Agri Stimulus Newsletter May 2021

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Subsidy hike on DAP fertiliser by 140 per centReliefto farming community: To ensure that soil nutrients are available to farmers in view of the rising global prices of DAP, Centre has hiked the subsidy on DAP fertilizer by 140 percent, from Rs 500 per bag to Rs 1200 per bag. DAP rates have gone up to Rs 2400 per bag in the global market and this move ensures that the domestic retail prices remain unchanged and offers relief to farming community
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First ever electric tractortested in the country: The first-ever ‘electric Tractor’ has been tested at the Central Farm Machinery Training & Testing Institute, Budni (MP), has tested the in the Institute. As compared to the regular tractors, the electric tractor would be more environmentally friendly. With the promising results of the tests the manufacturer have made the test commercial from confidential.
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75 villages in 8 Indian states to be benefitted with intensive modern farming: India and Israel have signed a three year deal to implement the “INDO-ISRAEL Agricultural Project Centres of Excellence” and “INDO-ISRAEL Villages of Excellence”. Strengthening India – Israel bilateral relationships, Israel will assist in developing the current Centers of Excellence (CoEs), set up new centres, ensure that these centres are self-sufficient, and encourage collaborations. Under this project Israel will modify methodologies to suit the scenarios in these 75 villages and will focus on installing and implementing modern Agriculture infrastructure, build capacity and create and enhance Market linkages.
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State-of-the-art genetics coupled with proprietary tech to accelerate vertical farming: Collaboration between OnePointOne which pioneers in advanced technology in aeroponics and robotic growers with Sakata Seed America who have the latest genetics will quickly accelerate the status of vertical farming. The collaboration will also enable quicker data collection and quicker fine tuning of the breeding programs which will make the large scale usability of Vertical farming a reality. This will drive the innovations and advances needed to bring a more sustainable growth platform to the market at scale.
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Indian rice exports to Philippines likely to boost due to 5% tariff cuts: For one year Philippines have announced the reduction on rice import tariff to 35% for in-quota purchases. The Indian rice import markets have faced an unstable trend and the high import tariffs have restricted the expansion of Indian rice markets in Philippines. This change when implemented will open up around half a million tonnes market for the Indian exporters.
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Non-GMO Herbicide resistant Cotton through Gene editing: Argentine companies, Bioheuris, and Gensus announced a partnership to develop herbicide resistance in cotton crop using CRISPR gene editing. Herbicide-resistant (HR) GMO cotton are already available for farmers in several countries. This technology enables to create HR traits by enhancing the performance of the crop’s own genes.
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Plant disease forecast platform - A new data intelligence tool: A plant disease forecast platform for advance disease warning and management advice to farmers has been launched by Yuktix, a provider of data intelligence tools for agriculture. The platform uses IoT technology and data analysis tool to predict weather linked plant diseases in advance. Using this platform for 24x7 weather and soil monitoring along with crop specific disease models advanced warning about impending diseases to plants can be delivered to grower phones.
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Dutch Seed firm Bejo acquires a nonexclusive license to CRISPR-Cas9 IP from Corteva Agriscience and the Broad Institute: Bejo now has access to CRISPR-Cas9 intellectual property for genome editing for agricultural use. This will enable to strengthen its ability to develop more efficient vegetable varieties and contribute to meeting global food and sustainability challenges. They can now deploy this technology and explore new applications of this powerful tool in a wide variety of vegetable seeds, including brassicas, onions, carrots and other crops.
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Max-Ace herbicide-tolerant rice system being launched on limited scale: Limited launch of the Max-Ace Rice Crop Solution system planned by RiceTec and Adama plan that pairs RiceTec’s herbicide-tolerant rice cultivars with Adama’s proprietary herbicide. These will be done both on Max-Ace varieties as well as hybrids through 40 – 50 farm-scale demonstrations. The Max-Ace Rice Cropping Solution is in high demand for its outstanding grass weed control with Highcard herbicide in rice
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Farmers all set to realise premium price exporting GI certified Shahi litchi: For the first time since litchi got the GI tag, the first consignment of GI certified Shahi litchi was exported from Bihar to UK. This will not only help the farmers to fetch premium price, but also prevent other producers from misusing the name for selling similar goods. With litchi having minimal shelf life, ministry is encouraging to explore opportunities for exporting value added products.
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Foliar fungicide delivers effective protection against ergot: Prosaro® PRO cereal fungicide developed by Bayer is extremely effective against Fusarium Head Blight (FHB), Deoxynivalenol (DON) and leaf diseases. This fungicide can be used on wheat and barley crops. Prosaro®. It provides multi-mode of action solution and has been proven to deliver higher yields even with high disease pressure, resulting in improved grain quality and less loss of grains. It is also the only foliar fungicide available in the market.
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Major advancement in the fight against the Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus- TomaTech: TomaTech has succeeded in identifying the DNA markers correlated to the resistant trait and also filed for a provisional patent for the same. This breakthrough will accelerate the breeding program and commercialization of high resistance non- GMO tomato varieties & can be applied to develop a complete portfolio of resistant tomato varieties across all segments and can be adapted to both heated and non-heated green houses.
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