Farm Mechanization Boosts Productivity & Crop Yield

Haying and forage machinery are types of advanced agricultural equipment whose application is increasing with the rising demand for improved crop yields. It is a kind of specialized planting machinery that has improved the crop yield with minimum human interferences, besides being a cost-effective mechanism. Such machinery is witnessing tremendous adoption with the growing implementation of precision farming technologies and surging demand for hay from livestock producers. In recent years, there has been a rapid increase in the adoption of farm mechanization practices. Farm mechanization helps to achieve timeliness in field operations, increase productivity, and cut down crop production cost, boosting crop yield and farm revenues. Continue reading

System Processing Understanding Your Options

In today’s world there is no reason the consumer should be ill-informed when making decisions on efficient processing. Most of the world’s knowledge is available just a few key strokes away on the world-wide web. Still, there is much debate over the various processes available to produce aggregate construction material. Generally speaking, the arguments used to promote each process are often reflective of the supplier’s motives. For example, if a manufacturing company’s primary product line consists of track-mounted crushing & screening machinery, it is obvious that the company will present a compelling argument as to why track machines provide advantages over other processes. The same can be true with companies who specialize in engineered stationary systems. Don’t be fooled. The reality is that the same crushers and screens can be “packaged” in a variety of mobile and stationary configurations – each providing their own advantages depending on the wants and needs of the business. The smart producer will transcend the biased arguments in an unbiased technical analysis and choose when to deploy a mobile or stationary system, and when not to. Continue reading

Privatization & Renewable Energy in the Saudi Arabian Water Sector

The Middle East is one of the most water scarce regions in the world; and Saudi Arabia, the largest arid country in the Arabian Peninsula, has limited natural sources of water. The Kingdom is projected to be among the ten most water-stressed countries in the world by 2040. It currently relies heavily on desalination plants which produce roughly 18 percent of the world’s desalinated water. The sharp decline in the oil price in mid-2014 contributed to the current re-thinking of its oil-based economic model. The Kingdom’s economic strategy is set out in the Saudi Vision 2030 which was announced in April 2016 by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The Saudi Vision 2030 is an ambitious plan to end the Kingdom’s dependence on oil by 2020, privatize government assets, and improve economic and environmental sustainability. As part of this ambitious agenda, the Saudi Government has announced intentions to privatize the water sector, to help meet future demand, which is estimated to grow roughly five percent per year until 2030. Additionally, renewable energy initiatives, such as solar-power, are rapidly emerging within the region, and Saudi Arabia intends to be a world leader in the clean energy market. These prospects can open up lucrative opportunities for international investors, but it remains to be seen whether these reforms can be implemented. Continue reading

Upliftment of Economic Sanctions Drives the Iranian Dairy Products Market

Changing lifestyles, increasing health consciousness among consumers and recent upliftment of economic sanctions from Iran to drive Iran dairy products market through 2021, according to a recent report by TechSci Research. Dairy products market in Iran is forecast to grow at a high CAGR of around 22 percent, during 2016-2021, which can be attributed to increasing urbanization, rising health consciousness among youth population, growing preference for packaged dairy products among people living in rural and semi-urban regions and upliftment of economic sanctions that enabled international trade in the country. Increase in the number of malnutrition cases in the country has led to higher awareness among people, regarding consumption of packaged milk and other packaged dairy products. This is expected to accelerate growth in the country’s dairy products market through 2021. Continue reading

UK’s Adopted Policies Boost Green Building Market

The green building market is gaining great momentum in the United Kingdom as both public and private sectors are embracing eco-friendly practices. According to a report by the International Trade Administration, public policies have placed sustainable construction at the heart of the UK’s efforts to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. The 2011 UK Carbon Plan acknowledges that improving energy efficiency across sectors will be required to achieve national goals. Continue reading

Environmentally Friendly Desalination Techniques for Omani Farmers & Small-Scale Plants

In the last decade, reverse osmosis (RO) has grown as an alternative to traditional potable water sources. A major disadvantage of the RO process is the huge amount of reject brine and its negative impact as a result of its high salinity. Further research is needed for introducing environmentally friendly and economically viable management options for RO brines. RO produces a clean stream of high purity water, and as well a smaller stream of waste, referred to as concentrate or brine. Brine is a highly concentrated solution of the salts and contaminants separated from the water with the reverse osmosis membranes. Brine requires proper disposal, which many times requires permits or other regulatory compliance actions. There are many brine disposal methods available today, which all have different environmental and capital costs. The common brine disposals methods have their pros and cons. In Oman, due to the increased level of soil and water salinization along Al-Batinah region coast, an increasing number of farmers are using small-scale desalination units for producing irrigation water. Desalination technology remains still an expensive option for agriculture. In addition, it has environmental challenges that includes energy requirements, water quality, and disposal means of rejected brine which end up in many cases by contaminating their groundwater and increasing its salinity. However, it can still be an attractive option for sustainable agriculture if used within specific constraints. Continue reading

Success in PET Bottle Recycling

Bottle deposits have ensured consistently high recycling rates for PET bottles in Germany, according to a new 2015 study on the usage and recycling rates of PET beverage bottles in Germany. PET bottles are recycled at a total of about 93.5 percent, while one-way deposit PET bottles have reached a whole 97.9 percent. The industry is also continuing on its aim of supplying more recycled PET into the materials cycle, with the average share of recycled PET in bottle production increasing compared to 2013 despite the adverse price development in recycled compared to virgin PET. The recycling process largely takes place in Germany. Continue reading

South Korea: Construction Market Overcomes Obstacles

The South Korean construction market is witnessing rapid growth due to government investment in public infrastructure, improving regional and global economy, as well as improving consumer and investor confidence. Although weak growth in both residential and non-residential sectors continues to obstruct the country’s construction market growth, bank’s lending attitudes are leading to an increased supply in housing construction. This, in turn, leads to a drop in prices in housing construction despite the high increase in supply. Continue reading

US Municipal Water Infrastructure Forecast Reaches USD532 Billion

Capital expenditures (CAPEX) for U.S. municipal water & wastewater utilities – including spending on pipes, plants, and pumps – are expected to exceed USD532 billion between 2016 and 2025, according to new forecasts from Bluefield Research. This new outlook, which draws heavily from planned utility budgets, represents a 28 percent increase over CAPEX during the last ten years. “Our research indicates that the water utility sector has finally emerged from the economic downturn, which undercut public spending in water infrastructure by almost 15 percent from 2009 to 2014,” according to Reese Tisdale, President of Bluefield Research. Continue reading

Super Growth for Super Grain

Chia seeds became one of the most popular super foods between the health conscious people. Chia is very popular in the vegetarian and gluten free diets. It has a high nutritional value and it also offers energy boosting power. It includes calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein. Chia seeds also helps to improve the quality of the sports drink. It has been noticed that the CAGR of the chia seeds is going up gradually, according to a recent report by Persistence Market Research. The market of global Chia seed market is anticipated to be driven by the nutritional and health related properties. Chia seed has antioxidants content it helps to prevent premature skin aging due to inflammation free radical damages.  Continue reading