Agriculture Current Affair 26 March 2020

Govt removes royalties on Bt cotton seeds

Indian seed firms producing Bt cotton seeds will no longer have to pay royalties to German agri and pharma giant Bayer as the government has decided to completely remove trait value on transgenic cottonseeds sold in the country.

In a notification issued on Tuesday, Agriculture Ministry said there will not be any trait value from now on Bollgard-I and Bollgard-II hybrid cotton seeds sold in the country. While a 450-gm packet of Bollgard-I Bt cotton hybrid seeds would be priced at ₹635, the same amount of Bollgard-II hybrid seeds would be available for ₹730.

In 2019, the government had halved royalties to ₹20, which has now been removed completely.

There is enough produce, supply chain is the problem, say suppliers

The supply of essentials such as groceries and vegetables is set to ease gradually over the next few days as States have started issuing passes for the movement of vehicles carrying food items.

States such as Karnataka, West Bengal and Delhi have started issuing passes for vehicles and people involved in essential services since Wednesday. Gujarat has ordered APMCs in the State to resume auctions for agri-commodities including grains and pulses, while Karnataka has allowed grocers and supermarkets to remain open 24 hours a day.

Gujarat govt asks APMCs to resume auctions to ensure grain supplies

The Gujarat government has asked all the APMCs operating in agri-food commodities to resume auctions, so as to ensure smooth supply chain of grains and pulses.

Considering the lockdown conditions for the next 21 days across the country, the director of the Gujarat State Agricultural Marketing Board issued a notification asking all such APMCs to resume auctions.

“It is informed to all the APMCs engaged in the auctions of food agri commodities such as grains, pulses, oilseeds among others to resume their operations. For this they are asked to maintain required safety measures, avoid overcrowding and maintain hygiene prescribed by the government amid COVID-19 outbreak. These APMCs are advised to seek a guidance from the local authorities for the same, “ the notification issued on Wednesday evening read.

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