Agriculture Current Affair 4 June 2022

Sugar production rises 15 pc to record 35.24 mn tons so far this year: NFCSFL

Sugar production in India, the world’s largest producer and second-largest exporter, rose 15 per cent to a record 35.24 million tonne till May 30 in the ongoing 2021-22 marketing year on higher output in Maharashtra and Karnataka, according to the data released by cooperative body NFCSFL on Tuesday.

Sugar production stood at 30.63 million tonne in the year-ago period. The sugar marketing year runs from October to September.

The sugar output achieved so far is much higher than the total output of 31.12 million tonne in the entire 2020-21 marketing year.

Use of AI, tech can address challenges in Indian agriculture sector, says new report

Even as agriculture remains a priority sector accounting for the livelihoods of around 58 per cent of the country’s population, adoption of technology in the sector is at a transitory juncture and faces several challenges across the value chain, according to a report. Though agriculture in India is at a transitory juncture, with a focus on integration of technologies for better operations, the sector faces several challenges across the value chain, said a report by PwC and FICCI.

The report titled ‘Redefining agriculture through artificial intelligence: Predicting the unpredictable’ said that these challenges require disruptive interferences which can be provided by technological solutions.

The entire system needs to adapt to a holistic approach which can be built upon indigenous and traditional farming knowledge integrated with transformative smart farming practices, including adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools and techniques, it noted.

Tea companies refuse to pick orders on high chemical content

A storm is brewing in the teacup. And it could impact consumption of tea in the country as well as in the export markets. Packet tea players have rejected a good volume of first flush teas they had bought from the auctions from April to middle of May for the domestic market on account of the chemical content not conforming to FSSAI standards.

Federation of All India Tea Traders Association (FAITTA), the apex trade body of the packet tea players which includes Tata Global Beverages, HUL NSE 0.31 % and others, tested teas at an independent firm, Eurofins Analytical Services India. Eurofins has indicated that the chemical content is higher than the maximum residue levels (MRLs) and does not conform to the Food Safety & Standards Authority of India standard.

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