Agriculture Current Affair 19 September 2020

WTO and fisheries subsidies: India’s proposal for exempting poor countries gains traction

India’s proposal of exempting developing countries with national incomes below a specific threshold level from fishery subsidy cuts at the World Trade Organisation was discussed in details at the on-going negotiations in Geneva with many countries coming out in support while some others opposing it.

“A number of developing countries and coastal economies that supported India’s proposal pointed out that poorer countries needed to continue supporting their artisanal fishers. Some even said that additional subsidies may have to be given as the Covid-19 pandemic had disrupted livelihoods of small fishers,” a Geneva-based trade official told BusinessLine.

Oil palm industry pegs 7 lakh acres of crop potential in Telangana

Even as the Telangana government has identified 25 districts for promotion of oil palm crop, the industry pegs a potential of 7 lakh acres for the edible oil crop in the State.

The industry feels the increased availability of water from the new irrigation projects could give a fillip to oil palm crop.

“Currently, oil palm is grown in only four districts (Nalgonda, Suryapet, Khammam, Bhadradri) in the State, covering an extent of 45,000 acres and yielding 30,000 tonnes of crude palm oil,” Oil Palm Developers and Processors Association (OPDPA) President Sanjay Goenka has said.

‘Pesticide poisoning’: 3 Maharashtra farmers sue Syngenta in Basel

Three farmers from Yavatmal district of Maharashtra filed a civilian suit in a civil court in Basel, Switzerland, on Thursday, seeking monetary compensation against global agrochemical giant Syngenta.

Among the applicants are two women who, they claim, lost their husbands to pesticide poisoning — while spraying Syngenta’s pesticide Polo on cotton fields in 2017.

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