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ICAR-NRRI Develops Mobile app riceXpert for Rice Growers

New Delhi (ABC Live): Mobile app riceXpert : The ICAR-NRRI ‘ricexpert’ App provides information to farmers in real time on insect pests, nutrients, weeds, nematodes and disease-related problems, rice varieties for different ecologies, farm implements for different field and post harvest operations. It is a web-based application systems which facilitates flow of information from the farmer to the farm scientist and get ... Read More »

Global Wood Production Ups By 8 percent in 2015

Rome – Global Wood Production : Global production of all major wood products grew for the sixth consecutive year in 2015, while trade in wood products decreased slightly, according to new data published by FAO today. The increase was mainly boosted by the continuous economic growth in Asia, a recovering housing market in North America and scaling up of the bioenergy targets. In ... Read More »

FAO Approves Strategic Framework for 2030 SDGs

9 December 2016, Rome (ABC Live): – Strategic Framework for 2030 SDGs: The 155th session of the FAO Council wound down today, with Members giving the thumbs-up to the creation of a new department focused on climate change and approving a fine-tuned strategic framework that fully aligns the Organization’s work with the 2030 Global Agenda. Starting next year, the new Department ... Read More »

Global Agricultural Situation to Improves in 2017: UN Report

8 December 2016 New York (ABC Live): Global Agricultural Situation :This year, the world suffered many weather-related shocks and civil conflicts which pressured food security for many countries, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said today in a new report, which said that while the global agricultural situation is posited to improve in 2017, some 39 countries currently ... Read More »

NPOP Aims to Encourage Organic Farming in India

New Delhi (ABC Live): Organic Farming in India : Ministry of Commerce has implemented the National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP) since 2001. The objectives of NPOP are as under: 1)            To provide the means of evaluation of certification programme for organic agriculture and products (including wild harvest, aquaculture, livestock products) as per the approved criteria. 2)            To accredit certification programmes of ... Read More »

Cabinet Approves Nutrient Based Subsidy for Fertilizers

New Delhi (ABC Live): Nutrient Based Subsidy for Fertilizers; The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has approved the proposal of half yearly review of Nutrient Based Subsidy (NBS) rates for Phosphatic and Potassic (P&K) fertilizers for the year 2016-17. Accordingly, in the interest of farmers, it has been decided to roll over ... Read More »

SPIKE Gene Discovery to Hike Rice Production

New Delhi (ABC Live) : SPIKE Gene :   IRRI breeders had earlier observed traits related to higher yield potential—such as large panicles, large leaves, a vigorous root system, and thick stems—in several Indonesian tropical japonica rice varieties. At the time, however, the specific gene responsible for higher yield among these varieties had not been identified. The discovery of SPIKE gene , ... Read More »

Nutritional Based Subsidy Scheme Brings Fertilizers Price Down

New Delhi (ABC Live): Nutritional Based Subsidy Scheme : Under the NBS Scheme for P(Phosphate) &K(Potash) fertilizers, the Maximum Retail Price (MRP) is fixed by the fertilizer companies as per market dynamics. The MRP of P&K fertilizers depends on the international prices of P&K fertilizers and its raw material and exchange rate. To curb the price rise of P&K fertilizers, ... Read More »

Fertilizer Subsidy Payments Goes DBT

New Delhi (ABC Live): Fertilizer Subsidy Payments: The Government has decided to introduce Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) system for fertilizer subsidy payments. Under the proposed system, 100% subsidy on various fertilizer grades shall be released to the manufacturers and importers on the basis of actual sales made by the retailer to the beneficiaries. Initially, the modified subsidy procedure under DBT ... Read More »

India to Revive Five Defunct Fertilizer Units

New Delhi (ABC Live): Defunct Fertilizer Units : The Government has approved to revive defunct fertilizer units of the Fertilizer Corporation of India Limited (FCIL)/Hindustan Fertilizer Corporation Limited (HFCL) by setting up of new urea plants having capacity of producing 1.27 Million Metric Ton (MMT) Urea per annum at each of the five units namely Talcher, Ramagundam, Gorakhpur and Sindri ... Read More »