Rising Covid cases in India boost demand for organic foods

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When agriculture entrepreneur Sharmila Oswal learnt that her sister, best friend, and nephew were all affected by Covid, she was shaken and began thinking about what could be done to help people build up their immunity. She was convinced that unhealthy food was one of the main reasons for their vulnerability because the majority of crops in India […]

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India allocates Rs 1 lakh crore for strengthening agri-infra, cold storage: Minister Tomar from WEF, Davos

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India’s Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar  informed that the Central government has set up a Rs 1 lakh crore fund under the “Aatmanirbhar package” to strengthen the crops storage infrastructure and reduce post-harvesting losses. Speaking at a discussion on “Unlocking Innovation to Transform Food Systems” during the World Economic Forum’s Davos Agenda summit via video conferencing, he […]

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Pesticide Management Bill 2020 may hurt pesticide manufacturers and farmers: Ajit Kumar

In an interview with Financial Express, Ajit Kumar, Chairman (Technical Committee) — Crop Care Federation of India said that the Pesticide Management Bill, 2020 (PMB), which is tabled in the Rajya Sabha to replace the Insecticides Act, 1968, may hurt sales and profits of pesticide manufacturing companies. Under PMB, farmers will also have to obtain […]

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India needs a robust policy framework in application of agrochemical spray using drones: FICCI-CropLife Paper

A FICCI-CropLife Technical Paper on ‘Drone Usage For Agrochemical Spraying’, released today highlights the application of agrochemical spraying via drones in India, the benefits and potential risk and mitigation strategy around it.  The report was released at a FICCI webinar ‘Drones Application Technology in Spraying for Crop Protection’ by Mr Amber Dubey, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation and  Ms Shomita Biswas, Joint […]

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India’s proposed pesticide bill could discourage fresh investments into agro-chemical business, says CropLife

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A proposed pesticides bill that will replace regulations adopted nearly five decades ago needs more discussion, as some of the provisions are not progressive and would discourage fresh investments in India’s agro-chemical business, a top industry official told Ritwik Sinha in an interview. Asitava Sen, chief executive officer of CorpLife India, an association of leading […]

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India gives thumbs up to farmers for bumper bumper yield during COVID-19

Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, said that the agriculture sector has performed well even during the lockdown due to COVID-19 and the farmers have been able to provide a bumper and quality yield to the country. Addressing a FICCI webinar on “Impact and Implications of COVID19 on Agrochemicals […]

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India’s Maharashtra government urged to use small aircrafts for aerial spraying against locusts

The All Indian Kisan Sabha (AIKS) in Maharashtra has demanded that for the control of locusts in Maharashtra, pesticides be sprayed from small aircraft rather than vehicle-mounted spraying machines as vehicles cannot reach all the corners of the affected areas. General Secretary (Maharashtra) of AIKS, Ajit Navale told BusinessLine that for large-scale spraying, aircraft should be used. […]

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India replaces Insecticides Act, 1968 with Pesticides Management Bill (PMB), 2020

India’s Union Cabinet approved “Pesticides Management Bill (PMB)” which will replace Insecticides Act 1968. The PMB is likely to be introduced in the present session of Parliament for its approval.  Mr. Pradip Dave, President of Pesticides Manufacturers & Formulators Association of India (PMFAI)  said, “About PMB, there are lot of concerns and confusions prevailing in Pesticide Industry […]

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Pesticides spraying using drones is illegal in India, says Centre

Responding to activist’s petition on the increasing use of aerial spraying and consequent damage to the environment, the central government has recently decided to make the pesticides spraying through drones as ‘illegal’. Moreover, the Union Government has clarified that drone-spraying is illegal. “As per the provisions of Insecticides Act 1968, aerial application of pesticides needs […]

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