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Centre to seek Election Commission’s nod for 40-60% MSP hike for forest items
The government would seek Election Commission’s permission to effect a steep 40-60% increase in the minimum support price (MSP) of minor forest produce (MFP) in tribal dominated states — a move which would benefit tribals in pollbound BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh which have a sizeable tribal population.

Fall Armyworm, considered threat for global food security spreads from maize to sugarcane in India
Fall Armyworm the dreaded pest considered a threat to global food security has been found in Maharashtra the Bengaluru-based National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources said. Entomologists have detected the presence of the pest on sugarcane crops even as scientists at Indias premium institutes hope it doesn’t infest rice, which could be highly dangerous.

Kharif production could likely decline due to erratic monsoon: Report
National Bulk Handling Corporation (NBHC) in its first kharif crop estimates for the year 2018-19 has indicated that amidst the erratic distribution of monsoon rains and with the possibilities of as many as 254 districts facing drought like situation, the total kharif cereals production likely to decline marginally by 1.71 per cent compared to last kharif.

Indian farmed shrimp production may be down by 20% this year
Marine products export from India is likely to be flat this year as production woes continue to plague the seafood sector with a supply crunch of farmed shrimp, which accounted for nearly 70% of Rs 45,000 crore seafood exports last year. “The shrimp production was down due to late stocking and diseases in the eastern coast. The harvest in the west coast has also been no better,” said Rahul Kulkarni, director of WestCoast Fine Foods Pvt. Ltd, a major exporter