Agriculture Current Affair 10 March 2020

How skilling/reskilling is transforming the rubber industry

The skill development initiatives now underway in the rubber industry have brought in tangible benefits, including good increase in productivity in the plantation sector, better safety process for road transport, and a new wave of entrepreneurship.

Rubber Skill Development Council (RSDC), a sector-specific skill council for the rubber sector promoted by All India Rubber Industries Association (AIRIA) and Automotive Tyre Manufacturers’ Association (ATMA) in collaboration with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), has been focusing on skill/reskill development & training needs of the plantation, tyre and non-tyre sectors of the industry.

RSDC has been allocated a sum of ₹250 crore by the Government for a four-year period with a mandate to reskill about 10 lakh people in the rubber industry under project ‘Saamarth’.

Deforestation for coffee, tobacco production ups malaria risk: Study

 The international trade of exports including coffee, timber, cocoa, palm oil, and tobacco is driving 20 per cent of the malaria risk in deforestation hot spots of the world, according to a study.The research, published in the journal Nature Communications, is the first to link global demand for consumer goods that increase deforestation to a rise in malaria risk in humans.

IEA sees Covid-19 destroying global oil demand growth
Even as the energy markets are collapsing with the rapid spread of the dreaded coronavirus (Covid-19) across countries, global oil demand is set to decline in 2020, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has said in a report published from Paris today.The IEA sees a deep contraction in oil consumption in China as demand this year drops for the first time since 2009 following major disruptions to global trade and travel. As the world’s largest energy consumer, the Asian major accounted for almost 80 per cent of the global oil demand growth last year.With the spread of Covid-19 well beyond China, the IEA has cut its base case global oil demand forecast by 1.1 million barrels per day (bpd). In its base case scenario, IEA sees oil demand fall by 90,000 bpd, while in an optimistic high case scenario, oil demand could rise by 480,000 bpd. In the pessimistic low case, where countries facing the virus attack are slow to recover, the damage to oil demand could be as high as 780,000 bpd.

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