Agriculture Current Affairs – January 2023
GoI Introduces New Integrated Food Security Scheme for 2023
- The Indian government launched a new Integrated Food Security Scheme on January 1, 2023, to provide free food grains to over 81.35 crore recipients under the National Food Security Act (NFSA).
- The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food, and Public Distribution (MoCA, F&PD) state that the scheme will also ensure consistent and efficient implementation of the NFSA.
New Integrated Food Security Scheme
Food Subsidy to Food Corporation of India (FCI) for NFSA
Food Subsidy for Decentralized Procurement States, which deals with procuring, allocating, and delivering free food grains to the states under the NFSA
FSSAI notifies first-ever Regulatory Standards for Basmati Rice
- The standards established by FSSAI will be implemented starting August 1, 2023.
- Basmati rice grown in the Himalayan foothills of the Indian subcontinent is recognized for its long grain size, fluffy texture, and unique aroma and flavor.
What are the standards?
- According to the standards, basmati rice should retain its natural fragrance and should not contain artificial colorings, polishing agents, or artificial fragrances.
- The standards also specify various parameters for determining the identity and quality of basmati rice, including the average size of grains and their elongation ratio after cooking, maximum moisture levels, amylose content, uric acid, defective or damaged grains, and the permissible presence of non-basmati rice.
WDRA Signed MoU with SBI to Support Farmers
The WDRA has entered into an MoU with the State Bank of India to assist farmers in obtaining loans with low interest rates.
- Objective: The MoU was signed with the goal of increasing awareness of the new loan product, the “Produce Marketing Loan,” which provides funding against electronic Negotiable Warehouse Receipts. This loan offers benefits such as no processing fee, no additional collateral requirement, and competitive interest rates.
J&K Govt Launches Project to Promote Sustainable Agriculture with Focus On Organic Farming
This is a part of the efforts to promote sustainable agriculture, commercial agriculture, and the production of healthy food.
The project aims to create six to seven organic clusters per district, covering 2,000 hectares of land and converting another 2,000 hectares into organic production, including niche crops and default organic areas.
The program will also train 10,000 farmer families in organic farming and establish 200 commercial and 3,000 low-cost vermicomposting units and 100 integrated organic farming systems.
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