Agriculture Current Affair 19 February 2020

At 292 mt, country set to reap bumper harvest in 2019-20

India can expect a record foodgrains output this year, helping the government tame the spiralling food inflation.

According to the Second Advance Estimates of foodgrains production, released by the Agriculture Ministry on Tuesday, a record harvest of both rice and wheat should push up the country’s food output to an all-time high of 292 million tonnes (mt) in 2019-20, which is 6.7 mt more than the previous crop year’s 285.21 mt.

While the rice output is expected to be 117.47 mt (against 116.48 mt in 2018-19), that of wheat is slated to hit best-ever 106.21 mt (103.60 mt).

Sugar production is close to 17 mn tonnes, 23 per cent lower than last year

Sugar mills in the country have produced nearly 170 lakh tonnes (lt) of sugar till February 15, about 22.7 per cent lower than about 220 lt sugar produced in the corresponding period of the previous sugar season, a statement from Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) said on Tuesday.

Currently, 426 mills are crushing sugarcane, compared with 502 sugar mills as on the corresponding date in the last sugar season. India’s sugar season runs from October to September. Besides, 23 mills have already stopped crushing operation due to non-availability of sugarcane, as against 19 on the same date last year.

Tea Board pushes for quality check of brew from Nepal

Amid concerns that CTC variety from Nepal was being sold as Darjeeling tea to consumers, Tea Board has asked the Commissioner of Customs, Kolkata (Land), to check the quality of brew arriving from that country at FSSAI-accredited laboratories.

According to a Tea Board official, brew from the neighbouring country cannot be banned as the treaty signed between the two countries has provisions for its import. Under the treaty, India imports tea from Nepal at zero duty, the official said.

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