Agriculture Current Affair 4 November 2020

Paddy procurement touches 210 lakh tonnes

Procurement agencies, including Food Corporation of India (FCI), have procured over 210 lakh tonnes (lt) of paddy, nearly 20 per cent more than during the corresponding period the previous kharif marketing season, an official statement said.

Fishery subsidies pact: Revised WTO draft fails to resolve special dispensation for poor nations

Negotiations on curbing “harmful” fisheries subsidies are picking up pace at the World Trade Organization with a revised text of the draft agreement now in circulation, but there is still no consensus on the special dispensation for developing countries being pushed for by India.

More discussions on the special and differential treatment (S&DT) for developing countries and LDCs are scheduled this week in addition to some bilateral meetings to help members narrow their gaps on the matter, according to information shared by the WTO Secretariat.

FCI asked to prepare comprehensive plan for fortified rice distribution

The Food Corporation of India (FCI) has been asked to prepare a comprehensive plan to procure and distribute fortified rice in all districts under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and Mid-Day Meal (MDM) scheme from the next financial year, an official release said on Tuesday.

Special focus would be given to 112 aspirational districts identified by NITI Aayog, decided a meeting convened by the Department of Food and Public Distribution Secretary on Monday, following a review last Saturday of a pilot scheme on rice fortification launched last year by Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Piyush Goyal.

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