Agriculture Current Affair 17 November 2022

Mills in states like UP sell around 5 lakh tonnes of sugar export quota at premium

Sugar mills in states like Uttar Pradesh, which do not have nearby ports to undertake exports, have sold about 5 lakh tonnes of their export quota at premium in the range of Rs 2,500-4,000/tonne amid firm global prices. The 2022-23 sugar export policy announced on November 5 allowed exports of 6 million tonnes of sweetener on a quota-basis till May 31.

Mills were allowed to export themselves or through exporters or swap with domestic sale quota of any other mills.

Speaking to PTI, the All India Sugar Trade Association (AISTA) chairman Praful Vithalani said sugar mills located in states like Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Chattisgarh do not have nearby ports to undertake exports, and even if they want to export from other ports, the transportation cost is huge.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma launches Assam Millet Mission

With a view to expanding and increasing millet cultivation across the state, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma launched Assam Millet Mission.

Along with launching the Millet Mission, Chief Minister Dr. Sarma also inaugurated six Soil Testing and Quality Control Laboratory at Bongaigaon, Morigaon, Udalguri, Golaghat, Karimganj and Darrang and two knowledge centres at Dhemaji and Titabor virtually at the same programme. Synchronizing with the programme, Sarma also started the process of distributing 126 combined harvester, 1000 mini trucks, 450 village level farm machinery bank, 12000 Solar PV Pump Set, 8500 five HP Diesel Pump set, 5091 power tillers, seeds 223963 quintals, 1461 multipurpose pulveriser.

Sarma said, “In the annals of agriculture history of the state, it is a historic day. The day which marks the launching of Assam Millet Mission is targeted to raise nutrition quotient and doubling of farmers’ income. The mission will also increase crop productivity and contribute to crop diversification”.

Kochi to host global conference on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan to inaugurate the Global Symposium on November 20

The 8 th Global Symposium on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries (GAF8) will be held from November 21-23 at IMA House in Kochi.

The conference is organized by the Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries Section of the Asian Fisheries Society, ICAR- Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Kochi, and the Society of Fisheries Technologists (India) (SOFTI).

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan will inaugurate the conference on November 20.

The eighth in the global series, GAF8 is themed on ‘Shaping the Future: Gender Justice for Sustainable Aquaculture & Fisheries and is highlighted through various sub-themes related to the gender issues in the fisheries sector.

The aim of the conference is to bring forward gender issues in the aquaculture and fisheries sector and discuss potential solutions through a gendered lens. The conference will provide a platform for gaining new insights and establishing networks of stakeholders associated with fisheries and related activities from various parts of the world.

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