Agriculture Current Affair 5 January 2022

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October-December sugar output up 4.75% at 115.70 lakh tonne: NFCSFL

The country’s sugar production is estimated to have risen by 4.75 per cent to 115.70 lakh tonne during the October-December period of the 2021-22 season, sugar cooperatives body NFCSFL said on Monday. Sugar output stood at 110.45 lakh tonne in the same period of 2020-21 season. Sugar season runs from October to September.

About 491 mills had crushed 1227.17 lakh tonne of sugarcane as on December 31, 2021, higher than the year-ago period, as per the latest data released by the National Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories Ltd (NFCSFL).

According to NFCSFL, production in Uttar Pradesh, the country’s leading sugar producing state, remained lower at 30.90 lakh tonne during October-December of the 2021-22 season, as against 33.65 lakh tonne in the year-ago period.

India still waiting for global sugar prices to rise to strike export deals: ISMA

Indian sugar mills are still waiting for global sugar prices to rise to enter into further export deals, industry body ISMA said on Monday. Owing to fall in global prices of raw sugar, not many export contracts happened in the last one month or so, beyond the 38-40 lakh tonne of export contracts which have already been signed, it said in a statement.

“Since almost nine months are left for the current season, mills are still waiting for the opportune time to enter into further export contracts,” Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) added.

During October-November period of the ongoing 2021-22 season, sugar mills exported over 6.5 lakh tonne of sugar, higher than 3 lakh tonne in the year-ago period.

Darjeeling tea output sinks to record low in 2021

Production of Darjeeling tea, one of the most popular tea varieties globally, has shrunk to 6.5 million kg in 2021, the lowest on record and just half of the 13 million kg produced two decades ago.

Climate change, closure of gardens, high level of absenteeism among tea workers, losing export markets due to agitation in the hills in 2017 and little effort to promote the Darjeeling tea in the domestic market have led to the fall. Planters fear that if the government does not come up with a revival package, then Darjeeling tea, the flagbearer of the Indian tea industry, will get lost in history just like the teas from Himachal Pradesh’s Palampur.

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