Agriculture Current Affair 19 December 2022

Centre says sufficient grain stocks available to meet demands

The government has sufficient food grain stocks under the central pool to meet the requirement of the country’s food security program, additional allocation from PMGKAY, and other welfare schemes, informed the Central Government through a release on Saturday.

About 159 lakh tonne of wheat and 104 lakh tonne of rice will be available as on January 1, 2023, which is well above the respective buffer norms requirement of 138 lakh tonne of wheat and 76 lakh tonne of rice as on January 1.

As on December 15, 2022, around 180 lakh tonne of wheat and 111 lakh tonne of rice are available in the central pool., the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food, and Public Distribution said in a statement on Saturday.

Commerce ministry may engage with Niti Aayog to rework draft bills on tea, coffee, 3 others

The commerce ministry is likely to engage with Niti Aayog to rework the five draft bills pertaining to cash crops tea, coffee, spices, rubber, and tobacco, an official said. Earlier this year, the ministry proposed the repeal and updation of decades-old laws on these sectors and to introduce new legislation with a view to promoting their growth and creating a conducive environment for businesses.

“Niti Aayog has raised certain objections with the ministry on these five bills. The issues were recently discussed in a meeting between senior officials. Niti Aayog suggested a relook and the ministry has sought its help on that,” the official said.

Niti Aayog has given its views on the drafts of Spices (Promotion and Development) Bill, 2022; Rubber (Promotion and Development) Bill, 2022; Coffee (Promotion and Development) Bill, 2022; Tea (Promotion and Development) Bill, 2022 and Tobacco Board (Amendment) Bill, 2022.

India’s y-o-y sugar production till Dec 15 up by 5.1%, says ISMA

The year-on-year sugar production of India till December 15 at 82.1 lakh tonnes is higher by 5.1% over previous year, said industry body Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA).

The sugar till December 15 in 2022-23 sugar season is 82.1 lakh tonnes, against 77.9 lakh tonnes produced during the corresponding period of previous year, up by 4 lakh tonnes. The sugar production figures are before diversion of sugarcane juice for ethanol production.

The state of Maharashtra is leading with production of 33 lakh tonnes of sugar, followed by Uttar Pradesh, which has produced 20.3 lakh tonnes of sugar.

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