Agriculture Current Affair 30 July 2020

India’s support price for rice under WTO lens as US, EU question ‘peace clause’

India’s minimum support programme (MSP) for rice is under scrutiny at the World Trade Organisation with the US and the EU challenging the increase in subsidies beyond ceiling (de minimis) limits in the marketing year 2018-19.

Invocation of the ‘peace clause’ by India to justify the subsidies was also questioned by the opposing members who posed several queries on the various conditions, including notification requirements, that are to be met for the purpose as decided at the Bali Ministerial meet, a Geneva-based official told BusinessLine.

Fruits of lockdown: Youth in drought-prone Koregaon join strawberry cultivation

In the last four months, hundreds of wells have dotted the maps of nondescript villages in the drought-prone Koregaon tehsil of Satara district. The village youth, most of whom were working as head-loaders in Mumbai, returned to their native places and are creating irrigation facilities to start strawberry cultivation. Just a few kilometres away from Mahabaleshwar, known for strawberries and scenic sights, Koregaon has emerged as another strawberry hub in the last few years. Now with reverse migration, strawberry cultivation in Koregaon is likely to multiply.

Mangaluru fisheries activities resumption to be delayed by a month

Stakeholders from fisheries sector in Dakshina Kannada district have decided to put off fishing by a month to September 1. Normally, they would have resumed fishing on August 1 after the completion of the annual 47-day deep-sea fishing holiday on July 31.

However, the issues related to migrant labourers have made the stakeholders to postpone the resumption of fisheries activities by a month.

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