Agriculture Current Affair 6 January 2020

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8 states finalise action plan for agriculture export policy: Government

The government on Sunday said eight states, including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Karnataka, have finalised action plan for agriculture export policy which aims to double such exports.

“The Agri Export Policy was announced last year with an objective of doubling the export and ensuring doubling of farmers’ income…Many states have nominated nodal agency and nodal officer. Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Nagaland, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Punjab and Karnataka have finalised the State Action Plan and other states are at different stages of finalization of the action plan,” the Ministry of Commerce and Industry said in a statement.

Kochi to host global meet on marine ecosystem

Eminent marine scientists, oceanographers, fisheries researchers and marine biotechnologists from across the globe are expected to participate in the third international symposium on marine ecosystems – challenges and opportunities (MECOS-3) in Kochi from January 7 to 10.

Organised by the Marine Biological Association of India, MECOS-3 will serve as a platform for discussions on a range of topics, including the impact of the climate crisis on marine ecosystems and an unusual warming of the Arabian Sea.

TCPI: Make labs accountable for rejection of food exports by US, EU

Rejection of consignments of food exports from India to the US and the EU, especially that of basmati rice, marine products, spices and fruits and vegetables, on grounds of contamination, continued to be high in 2019, although there was a decline compared to the previous year.

EU countries issued border rejection notifications for 147 consignments of food items from India in 2019, a tad less than the previous year’s rejection of 168, while the US rejected a total of 1,674 consignments compared to 1,939 rejections the year before, according to data from the the European Commission’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) and USFDA.

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