Agriculture Current Affair 25 January 2020

India seeks provisions to check harmful fishing

More than 110 countries including India have made a strong pitch to put in place effective special provisions for developing countries to check harmful fishing, citing concerns on fish people’s livelihood, food security and developing capacities, at the World Trade Organisation.

The push was made in the first of the six clusters of fish subsidy talks held last week at WTO, aimed at securing a global agreement on reducing harmful fisheries subsidies by June this year, said officials familiar with the development.

Fix farm distress, boost rural demand

Higher spending for creating agricultural infrastructure, including storage facilities, and putting more money in the hands of people in rural parts of the country to boost demand are some major challenges before Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who will present her second Union Budget on February 1.

The agriculture sector is currently passing through a crisis situation. Production levels remain high, but the domestic demand is not picking up. There was a whopping 16 per cent drop in the export of agricultural produce in the first seven months of the current financial year as compared to the corresponding period in the previous year. But it is ironical that despite all this, food prices remain high.

Agriculture Ministry working to strengthen farm logistics in e-NAM

The Ministry for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare organised the first National consultative workshop on Strengthening Agri-Logistics in e-National Agriculture Market (e-Nam) in Delhi on January 21. Till date, 585 mandis across 16 States and 2 UTs have been integrated on e-NAM portal. Speaking on the occasion the Union Minister for Agriculture Shri Narendra Singh Tomar said the government is also committed to realizing the Prime Minister’s vision of doubling farmers’ income by 2022.

The workshop saw participation Union Minister of state for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Purushottam Rupala and Agriculture Secretary Shri Sanjay Aggarwal besides industry representatives and start-ups in the agri-business space who deliberated on challenges in setting up an agri-logistics platform and a solution for it. Neelkamal Darbari, Managing Director, Small Farmers’ Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC) which is the implementing agency for eNAM, spoke about advent of latest technologies including Blockchain, AI and Internet of Things (IoT) and their interventions in agri-logistics for better information flow, and adding value in terms of growth & expansion of the sector.

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