Agri Stimulus Newsletter March 2022

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Ways to reduce the import dependency of oilseeds

India, despite being the fifth largest vegetable oils economy globally, 60% of the domestic demand is met through imports. The public-private partnership in developing new improved varieties technologies and increased awareness about tree-based oilseed can help reduce the dependence on oilseeds.

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CROPSR: A new tool for performing CRISPR-Cas9 knockout experiments: CROPSR is a new tool developed by the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI). CROPSR, an open-source tool for genome-wide design and evaluation of gRNA sequences for CRISPR, provides the scientific community with new methods and a new workflow for performing CRISPR/Cas9 knockout experiments. CROPSR reduces the challenges of working in crops and helps speed gRNA sequence design, evaluation, and validation. The software lifts restrictions imposed by other packages on the design and evaluation of gRNA sequences.
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Climate-smart pigeon pea hybrids to meet the future pulse needs of India: Climate-smart pigeon pea hybrids, with a yield superiority of 40% and short duration have emerged as the best bet to meet the future pulse demand of India. The short duration hybrids allows it to be cultivated in non-traditional belts and to fit well in diverse cropping systems. The short-duration hybrids with 130-140 days to maturity (compared to the usual 180 days) are in greater demand amongst the seed industry, farmers, and the National Agricultural Research System (NARS).
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Syngenta strengthening biological portfolio: Syngenta Crop Protection has built their portfolio by acquiring two bioinsecticides, NemaTrident and UniSpore. These two insecticides help in combating against increasing insect and pests in horticultural and ornamental crops. The following acquisition helps Syngenta in providing sustainable solution to their customers.
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Government regulating distribution and price management in fertilizers : The central government has proposed the bill to fix the maximum selling price of fertilizers. The following bill will help the government to control the distribution, pricing, and quality of standards of fertilizers. Meanwhile, Indian government is also focusing in maintaining the long-term supply of fertilizers by negotiating with Russia. It protects farmer from volatile prices and ensure constant supply for fertilizers.
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Telangana AAR rulings stated GST to be applicable on agriculture seed: The Telangana Authority of Advance Ruling (AAR) has stated in two rulings that seeds are not agricultural produce and attract Goods and Services Tax (GST). The AAR ruled that the law applicable to grain and seed will be different as seed is not consumable and therefore does not fall under agriculture produce tax exemption.
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Innovative formulation technology all set to extend biopesticide Shelf Life up to 36 months: Biotrop has developed a stabilized formulation technology that uses complex patent-pending “DOP” process of inducing the bacterial endospores formation and maximizing the metabolic expression that is further resulting into high survival capacity of microorganisms after their application in the field and increase shelf life of biopesticide solutions.
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