Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals

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ISAP Monthly E-newsletter, Volume 8, Issue:7 (APR, 2015)


Index

- ISAP Activities

- Who’s who in Agriculture?

- Science & Technology

- News Highlights


ISAP File

ISAP, the parent body of IAP, which also started as an electronic group in 2001 and achieved the following highlights since then:
  • ISAP group and page on Facebook and linkedin cater to more than 100,000 professionals on a daily basis with thousands of posts every month and answers to huge no of queries and interactions generated through these platforms.
  • Reached 1500 Villages, 49 blocks, 27 districts in 15 States
  • Touched and transformed the lives of 5 lakh Indian farming families
  • Provided Entrepreneurship Development training to 3396 agri-graduates and incubated 1059 successful ventures
  • Trained 6611 BPL rural youth on vocational skills and helped them gain meaningful livelihoods.
  • Certified 467 agri-graduates under India Crop Certified Adviser Program
  • Satisfactorily answered more than 5 lakh farmer queries through our Kisan Call Centres (KCC) in Bhopal (MP) and Gulbarga (Karnataka)
  • Successfully established two 100 bedded rural hospitals in West Bengal
  • Successfully running multi-seater health helpline in Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh)
  • Set up 36 water treatment plants for village drinking water supply schemes in various states
  • Successfully running Community Radio Station "Kissan Vani Sironj" in District vidisha (M.P)
  • Created more than 100 farmer producer companies owned by @100,000 farmers across India

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ISAP Activities

OCPF-IFS Project, Rajasthan

ISAP has initiated OCPF-IFS project in the districts of Baran, Bundi and Sawai Madhopur (Rajasthan). Main objective of this program is to strengthen food and nutrition security and to improve livelihood of small and marginal farmers of Southeastern Rajasthan. Program is also aimed at building effective and cost efficient collaboration between producers, industry, governments, civil society organizations and other stakeholders for commodity based development. A total of 9600 farmers will directly be benefitted with this program.   

Monthly Activities :-

The month of April has been a month of subdued spirits in the OCPF-IFS project area, marred by the extensive damage caused to rabi crops by hails and rains. The mustard crop harvested and left for drying was damaged both due to rain and hails and has shattered the pods resulting in spilling of seeds on the ground. Wheat crop has received setback primarily due to direct hits by hails to the seed bearing spikes as well as due to lodging resulting from  rain and hails. The damage has ranged from 15 to 95 percent in mustard and from 15 to 75 percent in wheat. The loss to other crops like coriander, chickpea (Bengal gram), lentils, fennel and other crops has been likewise high.

The demo plots and the respective control plots conducted during rabi 2014-15 in the project area have been harvested by the farmers and yield results have started coming in. However, in order to reconfirm the yield data, the field functionaries of ISAP carried out crop cutting exercise, using about 5 to 10 1 meter square units from  each demo and control fields as supplementary and confirmative information.

Identification of locations for water harvesting structures, both Anicuts and dug-out ponds has been finalized as one each in each block, after initially identifying 2-3 parallel and possible locations. The final selection has been based on the strength of how many farmers, acres and hazardous water scarcity possibilities would be covered.

The monitoring of zayad (spring/summer season) demo plots was an important activity during this month, ensuring that the progress and crop growth are on anticipated lines. Bhindi and kakdi crops have already attained flowering and a few picks have gone to the market. In Kishanganj, vein mosaic and micro-nutrient deficiency symptoms were observed on kaddu  crop for which possible remedial measures have been advised and undertaken by concerned farmers.

Towards the end of the month, 20 units of poultry birds (each 20 birds) have been provided to project farmers as part of the IFS system for which 120 farmers (20 in each block) have been earmarked as the front line demonstrators. The breed sourced from Maharana Pratap Agricultural University, Udaipur is “Pratap Mahan”. One of the farmers, Ghanshyam Bamaulia has taken up the responsibility to act as the market hub to act as the front for all units with regard to market connect.

Ghanshyam Bamaulia (second from left), the market connect and hub for poultry in project area

 

OCPF-IFS Project, Karnataka

In phase I, OCPF-AES project was started as Soil health improvement and yield enhancement program. In span of four years, project got culminated into institutionalization of project farmers into “Producer organizations” (FPOs) and integration of these FPOs into the existing market value chain. In 1st phase, ISAP has formed total seven (7) Farmer Producer Organizations in districts of Gulbarga, Bidar and Raichur.  In phase II, emphasis is largely on making these FPOs sustainable through market integration, infrastructure support and convergence with various schemes   

Monthly Activities :-

Under AVRC component, three plant nurseries have been set up in April. In Distt Bidar, these nurseries are set up at Village Halbarga, taluk Bhalki and village Sastapur, taluk Basavkalyan, while in Gulbarga, a nursery is set up at Village Tadkal, taluk Aland. Size of each nursery is 247 square meter. These nurseries will be run by Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) in these areas. Through these nurseries, FPOs will provide good quality saplings to their member farmers at economical price.  This will help saving time and money of the farmers, as earlier they had to travel faraway locations to get plant saplings.

In addition, computer education centers have been set up at each AVRC with the objective of providing IT literacy to the children of deprived & poor farmers in project region. These students will be charged very nominal fees, which will be decided by FPO Boards. Tadkal based FPO, Negilayogi Aland Farmers’ Federation has planned to engage leading software testing IT Company for running computer centre at Tadkal AVRC. They will soon be inking deal with this company to run this centre in effective and professional manners.    

To rejuvenate young mind and bodies, children recreation units have been set up at each AVRC. These recreation units have facilities of swing, slider, double bar and parallel bar. Other sports activities will be planned by FPOs in this unit. This is modest effort to engage and inspire younger generation for staying fit.  

Farmers Meeting with ATMA- BTM officer in Gangapur Block (Distt -Aurangabad) Farmer training on pheromone traps under  Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Plant nursery set up at Basavkalyan AVRC

HRD block at Tadkal AVRC

 

FPO Promotion under Nation Food Security Mission (NFSM)

National Food Security Mission (NFSM) is a Central Sector Scheme aims towards increasing production and productivity of cereals, pulses and commercial crops on a sustainable basis so as to ensure food security of the country. National Demonstration Project (NDP) is an initiative under National Food Security Mission, that aims is to bridge the yield gap in respect of these crops through dissemination of improved technologies and farm management practices. Under NDP of NFSM, Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals has got the responsibility to promote Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs). ISAP has to mobilize 5000 farmers each, in three states of India; Karnataka, Maharashtra and Telangana. As per the plan, 15 FPOs, each consists of 1000 farmers, are in formation state in the mentioned states.

Monthly Activities :-

Against a target of mobilizing 15000 farmers, 14448 farmers have been enrolled so far under NDP-NFSM.  Total of 543 famer meetings and 137 trainings have been conducted for the FPO members under this program. Election of Board of Directors (BODs) of FPOs has been completed for all the 15 FPOs. The focus now is on registration of the FPOs under Producer Companies Act.

In collaboration with IFFCO, ISAP has started soil testing program in the month of April’15 in the project blocks of Maharashtra. IFFCO is using its soil testing mobile van for the said purpose. Soil pH, salinity, EC, carbon content and macronutrients are being tested by the company.

Farmers Meeting with ATMA- BTM officer in Gangapur Block (Distt -Aurangabad) Farmer training on pheromone traps under  Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Glimpse of village level farmer training on soil testing organized in vaijapur block

Glimpse the project farmers participated in soil testing program in Vaijapur block

 

MP Special Project - Phase I

ISAP with support from Department of Agriculture, Madhya Pradesh (MP) and Small Farmers’ Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC) has been promoting FPOs in four blocks of MP. The blocks are Gurh and Huzur blocks of Rewa district, and Rampur Naikin and Majhauli blocks of Sidhi district. ISAP had been given a target of mobilizing 4000 small and marginal farmers for the project.

Monthly Activities :-

The MP team of ISAP, mobilized 3707 farmers till end of April’15. The team has been conducting regular sensitization programs like village meeting, video show etc. for better understanding of the objects of the project by the community members. All the four FPOs have been registered under the Producer Companies Act. Name of the FPOs are: “Vindhya Vikas Kisan Producer Company Limited” of Hujoor block of Rewa District, “Bhairav Kisan Nath Farm Producer Company Limited” of Gurh block of Rewa district, “Sonanchal Kisan Producer Company Limited” of Rampur Naikin block of Sidhi district, and “Majhauli Kisan Producer Company Limited” of Majhauli block of Sidhi district. Trainings on soil testing, SRI technique and preparation of bio pesticides, through audio visual aid were imparted to the farmer members of “Shri Ram Kisan Ruchi Sangathan Tilwari FPO”, Majhauli, in the month of April’15. BOD meeting of “Sonanchal Kisan Producer Company Limited” was held at Shedol in April’15.  Farmer meetings were also held  at Gurh and Huzur block, for discussing share money collection.

Mobile van at Tadkal HRD at Basavkalyan

Glimpse of village level farmer meeting at Majhauli block for formation of Farmer Interest Group

Glimpse of village level farmer meeting at Gurh block for share collection

 

MP Special Project - Phase II

ISAP, as a resource institution, has got responsibility to mobilize eight thousand small and marginal farmers under eight Farmer Producer Organizations (FPO) (at the rate of one thousand farmers per FPO) in four districts of Madhya Pradesh by the name- Guna, Shivpuri, Sheopur and Hoshangabad.

Monthly Activities :-

Baseline survey of the project has been completed and Detailed Project Report (DPR) has been submitted to SFAC. The project staff (project coordinators) have been recruited, trained and deployed in the field. The district wise project blocks and villages have also been identified in close coordination with the State Agriculture Department of Madhya Pradesh. Mobilization of farmers for the project is ongoing in the project villages. The project staff (project coordinator) are conducting meeting with farmers in groups at village level for mobilization of the farmers for the project.

Mobile van at Tadkal HRD at Basavkalyan

Glimpses of village level farmer meeting, at Piparia block, for the farmer mobilization

Glimpses of village level farmer meeting, at Piparia block, for the farmer mobilization

 

Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH)-UP and Haryana

Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) is a Central Govt. sponsored scheme for the holistic growth of the horticulture sector. For the vary purpose, ISAP as a resource institution has been given the responsibility to mobilize total 3000 small and marginal farmers in the state of Haryana. The farmers will be organized under Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs), each consisting of 1000 farmers. MIDH-Haryana has been implemented in Bhiwani, sirsa, Jind and Kaithal districts. All the blocks of the districts have been selected for the project.

Monthly Activities :-

Baseline Survey has been completed in the project districts, and a Detailed Project Report (DPR) has been prepared and submitted to SFAC. Major fruits and vegetables identified in the project area are citrus, guava, ber, aonla, melon, cucurbits, leafy vegetables, cabbage, cauliflower, carrot, chilly and onion. For mobilization of farmers for the project, the farmer meetings at village level and one to one interaction with the farmers is being conducted by the ISAP project team. So far 18 FIGs have been formed under the project against a target of 150 FIGs.

BoDs meeting at Huzur block Training through Audio Visual Aid on NADP at Rampur block

Gimpses of farmer meeting at village level, conducted at Bhiwani district, for the farmer mobilization

Gimpses of farmer meeting at village level, conducted at Bhiwani district, for the farmer mobilization

 

Vegetable Initiative for Urban Clusters (VIUC)-Ajmer

The idea behind VIUC initiative is to enhance production and productivity of horticulture in villages near to urban and metropolitan centers, to meeting growing urban demand for the crops and benefiting the growers.

Monthly Activities :-

The VIUC project in Ajmer district of Rajasthan is in its initial phase (phase-1).  The project blocks and villages have been identified by ISAP in close discussion with the Government Officials from the Sate Horticulture Department of Rajasthan, posted at the district level. Total two blocks, Peesangan and Srinagar, and 57 Villages (37 villages in Peesangan and 20 villages in Srinagar) have been identified for the project. Farmer awareness meetings at village level were conducted in April’15, to mobilize farmers for the project in the Peesangan block. The farmers were informed about the FPO program and its objectives, role of ISAP etc. in the village meetings. Three FIGs have been formed in Motisar village of Peesangan block, till end of April’15. Names of the FIGs are- “Shri Jagdamba Kisan Udpadak Samuh”, “Uva Shakti Kisan Udpadak samuh” and “Shri Balaji Kisan Udpadak Samuh”.

 

Mobile van at Tadkal HRD at Basavkalyan

Glimpse of farmer meeting at village level, conducted at Peesangan block of Ajmer district, for the farmer mobilization

Glimpse of farmer meeting at village level, conducted at Peesangan block of Ajmer district, for the farmer mobilization

Karnataka Special Project

Karnataka Special Project is an initiative of Govt. of Karnataka in association with SFAC and various project implementing agencies. Under the project, ISAP has to form 15 Farmer Producer Organizations in 11 districts of Karnataka. The districts are- Gadag, Ballary, Koppal, Bidar, Raichur, Yadgir, Gulbarga, Hassan, Kodagu, Dharwad and Haveri.

Monthly Activities :-

Recruitment of the project staff (project coordinator) has been completed for the project. Detailed Project Report (DPR) for each of the district has been submitted to the Horticulture Department, Govt. of Karnataka. The report is based on findings of baseline survey performed in the project blocks in the month of March’15. Mobilization of the farmers through village meeting has been started under the project. So far total 111 Farmer Interest Groups have been formed under the project against a target of 750 of such groups.

 

Mobile van at Tadkal HRD at Basavkalyan

Glimpses of farmer meeting at village elvel, conducted at Koppal district, for farmer mobilization

Glimpses of farmer meeting at village elvel, conducted at Koppal district, for farmer mobilization

 


Success Story


Agri-clinic Agri-business Program
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Ms Anila Beniwal is an enterprising woman from Village Frain Kalan, Block Narwana, Distt Jind. She belongs to a farm family. Her strong desire to start something of her own in this sector pulled her to ISAP’s ACABC training centre at Karnal. She completed her 2-months residential training at ISAP’s training centre in Karnal on Feb 21, 2015. During her training, she got chance to interact with apiary experts and learned insight of this business. Realizing huge potential in this sector, she decided to start apiary business at her village Frain Kalan. Her decision was fully supported by her family.  She invested INR 20 lakh of her own for this unit, which she named ‘Tejas Apiary’. She has employed 40 people at her unit and catering to around 130 farmers. Along with supplying honeybee colonies, products and apiary equipments, she also provides consulting services to the farmers, who are further interested in apiary business. She has got a good start and making approx INR 1 lakh per month. ISAP wishes her luck for her future endeavours.     

 

Science & Technology

New species highlights plant diversity of Palakkad

Scientists call for curbs on quarrying in biodiversity pockets

A team of scientists from four research institutions in Kerala have reported the discovery of a rare species of plant from the Palakkad gap region of the Western Ghats, highlighting the floral diversity in the region and triggering the demand for strict curbs on quarrying in biodiversity pockets.

The team comprising Solan Jose, V. Suresh, and Maya C. Nair from the Government Victoria College, Palakkad; K.M. Prabhukumar from the Centre for Medicinal Plants Research under the Arya Vaidyasala, Kottakkal; V.V.Asha from the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Thiruvananthapuram; and R. Prakashkumar and P.V. Madhusoodanan from the Malabar Botanic Garden, Kozhikode; came across the plant in a quarry during an exploration of the Nenmara region south of Palakkad in the valley of the Nelliyampathy hills.

Thehindu.com

Do you know

Honeybees

Honeybees are a great scientific mystery because they have remained unchanged for 20 million years even though the world has changed around them.

Honeybee colonies have unique odors that members flash like ID cards at the hive's front door, so the guard bees can recognize the entering bees.

A honeybee will flap its wings about 11,400 times per minute creating the "buzz" that you hear.

A single honeybee will only produce approximately 1/12 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.

 

Betterbee.com

 

Who’s who in Agriculture?

http://www.thehindu.com/multimedia/dynamic/00176/05tvtnk02_ZeroBudge_176270e.jpgHenry A. Wallace (October 7, 1888 – November 18, 1965) accomplishments are many: Vice President of the United States, Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of Commerce, and other distinguished roles. Wallace was considered an active Secretary of Agriculture and his Department of Agriculture oversaw the creation and development of the food stamp and school lunch programs. He supported government intervention and implemented controversial measures to regulate production in American farming with government planning designed to battle overproduction and low prices. Specifically, Wallace ordered slaughtering pigs and plowing up cotton fields in rural America to drive the price of these commodities back up in order to improve American farmers’ economic situation. He experimented with breeding high-yielding strains of corn and easily earns a spot here because he also founded the Hi-Bred Corn Company in 1926, which we know today as Pioneer Hi-Bred.

Agvanwert.wordpress.com

 

Innovations

Clean energy, now on the high seas

The recently-installed solar panels power all their lights including those in the deep freezer, mixer, television set and power points.

Bobbing quietly in the waters of the Kasimedu fishing harbour is a boat that looks like any other, until you notice the top portion of the vessel.

Along with tyres, nets and diesel cans, this boat’s roof carries solar panels. The recently-installed solar panels power all their lights including those in the deep freezer, mixer, television set and power points.

“We make a saving of at least 15 litres of diesel a day because of solar power. Otherwise, the boat’s engine runs throughout the night to keep the lights running while we work,” said A. Gnanadass, the boat driver, who has taken the boat into the high seas on two trips after the solar panels were fitted.

“I am happy with the performance and the company has now fitted high powered lights that can be used to catch sankara at night. We will use it after the fishing ban is lifted,” he added.

The boat’s owner Venkatesh said that he was convinced about the viability of the idea when he was told about the clean energy and reduction in carbon footprint.

Thehindu.com

 

News Highlights

India minister praises Israel’s ‘more crop per drop’ farm model

Israeli agricultural tech has proven itself, says top Indian official Davendra Fadnavis

The business of government is politics, but there’s a time to put politics on the shelf, according to Davendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of the State of Maharashtra in India. “Everybody has to eat,” Fadnavis told The Times of Israel in an exclusive interview. “Israel’s agricultural and water technology is helping to satisfy global hunger. Who could disagree with that?”

India’s strategy in the past has been to keep Israel at arm’s length so as not to aggravate its relationship with the Arab world and its large Muslim minority. But that strategy goes out the window when it comes to engaging with Israel for its agricultural technology. Israel and India have extensive ag-tech ties, with government-level projects to improve growing techniques for a wide variety of crops, to dozens of business collaborations between private companies.

In fact, one of the biggest irrigation solutions firms in the world – NaanDanJain – is an Israeli-Indian firm, created in 2007 when Israeli irrigation tech firm NaanDan merged with India’s Jain Irrigation Systems. “India is an agricultural country, and we are helping India bloom with our affordable drip irrigation, filter, and fertilizer technology,” said Amnon Ofen, director of NaanDanJain. “There is no question that our firm has been responsible for the green revolution in India. I would estimate that NaanDanJain products have helped increase India agricultural output by tens of percent. Millions of Indian farmers are using Israeli equipment and technology, and they are producing more from their land.”

Timesofisrael.com

 

Japanese strawberry variety now grown in India

"Tochi otome", a Japanese variety of strawberries is now produced in the suburbs of Pune. The fruit is grown by using a Japanese method called elevated hydroponics culture.

Japan's NEC Corporation has come up with an idea to create both social and economic value of this project using Information and Communications Technology.

NEC has teamed up with the Institute of Cultural Affairs, an India based NGO to set up strawberry project in Pune.

Growing Japanese strawberries requires high skills and experience. NEC's support of Information Technology services makes it capable to expand to overseas market.

Data such as temperature, humidity and sunlight hours as required for cultivation of crop are collected from several sensors installed in the Poly-house.

The cultivation data has been shared with the professionals in Japan through NEC's cloud system.

newkerala.com

 

Punjab govt offers subsidy on potato exports; cuts mkt fees

With potato growers getting only Rs 1.5-2 per kg for their produce, Punjab government today announced a slew of relief measures for farmers such as freight subsidy on exports and reduction in market and rural development fees.

The state government also directed state co-operative to procure potatoes from markets and supply in other parts of the country. It decided to enhance usage of the key vegetables in mid-day meal scheme.

Potato growers in Punjab are facing "massive" losses due to plummeting prices. They are fetching only Rs 1.5-2 per kg against Rs 10-12 per kg in corresponding period of last year.

These decisions were taken by the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during a review meeting to assess the situation regarding production and marketing of potatoes in the state.

Business-standard.com

 

Maharashtra clips APMC wings, tells farmers to trade freely

A directive of Chandrakant Patil, Minister for Cooperatives, aims to unyoke farmers from the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committees (APMCs). Farmers’ groups and self-help groups, who had to pay a licence fee and a cess before commencing selling, that too only through APMC traders, would now be able to sell their produce across the state without any licence or paying any cess. The idea is to allow farmers to freely sell their produce beyond the controlled confines of APMC.

Patil told Newsline that the decision was taken to “decontrol” the markets and allow farmers groups to realise proper prices for their produce. “APMCs charge cess and other taxes from farmers. Also, proper price realisation is not possible due to monopoly of traders in APMC markets,” he said. The new regime in the state has also dispensed with direct marketing license (DML) which farmers groups had to take to do business in APMCs. Patil, however, added that the order has been challenged in court.

Indianexpress.com

 

ICAR sets up Central Institute for Women in Agriculture

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has set up a Central Institute for Women in Agriculture (CIWA) to undertake research related to issues of women in agriculture.

All beneficiary oriented schemes of the Union Agriculture Department having training and capacity building components for farmers include women farmers.

The ICAR has so far established a network of 642 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) in the country. The KVKs organise different training programmes on improved technologies for farmers and rural youth including women.

The CIWA organises various extension activities like field days, exhibitions, exposure visits, demonstrations, Training of Trainers (TOT), etc. to acquaint women with latest technologies in agriculture, said a press release by Press Information Bureau.

Thehindu.com

 

Chennai-made pheromone traps for fruit fly come to Maldives’ rescue

Invasive species specialists from the Asia-Pacific Forest Invasive Species Network (APFISN), based at Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi, Thrissur, are reaching out to Sh. Feevah Island of Maldives to save its farming from a fruit fly attack.

Experts, who have identified the pest as Batocera invadens, the oriental fruit fly, are planning to ship around 400 pheromone lure traps to the atoll from Chennai to contain the attack.

The officials of the Fisheries and Agricultural Ministry of Maldives had recently approached the APFISN, a cooperative alliance of the 33 member countries in the Asia- Pacific Forestry Commission, a statutory body of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, for containing the attack. Mangoes and water apples farmed there were widely damaged in the attack.

Thehindu.com

 

Compensation for crop damage increased by 50%

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 08 announced a 50 per cent increase in compensation to farmers for damage to their crop because of untimely rainfall and other such causes. Also, the eligibility criterion for this was lowered from loss of 50 per cent of potential crop to 33 per cent.

The move comes when untimely rain and hail have destroyed standing rabi crops and there is resentment among farmers over the government's land acquisition Bill.

In another development, the government rejected Congress president Sonia Gandhi's demand that wheat be procured even if it had more than 14 per cent moisture. Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, however, relaxed procurement norms for discoloured and broken wheat.

"Compensation will be increased one and a half times. If he (the farmer) got Rs 100 earlier, he will get Rs 150 now," Modi said at the launch of the Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency (MUDRA) in New Delhi.

Business-standard.com

 

Climate change makes apple take on new avatars

With global warming causing temperatures to rise and snowfall to decrease, the apple you eat might never be the same again as new varieties of the fruit find favour with cultivators looking to adapt to the change in weather patterns.

New low-chilling and early maturing varieties of the fruit are being introduced in the lower-altitude areas of states like Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand as cultivation of the traditional types is gradually shifting to the higher altitudes.

"It is getting difficult to grow traditional varieties in lower altitudes up to the height of 4,000-ft because of global warming and unpredictable weather conditions. So, we have been adopting new varieties in the last 1-2 years," Rakesh Singh, president of Sev Utpadak Sangh (Apple Growers Association) of Himachal, told PTI.

Zeenews.india.com

 

Mango dealers trained to use ‘ethylene’ to ripen fruit

The rampant use of carbide stones for artificial ripening of mangoes has prompted the Tamil Nadu Food Safety and Drug Administration in Trichy to embark on a move to train wholesale dealers to use the harmless 'ethylene' to ripen the fruit.

Being a climacteric fruit, mango can ripen naturally. But the time it takes for ripening naturally is not attractive to the wholesale dealers who procure tonnes of raw mangoes from the farms in and around Trichy and other parts of the state. Normally, a naturally ripening would take seven days which the dealers don't want to wait as they have to meet the demand. The easy way, the farmers found, to overcome the problem is artificially ripening using carbide stones which cause serious health complications to the consumers.

Unfazed by the actions by the food safety officials who used to seize the artificially ripened mangoes and bury them, the wholesale dealers continued to go on with the banned method.

Timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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