Thursday, 18 August, 2022
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Topic: Rice

First wheat, now rice — hit by bad weather, output could fall by ‘10 mn tonnes’ this season

A hit to India’s rice output could lead to a major policy overhaul as it arrives on the back of a lower wheat harvest.

Does India have enough rice for welfare schemes and ethanol? What the govt is missing

Procurement of rice stocks has seen a significant increase. But India is seeing deficient rains and increase of ethanol distilleries.

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.

Did EU get GM rice from India? Govt & experts say impossible shipment was ‘contaminated’

In June, EU flagged 500 tonnes of rice converted to flour for GM content, and claimed it was from India. Now, anti-GM groups have written to govt alleging ‘contamination or leaks’.

Punjab isn’t the only reason for excessive kharif procurement. Just look at Telangana numbers

India's excessive rice production will continue. Famers need incentive to give up the crop.

Why Modi govt wants to distribute fortified rice & how it will help combat ‘hidden hunger’

PM Modi in his I-Day speech announces that fortified rice will be distributed through the various food schemes to combat malnourishment among the poor.

Erratic monsoon hits cereal, pulses, oilseed sowing in top producing states amid inflation

Deficient rainfall has hit sowing of crops like moong, urad, and soybean, which has severely pushed up food inflation marked by high prices.

India wants to use food grain stock for ethanol. That’s a problem in a hungry country

The Modi government plans to use India’s central pool stock of grain like rice to match its ethanol commitments. In an undernourished country, that’s a bad policy.

It’s not all bad news in Covid. India’s farm exports soared to 6-year record high. Here’s how

National agricultural commodity export grew by nearly 25% over $15.9 billion in 2019-20. This was driven by rice & wheat exports that touched record high of almost 20 MT in 2020-21.

Yuan Longping, the poor farmer’s son who created hybrid rice & saved millions from famine

'Father of hybrid rice', Chinese agricultural scientist Yuan Longping died aged 90 Saturday. His invention helped transform China into a surplus grain economy.

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Bihar Chief minister Nitish Kumar with Deputy CM Tejaswi Yadav | ANI File Photo

Operation Lantern fails to light up in Bihar. And BJP in search of a Brahmin face in UP

The no-fuss change of government in Bihar, without horse-trading or MLAs in resorts, has prompted a coalition partner to request the CM to make arrangements for a trip to a hill station.
Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field | PTI Photo

Good news from the farm as India’s FY22 foodgrain production estimated at record 316 mn tonnes

Wheat production estimate sees marginal upward revision to 106.8 million tons, though current rate lowest in 3 years.

Defence

(From left) Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, US Secretary of Defence Lloyd J. Austin and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken after the India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue, in Washington, 12 April, 2022 | Credit: ANI Photo/ PIB

USAF secy needs Pentagon escort but Indian attaché doesn’t — that’s how deep India-US ties are

Frank Kendall, Secretary of the US Air Force, says the unescorted access to Pentagon for Indian defence attaché 'is aligned with the trust and cooperation we share'.
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Tiranga vs Tiranga: Gloves are off as Kejriwal joins the ‘nationalism’ battle with Modi

Kejriwal’s maun vrat on Modi has ended. This is an important turn in Indian politics. In some ways rivalling the dramatic turn in Bihar.
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