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West Bengal: Fighting soil salinity: Land shaping techniques benefit Sundarban farmers by Dhruba Das Gupta June 11, 2019   |  Source: The Wire

When Panchanan shifted from Dakshin Mokamberia to Motgora village in Basanti block more than five years ago, about 70% of villagers migrated regularly because of low farm productivity. Farmers mostly grew one crop a year; when land was left fallow after k...

Maldives and India: Allows river sand export to Maldives June 11, 2019   |  Source: News Today  | Copyright: 2019 News Today

India allowed exports of specified quantities of river sand and stone aggregates to the Maldives under a bilateral trade agreement. “Export of the quantities of river sand and stone aggregates with the annual ceiling has been permitted for export to the...

Sri Lanka: Microplastics a key factor in Sri Lanka’s plunging fish stocks, survey shows by Dilrukshi Handunnetti June 11, 2019   |  Source: Mongabay

Plummeting fish stocks and crisis-level volumes of plastic pollution should spur Sri Lanka to adopt new regulations and mechanisms to prevent further contamination of the seas around it, experts say. The call comes in the wake of findings from a 2018 surv...

Kerala: Trawl ban: relief measures for fishers remain a distant dream June 11, 2019   |  Source: The Hindu

Around 1,000 trawlers went ashore this weekend to lie idle for the next 52 days when the annual ban on trawling came into force on Sunday midnight. In Kozhikode district, hundreds of migrant labourers, mostly from West Bengal, will soon return to their na...

World News: The food systems of the future must provide healthy and sustainable diets for all June 11, 2019   |  Source: FAO  | Copyright: FAO, 2019

The food systems of the future must deliver healthy and quality food for all whilst preserving the environment, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today as he called for a transformation of food systems to improve people's diets. Graziano d...

Lakshadweep Islands: Cyclonic storm building over Arabian Sea, says Met dept by Jayashree Nandi June 10, 2019   |  Source: Hindustan Times  | Copyright: HT Digital Streams Ltd.

A low-pressure area was on Sunday formed over the south-east Arabian Sea adjoining Lakshadweep that could stall the monsoon advancement a day after it hit Kerala, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. It is likely to intensify into a depression ...

Karnataka: Fish production heads south, thanks to El Nino effect, strikes June 10, 2019   |  Source: The Times of India

Fish, a major source of protein and fatty acids, has gotten too pricey for most homes across that state, thanks to a sharp fall in catch due to reasons that include climate change, the El Nino effect and the intermittent strikes by fisher folk over the mi...

Kerala: They find little succour in trawl ban by Navamy Sudhish June 10, 2019   |  Source: The Hindu

For the next 52 days the sea belongs to them, yet the fishermen in the traditional sector are a wary lot. Perturbed over a number of factors, from rapidly shrinking catches to random weather warnings and safety challenges, they say they are bracing for a ...

Kerala: Fisheries to carry out inspections at markets June 10, 2019   |  Source: The Times of India  | Copyright: 2019 Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd

Fisheries department will conduct checking during the trawling ban period from the midnight of June 9 to the midnight of July 31 to prevent adulterated fish from being sold in the market as there would be scarcity of fish during the ban. With the ban to b...

Kerala: Boats make a beeline for Vizhinjam by Tiki Rajwi June 10, 2019   |  Source: The Hindu

The men, some 25 of them, quickly fall into position as the mini pick-up swings down a slope, reverses and brakes, its tail-end facing the harbour. With practised ease, they begin the process of unloading the unwieldy cargo — a mid-sized fibre glass fis...

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