Israel to work on food security in India

The Israeli Foreign Ministry on Monday unveiled the final agenda for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic visit to the West Asian nation, where he will be escorted throughout by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as they visit a floriculture farm, a memorial for Indian soldiers in Haifa, a water desalination programme on a beach, lunch with […]

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Australia: Tougher GM laws needed now

GM Watch reports that widespread non-compliance with Australia’s  Office of Gene Technology Regulator’s safety rules and licenses have been confirmed, a report from the NGO Gene Ethics says. “The OGTR is now assessing options to deregulate a tsunami of completely new GM techniques (CRISPR; Talen; ZFN; RNAi) and their products, recently invented,” says Gene Ethics […]

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CAG raps govt for poor crop cover schemes rollout in 2011-16

New Delhi, Jul 21 () The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) today slammed the government for poor implementation of crop insurance schemes in 2011-16, saying funds to the tune of Rs 3,622.79 crore were released to private insurers without verification. Both the central and state government had incurred an expenditure of Rs 32,606.65 […]

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Food Security: India pitches for permanent solution at WTO

The Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has stressed that the Eleventh Ministerial Conference of the WTO outcomes must include a permanent solution on public stock holding for food security purposes (PSH). The Minister visited Geneva on 18-19 July 2017 to, inter-alia, hold consultations with representatives of key WTO member countries, Director General WTO and […]

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GM crops will impact food security, fear farmers

Proponents of natural and organic farming, and progressive activists, have cautioned against permitting commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops saying that it will have a negative impact on the food security of the country as farmers will lose seed sovereignty. The issue came to the fore in view of the impending clearance of the […]

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USDA shifts GMO labeling policy for meat, eggs

The USDA will allow meat and eggs to be labeled as being raised without genetically engineered feed, marking a departure from the agency’s previous policy. Until now, the agency’s Food Safety and Inspection Service hasn’t allowed labels to include negative claims about genetically modified organisms unless they’re in the name of a third-party certifier, such […]

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Women in Rural India Register Gains in Nutrition, Food Security

Food security for women in rural India increased from 21 per cent in 2015 to 53 per cent in 2017, according to a research by Grameen Foundation and Freedom from Hunger India Trust. The same increased for children from 23 per cent to 53 per cent. “These results offer hope for Indian women, more than […]

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FCI to save around Rs 6,600 cr annually after GST rollout

With the rollout of the goods and services tax (GST) from July 1, the Food Corporation of India (FCI) would save around Rs6,600 crore annually on its tax bill. This is because the corporation which annually procures around 50-55 million tonne (MT) of rice and wheat from farmers in key grain growing states won’t have to pay […]

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Severe droughts and floods to hit Indo-Gangetic plain, warn Indian, Chinese researchers

The Indo-Gangetic plain, India’s most populous and fertile region, will face extreme climatic conditions such as severe droughts if the burning of fossil fuel continues unabated and government policies fail to intervene, a group of Indian and Chinese researchers has warned. The droughts, a possible result of the reckless burning of fossil fuels combined with […]

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India faces headwinds at WTO over food security, farm, trade demands

Geneva: Top officials from India’s commerce ministry lobbied hard last week to ensure tangible outcomes in agriculture and services at the World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires later this year, several trade envoys familiar with the closed-door meetings said. India, however, encountered strong headwinds from major industrialized and some developing countries for its […]

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