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Fruit pickers sweat as virus flares in northern Spain

Fraga - In the verdant orchards of northeastern Spain, Guinean national Said Doumbia is picking nectarines in a job that earns him just 5.25 euros (nearly $6) per hour.

Pakistan battles locusts by turning them into chicken feed

Lahore - Chickens in Pakistan have been feasting on captured locusts under an initiative to combat swarms of the insects that are threatening food supplies in the impoverished country.

Drought drives Australia's sheep flock to record low

Sydney - Years of drought in Australia's east has caused the national sheep flock to shrink to the lowest levels since records began more than a century ago, agricultural figures revealed Thursday.Farmers sold-off or disposed of Aus$21 billion (US$13.

Indian drones pursue locusts as swarms destroy swathes of crops

New Delhi - Huge swarms of desert locusts are destroying crops across western and central India, prompting authorities Tuesday to step up their response to the country's worst plague in nearly three decades.

Ukraine workers skirt lockdowns to rescue European farms

Kiev - In an almost empty terminal at Boryspil airport in Kiev, Yuriy was waiting in a busy line of 200 seasonal workers to check in for a lone flight to Finland.

China cuts Australian beef imports after warning against virus probe

Sydney - China suspended imports from four major Australian beef suppliers Tuesday, just weeks after Beijing's ambassador warned of a consumer boycott in retaliation for Canberra's push to probe the origins of the coronavirus.

Italian rice puts pasta in the shade during pandemic

Robbio - Europe's top rice producer Italy has seen consumption of the staple rise throughout the coronavirus pandemic, putting even pasta in the shade.It's not just popular at home either -- China itself has even signed a deal to import Italian rice.

Rain brings optimism for drought-plagued Aussie farmers

Tamworth - The coronavirus has brought new challenges for Australia's drought and bushfire-stricken farmers, but recent sustained rainfall and green shoots are now spurring hope of better times ahead.

Crops rot as Italian farmers hit by virus, drought

Selva Di Fasano - Floriana Fanizza gazes desolately at her celery crop, lost to the coronavirus because it could not be harvested.Italian farmers are being brought to their knees by a six-week lockdown aimed at stopping a deadly epidemic in its tracks.

Dutch destroy millions of flowers as coronavirus wilts sales

Naaldwijk - It's tulip season in The Netherlands but this year growers are destroying millions of flowers a day, in unprecedented scenes as the coronavirus pandemic has cut demand.

Pakistan struggles to combat devastating locust plague

Punjab - Pakistan's farmers are struggling to combat the worst locust plague in nearly three decades as insect swarms decimate entire harvests in the country's agricultural heartlands and send food prices soaring.

Arctic 'doomsday vault' stocks up on 60,000 more food seeds

Longyearbyen - A "doomsday vault" nestled deep in the Arctic received 60,000 new seed samples on Tuesday, including Prince Charles' cowslips and Cherokee sacred corn, increasing stocks of the world's agricultural bounty in case of global catastrophe.

Arctic 'doomsday vault' stocks up on more food seeds

Oslo - An Arctic "doomsday vault" is set Tuesday to receive 60,000 samples of seeds from around the world as the biggest global crop reserve stocks up for a global catastrophe.

Myanmar's most isolated pray for harvest

- A haunting refrain pierces the night as the tribeswomen of the Gongwang Bonyo, among the most isolated people in Myanmar, dance around a campfire to bless the harvest ahead.

Drought slashes Australian crop output to record low

Sydney - Australia's hottest and driest year on record has slashed crop production, with summer output expected to fall to the lowest levels on record, according to official projections released Tuesday.

Half-a-million insect species face extinction: scientists

Paris - Half of the one million animal and plant species on Earth facing extinction are insects, and their disappearance could be catastrophic for humankind, scientists have said in a "warning to humanity".

Brawl erupts in Ukraine parliament over controversial land reform

Kiev - A brawl broke out in Ukraine's parliament and hundreds of people protested outside the legislature on Thursday as passions heated up over a controversial land reform bill.

Virus outbreak to delay Chinese purchase of US goods: Trump aide

Washington - The new coronavirus outbreak in China will delay Beijing's plans to purchase goods from the United States under the terms of a trade deal, a top US trade official said Tuesday.

Nicaraguan cigar factories keep it in the family

Estel - Part of the success of Nicaragua's thriving cigar industry is a carefully honed mystique of family: how the clannish industry was forged and maintained by a handful of fathers, sons, cousins, brothers -- and sisters and mothers, too.

France to ban systematic culling of male chicks: minister

Paris - France is to ban from the end of 2021 the hugely controversial but widespread poultry industry practice of systematically slaughtering male chicks, Agriculture Minister Didier Guillaume said Tuesday."The aim is to oblige firms...

Locusts the latest curse of East Africa weather extremes

Nairobi - Billions of locusts swarming through East Africa are the result of extreme weather swings and could prove catastrophic for a region still reeling from drought and deadly floods, experts said Friday.

Lost and damaged: Philippine volcano steals livelihoods

Amadeo - Decimated fish, scarred coffee plants and vanished tourists: the Taal volcano eruption in the Philippines has inflicted significant damage on the livelihoods of tens of thousands and is expected to cause more.

Swarms of locusts threaten food security in Kenya: govt

Nairobi - Large swarms of desert locusts are spreading through Kenya, after wreaking havoc in Somalia and Ethiopia, posing a significant threat to food security, the agriculture minister said Friday.

Colombia destroys record amount of coca leaf plantations

Apo - Colombia broke its record in 2019 for manually destroying illegal coca leaf plantations, the primary ingredient in cocaine, President Ivan Duque said on Thursday.

Brazil cocoa follows in footsteps of famed wines, boosting prices

Coaraci - With an attentive eye, Henrique Almeida watches a technician carefully open a hundred cocoa pods, while another worker on the plantation collects samples in bags to check whether the batch conforms to the "South Bahia" geographical indication.

Brazil's sparkling wine producers carve a growing niche

Matupa - Four workers in a wine cave quickly rotate hundreds of stored bottles a quarter-turn to help with fermentation.Are we in France's Champagne country?

African swine fever kills nearly 30,000 pigs in Indonesia

Jakarta - Tens of thousands of pigs have died from African swine fever in Indonesia's North Sumatra province, officials said Thursday, the first time the virus has been detected in the country.

Trade war hangover: Spirits industry tries to avoid tariff crossfire

New York - Bourbon from Kentucky and Scotch whisky have already been targeted. What's next? French cognac?

After drought, floods compound Somalia's year of climate misery

Beledweyne - As Somalia withered from drought early this year, and her goats dropped dead from thirst, Maka Abdi Ali begged for rain. When the skies finally opened, nature was unmerciful.

Oxen and horses put back to work in Cuba

Villa - A lack of fuel, in large part due to the US blockade, is forcing Cubans to return to horse and ox power for farming, transport and everyday travel.
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