Agriculture Current Affair 25 October 2020

India’s first women-led manure co-op gets ‘Sudhan’ trademark for organic fertilisers

In a major push for green energy generation and manure management, India’s first women-led manure cooperative society in Anand district has been granted National Dairy Development Board (NDDB)’s trademark ‘Sudhan’ for making bio slurry-based organic fertilisers.

The newly-established Mujkuva Sakhi Khad (manure) Sahakari Mandli was granted NDDB’s trademark ‘Sudhan’ for manufacturing bio slurry-based organic fertilisers.

‘Urban heat island’ phenomenon responsible for heavy rains in short spells

The growing urban heat island phenomenon in urban areas is responsible for cloud bursts, which bring heavy rains in short spells, as seen in Hyderabad. Such heavy bursts are difficult for urban infrastructure to handle, according to a climate change expert.

Connecting the recent rains in Hyderabad and earlier experiences at Chennai and Mumbai, Dr Ancha Srinivasan, Climate Change Advisor, Asian Development Bank for South-East Asia, said, “This is a La Nina year, which is responsible for capture of more moisture and resultant precipitation as witnessed in Hyderabad recently. The La Nina is responsible for high precipitation in short spells and high rates of moisture retention by clouds, high temperature and heat waves and long periods of drought. This results in warming of the surfaces of seas and oceans and increasing evaporation.”

As onion prices sizzle, Centre clamps stock limits

Barely a month after President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to amend the Essential Commodities Act to stop the stocking of certain food produce, the Centre on Friday used the same piece of legislation to impose stock limits on onion, whose prices have started climbing in markets across the country.

Leena Nandan, Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs, said the government took the decision to impose stock limits of 25 tonnes on wholesalers and 2 tonnes on retailers till December 31 as market prices of the bulb breached the trigger for invoking the clause of ‘extraordinary circumstances’.

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