Agriculture Current Affair 5 July 2022

Assam produces nearly 3.1 lakh metric tonnes of spices annually: Himanta Biswa Sarma

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that Assam produces nearly 3.1 lakh metric tonnes of spices annually. The state holds a major share in the production of spices such as Ginger, Turmeric, Coriander, Mustard, Chilli, Garlic.

Sarma said that in the present scenario, wherein the entire globe is on the look for healthy food, that are at par with the international standards of food safety and quality, free from any chemical residues and other contaminants; the North Eastern NSE -1.38 % India can emerge as the major supplier of organic foods to the globe. He made this observation while speaking at the International Buyer Seller Meet and Spices Conclave organized by the Spices Board of India for the North Eastern Region at Guwahati.

The conclave was participated by leading foreign buyers, major exporters, farmers, and traders from across the North East. The event was organized in line with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to promote India’s rich heritage of traditional spices, herbs and medicinal plants across the globe as well as to facilitate growth and development of Spices, Condiments and similar products from the Region.

Doubling farmers’ income top priority for govt: Piyush Goyal

Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday said doubling farmers’ income is a “top priority” for the government along with introducing other welfare measures for the agriculturists.

“Farmers, farmers’ welfare … doubling their income has been a top priority for this government,” Commerce and Industry Minister Goyal said speaking at an event of Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) and National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

It can be noted that the government in 2017 had assured that it is aiming to help double farmers’ income by 2022, when the country completes 75 years of independence, through various policy interventions.

Syngenta India gets govt nod to spray fungicide using drones

Agriculture company Syngenta India on Monday said it has got government approval for spraying fungicide using drones to protect paddy crops. Central Insecticide Board, regulatory authority under the agriculture ministry, has given approval to the company to spray its fungicide Amistar Top on paddy using drones, Syngenta India said in a statement.

Amistar Top protects the crop against fungal infections like blast and sheath blight, the company said.

Another product Syngenta Ampligo, which is a mixture of two modes of active ingredients, has also been approved by the 438th Registration Committee, it added.

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