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Bt Brinjal is safe, claims NIN HYDERABAD: Is Bt Brinjal safe? The demonisation of BT crops got a push with the parliamentary committee on agriculture in its report submitted last month commenting that transgenics in food crops would be fraught with unknown consequences. But the Hyderabad-based National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) says that Bt Brinjal is safe. A voluminous report on the laboratory experiments carried out on the safety of Bt Brinjal was submitted to the Review Committee on Genetic Manipulation ( RCGM) of the Department of Biotechnology, ministry of science and technology. B Dinesh Kumar, deputy director, Food and Drug Toxicology Research Centre, at the NIN told TOI that in every […]

Agriculture ministry releases framework for PPP under ‘Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana’

Agriculture ministry releases framework for PPP under ‘Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana’ The Economic Times | August 17, 2012 The agriculture ministry has released a framework for public private partnership (PPP) in agriculture under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY). The guidelines issued by the Ministry are the outcome of several rounds of consultation held with States, industry bodies and experts. Titled “Framework for Public Private Partnership for Integrated Agricultural Development (PPPIAD)“, the circular provides an enabling mechanism for States to team up with private sector players to achieve targeted goals in various sub-sectors of agriculture. Small Farmers’ Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC), an arm of the Agriculture Ministry, has been nominated as […]

Brief on IFFCO mega dairy project proposed in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh

Facts about the case: General information- · Indian Farmers Fertilizer Co-operative Limited (IFFCO) is the world’s largest fertiliser cooperative federation based in India. · It proposes to set up a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. · The total project area is 1023 Hectares which will cover villages Regadichelika, Racharlapadu, Chowduputtedu, Uchaguntapalem, North Ammuluru, Bodduvaripalem; Mandals Kodavaluru, Dagadharthi and Allur in Nellore district. · This land was acquired 15 years ago at very low price by IFFCO to set up a Naphtha based fertilizer plant in Nellore. · IFFCO Kisan SEZ Ltd. is being setup as an Agribusiness Special Economic Zone based on the concept of […]

Dowry system fuelling farmers’ suicides in Vidarbha

Mumbai/Nagpur, May 20 (IANS) The dowry system is driving many farmers of Maharshtra’s Vidarbha region to suicide, a fact which was brought into national focus Sunday on ‘Satyamev Jayate’, Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan’s popular show. In an interview on the show, Usha Ashtekar, 25, spoke about how her father borrowed from a money-lender but had to repay the loan even before he could get Usha married. ‘My father took a loan from a money-lender to get me married. But before he could do so, the money-lender made my father repay the loan by using force. Worried about my marriage plus the bad condition of our farm, he committed suicide two […]

Philippines: Greenpeace wins landmark GE eggplant court case

Blogpost by Didit Pelegrina – May 14, 2012 at 13:28Add comment   26 April 2012GMO Ban Petition in the Philippines © VJ Villafranca / Greenpeace In a landmark decision the Philippine Supreme Court has ruled in favour of Greenpeace Philippines and other petitioners wholaunched a court case against on-going field trials of genetically engineered (GE) Bt eggplant.  The Supreme Court decision on Friday sets an important precedent in that it establishes that GE, and in particular GE Bt eggplant, violates the constitutional rights of individuals to a healthy environment. No other court in the world has upheld such a stance against genetically engineered organisms (GEOs). This landmark decision will become subject to national and international legal […]

SC seeks report on GM crops’ field trials issue in 3 months Press Trust of India / New Delhi May 10, 2012, 17:45   The Supreme Court today sought form an expert committee a report on desirability of the field trials for genetically modified crops within three months. A bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia asked the committee to submit the report on whether field trials for GMO (genetically modified organisms) can be completely banned and if they are to be allowed what should be the protocol. The bench directed the committee to submit an interim report on the issue within three months if the final one is not possible. The court passed the orders on a PIL filed […]

HC asks panel on pesticides to frame guidelines by mid August PTI | 06:05 PM,May 01,2012 New Delhi, May 1 (PTI) The Delhi High Court today directed an experts committee set up by it to frame guidelines within three months to check presence of pesticide residues in fruit and vegetables available in open market in the city. A bench of justices S K Kaul and Rajiv Shakdher also accepted a plea of pesticide manufacturers seeking a direction to the panel to allow their suggestions while framing the guidelines. The court directed the six-member committee of experts to file its report containing the guidelines by August 17. The bench also included Dr Sandhya Kulshrestha, Secretary of the Central Insecticide Board and […]

SC refuses to nominate judge to head GMO committee

TNN | Apr 21, 2012, 04.31AM IST   NEW DELHI: Wary of public cynicism, the Supreme Court on Friday spurned repeatedly requests to nominate a retired apex court judge to head the expert committee for recommending rules for bio-safety testing of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). A bench of Chief Justice S H Kapadia and Justices A K Patnaik and Swatanter Kumar said the petitioners, Aruna Rodrigues and Gene Campaign, as well as the Union government must come to a consensus on the name of a retired judge to head the committee. “We do not have a problem with any name agreed to by the parties. But we are not going to name any judge in this kind of […]

Agriculture gets highest ever allocation in Tamil Nadu CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu has set an ambitious foodgrains production target of 120 lakh tonnes for the coming financial year despite the damage to crops due to the Cyclone Thane and floods this year. The budget estimates that foodgrains production will be 105 lakh tonnes during 2011-12 as against a projected 115 lakh tonnes. However, former Union revenue secretary and finance secretary to the Madhya Pradesh government, M R Sivaraman told TOI that the projected 15% jump in foodgrains production would be a tall order. While the budget has provided 500 crore for the system of Serial Rice Intensification (SRI) to cover an extended area of 27.55 lakh acres, there is a problem as […]

‘Panel formed to check pesticide residues in fruit, veggies’

PTI | 07:03 PM,Mar 20,2012 New Delhi, Mar 20 (PTI) The Centre has formed an expert committee to examine periodically the fruits and vegetables, available in the open market, to ascertain if they contain pesticide residues, the Delhi High Court was informed today. Additional Solicitor General (ASG) A S Chandhiok told a bench of justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Rajiv Shakhder that the senior Union Agricultural Ministry had on February 14 convened a meeting of its senior officials with those of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and the Delhi government’s Health Ministry on the issue. “A six-member committee headed by the joint director of the […]

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