Tropical agriculture: Current Affairs, GK & News - 2020-2021

Negative impact of palm oil use in developing countries

Published: December 7, 2019

The use of palm oil is widespread in developing countries because of its cheap availability. It is extracted from the fruits of the African Oil Palm tree. It is used in different forms: refined, blended or in the form of vanaspati. Studies have highlighted the negative impact of the oil’s use in India. India is ..

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India cuts import tax on crude palm oil sourced from ASEAN nations from 44% to 40%

Published: January 2, 2019

India has slashed import taxes on crude and refined palm oil sourced from Southeast Asian (ASEAN) countries after a request from suppliers. According to the official notification, the duty on crude palm oil was lowered to 40% from 44%, while the tax on refined palm oil was cut to 45% from 54% if imported from ..

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India and China sign agreement to inspect fish meal, fish oil imports

Published: November 30, 2018

India and China signed protocol on hygiene and inspection requirements for exports of fish meal, fish oil imports from India to China. It was signed as part of discussions between India’s Commerce Ministry and six-member Chinese delegation led by Vice Minister, General Administration of Customs of China, Hu Wei on easing market access for exports ..

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‘Queen’ variety of pineapple declared as state fruit of Tripura

Published: June 8, 2018

President Ram Nath Kovind has recently declared the ‘Queen’ variety of pineapple as the state fruit of Tripura. The famous ‘Queen’ variety is spiny, golden yellow in color and emits pleasant aroma and flavor at the ripen stage. The fruits are harvested when eyes turns yellow during mid-May to mid-July when the fruit is available. ..

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Sustainable Sugar Initiative

Published: April 7, 2018

SSI was jointly launched by ICRISAT and WWF to reduce and optimize the use of water and other inputs in sugarcane production. It is a system of various practices and principles including: using single budded sets from healthy mother cane instead of 2/3 budded sets for raising nursery, to get higher percentage of germination. Transplantation ..

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