Agriculture Current Affair 18 September 2020

‘Make wild edible fruit cultivation part of agroforestry, horticultural programmes’

There is a need to bring large-scale cultivation of selected wild edible fruits of nutritional and medicinal value in agroforestry, horticultural and reforestation programmes, according to an expert.

Speaking at a national webinar on ‘Wild edible fruits: Status, conservation and sustainable utilisation’, organised by the Kodagu-based College of Forestry, Babu KR, Assistant Professor at the college, said the above measure will be one of the supporting factors for strengthening the market chain and commercialisation of wild edible fruits.

India’s organic soyameal exports to US grow 11%

Amid growing resistance for the genetically modified crops in the United States, India’s organic soyabean meal is gaining traction with increased exports to the country.

The latest data shared by the Solvent Extractors’ Association of India (SEA) shows that India exported over 93,000 tonnes of organic soyabean meal during April to August 2020 period, about 11 per cent higher from about 84,000 tonnes exported in the same period last year.

Sardar Sarovar Narmada dam attains full reservoir level

Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada river, the lifeline of Gujarat, on Thursday, reached its full reservoir level at 138.68 meters, with inflow of water in excess of 55,000 cusecs continuing from the upstream.

At full reservoir level, the dam’s live storage capacity has reached 4.37 million acre feet (sufficient to cover nearly 44 lakh acres with one foot of water).

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