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BRIEF: Chinese tech giant pumps $85m into farm produce platform

March 22, 2020 Jack Ellis Wangjiahuan, a Chinese B2B portal for agricultural produce, has raised 600 million RMB ($85 million) in a funding round led by ‘super app’ Meituan Dianping. A Meituan spokesperson confirmed its investment in Wangjiahuan to AFN. Based in Shenzhen, Wangjiahuan is one of several farm-to-business (F2B) ecommerce platforms competing in the Chinese market. Its rivals…

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Maharashtra working on multiple use cases of Blockchain; policy to be out soon

Every state has its inherent strength, which should be put to action for technology based initiatives. For the state of Maharashtra, Mumbai is the financial capital, coupled with a number of emerging fintech companies. “Our focus will be on AI and blockchain related applications,” says S. V. R. Srinivas, IAS, Principal Secretary – Information Technology, Government of Maharashtra. The…

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Bad weather does not affect brown-marmorated stink bug

In the past few days, temperatures have dropped dramatically throughout Italy, reaching 5-6°C below zero in some areas. It was a disaster for fruit and vegetables, but what have been the effects on the Halyomorpha halys brown-marmorated stink bug ? Anti-frost irrigation in a kiwi field in Modigliana (Ravenna). “Temperatures well below zero may have created some problems for…

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Canada: Potato storage holdings at 1.9 percent below three-year average

According to the United Potato Growers of Canada’s March storage update, in some provinces in Western Canada, potato storage holdings as of Mar. 1, 2020 for all sectors, are significantly below their three-year averages. In British Columbia, stocks are 17 percent below their three-year average. However, it is important to note that the 2018-2019 season was a standout season…

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