West Bengal exports GI certified Fazil mango variety to Bahrain: Commerce Ministry


A consignment of GI certified Fazil mango variety sourced from Malda district of West Bengal was exported to Bahrain, the commerce ministry said on Saturday. The ministry said that in June 2021, a week-long Indian mango promotion programme was organised in Bahrain where 16 varieties of the fruit including three GI certified Khirsapatin and Lakshmanbhog […]

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Indians drive into online grocery shops to buy everything from mithai to masalas


Indian consumers have been increasingly buying grocery online in a trend that is now being dubbed irreversible since the coronavirus pandemic piloted the country’s first lockdown last year, shuttering supermarket and neighbourhood mom-and-pop stores. The convenience of a few clicks on laptops or smartphones from the safety of home that gets groceries delivered to the […]

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Scientists find high emissions of ozone-destroying gases, pointing to illegal manufacture and use


Scientists have discovered higher-than-expected levels of ozone-destroying chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) gases in the atmosphere—strongly suggesting illegal manufacture, use and emissions, the Environmental Investigation Agency reported on Tuesday. The findings were published in Nature Communications on 18 May by a group of scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and the University of Bristol. Their […]

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A cup of tea… or cha?


Did you know that most of the world uses the same two words for tea? One variation is the one used in English (tea), French (thé), Spanish (té) and Dutch (thee). The other is a variation of chá (in Mandarin and Cantonese), such as chai in Hindi, shay in Arabic and chay in Russian. There’s […]

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Urgent agricultural reforms needed to feed India’s growing population – report


Fundamental reforms in agri-food system is the need of the hour if production has to be increased to feed India’s growing population that is soon set to surpass that of China, a report submitted to a UN conference said. India’s reforms need to focus on lowering transaction costs to achieve marketing efficiency in order to […]

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Demand upsurge of plant-based meat alternatives in India


From beverages, cheeses to imitation meats, plant-based alternatives are on an ascent worldwide, constituting a billion-dollar industry.  In April this year Beyond Meat, a Los Angeles-based popular alternate protein brand, launched in India. It tied up with Tiffany Foods, a subsidiary of Allana Group of Companies, one of the largest exporter of processed foods and […]

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Trucks carry the Covid-19 vaccines, but how many truckers are vaccinated?


Martin Scorsese—the director who whets America’s obsession with gang movies—in his 2019 film ‘The Irishman’ inadvertently touched upon the vital cog of commodities: trucks and the American truck union Teamsters. The unsolved disappearance in 1975 of Jimmy Hoffa, President of America’s largest union Teamsters—they had enormous liquidity with pension funds and it is believed that […]

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Seven rules of thumb to follow in aquaponics


From a media bed unit start-up in Bangkok to a fully developed 120 households deep water culture (DWC) unit in Ethiopia, aquaponics is showcasing its true potential to produce sustainable food anytime, anywhere. A marriage between aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as fish, snails or prawns in tanks) and hydroponics (cultivating plants in water), aquaponics […]

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