Agriculture Current Affair 2 July 2020

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Set up product innovation hubs for spices, says ICAR honcho

AK Singh, Deputy Director General (Horticultural Sciences), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), has underscored the need for establishing product innovation hubs dedicated to spices so as to exploit their commercial potential as functional foods, immune boosters, and ingredients in nutraceutical products.

He was delivering the inaugural address at the 25th foundation day programme of Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR), Kozhikode.

Amul seeks ₹160-crore export incentive to get rid of extra skimmed milk powder stock

Faced with ample stocks of skimmed milk powder (SMP) amid demand disruption in the bulk consuming sector, largest dairy player Amul has approached the Gujarat government seeking a ₹160-crore financial incentive to export the surplus stocks.

The Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), which markets the Amul brand of milk products, has approached the Gujarat government for an export incentive on a similar lines of what was granted in later part of 2018.

IAF tweaks its Mi-17 copters for locust fight

To overcome difficulties faced in locust-control operations due to inordinate delays in receiving kits that can be mounted on Indian helicopters, the Indian Air Force has indigenously designed and developed an Airborne Locust Control System (ALCS) for Mi-17 helicopters.

The system, developed by IAF’s No. 3 Base Repair Depot in Chandigarh, which specialises in maintenance of Mi-17 copters, was successfully tested by a team of test pilots and engineers of the Bengaluru-based Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment by carrying out ground and airborne trials of ALCS on the modified Mi-17 helicopter, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

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