FSSAI sets norms limiting use of industrial trans-fats by 2022
With the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) setting January 1, 2022 as the deadline for limiting trans-fat levels in food products and edible oils and fats to 2 per cent, India will join a club of about 40 countries globally that are formulating policies for elimination of trans-fats from their food supply chains.
Industrially produced trans fatty acids (TFAs) are bad fats and associated with high cholesterol and heart diseases and elimination of trans-fats from diets is considered crucial for prevention of heart diseases according to health experts. For instance, trans-fats are majorly present in vanaspati which is used to prepare mithai and fried foods, margarine and bakery shortenings used to make cakes, pastries and puffs.
Arecanut production sees 55% jump in 5 years
Arecanut production in the country has seen a growth of 55 per cent over the last five years, if the written reply in Rajya Sabha is any indication.
The total arecanut production increased from 7.13 lakh tonnes (lt) in 2015-16 to 11.07 lt in 2019-20, registering a growth of 55.25 per cent.
Agri-tech can attract $10 billion investment over the next 10 years: FICCI-PwC report
The Indian agri-tech ecosystem has the potential to attract investments of over $10 billion over the next ten years, according to a FICCI-PwC report.
Titled “Agri-start-ups: Heralding next level of agricultural transformation,” the report reveals that the existing start-ups in the country, estimated at over 600, account for merely one per cent of the potential market opportunity estimated at $24 billion. This connotes of the immense potential for agri start-ups in the country, the report said.