Agriculture Current Affair 29 December 2020

Busting basmati fraud the scientific way

Fraudsters who mix cheaper long-grained rice with prized basmati to make profit, beware! Scientists have a way to expose such adulteration in future.

A team of researchers from India and the UK have developed not just one, but two devices that can detect adulteration in basmati sold in markets.

While one of the tests can be done using a hand-held device and thus faster, the other is a lab-based one, but 100 per cent accurate, the researchers led by Christopher Elliott, a professor at the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland reported last week in a scientific journal, Talanta.

Mills in Maharashtra crush 375 lakh MT cane; produce 351 lakh quintal sugar

The sugarcane crushing season in Maharashtra has gathered momentum. Sugar mills have crushed 375.71 lakh metric tonnes (MT) of sugarcane to produce 351.98 lakh quintal sugar by December 25, 2020.

Mills in Kolhapur division crushed the maximum (86.11 lakh MT) sugarcane, followed by Pune division (83.84 lakh MT) to produce 93.84 lakh quintal and 82.4Mills in Maharashtra crush 375 lakh MT cane; produce 351 lakh quintal sugar

4 lakh quintal sugar respectively.

‘Proposed Indian Ports Act 2020 should net benefits for fishermen’

Kerala’s fishing community has requested the Centre to safeguard the interest of the fishing sector while considering the Indian Ports Act Bill 2020 in Parliament.

The proposed Bill is aimed at development of ports vis-a- vis international trade and traffic of goods. However, the community has demanded a pivotal role in the Bill to ensure optimum utilisation of the coastal line in the country, in view of the substantial foreign exchange it earns the exchequer.

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