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6   AgriTech indiA  november & december 2017                                                                                         News


                                                                                                                       NECC urges AP

                                                                                                                       to boost egg

                                                                                                                       production,
                                                                                                                       consumption



                                                                                                                          ndhra  Pradesh  should  take
                                                                                                                       Aup in right earnest measures
                                                                                                                       to  give  a  further  boost  to  egg
                                                                                                                       production  and  consumption  in
                                                                                                                       the State, B. Rama Rao, a member
                                                                                                                       of  the  executive  council  of  the
                                                                                                                       National  Egg  Co-ordination  Committee
                                                                                                                       (NECC), has said.
                                                                                                                          He was addressing the media as a part of
                                                                                                                       the ongoing campaign undertaken by NECC
                                                                                                                       to  promote  egg  consumption.  He  said  eggs
                                                                                                                       were much cheaper compared to other foods,
                                                                                                                       containing  many  nutrients,  and  therefore
                                                                                                                       they  should  be  promoted  not  only  for  food
                                                                                                                       security but nutrition security.
                                                                                                                          Andhra  Pradesh,  which  used  to  be  the
                                                                                                                       number one producer of eggs in the country
                                                                                                                       per  day,  has  slipped  to  the  second  position
                                                                                                                       after bifurcation. At present, Tamil Nadu is
                                                                                                                       in in the top slot, with production of 5 crore
                                                                                                                       eggs per day followed by Andhra Pradesh (4.5
                                                                                                                       crores) and Telangana (3.5 crores). However,
                                                                                                                       there is immense scope in the State for further
                                                                                                                       boosting  the  production  and  regaining  the
                                                                                                                       top slot, he said.
                                                                                                                          He said that “while the Indian Council of
                                                                                                                       Medical Research (ICMR) has recommended
                                                                                                                       consumption  of  180  eggs  per  capita,  it  is
                                                                                                                       actually only 65 or so in the country. It needs
                                                                                                                       to be boosted a great deal.”
                                                                                                                          He  suggested  to  the  AP  Government
                                                                                                                       that “one way of increasing consumption is
                                                                                                                       to  supply  more  boiled  eggs  in  the  mid-day
                                                                                                                       meal programme in the schools of the State.
                                                                                                                       At present, 3 boiled eggs are being supplied
                                                                                                                       a week to each student and it should at least
                                                                                                                       be doubled.”
                                                                                                                          He said that late B.V Rao was a Telugu
                                                                                                                       man who heralded the poultry revolution in
                                                                                                                       the  country  and  both  Telugu  states  should
                                                                                                                       strive  to  give  a  boost  to  the  sector  in  his
                                                                                                                       memory,  as  the  sector  generates  a  lot  of
                                                                                                                       employment.

                                                                                                                       India sends first

                                                                                                                       wheat shipment

                                                                                                                       to Afghanistan via
                                                                                                                       Chabahar port


                                                                                                                        ndia  sent  its  first  consignment  of  wheat
                                                                                                                       Ito  Afghanistan  through  the  Chabahar
                                                                                                                       port in Iran, seen as a “landmark” move to
                                                                                                                       operationalise the new strategic transit route,
                                                                                                                       bypassing Pakistan.
                                                                                                                          The  shipment  was  flagged  off  from  the
                                                                                                                       Kandla port in Gujarat with External Affairs
                                                                                                                       Minister  Sushma  Swaraj  and  her  Afghan
                                                                                                                       counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani joining the
                                                                                                                       ceremony through video conferencing.
                                                                                                                          “The  shipment  of  wheat  is  a  landmark
                                                                                                                       moment  as  it  will  pave  the  way  for
                                                                                                                       operationalisation of the Chabahar port as an
                                                                                                                       alternate, reliable and robust connectivity for
                                                                                                                       Afghanistan,” the Ministry of External Affairs
                                                                                                                       (MEA) said in a statement.
                                                                                                                          In  June,  India  and  Afghanistan  had
                                                                                                                       launched an air freight corridor between the
                                                                                                                       two countries to boost trade as Pakistan has
                                                                                                                       been refusing land transit access through its
                                                                                                                       territory.
                                                                                                                          “I am extremely delighted that we have
                                                                                                                       joined on a momentous occasion for the people
                                                                                                                       of our three countries and the region,” Swaraj
                                                                                                                       said, terming the move as an important step
                                                                                                                       in realising the shared aspiration to carve out
                                                                                                                       “new routes” of peace and prosperity.
                                                                                                                          The  consignment  will  be  transported  to
                                                                                                                       Afghanistan  from  Chabahar  through  land
                                                                                                                       route. Swaraj also reiterated India’s continued
                                                                                                                       commitment  to  support  reconstruction,
                                                                                                                       capacity   building   and   socio-economic
                                                                                                                       development of Afghanistan, including under
                                                                                                                       the  framework  of  the  New  Development
                                                                                                                       Partnership announced earlier.
                                                                                                                          “The  wheat  that  is  leaving  the  Indian
                                                                                                                       shores, is a gift from the people of India to
                                                                                                                       our  Afghan  brethren.  It  is  testament  to  the
                                                                                                                       continued  commitment  of  the  government
                                                                                                                       and the people of India to support our Afghan
                                                                                                                       brethren  in  building  a  normal,  peaceful,
                                                                                                                       prosperous,  secure  and  bright  future  for
                                                                                                                       themselves,” Swaraj said.
                                                                                                                          She  also  renewed  commitment  to  work
                                                                                                                       closely  with  regional  and  international
                                                                                                                       partners to bring peace, security, stability and
                                                                                                                       prosperity in Afghanistan.
                                                                                                                          The Chabahar port is expected to open up
                                                                                                                       new opportunities for trade and transit from
                                                                                                                       and  to  Afghanistan  and  enhance  trade  and
                                                                                                                       commerce  between  the  three  countries  and
                                                                                                                       the wider region.
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