Agriculture Current Affair 7 August 2020

Keeping locusts away, the herbal way

Is there an effective — and that too eco-friendly — solution to the menacing problem of locusts that has left authorities splitting their hair?

An Erode-based farmer innovator, GV Sudarshan, felicitated by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) last year, thinks that a herbal concoction that he has developed after a few years of research can serve as an anti-feedant that will keep away these migratory pests, which have affected several lakhs of hectares of croplands in many States, particularly Rajasthan

Called HerboLiv+, the product developed by Sudarshan’s firm Mivipro Products Limited and validated by Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore, is found to have a much bigger role in solving man-animal conflicts in an environment-friendly manner.

Herboliv+, made of extracts of a few herbs and cow byproducts, is found to be anti-repellent for a wide variety of animals, including boars, elephants, monkeys, nilghai, peacocks and rodents.

Cargill invests $15 m for cattle supplements plant in Maharashtra

Global food major Cargill on Thursday said it has invested $15 million (about ₹100 crore) to set up a ‘high-pressure’ hydrogenation plant in Maharashtra (Kurkumbh) to manufacture health and nutrition supplement bypass fats for dairy cattle.

At a virtual briefing, Keerthy Pethaiyan, Regional Director, Cargill Bioindustrial, India, said, “This launch is in line with our ambitions of continuing to remain the leading supplier and trusted partners for feed millers and farmers in the country. We have made an investment of $15 million to set up this plant and it will have an annual capacity of 35,000 tonnes, making it one of the largest facilities to manufacture bypass fats and speciality waxes in the country.”

More than 200 firms get CPCRI’s technology benefits

The Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI) at Kasaragod in Kerala has transferred its technologies to more than 200 firms in the country till now, according to its Director, Anita Karun.

Inaugurating a webinar on ‘Technology, finance and policy support for coconut MSMEs’, on Thursday, she said that the 104-year-old institute has developed more than 30 technologies for the benefit of plantation sector.

Stating that the commercialisation of the technologies started in 2008, she said CPCRI has signed memorandum of agreement (MoU) with more than 200 firms for the transfer of these technologies till now.

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