Monthly Archives: May, 2013

AgriVision 2013: Time to resourcify

The seventh AgriVision animal nutrition conference will take place from Tuesday 18th to Thursday 20th June in Noordwijk aan Zee in the Netherlands. The conference will examine the options for feeding nine billion people in 2050; through improved productivity, new technologies and, most importantly, by addressing the ever-increasing demand for resources. It is encapsulated in the theme ‘Time to Resourcify’.

AgriVision 2013 will focus on challenges and opportunities both in and for Africa.
In a broader, global context, the contribution of science and technology in crop and animal protein production to solving the resource challenge will also be explored.

AgriVision offers key players in the animal nutrition business and various other stakeholders such as scientists, governments and NGOs, a unique opportunity to network and become inspired. In 2011, close to 400 delegates from almost 40 different countries mingled and made new connections. This conference is a platform for intellectual stimulation that provides input for strategy development.


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News: Bactocell gets EU approval for pigs and poultry

Lallemand Animal Nutrition has received European Commission authorisation for its lactic acid bacteria Pediococcus acidilactici MA 18/5M to be use in drinking water for weaned piglets, pigs for fattening, laying hens and chickens for fattening.

The water soluble formulation of this key probiotic is now available under the trade name Bactocell Drink.  This innovative formulation is the result of research and development in probiotic formulation aimed at addressing specific situations in addition to the probiotic’s incorporation in feed. It offers generally flexibility and rapidity in farmers and technicians intervention, thus allowing to extend the use of this safe and effective zootechnical feed additive.

It can be incorporated directly into water lines at farm level at the precise dosage and required time of intervention such as during certain changes, for example after  vaccination etc. A recent trial conducted in Egypt (Prof. Awaad, University of Cairo, 2012, unpublished) after a pathogen challenge episode in laying hens indicates that Bactocell Drink could help reinforce animals’ natural defences.

In the case of very young animals, for which solid feed intake can be very low and irregular, its addition in the water ensures that they receive an adequate dose of probiotic from the very first days to support the stabilisation of their gut microflora.

Finally, its use in drinking water can also help overcome some technological issues of probiotic incorporation into pelleted feed (broiler feed for example).

Bactocell is also already authorised for use in complete feed for weaned piglets, pigs for fattening, chickens for fattening, laying hens, shrimps and fish. It is a homo-fermentative bacteria. These types of bacteria convert complex nutrients into lactic acid L+, which aids better digestion.
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How can I help you today?

Codrin has decided to give out advise for free and I think that’s awesome!

Dealing with epilepsy

Despite what everyone is saying, that I shouldn`t give free advice/help anymore and that I should try to sell myself better, I decided to offer my help to anyone in need for FREE.

My inspiration comes from reading (partially until now) the book of Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn co-founder) called “The Start-up of You“. By reading this, I came to the conclusion that what has defined me over the years wasn`t my knowledge of a field or another, wasn`t my degrees or different skills, but, in fact, it was my interaction with people. I have always loved to help everyone, never saying “no” to a friend needing help or asking a question.

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22nd NARC Commemoration Day: Agricultural Research for Development

22nd NARC Commemoration DayThe most well-known and productive body for agricultural research in the country, the Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC) has felicitated its 22nd anniversary in National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) complex, Khumaltar, Nepal on 08 May 2013.

It was the first event where NARC has organized its program not only outside from Plaza complex but also with the agricultural exhibition. The formal opening session followed by three days agriculture technological exhibition. The opening session was hosted by Dr. Tek Bahadur Gurung under the chairpersonship of acting secretary Dr. Prabhakar Pathak in presence of Chief Guest, Tek Bahadur Gharti from Agricultural Development Ministry.

The Executive Director of NARC, Dr. Dil Bahadur Gurung has expressed greeting speech as “today we are celebrating our 22nd birthday; this is real that we have very limited technologies, resources and human powers, however, we are playing significant role in national economy and on the behalf of farmers by developing farmers’ based agricultural technologies in agronomy, horticulture, fisheries and livestock.” The vision of the NARC is to tap institutional, human, and financial resources from the government and a wider spectrum of stakeholders- civil society, research centers, donors, and ultimately the private sector to move the system from agricultural research and development to agricultural research for development. “Moreover we are trying to develop National Agriculture Research System as Dream University Concept to make synergy between research, extension and academics” he added.

NARC launched 12 different publications and honored 5 best farmers, 5 best agriculture journalists, best technical & management staffs, 25th years NARC serviced staffs for promoting the agriculture sector and NARC affairs. Similarly minister of agriculture development, Gharti felicitated 5 agricultural scientists– Dr. Madan Raj Bhatta, Mrs. Sarala Sharma, Dr. Dhurba Bahadur Thapa, Mr. Nutan Gautam and Mr. Deepak Bhandari with a cash prize of Rs. one million and a letter of appreciation for their involved in innovating anti-rust varieties of wheat.

Invited guest G. Ortiz-Ferrara from CIMMYT has commented “Nepal needs to adapt high yielding varieties and more collaboration with other regional and global bodies to meet present and future food requirement.” Agriculture minister, Tek Bahadur Gharti said “NARC needs to lead the agriculture sector and its employees must be competent, the government will also offer the best possible jobs to agriculture scientists to check brain drain. So we are expecting clear vision of NARC in this regards.” Gharti also assured to make Nepal Agriculture Research Council more competitive by bringing it under the Public Service Commission (PSC). “The ministry is committed to change the old recruitment system and add NARC under the purview of the civil servant law to make it more competent institution,” he added.

In the programme, Dr. Prabhakar Pathak urged agriculture scientists to focus on improved seed production for different agro-ecological zoning of the country. Vice chancellor Dr. Kailash Nath Pyakurel from Agriculture and Forestry University has made his speech as “we need to think up as we are land linked country than land locked and our activities should be concentrated to uplift our agricultural development with taking benefits from neighbor countries.

Three days long “Agriculture Technological Exhibition” is running in NARI Kumaltar Complex till May 10, 2013. There are 38 stalls in exhibition related to agronomy, horticulture, livestock, fishery, and other divisions of NARC. Expo has prime objectives to share information on modern and suitable agricultural technologies to the farmers and to provide opportunities for farmers to meet with agricultural scientists directly with their concerns.

Call for Application: 2013 SEED Awards for Sustainable Development

logoThe SEED Initiative has launched a new call for applications for the 2013 SEED Awards to support entrepreneurs for sustainable development.

If you are a start-up entrepreneur, women-led enterprise or have an idea to integrate social and environmental benefits, solving pressing local issues or making significant contributions to mitigating climate change or if you need support to help establish and grow your enterprise, then you can apply for this funding.

The SEED Awards 2013 receives support from the European Union, the German Federal Ministry for theEnvironment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, the government of Flanders, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the international law firm Hogan Lovells.

For the 2013 cycle, SEED will make available up to:

  • 15 SEED Awards to enterprises in EthiopiaMoroccoMozambiqueNamibiaTanzania and Uganda;
  • 5 SEED Awards for enterprises in South Africa;
  • 3 SEED Awards for South African enterprises in the provinces of Free State, Limpopo and KwaZulu Natal;
  • 10 SEED Low Carbon Awards for enterprises in Colombia, India, Tanzania, Uganda and Vietnam;
  • 2 SEED Gender Equality Awards, for enterprises in other countries (except countries that are OECD or EU members).

You will be able to apply for a 2013 SEED Award if your enterprise:

  • demonstrates entrepreneurship and innovation
  • delivers economic, social and environmental benefits
  • has the intention and potential to become financially sustainable
  • is a partnership between different stakeholder groups
  • is locally driven or locally led
  • has potential for scale up or significant replication
  • is in the early stages of implementation
  • is in a country with a developing or emerging economy

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, June 12th, 2013, 23:59 Central European Time (CET).


For more information, visit this link.