Agriculture Current Affair 5 November 2020

Growing crops vertically to feed the growing population

Humanity has experienced several changes in the course of history: revolutions in science, revolutions in industrial production as well as numerous political revolutions. However, it is the revolution in agriculture that lies at the core of all human progress. For no matter how much we may move ahead in time, basic human needs, i.e. food, feed, fibre and fuel, remain unchanged. The forthcoming decades pose multiple challenges of global food security, bio-energy supply, drastic climatic change, water shortages and sustained economic growth. Unarguably, the demand for food will continue to grow. Food production must more than double itself in the next 40 years.

‘India and Maldives should tap business potential in seafood trade’

India and Maldives should explore investment and partnership synergies, especially for the promotion of seafood export-import trade, speakers at a consultative meeting organised by Ficci-Kerala said.

Fayyaz Ismail, Maldives Economic Development Minister, said the Kochi- Maldives ferry service is vital and critical enabler to accelerate export/import trade relations, and there is significant potential for investment in the fisheries sector that will have both economic and social impacts. The cordial relationship between the two countries has strong potential for fruitful, productive and strong business relations, he added.

Return on National Monsoon Mission was 50-fold: NCAER study

Every rupee spent on the National Monsoon Mission (NMM) and on augmenting high-performance computing used for weather modelling has returned ₹50 in economic benefits to poor farmers and fishing families, a report released on Tuesday said.

The report, released by the New Delhi-based National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), showed that ₹551-crore NMM for improving the understanding about the enigmatic monsoon and ₹439-crore investment to enhance supercomputing capabilities used for weather forecasting resulted in an economic gain of ₹50,463 crore in terms for below-poverty-line farmers and fisherfolk.

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