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Agriculture
Kharif procurement norms announced
THE Department of Food and Public Distribution has announced uniform specification of paddy, rice and coarse grains for procurement during the Kharif Marketing Season 2001-2002.

Slowdown seen in global tobacco production
GLOBAL unmanufactured tobacco production continues to slowdown rapidly, while consumption seems to show no such change. India is no exception to the global trend, but the changes here are less sharp.

Commodities
Jute Packaging Order notified
THE Centre on Tuesday notified the jute packaging order for 2001-2002 in line with recommendations made by the Standing Advisory Committee (SAC) constituted under the Jute Packaging Materials (Compulsory use In Packing Commodities) Act, 1987.

RBI panel report on bullion futures by month-end
A FOUR-MEMBER sub-group appointed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to assess the viability of futures trade in bullion is expected to be ready with its report later this month.

Floriculture


Lab-to-land floriculture scheme blooms in Kerala
THE success of a pioneering initiative for ``empowering poor rural women through recourse to a gainful floriculture programme'' in Thiruvananthapuram has encouraged the two principal players -- a local scientific research institution and an NGO, with sup port from the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) -- to think of replicating the same in other parts of Kerala and outside.

Food & Dairy Products
Kurien lauds milk co-ops' role in boosting economy
THE cooperative dairy industry has made significant contributions towards equitable economic development of the country's rural areas, Dr V. Kurien, Chairman of the National Cooperative Dairy Federation of India Ltd (NCDFI), has said.

Food industry told to adhere to safety norms
THE Indian industries, in order to realise their full potential, will have to implement the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point, popularly known as HACCP, which can provide a structured mechanism for ensuring food safety at various stages from far ms to consumers.

Plantations
Tobacco for making drugs!
CONSUMPTION of tobacco may sound death knell to many. However, for the scientists of the Central Tobacco Research Institute (CTRI) of Rajahmundry, the much-maligned golden leaf can as well offer some health-related benefits to the society.

Policy
Ministry status for food processing
NEW DELHI: The Department of Food Processing Industries has been elevated from a department under the Ministry of Agriculture to a full-fledged Ministry.


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