Government Monitors Wheat Prices To Prevent Hoarding Of Stocks

The Department of Food and Public Distribution is closely monitoring wheat prices to ensure market stability and prevent hoarding. As of January 1, 2024, wheat stocks were well above the prescribed buffer norm. Currently, there are no plans to alter import duties on wheat.

Seed Import To Get Easier In India

Previously, seeds of coarse cereals, pulses, oilseeds, fodder plants, and fruit species could only be imported based on the recommendations of EXIM Committee of Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare (DAC&FW). Now, by the present amendment order, the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare has eliminated this requirement.

New Draft Rules To Protect Camels During Transportation in India

During hot weather between 12 deg. C to 30 deg. C, camels must be transported at night to minimize heatstroke risk. A valid health certificate as specified in Schedule M shall accompany with each consignment camels and a certificate as specified in Schedule L shall accompany each consignment of poultry.

Mizoram Ramps Up Efforts to Contain African Swine Fever Outbreak

A complete ban has been imposed on importing live pigs, fresh pork, and all pork products (including frozen) from other states and countries. The Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Department will enforce mandatory disinfection of pig farms and implement strict hygiene protocols. Additionally, suspected pigs will be isolated.

Updates On Wheat And Rice Procurement

With a combined wheat and rice stock exceeding 600 LMT in the Central Pool, the country is well-positioned to meet requirements under government schemes like the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) and other welfare programs, besides market interventions.

Amendments Made To Specifications In Respect Of Biostimulants

he amendment states that biostimulant specifications shall include tracer molecules in addition to active ingredients. The order also introduces ‘live micro-organisms excluding biofertilizers and biopesticides’ as an additional category of biostimulants specified under Schedule VI. Additionally, the amendment order also increases the permissible limit of pesticide in biostimulants from 0.01ppm to 1ppm.