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World Food Safety Day: WHO underlines value of food security in Covid-hit era

On June 7, 2021, the World Food Safety Day this year, the theme is 'Safe food today for a healthy tomorrow'. With this, the World Health Organization (WHO) highlights that the production and consumption of safe food have immediate and long-term benefits for people, the planet, and the economy.
World Food Safety Day: Fruits and vegetables on sale in London, United Kingdom.(File Photo / Reuters)
World Food Safety Day: Fruits and vegetables on sale in London, United Kingdom.(File Photo / Reuters)
Published on Jun 07, 2021 08:49 AM IST
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China wants to improve genetics of its pigs so they produce more meat, eat less

  • The drive to improve livestock genetics is part of China’s goal of relying less on imports to feed its massive and increasingly affluent population.
China flew in 10,433 live swine worth $25 million in the first quarter, with the imports mainly coming from Denmark and the US(Bloomberg)
China flew in 10,433 live swine worth $25 million in the first quarter, with the imports mainly coming from Denmark and the US(Bloomberg)
Published on Apr 28, 2021 02:53 PM IST
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Farm reforms must ensure price stability, food security

Any change in agricultural markets should use the farm development model of Punjab and Haryana and after improving upon the flaws, new enactments should be made.
Farmers listen to a speaker as they take part in a protest against the central government’s recent agricultural reforms at the Delhi-Haryana state border in Singhu on Friday.(AFP)
Farmers listen to a speaker as they take part in a protest against the central government’s recent agricultural reforms at the Delhi-Haryana state border in Singhu on Friday.(AFP)
Updated on Dec 04, 2020 05:03 PM IST
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Hindustan Times/Chandigarh | ByLakhwinder Singh, Chandigarh

MSP, government procurement important part of country’s food security: PM Modi

Further, Modi said that earlier farmers did not have access to mandis and were forced to sell their produce to middlemen.
Noting that wholesale mandis or Agriculture Produce Marketing Committees (APMCs) have their own identity and strength, Modi said these mandis were in place for years in the country and their infrastructure is being improved.(ANI)
Noting that wholesale mandis or Agriculture Produce Marketing Committees (APMCs) have their own identity and strength, Modi said these mandis were in place for years in the country and their infrastructure is being improved.(ANI)
Published on Oct 16, 2020 02:52 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi

Lockdown hit food security of children, says rights body

In an advisory, the rights watchdog has asked the Union ministries of food and public distribution, women and child development and education to urgently restore and expand coverage under various food handout programmes.
Essential nutritional programmes, such as mid-day meals and the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), ground to a halt during the lockdown, the rights body said, increasing risks for already vulnerable communities. (HT File photo)
Essential nutritional programmes, such as mid-day meals and the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), ground to a halt during the lockdown, the rights body said, increasing risks for already vulnerable communities. (HT File photo)
Updated on Oct 06, 2020 07:53 PM IST
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Fight prejudice against Covid-19 patients, says Venkaiah Naidu

Venkaiah Naidu said such incidents were totally uncalled for and urged local communities and the society at large to prevent the recurrence of such happenings.
Referring to instances where people opposed providing space for last rites to those who died of the virus, Venkaiah Naidu said it was totally unacceptable and goes against the age-old Indian traditions of being in solidarity with bereaved family members.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Referring to instances where people opposed providing space for last rites to those who died of the virus, Venkaiah Naidu said it was totally unacceptable and goes against the age-old Indian traditions of being in solidarity with bereaved family members.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jul 26, 2020 05:20 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi

Ensure mental health care is a top priority | Opinion

The coronavirus has occasioned a rethink in our health care systems and infrastructure in general. It is now time to put mental health into the mix and prepare for the future which will bring many more challenges on this front
Often the issue of mental health, especially for women, slips through the cracks(Getty Images)
Often the issue of mental health, especially for women, slips through the cracks(Getty Images)
Updated on Jul 12, 2020 05:38 AM IST
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Covid-19 has highlighted India’s nutrition crisis | Opinion

As is always the case in situations of disasters and pandemics, those affected the most are women and children. India already bears a disproportionate burden of malnutrition in the world.
The government is trying its best to ensure that rations are increased but with migrant populations on the move, getting food to them is a problem(AP)
The government is trying its best to ensure that rations are increased but with migrant populations on the move, getting food to them is a problem(AP)
Updated on Jun 27, 2020 06:25 PM IST
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ByLalita Panicker

Migrant workers: The emergence of invisible India

Prepare a migrant database, give them welfare and voting rights wherever they are, enhance social security
We need a database of people working and living outside their states. This will make it easier to accurately assess the food, shelter or transport requirements during a crisis such as this(AP)
We need a database of people working and living outside their states. This will make it easier to accurately assess the food, shelter or transport requirements during a crisis such as this(AP)
Updated on Jun 03, 2020 09:31 AM IST
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ByRPN Singh

Fresh announcements on economy to help farmers, migrants: PM Modi

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday announced a Rs 3.16 lakh crore package of free foodgrains for migrant workers, concessional credit to farmers and working capital loan for street vendors as part of the second tranche of fiscal stimulus to heal an economy hit hard by the coronavirus-forced lockdown.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Modi had introduced massive new financial incentives on top of the previously announced packages for a combined stimulus of Rs 20 lakh crore.(PTI)
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Modi had introduced massive new financial incentives on top of the previously announced packages for a combined stimulus of Rs 20 lakh crore.(PTI)
Published on May 14, 2020 08:08 PM IST
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Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel looks to distribute food grains as part of MNREGA wages

The casual labourers are one of the hardest-hit sections of the society because of the ongoing nationwide lockdown restrictions, which were initially enforced on March 25 for 21 days and then further extended for another 19 days till May 3, to contain the spread of Covid-19 outbreak.
**EDS: (TO GO WITH STORY DCM25)** Nagpur: Undated photo of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel. Baghel has invited investors to seize business opportunities in the state and said his government is aiming to turn it into an investment hub. (PTI Photo)(PTI12_22_2019_000154B)(PTI)
**EDS: (TO GO WITH STORY DCM25)** Nagpur: Undated photo of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel. Baghel has invited investors to seize business opportunities in the state and said his government is aiming to turn it into an investment hub. (PTI Photo)(PTI12_22_2019_000154B)(PTI)
Updated on Apr 23, 2020 07:26 PM IST
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Lockdown Diaries: Punjab; standing between hunger and India by Amandeep Sandhu

The nation needs to build efficient medical systems and value the farmer who provides food security
A combine harvester in a wheat field in Jalandhar, Punjab, during the lockdown on April 17, 2020.(Pardeep Pandit/Hindustan Times)
A combine harvester in a wheat field in Jalandhar, Punjab, during the lockdown on April 17, 2020.(Pardeep Pandit/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 22, 2020 04:44 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByAmandeep Sandhu

India needs a major stimulus | HT editorial

The cash transfers announced for the poor are welcome; now the government has to shore up business and the economy
The finance minister sidestepped questions on a package for industry, including specific questions on sectors such as tourism and aviation that are hurting badly due to the coronavirus pandemic(PTI)
The finance minister sidestepped questions on a package for industry, including specific questions on sectors such as tourism and aviation that are hurting badly due to the coronavirus pandemic(PTI)
Updated on Mar 27, 2020 11:25 AM IST
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‘Don’t want anyone to remain hungry’: Sitharaman announces Covid-19 relief package

The Finance Minister also expressed gratitude for doctors and nurses who are dealing with Covid-19 patients.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a comprehensive relief package for the vulnerable section of the country affected by Covid-19 lockdown.(ANI Photo)
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a comprehensive relief package for the vulnerable section of the country affected by Covid-19 lockdown.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Mar 26, 2020 05:52 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Indian, global megacities growing at unprecedented rate: UK study

The researchers at universities of Birmingham and Sheffield say rapid and large-scale urban growth can cause major problems – as recognised in the UN’s New Urban Agenda – in areas such as housing, infrastructure, basic services, food security, health and education.
The world’s biggest cities are growing at an unprecedented rate. (Representative Image)(AFP)
The world’s biggest cities are growing at an unprecedented rate. (Representative Image)(AFP)
Updated on Jan 26, 2020 08:27 PM IST
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Review: Business of Taste by Centre for Science and Environment

Business of Taste highlights high-nutrition foods that have fallen out of traditional diets at calamitous cost
The way we eat now: Scene at a mall in Mumbai.(Universal Images Group via Getty)
The way we eat now: Scene at a mall in Mumbai.(Universal Images Group via Getty)
Updated on Oct 25, 2019 08:21 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByVivek Menezes

HT Picks: The most interesting books of the week

A book on the disappearing livelihoods of Tamil Nadu, lessons from the Vedas and the Puranas on getting rich and a new translation of Valmiki’s Ramayana - all that on this week’s list of good reads
On A look at Tamil Nadu’s disappearing livelihoods, advice from the Vedas and the Puranas on getting rich, and a new translation of Valmiki’s Ramayana(HT Team)
On A look at Tamil Nadu’s disappearing livelihoods, advice from the Vedas and the Puranas on getting rich, and a new translation of Valmiki’s Ramayana(HT Team)
Updated on Oct 11, 2019 08:20 PM IST
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The politics of onion price rise | HT editorial

Its price rise shows the trade off between inflation and farmer incomes
Even if left unattended, the onion price rally would have reversed in some time(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
Even if left unattended, the onion price rally would have reversed in some time(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 26, 2019 09:29 PM IST
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Why India needs a new social contract

The State must help citizens cope with changes in technology, environment, and gender relations
If more women in India were supported to work in the paid labour market, the nation would be much richer(Burhaan Kinu / Hindustan Times)
If more women in India were supported to work in the paid labour market, the nation would be much richer(Burhaan Kinu / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Sep 19, 2019 05:57 PM IST
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ByMinouche Shafik

India must step up efforts to tackle climate change

The UN report indicates the need for more climate-sensitive food and less wastage
Ending the degradation of land can play an important role in securing a liveable planet by cutting emissions, providing sustainable food and reducing poverty. The threat of land degradation is real for India(AP)
Ending the degradation of land can play an important role in securing a liveable planet by cutting emissions, providing sustainable food and reducing poverty. The threat of land degradation is real for India(AP)
Updated on Aug 11, 2019 07:15 PM IST
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Mumbai has a long way to go in protecting mangrove forests

After the recent notification on 224 ha of mangrove cover, 475 ha remain unprotected
Studies have shown that the city is losing its mangrove forests.(HT FILE)
Studies have shown that the city is losing its mangrove forests.(HT FILE)
Published on Aug 05, 2019 01:09 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByManoj Nair

Arvind Kejriwal writes to union home and finance ministers on taxes

Kejriwal requested Shah and Sitharaman to look into the matter personally and “provide additional terms of reference to the 15th Finance Commission to enable” it to recommend the legitimate shares of Delhi in central taxes.
The CM said that due to the “inadvertent omission” of Article 270(3) of the Constitution, which deals with share of taxes between the Centre and the Union territories, Delhi is missing out on “its legitimate share in central taxes of at least Rs 6,500 crore per annum”.(HT Photo)
The CM said that due to the “inadvertent omission” of Article 270(3) of the Constitution, which deals with share of taxes between the Centre and the Union territories, Delhi is missing out on “its legitimate share in central taxes of at least Rs 6,500 crore per annum”.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 18, 2019 10:33 PM IST
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‘Indians obese but hunger a concern’: UN report

In percentage terms, prevalence of undernourishment in the total population in India was 22.2% in 2004-06 and 14.5% in 2016-18.
The report said that an estimated 820 million people across the world did not have enough to eat in 2018, up from 811 million in the previous year.(Reuters File Photo)
The report said that an estimated 820 million people across the world did not have enough to eat in 2018, up from 811 million in the previous year.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Jul 17, 2019 08:22 AM IST
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Unemployment fuels food insecurity in India: UN

In absolute numbers, India’s undernourished population fell from 253.9 million in 2004-06 to 194.4 million in 2016-18, said the report.
In the Indian Himalayas, an economic slowdown coupled with natural resource depletion and climate change had a negative impact on food production and employment opportunities.(Diwakar Prasad/ HT FILE Photo)
In the Indian Himalayas, an economic slowdown coupled with natural resource depletion and climate change had a negative impact on food production and employment opportunities.(Diwakar Prasad/ HT FILE Photo)
Updated on Jul 17, 2019 07:29 AM IST
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The tiger conservation policy needs a paradigm shift

Recent tiger-human conflicts and the persistent demands by affected people to control the animal, is a big challenge in ensuring the long-term survival of the tiger
Tigers living outside reserves need attention. We need better surveillance measures, more information gathering and better coordination among states to protect our tiger population. Can we imagine India without tigers?(PTI)
Tigers living outside reserves need attention. We need better surveillance measures, more information gathering and better coordination among states to protect our tiger population. Can we imagine India without tigers?(PTI)
Updated on Jun 15, 2019 10:37 PM IST
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ByDigvijay Singh Khati

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik announces food, monetary aid for people affected by cyclone Fani

Odisha government on Sunday announced surplus food and monetary aid for people after cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ wreaked havoc in Odisha on Friday causing immense damage to critical infrastructures, especially power, telecom and water supply.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.(Arabinda Mahapatra/ HT photo)
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.(Arabinda Mahapatra/ HT photo)
Updated on May 05, 2019 04:27 PM IST
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Bhubaneswar | ByAsian News International

How India can increase its farm productivity

Addressing the knowledge gap among smallholders can significantly improve productivity, farmer prosperity, and environmental sustainability all at the same time
Through a scaled, countrywide effort, China raised farm productivity by 11% while reducing the use of nitrogen fertilizers by 14-18%(REUTERS)
Through a scaled, countrywide effort, China raised farm productivity by 11% while reducing the use of nitrogen fertilizers by 14-18%(REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 12, 2019 06:28 PM IST
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ByNachiket Mor, Srivalli Krishnan, Kate Kuo

Delighted to deliver benefits, Mamata Banerjee in letter to 90% Bengal population

Incidentally, Bengal’s population was 91.3 million according to the 2011 census. Almost 85% of the letters are written in Bengali and the rest in Hindi, Urdu and Nepali, said officials.
Late last week, the West Bengal government completed an exercise of reaching out to as many as 86.7 million beneficiaries of Khadya Sathi (food security) scheme with letters carrying the signature of chief minister Mamata Banerjee who stated she was “extremely delighted” to deliver the benefits to them.(Samir Jana/HT)
Late last week, the West Bengal government completed an exercise of reaching out to as many as 86.7 million beneficiaries of Khadya Sathi (food security) scheme with letters carrying the signature of chief minister Mamata Banerjee who stated she was “extremely delighted” to deliver the benefits to them.(Samir Jana/HT)
Updated on Mar 12, 2019 08:08 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Kolkata/Midnapore | BySumanta Ray Chaudhuri & Koushik Dutta

Pollution destroys 21% wheat, 6% rice crop every year: IIT-M study

The economic loss caused by the plant-damaging pollutant to the country is estimated to be about USD 5 billion for wheat and USD 1.5 billion for rice
Picture for representation only.(REUTERS)
Picture for representation only.(REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 11, 2019 05:45 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

India nominates NITI Aayog member Ramesh Chand for post of FAO Director General

Election for the agency’s top leadership post with a four-year term of office starting on August 2019 will take place in Rome between June 22-29.
Prior to joining NITI Aayog, Ramesh Chand was the Director of National Institute of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research.(HT File Photo)
Prior to joining NITI Aayog, Ramesh Chand was the Director of National Institute of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Mar 05, 2019 01:53 PM IST
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