Agriculture

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Agriculture

The production of food through the raising of crops and/or animals. The development of agriculture approximately 9,000 years ago is considered to be one of the most important revolutions in human thinking, one that made civilization possible. The trade of agricultural products, such as wheat or coffee, gave rise to the first exchanges. Even now, agricultural products are among the most important commodities that are traded. Very often, agriculture may only be performed in certain areas. Zoning laws regulate where farming and ranching may or may not take place. See also: Agribusiness.
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The budget will also give a 3 per cent interest subsidy to farmers in 2011-12, up from 2 per cent previously, and raises the target for loans to the farm sector to Rs4.
The importance attached to the farm sector stems from the fact that it touches the life of every individual in society.
Summary: Morocco has the resources to press ahead with farm sector reform, even if many foreign investors are unwilling to commit for now, industry officials said.
One of the major ills of Cuba's state-run farm sector is "the excess of nonproductive personnel," Granma conceded Nov 10.
The country, once the heart of the ancient world's fertile crescent, has been struggling to make its own farm sector more productive after decades of war, sanctions and neglect.
A plenary session of the Tariff Team finally wrapped up the list of primary goods to be exempted from value added tax (VAT) expected to boost the farm sector.
Historically, the first quarter has had the highest farm jobless rate, Grammy said, adding that he anticipates the next several months should see greater employment in the farm sector as crop harvest gets into high gear.
Our forestry sector is in worse shape than the farm sector.
Most proposals by the Tenancy Reform Industry Group to boost the tenant farm sector have been accepted by Defra, including changes to legislation.
Mr O'Rourke declared: "The farm sector is in crisis, and a high-level group on farm incomes is required as a matter of urgency to develop solutions to the problems facing the industry.
Concerns have been raised that the debt suspension scheme could cost huge amounts in government subsidies and cause instability in the state-run Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC), a major lender for the farm sector.
17 Kyodo Japan and France agreed Friday to continue to work together, particularly in the farm sector, toward an early launching of a new round of global trade negotiations under the World Trade Organization (WTO), a Japanese official said.