C’garh self-dependent in spice production now
With a favourable climate and soil condition, Chhattisgarh is now self-dependent in spices.
The production of spices totalled more than four lakh tonnes.
Also, now coriander seeds were being supplied from Chhattisgarh to other states.
The climate of Chhattisgarh favours the production of spices. This is why its cultivation is continuously increasing in the state.
Turmeric, ginger, red chili, carom seeds, tamarind and garlic are cultivated. Turmeric, coriander, fenugreek, garlic, chili and ginger are cultivated in almost all areas of Chhattisgarh.
The communication said spices were currently cultivated in Chhattisgarh on 66,081 hectares and about 4.50 lakh tonnes of spices have been produced.
The area under cultivation and production of turmeric is highest in Chhattisgarh among other spices. It is followed by ginger, coriander, garlic, chili and tamarind.
For the cultivation of spices, farmers are provided assistance under the National Horticulture Mission, National Agricultural Scheme and other schemes.
Under the National Horticulture Mission, spices have been cultivated on 13,302 hectares of land in 24 districts and 93,114 tonnes have been produced.
In the last four years, spices were cultivated in 1,837.29 hectares under the National Agricultural Development Scheme. About 3,500 farmers have benefitted from the schemes.
UK grappling with vegetable shortages
Unusually cold temperatures in Spain and heavy rain and flooding in Morocco — two of the biggest tomato suppliers to the UK — have led to poor yields and are cited as the primary cause of the shortage.
In Spain, farmers blame recent freezing temperatures following record heat and dry conditions last year. Heat and drought in Europe last year also are affecting vegetable harvests in other countries, including Germany.
The shortages in Britain — and contrasting pictures of full vegetable shelves in supermarkets in mainland Europe — led to a degree of Brexit schadenfreude in some EU news outlets. Experts say extra bureaucracy and costs associated with Brexit have played a part, though they stress it’s not a main factor.
Farmers also have complained about the lack of government investment in the sector and funding to help them cope with painfully high energy bills.
World Wildlife Day 2023
March 3 is known as World Wildlife Day (WWD), marked annually to draw attention to issues of conservation of flora and fauna.
In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed March 3 as the UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of protecting the world’s wild animals and plants. This was as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was signed in 1973 on this day.
March 3 marks the 50th anniversary of CITES’ establishment. CITES is considered a landmark agreement on conservation that focuses on ensuring the sustainability of endangered species.
Reliance Jio second-strongest telecom brand in world, says report
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49% of construction workers women: Study
With almost half the construction industry in India occupied by women workers, six of such Kolkata-based women said their work acts as a source of empowerment, enabling financial independence and a space for fostering camaraderie. They were speaking at a Women’s Day function at a construction site of a residential housing complex.
After agriculture, construction is the second largest industry in India, contributing significantly to the economy. Although perceived as a male-dominated industry, a recent ministry of labour and employment data shows that 49% of construction workers are women. While there is no sexual segregation of labour, women workers feel a sense of comfort and camaraderie working alongside other women.
Ensure fund for rare diseases, Centre told
Taking up the cudgel on behalf of the patients diagnosed with ultra-rare genetic conditions such as Lysosomal Storage Disorders, 24 Parliamentarians from across party lines have urged the Centre to ensure a sustainable fund to manage certain diseases under the National Policy for Rare Diseases, 2021.
This unending delay on the part of the Centres of Excellence (CoEs) has caused serious concern and anxiety to the patients and their families. Most of these patients are diagnosed with life-threatening rare genetic conditions, including Lysosomal Storage Disorders like Gaucher disease, Pompe disease.
Over 1 crore farmers benefitted with ongoing paddy procurement
Over 1 crore farmers have been benefitted with the paddy procurement for KMS 2022-23 (Kharif crop). Around 713 LMT of paddy up to 01.03.2023 procured and the MSP outflow of Rs.146960 crores has been transferred directly into farmers’ account.
All arrangements are in place for hassle-free procurement operations. Rice delivery against the procured paddy is also in progress and against the paddy procurement of 713 LMT, around 246 LMT rice has been received in the Central Pool upto 01.03.2023. Adequate rice stock is currently available in the Central Pool for meeting the requirements of the country.
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