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Cotton traders to go strike against RCM under GST
Trade body Cotton Association of India (CAI) has threatened to go one day protest on December 15, followed by an indefinite strike against Reverse Charge Mechanism if the GST council does not resolve the issue in its meeting scheduled on December 21.

Government introduces FPOs in fishery sector
Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh today said the government is encouraging setting up of Farmer Producer Companies (FPOs) in the fishery sector, a move that will boost fishermens income. The government has received proposals for 21 FPOs in major fish-producing states, he said in a statement.

Skyrocketing vegetable prices making customers, vendors suffer
With a skyrocketing hike in vegetableBSE -0.62 % prices, vendors and customers are suffering vehemently. Onion and tomato prices in various parts of the country are soaring and people have to spend as much as Rs 80 and Rs 50 for a kilo of onions and tomatoes respectively.

New Holland Agri offers tech solutions to reduce crop burning
Farm machinery maker New Holland Agriculture today said its recently launched combine harvester can be used with other implements to address the problem of crop burning. Attaching straw chopper and Happy Seeder machines to a tractor mounted combine harvester will help use straw for mulching and undertake sowing of new crop easily, it said.

Kerala farmers collective launches organic ethnic dry fruits
A farmers collective from Kerala in the organic and fair trade sector has launched ethnic dry fruits for the domestic market. Christened Only Organic , the venture has introduced organic dry varieties of ethnic fruits jackfruit, mango, green mango, papaya and gooseberry to start with

Onion prices skyrocket to Rs 80/kg in Delhi
Retail onion prices have touched Rs 80 per kg in the national capital owing to tight supply, while a similar spike is seen in other cities as well, as per the trade data. Onions in other metro cities are being sold at Rs 50-70 per kg depending on the quality and locality, the data showed.

India & Israel: Cooperation on water management
Even advanced countries around the world and states like California are noticing Israels success in the field of water management and recycling. For example, in the US, the state of California is currently suffering from a severe water crisis, primarily as a result of inefficient and failed water management in agriculture. The recycling of water in agriculture in California is only five per cent whereas in Israel the rate is 85 per cent

Permaculture activists aim to scale up coverage area, eye Chhatisgarh, Odisha
Propagators of permaculture technique of farming are looking at newer geographical locations like Odisha, Chhattisgarh for spreading its use and are looking to partner with educational institutions for the same. They are planning to have awareness programs for farmers and are calling for including farming as a subject in state schools.