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FSSAI plans labelling of GM foods

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FSSAI plans labelling of GM foods

- The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is planning a regime of labelling genetically modified (GM) foods, which do not exist in India as of now. The move comes after India's apex regulator for GM foods, the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC), approved India's first transgenic food crop GM Mustard for commercial cultivation last month. The environment ministry has to take a final call

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Calls For All Round Development Of Agriculture

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Calls For All Round Development Of Agriculture

- Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today emphasised the need for all round development of agriculture and its allied sector to increase the income of farmers. "The main objective behind formulating agriculture road map is to increase the income of farmers," Mr Kumar said while addressing a gathering of farmers in Patna. The state government has organised a 'Kisan Samagam' at Samrat Ashok Convention Centre (Gyan Bhawan) to seek suggestions from farmers gathered from across the state on the occasion

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AVA issues code of animal welfare for pet owners

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AVA issues code of animal welfare for pet owners

- SINGAPORE: The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) on Thursday (Jun 15) issued a new code of animal welfare for pet owners to take effect on the same day. The Code of Animal Welfare (for Pet Owners) sets out minimum standards which pet owners are expected to meet regarding accountability, animal housing and environment and animal management and care. Published on the AVA's website, the code specifies minimum standards all pet owners should meet, including on diet and feeding; how pets are housed, tethered and transported; what to do if a pet goes missing; as well as care guidelines for specific animals, for instance, cold-climate dog breeds

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Union Cabinet approves sops on short-term crop loan to farmers

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Union Cabinet approves sops on short-term crop loan to farmers

- Farmers have been protesting across the country recently, demanding loan waivers. In a bid to arrest farm distress and protests by farmers across the country demanding loan waivers, the Union Cabinet which met here on Wednesday under Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved a 2 percent interest subsidy on farm loans and an additional three percent for timely repayments. According to government sources, the interest subvention scheme will provide a big relief to debt ridden farmers

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At lifeline of Kerala cattle business, traders, brokers & dairy farmers hit

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At lifeline of Kerala cattle business, traders, brokers & dairy farmers hit

- Business has fallen by three-fourths at the Vaniamkulam livestock market in Kerala’s Palakkad district since the Centre’s notification restricting the sale of cattle for slaughter, says the contractor who runs the market. The weekly market, said to have started seven centuries ago and spanning five-and-a-half acres, is among three major hubs of the cattle trade in Kerala — Kuzhalmannam in Palakkad district and Perumbilavu in Thrissur being the others — and the lifeline of smaller such markets in the state

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Punjab Cotton Farmers' Dilemma: Despite More Crop Yield, Profit Is Meagre

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Punjab Cotton Farmers' Dilemma: Despite More Crop Yield, Profit Is Meagre

- Punjab: Baldev Sharma, 39, from Bathinda's Talwandi Sabo is a third generation cotton farmer. This year he sowed cotton on 12 acres of land compared to last year when the whitefly epidemic, which ravaged cotton crop worth nearly 4,200 crores in Punjab, forced his family to sow only three acres of cotton in the same area. This year, the Punjab government claims farmers like Mr Sharma are likely have a bumper cotton harvest, with cotton acreage doubling in the Malwa region to about 3

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Facing flak from farmers for Re 1 compensation, Karnataka govt calls it 'test case'

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Facing flak from farmers for Re 1 compensation, Karnataka govt calls it 'test case'

- Karnataka government credited one rupee to the bank accounts of farmers for damaged crops. Slamming the Congress government for depositing a compensation of Rupee 1 for the damaged crops in farmers' bank accounts, farmer leader Basavaraj Ingin on Saturday said that this move should be punished by the public. "The Congress Government in Karnataka headed by Siddaramaiah is doing surprisingly wonderful job in compensating drought relief measures

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Glut adds to farmers’ woes

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Glut adds to farmers’ woes

- Bountiful monsoon rains are unlikely to lift India’s rural economy this year, and may instead compound the woes of millions of debt-ridden farmers who are struggling with low prices amid a glut of produce such as lentils, oilseeds and cereals. The South Asian nation is still carrying a huge inventory of food grains from last year’s record harvest as exports were hit by an appreciating rupee, falling global prices and restrictions on overseas shipments

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Eggs Thrown At Agriculture Minister's Vehicle In Bhubaneswar, 5 Arrested

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Eggs Thrown At Agriculture Minister's Vehicle In Bhubaneswar, 5 Arrested

- Bhubaneswar: Youth Congress activists in Odisha today threw eggs at Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh's vehicle and waved black flags near the state guest house in protest against the death of five farmers in Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur district. The incident, which comes two days after Mr Singh asked agitating farmers in Mandsaur to 'practise yoga', took place when the union minster left the state guest house and was on his way to attend a programme on "Sabka Sath Sabka Bikas" in Jatani

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Growing supply glut threatens worse to come for restive Indian farmers

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Growing supply glut threatens worse to come for restive Indian farmers

- MUMBAI: Bountiful monsoon rains are unlikely to lift India's rural economy this year, and may instead compound the woes of millions of debt-ridden farmers who are struggling with low prices amid a glut of produce such as lentils, oilseeds and cereals. The South Asian nation is still carrying a huge inventory of food grains from last year's record harvest as exports were hit by an appreciating rupee, falling global prices and restrictions on overseas shipments

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Some Forces Instigating Farmers' Agitation In Madhya Pradesh: Rajnath Singh

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Some Forces Instigating Farmers' Agitation In Madhya Pradesh: Rajnath Singh

- Mumbai: In the backdrop of violent farmer protests in Madhya Pradesh and death of five peasants in police firing, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said some forces were instigating the agitation and the issue was under investigation. "I feel there is no need of security forces when it comes to farmers' protest. But as per the available information, there are some forces instigating the agitation (in MP)

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How Volvo’s using self-steering trucks to help sugarcane farmers improve crop yield

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How Volvo’s using self-steering trucks to help sugarcane farmers improve crop yield

- A day doesn’t go by without self-driving cars hitting the headlines, with Honda the latest company to reveal its plans — the Japanese carmaker wants autonomous vehicles on city roads by 2025. But long before they hit conurbations around the world, we’re already seeing an uptick in self-driving vehicles used for very specific, niche scenarios. Volvo is one such company that has been ramping up its efforts to test autonomous vehicles in industries to improve speed, safety, and efficiency

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'Practise Yoga': Agriculture Minister's Response On Mandsaur Farmer Deaths

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'Practise Yoga': Agriculture Minister's Response On Mandsaur Farmer Deaths

- Patna: As Mandsaur -- the epicenter of yesterday's violent farmers' protests in Madhya Pradesh -- boils, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh was spotted in Bihar's Motihari, attending a yoga camp led by Ramdev. The yoga event in Motihari, Mr Singh's hometown and parliamentary constituency, was part of a three-day camp organised by Ramdev. In his address to the gathering, the minister said Yoga Guru Ramdev had invited him to Motihari for a three-day visit after a conversation on Mahatma Gandhi's Satyagrah at Champaran

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Day 1 of strike: Farmers put brakes on markets, milk supply in Mumbai and Pune

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Day 1 of strike: Farmers put brakes on markets, milk supply in Mumbai and Pune

- Day one of the farmers’ strike in Maharashtra saw supplies of fruits, vegetables and milk being hit in major cities like Mumbai and Pune. While members of Kisan Kranti, the umbrella organisation of farmers which spearheads this unique strike, maintained that theirs was an apolitical movement, Sadashiv Khot, minister of state for agriculture and marketing, said the protest was politically motivated and was being fomented by “people who have failed in their political career”

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Storm in your cup: Tea prices to rise sharply, may end the 3-year lull

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Storm in your cup: Tea prices to rise sharply, may end the 3-year lull

- Your cup of morning tea is set to cost more. Favourable weather condition at the early stage of the tea season beginning April, revival in rural India and global consumption as well as drop in the crop in Kenya, a key tea producing nation, would ensure a high tea prices in the domestic market, officials of McLeod Russel, world's largest tea plantation company, said

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India lost 1700 ha forest annually from 1962-2002 due to tobacco cultivation: WHO

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India lost 1700 ha forest annually from 1962-2002 due to tobacco cultivation: WHO

- India has lost 1,700 hectares of forest annually between 1962 and 2002 due to cultivation of tobacco in these areas, the WHO today said. On the eve of ‘World No Tobacco Day’, the global health body said that stamping out its use can help nations reduce large-scale environmental degradation. China, Brazil and India are the largest tobacco leaf growers, with China accounting for 3

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  • Farm loan waiver inadequate, will push for inclusion of all farmers says Sharad Pawar
    Farm loan waiver inadequate, will push for inclusion of all farmers says Sharad Pawar

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    Stating the farm loan waiver announced by the Maharashtra government on Saturday is “inadequate”, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday said his party will push for expansion of the ambit of the measure to ensure inclusion of those farmers who are left out. Pawar, however, said the NCP’s stand on the issue will be of “cooperation and coordination” with the government

     

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  • New cattle trade rules rattle Punjab farmers
    New cattle trade rules rattle Punjab farmers

    , thehindu.com

    Farmers and cattle traders in Punjab, who are yet to recover from the losses caused by the Central government’s demonetisation decision, are fearing yet another period of distress following the new rules on prevention of cruelty to animals framed by the Centre. At the Khanna cattle market (mandi), about 70km from the State capital Chandigarh, the anxiety of losing business is palpable among farmers, traders and cattle rearers, who strongly believe that if the new rules are implemented they will hit the farmers, while the traders would suffer eventually

     

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Horticulture

  • FSSAI plans labelling of GM foods
    FSSAI plans labelling of GM foods

    , dnaindia.com

    The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is planning a regime of labelling genetically modified (GM) foods, which do not exist in India as of now. The move comes after India's apex regulator for GM foods, the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC), approved India's first transgenic food crop GM Mustard for commercial cultivation last month. The environment ministry has to take a final call

     

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  • AVA issues code of animal welfare for pet owners
    AVA issues code of animal welfare for pet owners

    , channelnewsasia.com

    SINGAPORE: The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) on Thursday (Jun 15) issued a new code of animal welfare for pet owners to take effect on the same day. The Code of Animal Welfare (for Pet Owners) sets out minimum standards which pet owners are expected to meet regarding accountability, animal housing and environment and animal management and care. Published on the AVA's website, the code specifies minimum standards all pet owners should meet, including on diet and feeding; how pets are housed, tethered and transported; what to do if a pet goes missing; as well as care guidelines for specific animals, for instance, cold-climate dog breeds

     

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  • Loan waiver in Maharashtra not helping farmers: Uddhav Thackeray
    Loan waiver in Maharashtra not helping farmers: Uddhav Thackeray

    , indianexpress.com

    A day after the BJP-led Maharashtra government unveiled a mega Rs 34,022-crore farm loan waiver scheme, its ally the Shiv Sena again sounded a discordant note, saying it was not useful at all. Kick-starting the party’s Shetkari Samwad Yatra (farmer outreach campaign) at Pimpalgaon in Nashik district, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said, “The government has decided to waive outstanding loans up to June 30 last year

     

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