Monday, 23 May, 2022

Topic: Rice

4 lessons that Modi govt and Twitter warriors should take from the farmers’ protest

Farmers of Punjab, Haryana and UP know that the wheat-rice cycle cannot continue forever. Anxiety over MSP is its result.

Rice with zinc, wheat with protein — Bio-fortified crops can fight India’s hidden hunger

India has one of the highest number of undernourished people in the world. PM Modi’s promise of 17 bio-fortified varieties of 8 crops can help.

To tackle anaemia, Modi govt plans to make fortification of rice mandatory in next 3 years

The central government plans to fortify rice, the staple food of more than 70 per cent of the Indian population, with iron, folic acid and vitamin B-12.

4 states want Centre to extend paddy procurement deadline as lockdown and rain hit season

West Bengal, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Assam wrote to Centre, asking for an extension until 30 September from the current deadline of 15 September.

White rice linked to diabetes, especially in South Asia, says 21-nation study done over 10 yrs

Study involved 1.3 lakh people who were followed up on for a decade across 21 countries in Asia, Europe, Africa and North and South America.

FCI has highest rice, wheat stock since 2005. Modi govt continuing legacy of bad economics

It is clear from the rising stock of rice and wheat that the government has been buying more from farmers than what it requires during a pandemic.

Labour woes could push Punjab farmers to grow cotton instead of paddy

Punjab aims to double area under cotton, which is relatively easier to grow, as hundreds of thousands of migrant workers have left for their villages.

How Covid-19 crisis presents an opportunity to deal with India’s excess food grain stocks

In episode 446 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta delves into the suggestions of Raghuram Rajan, Abhijit Banerjee and Amartya Sen on optimal use of existing stock of food.

Rice, maize, pulses production expected to fall because of erratic 2019 monsoon 

Kharif harvest for 2019-20 is expected to be around 17% lower than it was in 2018-19 — falling to 484.8 MMT from 589.6 MMT.

Nudge didn’t work, agriculture ministry now has a plan to force paddy farmers to diversify

Plan for paddy states with severely depleted groundwater levels is part of 5-yr vision document that agriculture ministry will present before PM Modi this week.

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Protecting pilots’ mental health will keep us all safer.Photographer: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America

Mental health of pilots under scanner after plane crash in China

An anonymous survey of 1,848 pilots in 2015 found 12.6% suffered from depression while 4.1% experienced suicidal thoughts.

World’s $300 trillion in debt. Here’s what it means for services like health, education

To meet debt payments, at least 100 countries will have to reduce spending on essential services, the IMF estimates.


Representational image of drone. | Photo: Mark Kauzlarich | Bloomberg

As drones usher in new era of warfare, India’s growing UAV industry begins to take flight

With a growing indigenous base of drone manufacturers and exporters, and incentives from government, industry sentiment is bullish. However, some concerns remain. 

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.