IMD rules out heat wave despite warming trend
Cooler western disturbances marching in
India Meteorological Department (IMD) doesn’t expect heat wave conditions to establish though day temperatures are currently above normal by 3-5 degrees Celsius over most parts of the hills of North-West India and by 2-4 degrees Celsius over the plains and some parts of Central, East and West India.
It expects no significant change in maximum temperatures (day) over most parts of North-West India during the next 2-3 days following which they actually may fall by 2-3 degrees Celsius for subsequent two days due to the calming influence of a cooler western disturbance and associated clouding.
First shipment of red rice exports to US flagged off
Increased exports would enhance incomes of farmers of the Brahmaputra flood plains
The first consignment of red rice, sourced from Assam, was shipped from India to the US on Thursday.
The increased exports of the iron rich “red rice”, locally known as “Bao-dhaan“, would enhance incomes of farming families of the Brahmaputra flood plains, a release issued by the Commerce & Industry Ministry stated.
The red rice, which is grown without the use of chemical fertilisers, is being sourced by LT Foods, the release said.
ICRISAT to help Odisha tribals manage natural resources
The Odisha Government has roped in the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) to help tribals manage natural resources well.
The State Government has signed an agreement with the Hyderabad-based ICRISAT to take up capacity building initiatives for the state’s ‘Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups’ dependent on agriculture.