Agriculture Current Affair 14 April 2020

Skymet to skip forecast this year

Private forecaster Skymet Weather will not release its monsoon long-range forecast this year since it wants to reflect on how an unusually strong positive Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) last year evaded its radar.

“It’s a strategic call from our side,” Jatin Singh, Managing Director, Skymet Weather, told BusinessLine. “Last year, we completely missed the IOD. So there are certain patterns that we want to cross check. We will come back with our forecasts next year.”

Distressed fisheries sector demands immediate support

The last few weeks of lockdown has been particularly hard for about three crore people dependent on fisheries. Their representatives say that without urgent intervention by the Centre, it will be difficult for them to survive as trawling ban will be implemented on the east coast from Wednesday. They have demanded ₹5,000 per person for fishermen and workers in seafood and fishmeal processing units.

Centre relaxes TMA procedure for agri exports

The Centre has relaxed the procedure for exporters of agricultural produce to avail Transport and Marketing Assistance (TMA) for specified products in view of the Covid-19 outbreak and the ongoing nationwide lockdown.

Exporters of farm items will now have more time to submit physical copies of their applications for TMA, as per a notice by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade on April 13.

“For the applications filed electronically on or after February 1, 2020 up to September 30, 2020, physical copy of the print out….along with prescribed documents can be filed manually with the regional authorities concerned up to October 30, 2020,” the notice said.

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