Friday, 28 January, 2022
TopicRice

Topic: Rice

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.

Indian farmers defied Covid to sell record high rice and wheat. Time to expand PDS cover

Despite Covid risk, farmers in Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan not only harvested their crops but also sold them in mandis. Bihar and UP must learn the lesson.

How a surprise revolution in Chhattisgarh made it No. 2 for paddy procurement in India

Chhattisgarh is 7th in rice production, but procures much more than other states thanks to its policies. Better-paid farmers have ensured higher yield too.

India set for record foodgrain production, nearly 9% higher than last 5 years’ average

Sugarcane production is set to surge by 7.3% to 397.66 MT, while foodgrains, oilseeds and other crops will likely hit record levels too.

On Camera

YourTurn

Apple needs to break out of its comfort zone with bold mega deals à la Microsoft

Historically, large M&A hasn’t been Apple’s style. However, with its resources, the company can certainly take the risk to transform its business and expand its capabilities.
V. Anantha Nageswaran

Who is V Anantha Nageswaran, new chief economic advisor? IIM-A grad, academic, PM’s ex-advisor

Nageswaran, who has taught at various B-schools in India and Singapore, takes charge days before the tabling of the Economic Survey and the Union Budget.

Defence

Representational image of Indian Navy ships | Photo: Commons

India carrying out more warship patrols than ever to catch China in crowded global seas

Estimated 125 foreign naval vessels are in the Indian Ocean at any given time, roughly 3 times the number deployed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks when the US invaded Afghanistan.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.
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