Corrective Measures, Camel, and Twenty 20 (DTE 1 - 15 December 2020)

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Corrective Measures

Corrective Measures
  • Stop import of syrups and honey from China and do not allow this to come through other countries (syrup laundering) - If required, new HS codes could be developed
  • Strengthen enforcement in India through tightened standards, testing, but also traceability. Every honey selling company must be required to be able to trace back the origins of the honey — from the beekeeper to the hive
  • FSSAI would need to include testing for Trace Marker for Rice (tmr) syrup
  • FSSAI must be required to buy samples from the market and disclose the results in the public domain
  • Food-system approach - a system of traceability and transparency across the honey supply chain
  • National Bee Board says that the total honey produced in India was 115,000 Metric Tonnes (MT) in 2018 - 19. On the other hand, the database of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations shows that India produced about 67,500 MT of honey in the same year. The NBB estimates are 1.7 times of those given by FAO.
  • Consumers must really “know” our honey; we must be able to tell adulteration by the taste, the smell and the color. We must demand pure; not refined honey that can be any syrup.

Camel

  • Camel state animal since 2014.
  • Lokhit Pashu-Palak Sansthan (LPPS) , an associationof the state՚s nearly 8,000 camel breeder families, have warned that the ban on the export of camels has killed their economy.
  • The state government imposed the ban in 2015 by enacting the Rajasthan Camel Prohibition of Export Act, which prohibits the sale of camels to any other state or country. The ban was introduced in response to the demands by animal welfare organisations who alleged that the camel population in the state was declining due to the export of the animal to slaughterhouses in Bangladesh in just four years, camel population has declined to 0.2 million from 0.3 million in 2012.

Twenty 20

  • Kizhakkambalam village in Kerala՚s Ernakulam district.
  • The rise in food insecurity has been extremely steep in states like Minnesota and Wisconsin in USA.
  • Kizhakkambalam village in Kerala՚s Ernakulam district is home to an equally ambitious social experiment. In 2015, it became India՚s first corporate ruled local body after its people sprang a surprise by electing Twenty 20, an apolitical collective floated by a corporate, to the gram panchayat.
  • Vision is to develop the panchayat like Singapore by improving business potential and infrastructure.
  • Kizhakkambalam Panchayat Has Recorded A 30 - 50 Per Cent Drop-In Crime Rates Since 2015.

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