‘RCEP will pose great challenge to dairy, engineering, agriculture sectors
In a meeting held at the Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI), representatives of the industries under the leadership of Mitesh Modi, convenor of representation cell of SGCCI and a chartered accountant, took part. Representatives from the agriculture, dairy and engineering industries on Wednesday expressed their concern over the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement saying they would face great challenges on its implementation.
In a meeting held at the Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI), representatives of the industries under the leadership of Mitesh Modi, convenor of representation cell of SGCCI and a chartered accountant, took part. “RCEP will affect all the industries. The government should improve infrastructure, provide financial assistance to industries and reduce interest rates of loans. The SGCCI will make representations to the government on these,” said Modi. Rajnikant Marfatia, former president of SGCCI associated with the textile industry, said, “China will dump its products in Indian market at cheaper rates. The business of small players will be majorly affected… To sustain, small businessmen will have to come on to a single platform and form a cluster to produce standardised items. A representation should be made to the government for non-tariff barriers.”
India yet to ratify a global safety regime for fishing vessels
India, ranked third in fisheries, is yet to ratify a global regulatory regime adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for safety of fishing vessels. A three-day ministerial conference, co-hosted by the IMO, began in Torremolinos, Spain to garner support to push forward ratification and entry into force of the Cape Town Agreement that seeks to introduce mandatory safety measures for fishing vessels of 24 metres and over in length.
The Cape Town Agreement was adopted by the IMO in 2012 to help combat illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing. The treaty will enter into force 12 months after at least 22 nations, with an aggregate 3,600 fishing vessels of 24 metres and over in length operating on the high seas, have expressed their consent to be bound by it. Thus far, 13 countries have ratified the Cape Town Agreement: Belgium, Congo, Cook Islands, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, The Netherlands, Norway, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Sao Tome and Principe, South Africa and Spain.
Microplastics in soil threatens earthworms’ growth
Earthworms exposed to plastic chemicals from bottles and carry bags lost on average 3.1% in weight, while those without added microplastics had a 5.1% increase in weight
Microplastic contamination in soil is threatening the growth of earthworms, according to a new study.
Earthworms ingest dead organic matter, help maintain healthy soil as well as contribute to the availability of nutrients in the soil.
Their stunting growth can affect development of plants and functioning of the soil ecosystem, showed the study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. It is the first to measure the effects of microplastics on endogeic worms, which live in the top soil.
To understand, a team of researchers from the Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in the United Kingdom examined the impact of different types of microplastics such as biodegradable polylactic acid (PLA), high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and microplastic clothing fibres (acrylic and nylon) on Aporrectodea rosea (rosy-tipped earthworm).
They planted Lolium perenne (perennial ryegrass), along with the microplastics; and also without adding microplastics. Both were examined for 30 days.