oyster growers to proactively test for Bonamia ostreae, a common and potentially fatal disease that is otherwise difficult to detect.…

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Experts develop sensor to enable detection of minute traces of pathogens, pesticides in fresh produce

EUROPE – Experts from across Europe are developing a sensor to spot minute traces of pesticides or bacteria in fruits and vegetables, a project christened, ‘GRACED’, at the Cyprus Research and Innovation Centre (CyRIC). CyRIC is a research  and innovation center developing disruptive products for the world markets and providing unique, high quality services to the industry. The detector, termed plasmo-photonic bimodal multiplexing sensor, uses light particles to detect chemical or biological analytes, delivering results in about 30 minutes, 50 to 100 times quicker than existing technologies. It can spot…

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