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Snail Achatina.

Terrestrial gastropod molluscs of the subclass of the pulmonary snails. It is widely distributed in countries with tropical climate, a highly invasive species, is a pest of agricultural plants, especially sugar cane. At present further expansion of the area of Achatina stopped due to strict measures to maintain the quarantine. Was prevented by the outbreak of the invasion of snails in the United States. In Europe, including in Russia, where the survival of Achatina in nature is impossible, they are often kept as Pets.

The content of the snail Achatina (Terrarium)

Terrarium for Achatina can be done from a simple aquarium. The minimum size is 10 gallons per snail. The greater the aquarium, the bigger will grow your snail. The terrarium should be cover, because the snails can crawl out of it. It is desirable to arrange the small holes in the lid for better gas exchange. In a pinch, you can just lift the lid to form a small gap. At the bottom of the aquarium to put the litter. Litter can serve as soil “Begonia”, or ideally coconut substrate of 5-7 cm of the mound. You can build a small tub with fresh water, Achatina love to swim. Importantly, the depth of the trays did not allow the snail to choke. In General, Achatina well crawl under water, but accidentally falling into the tub on top,the little snail can drown from fright. You also need to make sure that the tray does not turn, if the snail starts to dig in the ground next to it, otherwise the water will melt, which is not good. Continue reading

Regulator defers decision on importing genetically modified animal feed

The debate on whether or not to allow commercialization of genetically modified food crops is far from settled in India. Photo: Indranil Bhoumik/Mint

New Delhi: The environment ministry has received several requests from companies seeking permission to import genetically modified (GM) feed for animals, even though the debate on whether or not to allow commercialization of GM food crops is far from settled in India.

However, the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC), the central government’s regulator for giving clearances for field trials of GM crops and import/export of GM seeds, has deferred a decision on these requests in the absence of an expert view on the matter.

According to the minutes of the GEAC’s December 2015 meeting accessed by Mint . four such proposals were received by the committee.

For instance, Suguna Foods sought permission from the GEAC for “import of GM Soybean meal from China, Brazil, Argentina, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, USA for producing of poultry and animal feed”.

“The purpose of import is as an ingredient in the animal feed for self usage for producing poultry and animal feeds. The Member Secretary, GEAC informed that comments of the experts on the proposalare still awaited,” said the minutes. Continue reading

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