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International philanthropist gets behind grain growers

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Philanthropists are helping to reverse declining funding for international agricultural research, with important flow-on benefits for Australian grain growers... The broader benefit for all grain growers was also talked about by Carlos Slim (a Mexican business magnate) at the inauguration ceremony: "This alliance to promote research and development by CIMMYT, with the collaboration of national and international scientists dedicated to improved seed and generating more efficient techniques, is a step toward making this knowledge available to farmers everywhere, particularly small and intermediate-scale farmers, as well as promoting economic growth, employment, and food self-sufficiency and exports from this sector," he said... Valentin Dvurechenskii, director-general of the Kostanay Agricultural Research Institute, says that, overall, zero-tillage has helped to nearly double average wheat yields, from 1.4 to 2.6t/ha...
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