NAFED to procure 20 lakh tonnes each of pulses, oilseeds at MSP

India’s central government’s National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation (NAFED) is planning to buy 20 lakh tonne of mustard and 15-20 lakh tonne of pulses in the ongoing rabi (winter-sown) harvesting season at the minimum support price (MSP). NAFED will buy pulses and oilseeds on behalf of the government to provide MSP to farmers. The co-operative […]

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India’s rapeseed production may hit record 8.5 million tonnes in 2018-19: SEA

Rapeseed production in India in 2018/19 is expected to rise nearly 19 per cent from a year earlier to a record 8.5 million tonnes due to conducive weather and as higher prices prompted farmers to expand areas under planting, a leading trade body Solvent Extractors’ Association of India (SEA) said in a statement. Rapeseed mustard […]

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India again holds back approval of genetically modified mustard

The Indian government has refused to approve the commercial release of a locally developed genetically modified mustard, an Environment Ministry document has revealed. India has faced stiff opposition to lab-altered food from domestic activists and politicians. The mustard variety would have been the first transgenic food crop to be allowed for commercial cultivation. But the environment ministry’s Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee […]

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Daily Masala

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India says all the public health issues related to GM mustard have been addressed

India has said that all public health related issues around genetically modified (GM) mustard have been addressed, the environment minister said in a response to a question in parliament. Anil Madhav Dave said the food safety issues around GM mustard have been assessed by all members and sub-committees of the main Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee […]

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