Agriculture Current Affair 23 June 2020

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FACT imports 27,500 tonnes of potash from Belarus

The public sector FACT is importing Muriate of Potash (MOP) from Belarus through the Tuticorin port this year.

The first ship, with 27,500 tonnes of MOP, will reach the port on Tuesday night. The company has entered into a one-year contract with Belarus Kali in the erstwhile Soviet Republic for the cargo. The imported material will be sent to Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana from next week by rail in bags. This will be a boon to farmers all over South India as they will get both Factamfos and MOP from the same roof.

The June-July period is considered to be the peak demand period for fertilisers in southern States. The MOP from Belarus, which is coloured pink, is the preferred product for farmers all over the South.

New all-time high price record at Coonoor tea auctions

A new chapter was opened in the annals of South Indian tea, thanks to the joint efforts of Avataa Beverages, Golden Tips Tea Co Pvt Ltd and Paramount Tea Marketing Pvt Ltd., by creating an all-time high price record.

“The Avataa Virgin Green tea, auctioned by us, fetched ₹6,110 a kg and the Avataa Oolong tea followed it at ₹5,010 a kg. Both were bought by Golden Tips Tea Co Pvt Ltd,” Broos said.

SEA wants industry representation in committee on edible oil adulteration

In an ongoing debate against adulteration in edible oils, Solvent Extractors’ Association of India (SEA) has flagged the lack of industry representation in a committee formed by the Centre to look into the alleged adulteration in mustard oil.

The industry has recommended the government to ban the sale of loose edible oils with effective and strict implementation of the law.

“somehow the law has never been implemented. The problem of adulteration can be very easily tackled by strict implementation of ban on Sale of Loose Oils. But over the years, extension after extension has been given and the implementation has remained only on paper,” said Atul Chaturvedi, SEA Chairman, in a letter written to the SEA members.

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