Agriculture Current Affair 20 April 2020

CIFT to produce formalin test kits to check adulteration in fish

To check adulteration in fish, the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology is producing formalin test kits for distribution among health department officials and other agencies.

The Kochi- based CIFT was prompted to begin production of these kits following the closure of the private laboratory in Mumbai making the kits.

CN Ravishankar, Director, CIFT, said CIFT laboratories in Mumbai, Veraval, Vishakapatnam, and Kochi would make the kits. The institute will also provide technical support to Kerala State Food Safety Commissionerate in ensuring the quality and freshness of fish. Large quantities of adulterated and spoiled fish are dumped into Kerala from neighbouring States, say sources in the fishery sector.

Conservation agriculture key to better income, environment protection

Resorting to conservation agriculture would not only increase crop yield, income and reduce the use of natural resources, but would also confer climate change benefits, according to a study by Indian agricultural scientists and others published in an international journal on Thursday.

The study, published in the journal Nature Sustainability, also showed that conservation agriculture was key to meeting many of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) such as no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, climate action and clean water. Conservation agriculture can offer positive contributions to several SDGs, said M. L. Jat, a Principal Scientist at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and first author of the study.

Mustard oil processing to take 3-4 weeks to normalise

Faced with multiple challenges involving labour shortage, supply chain disruptions and raw material sourcing, the mustard oil producing industry eyes at least 3-4 weeks to restore operations.

The new mustard crop harvest has begun and the industry anticipates a good crop. However, supply disruptions triggered by the lockdown since March 25 have made seed availability a challenge causing a temporary spurt in the prices.

Vivek Puri, Managing Director, Puri Oil Mills Limited – which markets P Mark Mustard Oil, said the oil prices have risen due to disruptions affecting the cost-sensitive industry and the consumers alike.

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