Tuesday, 4 October, 2022

Topic: Rice

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.

A ‘smart’ device will test rice quality now as govt says manual system promotes corruption

In 7 states, FCI will use the portable AnnadarpanSMART device to determine the quality of rice at 3 stages — procurement, storage and distribution.

This ‘seed warrior’ is collecting & preserving India’s rare, indigenous rice species

But India’s native rice species are disappearing fast: decreasing from around 1 lakh different strains to just 7,000 since the 1970s.

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File photo of Supreme Court | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

SC ruling on hijab & Gyanvapi won’t just be limited to faith. It’ll be about our democracy

While petitions against Karnataka’s hijab ban are an opportunity to define student rights, those against Place of Worship Act can be a platform to ensure a robust law-making procedure in India.
A man counts Indian currency notes inside a shop in Mumbai, India | Reuters/Francis Mascarenhas

RBI tells state refiners to reduce dollar buying in spot market, contain sharp fall in rupee

RBI has ensured that $9 billion has been made available at overseas branches of some Indian banks for the country's three state-run refiners to tap, according to sources.


The LCH is designed with stealth features such as reduced visual, aural, radar and infrared signatures | Photo: IAF

Prachand, India’s new Light Combat Helicopter, doesn’t yet have main arsenal or protection suite

IAF inducted new helicopter Monday, but it'll get anti-tank guided missile only by mid-2023, while air-to-air missiles haven't yet been ordered, it is learnt.

India’s hijab supporters will lose even if they win SC battle. Because the real war is political

In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.