Ripening chambers will ensure healthy fruit: FDA

Fruit ripening chambers can help consumers acquire healthy produce and save traders who resort to harmful practices from the authorities punitive action.
“Ripening fruits by using chemicals is illegal and harmful to those who consume them,” Jyothi Sardessai, director, food and drugs administration (FDA) said at the third biennial Dr Anand G Naik Kurade seminar on “Fruits and vegetables: Food or poison,” in the city. She added that some are ripening fruits near Goa’s border to evade action initiated by FDA against such methods.
The Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, empowers FDA inspectors to impose and recover fines on the spot and also seize and confiscate fruits and food items, a paradigm shift from filing cases in courts against food adulteration. These measures have helped in curbing artificial ripening of fruits, such as bananas, chikus, mangoes and apples, she said.
The FDA director also explained why artificial ripening fruits using calcium carbide or by spraying with, or dipping in, ehtrel or ethephon is bad. The food safety and standards authority of India (FSSAI) has a mobile app for public complaints about substandard food.
Roland Martins, coordinator of Goa Consumer Action Network (GOACAN) pointed out the menace of fruit and ornamental plants being sold by unregistered vendors on pushcarts.
Agriculture minister Vijai Sardesai said he would enforce the Goa Fruit and Ornamental Plants Nursery (regulation) Act 1995. Madhav Kelkar, managing director, Goa State Horticultural Corporation Ltd, said that the corporation obtains the best possible vegetables for consumers, but their quality is affected by rain. The seminar was anchored by Miguel Braganza, chairman, Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (agriculture).

World Soil Day – December 5

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According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO):

  • Soil holds three times as much carbon as the atmosphere and can help us meet the challenges of a changing climate
  • 815 million people are food insecure and 2 billion people are nutritionally insecure, but we can mitigate this through soil.
  • 95% of our food comes from soil
  • 33% of our global soils are already degraded

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2017 Theme: ‘Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground’

Soil is the upper layer of earth, a mixture of organic and inorganic matter, in which plants grow.

It is a finite natural resource. On a human time-scale it is non-renewable. However, despite the essential role that soil plays in human livelihoods, there is a worldwide increase in degradation of soil resources due to inappropriate management practices, population pressure driving unsustainable intensification and inadequate governance over this essential resource.

World Soil Day 2017 activities aim to communicate messages on the importance of soil quality for food security, healthy ecosystems and human well-being.

How you will celebrate Soil Health Day /

World Soil Day is celebrated annually on the 5th of December at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) headquarters in Rome, the regional offices and through national and local events.

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NIFTEM VC in favour of corporatisation of farming sector

At a summit titled International Food Innovation 2016: Doubling Farmers Income Through Science, Technology and Innovation (organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce), Ajit Kumar, vice-chancellor, National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM), pitched for the corporatisation of the farming sector to integrate agriculture and farmers with prosperity and well-being, as that could be the single mantra to double their income as is being intended by the Narendra Modi government.

He also recommended that close to a lakh of Indian traditional dishes across the country should be standardised for their quality and hygienic values to make them globally popular. NIFTEM has already identified 13 such dishes for which equipment and tools will be put in place for their wider commercial circulation. He added that privatisation of agriculture was not the solution for doubling farmers’ income as the experiment had hardly yielded the desired results.

“What ought to be an experiment in the modern times is encouragement for corporatisation of Indian agriculture, as the government cannot be expected to alone explore the unexplored and in negotiated territories and patches, including landscapes of Indian agriculture with its own investments and technological tools,” Kumar said.

“Therefore, corporatisation could be an answer to serve this uncharted territory to bring in prosperity among farmers and the farming community by leasing out their land to corporates as with their investments. Indian agriculture could see better days,” he added.

According to him, another strategy that could be followed for the betterment of farmers is to equip all the villages with primary and secondary food storage units in which their farm produce could be stored and equip and link farmers with such facilities to gain higher returns for their produce.

Anirudh Tewari, principal secretary, industries and commerce, new and renewable energy and chief executive officer, Invest Punjab, endorsed Kumar’s views, adding that Punjab was a hub for industries that wished to explore its agriculture sector, as the state provided for more than 14 per cent of the incentives in terms of infrastructure to such investors as compared to other parts of the country.

Among others who spoke on the occasion comprised Wouter Verhey, agricultural counsellor, India and Sri Lanka, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; Pradeep Khanna, chief executive officer and founder, Global Mindset, Australia; Deepak Pahwa, chairman, innovation committee, PHD Chamber; V K Mishra, chairman, international affairs committee on Middle East, PHD Chamber, and Jatinder Singh, senior secretary, PHD Chamber.

Consumer Protection Officials warn of contaminated produce


MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin agricultural and consumer protection officials are warning about the safety of food grown in flooded fields.

Specialists say flood water contains pathogens, chemicals or both, which can contaminate produce directly or indirectly. Food safety spokesman Peter Haase at the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says if flood water has touched the produce it shouldn’t be sold or consumed.

Producers who use well water to wash produce before it’s sold should also pay attention to the condition of their well. Contamination can occur if flood water enters the top of the well or migrates underground to your well from a neighbor’s flooded well.

Agricultural officials say generally speaking, state and federal food safety regulations do not directly address flooding.

GM Mustard issue – Activists say ‘No’

இயற்கை வேளாண்மைக்கு 10 மாவட்டங்கள் தேர்வு

காஞ்சிபுரம்:காஞ்சிபுரத்தில், ஐந்து மாநில வேளாண்மை துறை அதிகாரிகள் பங்கேற்ற, இயற்கை வேளாண்மை விழிப்புணர்வு கூட்டம் நேற்று நடைபெற்றது.கேரளா, கர்நாடகா, தெலுங்கானா, ஆந்திரா ஆகிய மாநிலங்களின் வேளாண் துறை அதிகாரிகளுடன், தமிழக அதிகாரிகளும் பங்கேற்ற, இயற்கை வேளாண்மை கூட்டத்தை, மாவட்ட ஆட்சியர் கஜலட்சுமி துவக்கி வைத்தார். இதில், மத்திய வேளாண் துறை இணை செயலர் ராணி குமுதினி, மத்திய வேளாண் துணை ஆணையர் சைலேந்திர சிங், மத்திய வேளாண் துணை ஆணையர் ஆனந்தகுமார்

உட்பட பலர் கலந்து கொண்டனர்.கூட்டத்தில் விவாதிக்கப்பட்ட விவரங்களாவன:

திடீரென ஒரு விவசாயி, தன் நிலத்தில் இயற்கை விவசாயம் செய்ய முடியாது; கொஞ்சம், கொஞ்சமாகத் தான் செயல்படுத்த முடியும்இந்த சாகுபடிக்கு, அங்கக சான்றிதழ் பெற வேண்டும்; அதை உடனடியாக பெற முடியாது

விவசாயிகள் மூன்று ஆண்டுகள் இயற்கை விவசாயம் செய்த பின், நான்காம் ஆண்டு அதற்கான சான்றிதழ் பெற முடியும். அப்படி உற்பத்தி செய்யும் பொருட்களுக்கு விலை மதிப்பு கூடும்இயற்கை விவசாயத்தை மேம்படுத்துவதற்கான செயல்திட்டங்கள், தமிழகத்தில் சேலம், தர்மபுரி, நாமக்கல், திருப்பூர், தேனி, விருதுநகர், துாத்துக்குடி, ராமநாதபுரம், சிவகங்கை, புதுக்கோட்டை ஆகிய, பத்து மாவட்டங்களில் செயல்படுத்தப்பட உள்ளதுமுதலில் அந்த பகுதிகளில் திணை, சாமை, வரகு ஆகிய தானியங்கள் பயிரிடலாம். அதன் பின், படிப்படியாக மற்ற தானியங்களை பயிர் செய்யலாம்.

இவ்வாறு அந்த கூட்டத்தில் ஆலோசனை வழங்கப்பட்டது. இந்த கூட்டத்தில், இயற்கை முறையில் விவசாயம் செய்யும் விவசாயிகள் பலர் கலந்து கொண்டனர். மாவட்ட வேளாண்மை இணை இயக்குனர் சீத்தாராமன் நன்றி கூறினார்.

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