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Returning to his roots

As a former farmer, the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister promises to get his hands dirty on the ground to boost production in the local agricultural sector.


Ecuadorean discovery pushes back the origins of chocolate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - People have been enjoying chocolate far longer than previously known, according to research published on Monday detailing the domestication and use of cacao beginning 5,300 years ago at an ancient settlement in the highlands of southeastern Ecuador.

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South Korean students gain weight to dodge military service

SEOUL: Twelve inventive South Korean college students deliberately made themselves overweight to dodge mandatory military service, a branch of the armed forces in Seoul said.


People in red - thousands hurl tomatoes in Spanish food fight

BUNOL, Spain (Reuters) - Thousands of revellers hurled some 145 tonnes of tomatoes at each other on Wednesday, celebrating the messy annual Tomatina festival in the eastern Spanish town of Bunol.


Fatal crashes reveal plight of Italy's African labourers

FOGGIA, Italy (Reuters) - Smears of blood and oil mark the spot on the road where a van full of migrant farm labourers slammed into an oncoming truck and somersaulted across the tarmac on Aug. 6, killing 12 of the men packed inside.


"Superfood" craze makes big business of Africa's baobab

Mangoule, SENEGAL, (Reuters) - Taerou Dieuhiou has been shinning barefoot up baobab trees in Senegal's southern Casamance region to collect the oblong fruit since he was 15.


Green light soon for Musang King export to China

BANGKOK: The Agriculture and Agro-­based Industry Ministry is ex­pect­ed to receive approval to ex­­port fresh whole fruit Musang King durian (pic) to China next year.

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Orangutan forest under threat

JAKARTA: Environmentalists say a tropical forest that’s home to critically endangered orangutans on Borneo island is being logged more than a year after Indonesia’s forestry and environment ministry ordered a halt to the forest’s exploitation.


Brazil trucker protest lingers after diesel agreement

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A nationwide truck drivers' protest in Brazil was slow to wind down on Friday despite an agreement to end the mobilization, with many highway blockades in place for a fifth straight day rattling sectors of the economy ranging from agribusiness to auto factories.


Chocolate forests - Can cocoa help save the Amazon?

NEW YORK/MEDICILآNDIA, Brazil (Reuters) - For years, Valdomiro Facchi has made a living ranching on land carved from the Amazon rainforest. He's a small player in one of the world's biggest environmental disasters.