Agriculture Current Affair 10 January 2020

Gujarat Agro Industries launches imported water-soluble fertilizers

In a bid to encourage use of high-grade agri-inputs, the Gujarat Agro Industries Corporation (GAIC) has launched imported water-soluble fertilizers in Ahmedabad.

The state agency, which promotes agro-based industries in Gujarat, has already imported 300 tonnes of water-soluble fertilizers from China.

GAIC’s role will be to import, package and sell the imported water-soluble fertilizers to the farmers through its network of dealers across the State. The new-generation fertilizers will be sold in the market under its brand – ‘AGRO’. It also plans to launch customised grades of stage-specific and crop-specific fertilizers.

Marine scientists propose trawl ban within 12 nautical miles

Marine scientists have called for a complete ban on trawling in the territorial waters within 12 nautical miles. These areas should be demarcated as exclusive zone for small-scale fishermen, they said. This was on top priority of the recommendations of the third international marine symposium on marine ecosystems (MECOS 3) held at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) which concluded on Friday.

CIRCOT Launches Pilot Project on Lint based Cotton Trading to Augment in Doubling Farmer’s Income

The ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology, Mumbai launched a Pilot Project for trading of the seed cotton on the basis of lint realization or Ginning Percentage (GP). The Project has been launched in association with the major Cotton Mandi of Central India i.e. Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC), Hinganghat, Wardha, Maharashtra. The Pilot Project is being implemented under the leadership of Dr. P.G. Patil, Director, ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai through the Institute’s Ginning Training Centre at Nagpur.

The main objective of the project is to assure the higher prices to the farmers than the Minimum Support Prices (MSP).


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