Agriculture Current Affair 15 June 2022

Tea Board directs all producers, sellers to strictly comply with quality norms of FSSAI

The Tea Board, under the commerce ministry, has issued directions to all producers and sellers of the commodity to strictly comply with quality norms of food safety regulator FSSAI before selling the product, an official said.

The board has cautioned that no tea consignment that has failed on Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) test parameters should be out from the warehouse until receipt of the views of brokers and further direction of Tea Board in the matter, the official said.

These directions come at a time when certain tea consignments have faced issues with regard to quality in recent times.

Sugar exporters are not happy with how sales curb is panning out

Sugar exporters have alleged lack of fairness and haphazard implementation of the government decision to restrict overseas sales to 10 million tonnes in the current season, which runs from October 2021 to September 2022.

The May 24 order asked mills to apply online starting June 1 for approval to export sugar. The government subsequently announced a 1 million tonne quota for exporters and 0.8 million tonne for sugar mills, after taking the quantities already shipped into account.

“It was not fair to apply the cut-off date without giving a prior notice to the exporters and putting the same in the public domain when government was aware that many exporters could not even lodge the application as the system was not working,” the All-India Sugar Trade Association (AISTA) said in a letter to food secretary Sudhanshu Pandey on June 6.

Gram Unnati helps Uttarakhand farmers adopt climate-compatible agriculture to save water

At a time when economies across the world are finding ways for sustainable farming due to depleting groundwater levels, agri-tech solution company Gram Unnati worked closely with multiple stakeholders to help farmers in Udham Singh Nagar district of Uttarakhand save 4,000 liters of water per acre by bringing climate-compatible agriculture to over 5,000 acres of farmland.

Gram Unnati worked closely with the local district administration, local maize processors, input companies, and lead farmers in a short span of 18 months prompting 2,000 farmers to switch to climate-compatible crops that are commercially viable as well.

Aneesh Jain, CEO and Founder, Gram Unnati, said, “The success of the project comes at a time when we are dealing with acute water shortage across the world. According to the United Nations, by 2050 more than five billion people could be affected by water scarcity. India, which constitutes 16% of the total world population, has access to a meagre 4% of the world’s water resources. The success of our pilot project in Uttarakhand will impact other farmers to shift towards climate compatible crops without having an impact on yield and returns.”


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