Agriculture Current Affair 15 November 2022

Punjab govt notifies sugarcane price hike

The Punjab government on Friday said it has issued a notification regarding Rs 380 per quintal increase in sugarcane rate. In a statement issued here, Agriculture Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal said during the financial year 2022-23, the government increased the price of advanced quality sugarcane at Rs 380 per quintal, medium quality at Rs 370 and late quality Rs 365 per quintal.

The minister further informed that the state government’s share of Rs 50 per quintal will be directly deposited in the accounts of sugarcane farmers and all sugar mills will start crushing sugarcane from November 20.

Small tea growers will have the biggest role to play in shaping the future of tea sector: Piyush Goyal

Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal said that small tea growers will have the biggest role to play in shaping the future of tea sector in India.

He was addressing the Indian Tea Association’s (ITA) International Small Tea Grower’s Convention.

The Minister appreciated the ITA for having played an instrumental role in the development of the tea industry, since its inception in 1881, 141 years ago. He also applauded the ITA and Solidaridad Asia for their efforts to strengthen the small tea growers for ensuring safe source of supply to the factories and to boost exports.

GM mustard sown in 6 field trial plots days before top court took up plea against it

ICAR’s research centre DRMR has planted the genetically modified (GM) mustard hybrid DMH-11 in six field trial plots for evaluation of yields, days before a petition was filed in the top court challenging biotech regulator GEAC’s decision to allow the DMH-11 for “environment release”.

The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC), a regulatory body of the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, had recommended the environmental release of the DMH-11 seed for trials, demonstrations and seed productions under the supervision of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in a meeting on October 18.

Dhara Mustard Hybrid (DMH-11) is a hybrid seed variety — developed by the Centre for Genetic Manipulation of Crop Plants at the Delhi University — that has stirred a storm between scientists, farmers and activists over its environmental release. The anti-GM group has knocked the doors of the Supreme Court.

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