COMMENT – Genome editing offers new ray of hope to tackle malnutrition

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Plant-based diets have been recommended for better planetary health also as it would be more sustainable with lower environmental impacts and improving food and nutritional security of the generations. There is an urgent need to transform current diets for improving health of the population and to achieve equity in benefits at social, economic and environmental […]

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Interview: India has the best retail food hypermarket business potential

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Grand Hypermarket, a major retail chain in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region which is part of Dubai headquartered business conglomerate Regency Group, is now eyeing for big ticket expansion in India – both in the consumer facing and procurement domains.  According to Dr Anvar Ameen, Managing Director of over $1 billion annual sales retail chain, Grand […]

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Seven rules of thumb to follow in aquaponics

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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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Budget 2021-22: Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees (APMCs) to get access to Agriculture Infrastructure Fund

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In the Union Budget 2021-22, Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, announced that Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees (APMCs) will become eligible beneficiaries to utilize the 1 lakh crore financing facility under Agriculture Infrastructure Fund (AIF) to enhance infrastructure at regulated markets, commonly known as Mandis. APMCs are state controlled markets that are setup to provide market linkages to farmers. […]

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MSAMB and APEDA set up 18 clusters to push raisin and jaggery exports

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The Maharashtra State Agriculture Marketing Board (MSAMB) has called for a coordination meeting of various stakeholders including processors, exporters, suppliers, farmers to chalk out an action plan to encourage exports of raisin and jaggery from the state. The government of Maharashtra is planning to give an extra push to raisin and jaggery exports from the […]

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Under PM SVANidhi, loans to street vendors go up by 700% in 3 months

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PM SVANidhi, the micro-credit scheme by the Modi government, for micro or nano entrepreneurs such as street vendors has enabled disbursement of 11,80,589 loan applications involving Rs 1,160 crore, according to the data available on the scheme’s website. The scheme has already received over 30.68 lakh loan applications out of which more than 16.52 lakh […]

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NAFED to roll out its first Farmer Facilitation Centre (FFC) in Maharashtra

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The National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) is all set to roll out its first farmer facilitation centre (FFC) for farmer producer companies (FPCs) in Maharashtra in the first week of January 2021. The facility is part of the initiative of NAFED to establish e-Kisan Mandis that would use the online model to […]

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Retail inflation benign in November; WPI inflation at 9-month high of 1.55%

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The prices of household items remained moderate in the month of November 2020. Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation, also known as retail inflation, decreased from 7.61 per cent in October to 6.93 per cent in November, according to the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation. The rise in food prices also moderated from 11 per […]

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Global food import bill may exceed last year’s level despite pandemic – FAO

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The global food import bill for this year is expected to remain close to last year’s level, and may even exceed it slightly due to higher prices of most food commodities in wake of the pandemic, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said in a report.   World food markets are showing surprisingly strong resilience despite initial […]

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