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THE country is developing vast farm estates across the archipelago – an area 10 times the size of neighbouring Singapore – to counter the nation’s reliance on imported food, said President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.The project, which eventually will span nearly 800,000ha, is preparing land to grow rice, cassava and corn for the world’s fourth-most populous country, he told a televised Cabinet meeting.
BIG changes are afoot in Indian agriculture, driven by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at considerable political risk. Freeing up farming markets may be as significant as dismantling industrial licences in 1991.
MUMBAI/BENGALURU, (Reuters) - Indian farmers intensified their protests over three new bills that they believe could pave the way for the government to stop buying grain at guaranteed prices, leaving them at the mercy of private buyers such as traders and retailers.
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian activists and workers held rallies across the country on Thursday to protest against President Joko Widodo's flagship Job Creation bill, as parliament moves closer to wrapping up debate on a bill that critics say is too pro-business.
MAPARASHA HILLS, Kenya (Reuters) - Thousands of Maasai men clad in red and purple shawls and with their heads coated in red ochre gathered this week for a ceremony that transforms them from Moran (warriors) to Mzee (elders).
CAIRO, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- The Egyptian government is carrying out a key program of issuing electronic smart cards to farmers nationwide with the aim of eliminating administrative corruption, ensuring the distribution of subsidies to right recipients, and digitalizing the agricultural sector.
PONTIAN: He was once a government officer reaching out to the community via social economic programmes including setting up cooperatives and helping the Orang Asli come up with eco-tourism products to uplift their livelihood.
Shannan (Anhui): Seeing that his newly planted buckwheat began sprouting on once-flooded farmland, Zhou Jihong said he felt relieved.
BENI, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Wearing leather leggings under her dress, Imelda Mbambu weaves her motorcycle taxi through the city of Beni in north east Congo, a handbag slung across her side and a happy customer perched on the back.