The ambitious Food Security Bill, if enacted, may as well become a poll plank for the UPA for the 2014 general elections.
Worried over presence of more than permissible pesticide residues in okra and pepper consignment for Saudi Arabia, the government has asked the vegetable exporters to strictly adhere to the quality norms prescribed by the European Union.
Heavy rains, which recently triggered flash floods & claimed many lives, are likely to ease, bringing respite to the flood-hit areas.
Devastating floods have come to the rescue of drying reservoirs, improving their water storage level – vital for hydro power generation and winter crops after a deficient monsoon.
About 2.66 lakh tonne has already been released over and above the quota of 45 L tonne for the Sept quarter to meet rising demand.
The government fears grain available for local sales might be diverted to foreign markets to cash in on rising global prices.
NSEL, electronic spot market for commodities promoted by Financial Technologies Group, carried out the first trade of 3000 mteric tonnes of imported coal on its electronic platform.
The food ministry has written to the Cabinet Secretariat seeking immediate changes to the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
More farmers are using weather insurance to mitigate risks from climate change.
The government says the situation is much better than what the situation was in 2009 drought in the same period.
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