Agriculture Current Affair 6 April 2020

Japan eases inspection of black tiger shrimps from India

Japan has lifted the inspection order on Indian black tiger shrimps (Penaeus monodon) after the export consignments were found to be free from any residue of synthetic anti-bacterial drug furazolidone.

This has been conveyed by Food Inspection and Safety Division of Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) to the Indian Embassy in Japan, Export Inspection Council of India and the Marine Products Export Development Authority.

Karnataka’s cashew industry seeks relief measures to deal with pandemic impact

To help cope with the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent lockdown, the cashew industry in Karnataka has sought relief measures from the State government.

Terming the cashew industry a highly labour intensive one, Subraya Pai, President of the Karnataka Cashew Manufacturers’ Association (KCMA), told BusinessLine that cashew manufacturing units in the State employ around 60,000 women directly in the factories and another 40,000 in the farm and its value chain.

Pineapple challenge to market unsold harvest

The Association of Agricultural Officers and the Kerala Pineapple Farmers Association have joined hands to launch a “pineapple challenge” to address the issue of large quantities of unsold harvest in the market.

It is pointed out that the current restrictions have impacted transportation of the fruit and shortage of drivers also affected the movement within the State. Given the situation, the officials and farmers have decided to sell A grade pineapple based on a minimum order of 100 kg at ₹20 per kg.

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