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Silver pompano fish to soon add variety to the plates of Bengalis

Silver pompano fish to soon add variety to the plates of Bengalis

Kolkata, Sep 22 (UNI) The State Fisheries Development Corporation Ltd. (SFDC) has started the large-scale culture of the silver pompano fish. This would make the fish, which normally sells at high prices, affordable for many, a SFDC official here today said. Silver pompano looks and tastes just like the pomfret but costs Rs 100 more per kilogram; hence there is a high demand for it just as there is for pomfret. A research institute in Kochi has supplied the initial group of 15,000 hatchlings to start the cultivation, to a State Government hatchery in Alampur in Purba Medinipur district. The fishes would achieve a weight of 500 to 600 grams in three months, after which they would be brought to the open market to be sold. The first batch is expected to arrive in the markets in November this year. Initially, only the SFDC will sell the fishes. Later on, private hatchery owners would be given permission to rear and sell these fishes. The cultivation of these fishes was started on an experimental scale a year back at the Alampur hatchery, whose success prompted the government to start cultivation on a large scale. UNI BM AKM

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Beijing, Sep 16 (UNI) Nepal’s last minute decision to withdraw from India-led regional military drills is indicative of the struggle facing the South Asian nation’s new government as it tries to strike a balance in its relations with India and China, diplomatic observers said.

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Countries set to take on deadly livestock-killing disease

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09 Sep 2018 | 8:45 PM

United Nations, Sep 9 (UNI) Gathered at a major United Nations agricultural conference, over 45 countries pledged to eradicate by 2030 a highly contagious and devastating disease responsible for the death of millions of small farm animals, at cost of more than $2 billion each year.

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UNGA most representative international body, says outgoing prez

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08 Sep 2018 | 4:02 PM

United Nations, Sep 8 (UNI) Last May, the United Nations General Assembly elected Miroslav Lajčák, the Foreign Minister of Slovakia, President of its 72nd annual session, and he formally took up the job on 12 September.

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Plastic straws? Cigarette butts are worst ocean pollutants

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28 Aug 2018 | 2:24 PM

San Francisco, Aug 28 (UNI) Environmentalists have taken aim at the targets systematically, seeking to eliminate or rein in big sources of ocean pollution — first plastic bags, then eating utensils and, most recently, drinking straws.

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Central America drought: Crop losses threaten food security

Central America drought: Crop losses threaten food security

25 Aug 2018 | 3:58 PM

United Nations, Aug 25 (UNI) Recent drought has led to the loss of some 280,000 hectares of beans and maize in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, potentially affecting the food and nutrition situation of more than two million people, two United Nations agencies have warned.

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