Agriculture Current Affair 7 September 2020

TNAU attempts mass multiplication of ‘elite coconut’ varieties through tissue culture

Attempts are being made by Tamil Nadu Agricultural University to mass multiply elite coconut varieties through tissue culture to raise production and productivity of the nut.

Towards this groundbreaking innovation, TNAU’s Centre for Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology optimised in vitro culturing of the dissected embryo and regenerating them into whole plants. TNAU planted its tissue culture baby at the Coconut Garden on September 2 (World Coconut Day).

Amul to invest Rs 1,500 cr in 2 yrs to set up dairy, edible oil, bakery, potato processing plants

GCMMF, which markets dairy products under the Amul brand, will invest around Rs 1,000 crore over the next two years to set up milk processing plants, and another Rs 500 crore on facilities for new products like edible oil, its MD R S Sodhi said.

In an interview with PTI, Sodhi said the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (GCMMF) expects 12-15 per cent growth in revenue in current fiscal year from Rs 38,550 crore during the last fiscal year despite COVID-19 pandemic, as demand for branded food products has increased.

Centre must push for field trials of Bt. Brinjal in States

In a welcome sign that the decade-long benign indifference to technology infusion in the farm sector is set to change to one of positive support, the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) has decided to permit bio-safety research trials of indigenously-developed genetically modified (GM) brinjal, also known as eggplant.

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