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India Revives Five Closed Fertilizer Plants

New Delhi (ABC Live): Closed Fertilizer Plants : Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Chemicals & Fertilizers, Shri Mansukh L.Mandaviya, in a written reply to a question on revival of closed fertilizer plants in Rajya Sabha today, informed that at present eight fertilizer public sector plants have been lying closed. Out of these closed plants presently five plants …

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Global Spices Trade Adopts Codex Standards

New Delhi (ABC Live): Codex Standards :In a major recognition of India’s efforts to benchmark global spices trade, the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) has adopted three Codex standards for black, white and green pepper, cumin and thyme, paving the way for universal agreement on identifying quality spices in various countries. The member-countries of CAC, the international food standards-setting body which …

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India Becomes Fertilizers Surplus Country

New Delhi (ABC Live): Fertilizers Surplus Country :Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Shipping, Road Transport & Highways, Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya, in written replies to two questions in Lok Sabha today, said that the availability of fertilizers far exceeds their requirement in the country. Nowadays, scarcity of fertilizers has become a thing of the past in the country which …

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Know Welfare Schemes for Indian Farmers

New Delhi (ABC Live):Welfare Schemes  : Government of India is according high priority for welfare of the farmers and is implementing several farmers’ welfare schemes to revitalize agriculture sector and to improve their economic conditions. The Government has rolled out a number of new initiatives like Soil Health Card Scheme, Neem Coated Urea, Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY), Pradhan Mantri …

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CFS Seeks Support for Four Countries Facing Famine

Rome (ABC Live): CFS  :With famine looming in four countries, the United Nations-backed Committee on World Food Security (CFS) stressed today the need to rally support for both immediate relief to people at risk and for longer-term initiatives. “Governments, civic groups and businesses need to rally support for both immediate relief to people in countries at risk of famine and longer-term …

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Assam Gets Indian Agricultural Research Institute

New Delhi (ABC Live): Indian Agricultural Research Institute :The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the setting up of Indian Agricultural Research Institute (lARI) in Assam.  The proposal of Department of Agriculture Research and Education (DARE) / Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) under the scheme, the establishment of the “Indian Agricultural Research …

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IFAD Releases Rural Development Report 2016

New Delhi (ABC Live): IFAD Releases Rural Development Report 2016, a distinguishing feature of this report is that it examines rural development in the context of the transformation of rural areas and the wider economy – rural transformation and structural transformation The world is changing rapidly, across urban and rural areas. Growing demand for food – driven by population increase …

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FAO Issues Climate Change Guidelines for Farming

New York (ABC Live):Climate Change Guidelines :The United Nations agricultural agency today unveiled guidelines to help Governments balance the needs of farming and climate change when making decisions, such as whether to refill a dried up lake or focus instead on sustainably using the forest on its shore. “Medium to long-term adaptation planning is crucial to build climate resilience and food …

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FAO Asks Urgent Action to Save 20 Million from Hanger

Rome (ABC Live): FAO :Urgent action is needed to save the lives of people facing famine in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, FAO Directory-General José Graziano da Silva said today at the opening of the UN agency’s Council. “If nothing is done, some 20 million people could starve to death in the next six months,” the Director-General said in …

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FAO Sets New Norms for International Trade Plants-Seeds

New Delhi (ABC Live):International Trade Plants-Seeds :A United Nations commission overseeing plant health has adopted a new global standard to ensure that International Trade in Plants-Seeds – vital to feed the world’s population – is free from agricultural pests and disease-causing bugs. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the threat of transmission of pests – unwanted stowaways – on …

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