Agriculture Current Affair 6 December 2020

FSSAI’s revised standards for packaged drinking water to apply from January 1

From January 1, 2021 packaged drinking water players in the country will to need to ensure that their products contain minerals such as calcium and magnesium in line with the limits set by the food safety authority.

Earlier this year, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had decided to extend the deadline for implementation of these standards for packaged drinking water to July 1 which was further extended to January 1, 2021 due to the pandemic.

Indo-Gangetic Plain ‘high in atmospheric ammonia’

The Indo-Gangetic Plain is the global hotspot of atmospheric ammonia (NH3) due to intense agricultural activities and fertiliser production. Atmospheric ammonia is typically generated due to agricultural activities including the use of nitrogenous fertilisers, manure management, soil and water management practices and animal husbandry.

The study done jointly by IIT-Kharagpur in collaboration with IITM Pune and European researchers and called “Record high levels of atmospheric ammonia over India: Spatial and temporal analyses” has also confirmed a direct correlation between atmospheric ammonia emissions and fire counts. Atmospheric ammonia is growing rapidly at a rate of 0.08 per cent annually during the summer-monsoon covering the June to August period.

Hatsun opens 3,000th daily outlet, aims for more expansion

Hatsun Agro Product Ltd, a leading private sector dairy company in India, inaugurated its 3,000th HAP Daily outlet in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra. HAP Daily is the retail concept of Hatsun Agro that offers milk, milk products and ice creams.

In addition to the entire range of Arun Ice creams, HAP Daily outlets will selectively retail other products such as Arokya milk, Hatsun – curd, paneer, milk beverage, yoghurt shakes, ghee, butter, skimmed milk powder and dairy whitener in various markets. HAP Daily outlets will also supply its products to retail outlets within the vicinity thereby increasing ease of availability of its products and expanding the brand reach, says a company press release.

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