Agriculture Current Affair 9 August 2020

Need urgent, concerted action to ensure food & nutrition security: Venkaiah Naidu

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday urged policy planners at all levels and political leaders to focus their attention on planning and operationalising measures to ensure food and nutrition security to millions of people on urgent basis. “We need to do things differently and more quickly. We need urgent, focussed and concerted action at national, regional and global levels,” Naidu said.

He was delivering the inaugural address at ‘Science for Resilient Food, Nutrition and Livelihoods: Contemporary Challenges’, a global virtual conference organised by The MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF). The meet is being held from August 7 to August 10.

Keeping locusts away, the herbal way

Is there an effective — and that too eco-friendly — solution to the menacing problem of locusts that has left authorities splitting their hair?

An Erode-based farmer innovator, GV Sudarshan, felicitated by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) last year, thinks that a herbal concoction that he has developed after a few years of research can serve as an anti-feedant that will keep away these migratory pests, which have affected several lakhs of hectares of croplands in many States, particularly Rajasthan.

Ministry of Agriculture asks States and agencies to be vigilant about suspicious seed parcels

Following the BusinessLine story about National Seed Association of India (NSAI) asking the Centre to put its agencies on high alert against Chinese seeds penetrating into Indian fields, the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has issued an office memorandum on the matter. Stating that unsolicited seed parcels can be a threat to India’s bio-diversity, the Ministry has asked State Agriculture Departments, agriculture universities, seed associations, certification agencies, seed corporations and the ICAR to be vigilant about suspicious seed parcels.

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