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Technical Assistance to Strengthen Capacity of National Stakeholders in Spice Value Chain - TCP/IND/3801








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    The Aseel is reared under backyard poultry management systems and is a vital source of meat, income and is an important part of adivasi sculture in East Godavari district (Âdivâsîs - Devanagri: literally: original inhabitants - is an umbrella term for a heterogeneous set of ethnic and tribal groups believed to be the aboriginal population of India and comprise a substantial indigenous minority. Tribal people constitute 8.2% of the nation's total population, over 84 million people according to the 2001 census, Adivasi societies are particularly present in the Indian states of Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Mizoram and other North-Eastern states, and the Andaman and Nicobar Island). This bird is also the only resource completely owned and controlled by women; from bird selection to sale. Today this indigenous breed, which has its lineage from the original Red Jungle Fowl, is threatened due to high production losses, infectious diseases and policies promoting non-local breeds.
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    Microbiological hazards in spices and dried aromatic herbs
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    Spices and dried aromatic herbs impart flavour when added to food, and they may include many parts of the plant, including berries, flowers, leaves, roots and seeds. A number of different pathogens have been found in spices on the market, especially Salmonella spp., B. cereus and C. perfringens. There have also been several disease outbreaks associated with spices and dried aromatic herbs. An increased concern and attention to the safety of spices and dried aromatic herbs prompted, the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) to request FAO and WHO to undertake a risk assessment on microbiological hazards in these food commodities. An expert meeting of the FAO/WHO Joint Expert Meeting on Microbiological Risk Assessment (JEMRA) considered the global evidence on the burden of illness, prevalence and concentration of selected microbial hazards with respect to various spices and dried aromatic herbs, and interventions aimed at controlling them in these commodities. The experts developed the approach to rank the health risks related to the commodity-pathogen combinations, and assessed the performance of the existing Codex sampling plan for Salmonella against several contamination scenarios.
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    Time-Critical Measures to Support Early Warning and Monitoring and Sustainable Management of the Fall Armyworm in India - TCP/IND/3709 2022
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    The Fall armyworm (FAW Spodoptera frugiperda is a transboundary insect pest native to the Americas It was first officially reported in India in August 2018 and was initially confined to the Southern State of Karnataka FAO immediately shared guidance notes, training material and management recommendations on FAW with key national stakeholders, and warned the Government of India of the likelihood of its spread to the entire country The Government issued advice to States, set up a High Power Committee and conducted surveys and surveillance through Central Integrated Pest Management Centres ( and awareness raising activities for farmers In June 2019 FAO support was requested as the infestation had spread to 20 States (Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura and West Bengal), spanning all ecologies from south to north The total affected area by the end of June 2019 was officially reported at 376 242 ha, and was expected to continue to expand with the onset of the main kharif.

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