International Sugar Journal

AI chatbot helps Colombian farmers to make informed decisions [Full subscriber]

The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT (International Center for Tropical Agriculture) recently launched Melisa chatbot, an artificial intelligence system that provides agroclimatic forecasts to farmers in Colombia. ‘Melisa chatbot’ is available on Whatsapp, Facebook and Telegram.

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Italian and Spanish beet growers to receive financial aid [Full subscriber]

Sugar beet growers in Italy and Spain will be receiving financial support.

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China – Government offers farm machinery subsidies [Registered]

The central government has allocated 120 billion yuan ($19.21 billion) to farm machinery subsidies since 2004, supporting the purchase of more than 35 million pieces of machinery, noted People’s Daily. That has helped raise mechanization levels across China’s farms to 61% last year from 33% in 2003, it said.

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