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Christina Xie
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Chief editor of AgroPages. Email: christina@agropages.com

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  • Q&A with EY: Significant agribusiness transaction activity to be driven by ongoing agrochemicals industry consolidation, greater ag-tech adoption and shift towards clean label   2019-04-19

    I was introduced to Mr. Akhil Agarwal, Vice President, Investment Banking Advisory, EY in India at a recent workshop in Singapore. The focus of the workshop was to discuss opportunities for Chinese and Indian agrochemical companies to build joint ventures in India. We took this opportunity to discuss the key happenings in the sector and what the future agribusiness landscape could potentially look like.

    I was introduced to Mr. Akhil Agarwal, Vice President, Investment Banking Advisory, EY in India at a recent workshop in Singapore. The focus of the workshop was to discuss opportunities for Chinese and Indian agrochemical companies to build joint ventures in India. We took this opportunity to discuss the key happenings in the sector and what the future agribusiness landscape could potentially look like.

  • Startups Lead the Innovations in Agriculture   2019-03-11

    In the past few years, the application of modern computer technology to the agricultural sector has been exciting for both agricultural practitioners and investors. Since Monsanto (now acquired by Bayer) purchased the US company, The Climate Corporation, in 2013 at a price of US$930 million, Agtech (agricultural technology) has become a hot word in the agricultural field, and there has been a significantly growing interest in financing Agtech among venture capital companies in recent years.

    In the past few years, the application of modern computer technology to the agricultural sector has been exciting for both agricultural practitioners and investors. Since Monsanto (now acquired by Bayer) purchased the US company, The Climate Corporation, in 2013 at a price of US$930 million, Agtech (agricultural technology) has become a hot word in the agricultural field, and there has been a significantly growing interest in financing Agtech among venture capital companies in recent years.

  • Chinese, Indian agrochem companies ushering in a good opportunity for cooperation and mutual benefit   2019-02-25

    China's agrochemical industry is undergoing the most stringent environmental protection rectification in history. And India has ushered in a very favorable opportunity for rapid development. It also signifies a good opportunity for Chinese-Indian agrochemical enterprises to cooperate hand-in-hand, even though they have had a competitive relationship. However, today, with the major changes in the industry background, many of the foundations and advantages for the two parties to cooperate with each other have already been revealed. This is the message sent from Chinese-Indian Agrochem Manufacturing JV Workshop which was organized by Pacific Agriscience.

    China's agrochemical industry is undergoing the most stringent environmental protection rectification in history. And India has ushered in a very favorable opportunity for rapid development. It also signifies a good opportunity for Chinese-Indian agrochemical enterprises to cooperate hand-in-hand, even though they have had a competitive relationship. However, today, with the major changes in the industry background, many of the foundations and advantages for the two parties to cooperate with each other have already been revealed. This is the message sent from Chinese-Indian Agrochem Manufacturing JV Workshop which was organized by Pacific Agriscience.

  • Uncertainties in US-China Trade War Cause Anxiety among Global Soybean Industry   2019-02-11

    To have a relatively more comprehensive understanding of the impact of this white war on the global soybean industry from the perspective of the subjects involved, AgroPages invited experts from the American Soybean Association, the Brazilian Soybean Producers Association (Aprosoja Brasil) and the Argentine Soybean Chain Association, independent consultants from the Argentine agriculture industry, experts from the famous American financial services firm INTL FCStone and Dorsey & Whitney LLP, to sit together to discuss the topic. Unfortunately, we tried and failed to get the views from relevant organizations of China, one of the absolute important subjects in this trade war.

    To have a relatively more comprehensive understanding of the impact of this white war on the global soybean industry from the perspective of the subjects involved, AgroPages invited experts from the American Soybean Association, the Brazilian Soybean Producers Association (Aprosoja Brasil) and the Argentine Soybean Chain Association, independent consultants from the Argentine agriculture industry, experts from the famous American financial services firm INTL FCStone and Dorsey & Whitney LLP, to sit together to discuss the topic. Unfortunately, we tried and failed to get the views from relevant organizations of China, one of the absolute important subjects in this trade war.

  • Interview with Ceres Imaging CEO: Reliable science-based products are critical in building trust with farmers   2018-11-22

    “The belief in the science-based services and products has been driving the growth of Ceres Imaging, we are now the world’s leading company in agricultural aerial imagery,” Ceres Imaging CEO Ashwin Madgavkar said in an interview with AgroPages. The California-based agtech startup is an aerial spectral imagery company that providing insights about crops to farmers.

    “The belief in the science-based services and products has been driving the growth of Ceres Imaging, we are now the world’s leading company in agricultural aerial imagery,” Ceres Imaging CEO Ashwin Madgavkar said in an interview with AgroPages. The California-based agtech startup is an aerial spectral imagery company that providing insights about crops to farmers.

  • The Future of Precision Agriculture: Stories of Agtech Startups   2018-10-19

    AgroPages recently interviewed CEOs or founders of several vibrant Agtech startups, who gave us their entrepreneurial stories and their comments on precision agriculture.

    AgroPages recently interviewed CEOs or founders of several vibrant Agtech startups, who gave us their entrepreneurial stories and their comments on precision agriculture.

  • Biological Seed Treatment: Innovation Boosts Billions of Business   2018-10-17

    The global agricultural biologicals market was $4.8 Billion (USD) in market revenue value in 2017 and is expected to reach $10.7 Billion by 2025, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 11.5%. Small, medium, and large companies have been increasingly investing in the research and development of biological seed treatment products for agriculture. This segment is gaining further importance by addressing the needs of both growers and society, and thus shows huge market potential, Martin Gruss, Global Head SeedGrowth at Bayer Division Crop Science, told AgroPages in an exclusive interview.

    The global agricultural biologicals market was $4.8 Billion (USD) in market revenue value in 2017 and is expected to reach $10.7 Billion by 2025, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 11.5%. Small, medium, and large companies have been increasingly investing in the research and development of biological seed treatment products for agriculture. This segment is gaining further importance by addressing the needs of both growers and society, and thus shows huge market potential, Martin Gruss, Global Head SeedGrowth at Bayer Division Crop Science, told AgroPages in an exclusive interview.

  • Interview Series 3: New Solutions for Control of Citrus Psyllid and HLB in South America   2018-08-10

    The recent main pests and disease damages in South America include Asian soybean rust, whitefly and citrus huanglongbing. AgroPages conducted interviews with industry service providers with respect to the recent occurrences of the above pests and diseases, as well as the newly launched solutions. Below you will find information on product applications and new product releases in the recent period for the control of Citrus Psyllid and HLB in South America.

    The recent main pests and disease damages in South America include Asian soybean rust, whitefly and citrus huanglongbing. AgroPages conducted interviews with industry service providers with respect to the recent occurrences of the above pests and diseases, as well as the newly launched solutions. Below you will find information on product applications and new product releases in the recent period for the control of Citrus Psyllid and HLB in South America.

  • Interview Series 2: New Solutions for Control of Whitefly in South America   2018-08-09

    The recent main pests and disease damages in South America include Asian soybean rust, whitefly and citrus huanglongbing. AgroPages conducted interviews with industry service providers with respect to the recent occurrences of the above pests and diseases, as well as the newly launched solutions. Below you will find information on product applications and new product releases in the recent period for the control of whitefly in South America.

    The recent main pests and disease damages in South America include Asian soybean rust, whitefly and citrus huanglongbing. AgroPages conducted interviews with industry service providers with respect to the recent occurrences of the above pests and diseases, as well as the newly launched solutions. Below you will find information on product applications and new product releases in the recent period for the control of whitefly in South America.

  • La agricultura digital alza las velas en América Latina   2018-08-08

    La tecnología digital ha revolucionado nuestra manera de vivir a tal punto que ya no concebimos nuestro día a día sin ella. En la actualidad, la digitalización es un indicador importante del grado de desarrollo de una industria. Según el índice digital del McKinsey Global Institute, la agricultura es la industria que presenta el nivel más bajo de digitalización. A pesar de ello, en el horizonte se divisa cómo la tecnología digital puede modelar el futuro de la agricultura. En América Latina, una región que siempre ha estado a la vanguardia en lo que se refiere a adoptar nuevas tecnologías agrícolas, la agricultura digital ya está en marcha. Con ello, el diseño de muchas compañías de agricultura y de tecnología viene definiéndose de forma gradual. AgroPages entrevistó a algunas de las empresas más dinámicas para analizar el estado actual y las perspectivas de la agricultura digital en el mercado latinoamericano y las estrategias para su desarrollo futuro.

    La tecnología digital ha revolucionado nuestra manera de vivir a tal punto que ya no concebimos nuestro día a día sin ella. En la actualidad, la digitalización es un indicador importante del grado de desarrollo de una industria. Según el índice digital del McKinsey Global Institute, la agricultura es la industria que presenta el nivel más bajo de digitalización. A pesar de ello, en el horizonte se divisa cómo la tecnología digital puede modelar el futuro de la agricultura. En América Latina, una región que siempre ha estado a la vanguardia en lo que se refiere a adoptar nuevas tecnologías agrícolas, la agricultura digital ya está en marcha. Con ello, el diseño de muchas compañías de agricultura y de tecnología viene definiéndose de forma gradual. AgroPages entrevistó a algunas de las empresas más dinámicas para analizar el estado actual y las perspectivas de la agricultura digital en el mercado latinoamericano y las estrategias para su desarrollo futuro.

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