Agriculture Current Affair 1 April 2021

NCML inks pact with Agriculture Skill Council to provide skill training in the sector

Move to benefit agri warehousing and agri-supply chain industry

The National Collateral Management Limited (NCML) has inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Agriculture Skill Council of India (ASCI) to provide skill training in the agriculture sector.

The partnership will enable a continuous learning framework leading to training and development of resources in the agriculture industry. It will also benefit the agriculture warehousing industry.

Govt cannot stop the spread of GM tech, says Maharashtra farmers’ body

Farmers are cultivating herbicide-tolerant Bt (HTBt) cotton and Bt brinjal notwithstanding with Union Government’s ban on genetically modified (GM) crops and soon farmers will start field trials on other GM crops including maize, soya and papaya, said Anil Ghanwat, President of Shetkari Sanghatana (SS).

Ghanwat is one of the members of the Supreme Court-appointed committee to study the three new agricultural laws introduced by the central government. The panel subitted its report on March 19 to the apex court.

India locks horns with China at WTO

Questions import barriers on shrimp, continued ban on buffalo meat

Locking horns with China at the WTO, India has questioned the fresh barriers on shrimp imports imposed by the country and also challenged the validity of the continued ban on buffalo meat from India, a Geneva-based official has said.

China defended its decisions by arguing that India did not share enough information to ensure traceability of shrimps. It cited continued risk of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in India for the ban on import of buffalo meet and said that the restrictions would be lifted only when the disease was effectively controlled. “At the recent meeting of the WTO Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures, India expressed concerns about the new format of health certificate proposed by China for shrimp imports and pointed out that the viruses to be tested for do not pose any threat to human health,” the official said.

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