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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 »

World to Organize World Food Day on October 16

New Delhi (ABC Live);World Food Day :On 16 October 1945, 42 countries assembled in Quebec, Canada, to create the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Their goal was to free humanity from hunger and malnutrition, and to effectively manage the global food system – more information on FAO’s origin is available here. FAO celebrates World Food Day ... Read More »

FAO Confirms Lowest Global Food Grains Prices

6 October 2016 –New York (ABC Live): Global Food Grains Prices  : With prices for most of the internationally-traded agricultural commodities, especially for the staple grains remaining relatively ‘low and stable,’ it is expected the global food import prices will fall to a six-year low, the United Nations agricultural agency said today. “Record global production forecasts for this year’s wheat ... Read More »

AFES Genetically Engineered Mustard Report Gets Comments

New Delhi (ABC Live): AFES Genetically Engineered Mustard Report  : A total of 759 comments were received from various stakeholders on the Assessment of Food and Environmental Safety (AFES) report on environmental release of Genetically Engineered Mustard, during the consultation period (till 5.30 PM on 05.10.2016). All the comments received by the GEAC Secretariat have been sent to the Sub-Committee ... Read More »

International Year of Pulses 2016 Argues Higher Intake

Rome (ABC Live): International Year of Pulses  2016 : The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses (IYP) (A/RES/68/231) The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been nominated to facilitate the implementation of the Year in collaboration with Governments, relevant organizations, non-governmental organizations and all other relevant stakeholders. The IYP 2016 aims to ... Read More »