Agriculture Current Affair 6 March 2021

New technology developed to breed marine fish popular for its meat quality

The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), one of India’s premier research organisations has developed hatchery technology for Picnic Seabream (Acanthopagrus berda), a commercially important marine food fish.

The breakthrough will help in the diversification of the country’s mariculture activities as the fish – Black Seabream and Goldsilk Seabream – is known for their excellent meat quality and high economic value. It has high demand in the domestic market with a price of around ₹450-500 per kg.

Western disturbances retreat to upper Himalayas

Snowing trend likely fed into monsoon modelling

The weather-making western disturbances have retreated to the higher reaches of the Himalayas leaving the low and mid ranges hosting popular destinations of Srinagar and Shimla, where associated snowing has stopped.

Snowing trend, as a parameter, may have already gone into this year’s monsoon forecasts.

Wage hike to impact organised tea sector

Increase in wages likely to push up costs by around ₹25-30 a kg

The Assam government’s decision to hike wages of tea garden workers by ₹50 a day is likely to impact the organised tea industry, which is already anticipating prices to decline on the back of a normal production this year.

According to industry experts, the wage hike is likely to push up costs by around ₹25-30 a kg.

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