Agriculture Current Affair 10 October 2020

Export ban on Bangalore Rose, Krishnapuram onions lifted

Farmers in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka growing rose onions can breathe easy as the government has decided to lift the export ban on the small onion variety known for its pungency.

On September 14, the Centre decided to ban export of all onion varieties from the country to increase domestic availability and to check the price of the kitchen-staple vegetable.

Poultry sector seeks easy access to funds, cheaper feed

The poultry industry, which had to contend with a loss of ₹30,000 crore during the early phase of Covid-19 pandemic, says it can recoup the losses if the present demand for eggs and chicken continues till February-March.

The demand for poultry products fell steeply in March this year after rumours spread that eggs and chicken were contagious. “The rumours were proved wrong and the demand has picked up. We hope that it will rally till February-March to help the poultry industry recoup the losses,” Suresh Chitturi, Chairman of International Egg Coordination Committee, told BusinessLine.

India’s premium cotton brand Kasturi launched

India’s premium cotton would henceforth be identified as “Kasturi” in the world cotton trade, said Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani, launching the first-ever Indian cotton brand and logo on World cotton Day.

Kasturi Cotton will stand out for its whiteness, brightness, softness, purity, luster, uniqueness and Indianness, the minister said, speaking at a webinar organised jointly by Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI), The Cotton Textile Export Promotion Council and The Cotton Corporation of India Ltd along with Ministry of Textiles. The theme of the meet was “New-Look Cotton”.

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