Kargil Current Affairs - 2020

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Food Processing Summit held in Ladakh

On January 16, 2020, the Department of Industries and Commerce, functioning under Ministry of Food Processing Industries organized food processing summit in Ladakh. The other stakeholders of the summit include Invest India and National Investment Promotion and Facilitation agency.

Highlights

The Summit was attended by food producers of Ladakh. It included producers of milk, barley, meat, organic vegetables, apples and apricots. The Ladakh Action Plan for Food Processing to promote food processing was presented at the summit.

The summit focused on chain mapping of food processing and recommended strategies to integrate local population towards agriculture and food processing. It also focused primarily on Leh and Kargil regions.

Current Scenario

Though Ladakh has the potential for growing cereals, vegetables and food grains, agriculture has now taken back seat in the rapid growth of the region. Agriculture has lost its place to the growing tourism in the region. Also, the other reasons for decreased participation of agricultural activities include low cropping intensity, short agriculture season and less productivity.

Government measures

The Government of India has been focusing on the following to develop agriculture in the region

  • GoI adopts improved green houses, poultry farming, lambing shed, value addition and marketing of horticultural products and compost pits.
  • It introduces high yielding crop varieties, seed production techniques, organic farming
  • The Union Government is also motivating farmers to adopt cold weather technologies to increase production.

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Special Winter Grade Fuel launched for Ladakh Region

Indian Oil Corporation on 17th November, 2019, launched special winter grade diesel that will remain unfrozen even at -33 degree Celsius. This will help to provide continuous and year-round access to the snow-covered regions.

Highlights

  • The fuel meets BIS specification of BS-VI grade
  • It was produced and certified at Panipat Refinery
  • The winter grade diesel is to be supplied to the region from Jalandar in Punjab.

Significance

  • The step will help to maintain continuous road connectivity to the region
  • Motorists in the region of Kaza, Ladakh, Kargil and Keylong always face the problem of diesel freezing when their winter temperatures drop below -30 degree Celsius. The step will help solve the problem.
  • The step will boost Government’s plan of Rs 50,000 crore investment in the territory in areas of education, power, tourism and solar.

About winter Grade Fuel

Diesel Fuel is prone to waxing in cold weather. Below its Cloud Point, diesel begins to form wax particles. Cloud Point refers to the temperature below which the fuel particles begin to cloud together and form solidified waxes. The waxing in diesel fuel can be prevented by using certain additives

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