India’s agriculture ministry to test 11,000 seed varieties for IPR certification

The Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Right Authority (PPVFRA) under the agriculture ministry is conducting field testing and assessments of more than 11,000 new seed varieties of cereals, cotton, vegetables, oilseeds, flowers, spices and legume crops for ascertaining their uniqueness. The idea is to protect rights of plant breeders through the grant of intellectual […]

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Bangladesh likely to import Bt cotton from India

With Bangladesh likely to approve commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) Bt cotton varieties sourced from an Indian company soon, seed manufacturers in the country have urged for regulatory approval of the new generation of herbicide-tolerant Bt (HTBt) cotton varieties whose application is pending with Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC). In a report in Dhaka […]

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World’s second largest Refurbished Gene Bank for crops and plants inaugurated at NBPGR, Delhi

Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar  inaugurated the second largest Advanced National Gene Bank at the ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR), Pusa, Delhi. The minister praised Indian farmers for quickly dealing with various challenges in the agricultural sector. Underlining Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s vision to benefit the farming community, Tomar asserted Centre’s commitment to […]

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NCDEX launches guar seed and guar gum futures contract on NCDEX GUAREX

The National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX) on Monday launched futures contract on NCDEX GUAREX. NCDEX GUAREX is a price-based index that will track the price movement in the futures contracts of its underlying like Guar Seed and Guar Gum Refined Splits on a real-time basis. “I take pride in announcing the launch of NCDEX […]

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Indian IT giant HCL to donate quality seeds to 20,000 farmers in UP

To ensure that farmers’ livelihood is not hit during the second wave of the pandemic, IT firm HCL Technologies has decided to donate quality seeds to 20,000 farmers in Hardoi and Lucknow districts of Uttar Pradesh, ahead of kharif sowing. This initiative is being undertaken as part of HCL Samuday, a flagship programme of HCL Foundation, the philanthropic arm of HCL Technologies. Apart from seeds, the […]

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India’s castor seeds output estimated to be 6.3% lower this year: SEA

The Solvent Extractors’ Association of India (SEA) has provided the crop estimate for castorseed for 2020-21. As per the estimate, the yield of castorseed this year is estimated to dip by 6.3%, primarily on account of unfavorable weather.   As per the third field survey done in the castor growing areas of India, the overall output of this oilseed this year […]

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