Agriculture Current Affair 24 March 2020

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Teas worth ₹3.94 crore remain unsold at Coonoor auctions

Teas worth ₹3.94 crore remained unsold at Sale No: 12 of the auctions of Coonoor Tea Trade Association as there were no takers for as much as 36 per cent of the offer.

Homedale Estate’s Broken Pekoe grade, auctioned by Global Tea Brokers (GTB), topped when Nisha Enterprises bought it for ₹313 a kg. Homedale Estate’s Broken Orange Pekoe grade, auctioned by GTB, followed at ₹311.

In the Dust tea auctions, Homedale Estate’s two grades, auctioned by GTB, topped each fetching ₹301.

Covid-19 lockdown: Seed industry demands easy inter-State movement

The Indian seed industry on Monday urged the Centre and State governments to make inter-State movement of seeds and other agri inputs easier, as the months between March and May are crucial for preparing seeds for forthcoming kharif season. As a precautionary measure to contain the spread of Covid-19, which has so far killed seven people in the country and infected around 450 others, many State governments have declared a lockdown and closed borders, except for essential commodities.

Seed industry bodies demand uninterrupted movement of agri-inputs ahead of kharif season

Amid lockdown in several states due to coronavirus, seed industry associations on Monday appealed both central and state governments to ensure uninterrupted and timely trans-boundary movement of agricultural inputs critical for the coming kharif season.

While seed being an essential commodity is exempt from the closure, the National Seed Association of India (NSAI) urged the government to allow the staff working in seed companies and their vehicles as well as retailers to function in the current situation.

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