Agriculture Current Affair 11 September 2020

India to export pomegranates to Australia to tap growing demand

India will now export pomegranate to Australia following completion of the required protocols after months of negotiations between the two sides.

“While Australia already produces pomegranates, India is well placed as one of the world’s largest pomegranate producers to meet shortfalls in the Australian market,” Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Barry O’Farrell, said on Thursday.

Rubber growers can contact call centre for tapping information: Board

According to a press release issued by the Rubber Board, growers can contact the Board Call Centre to seek information about scientific tapping.

Information about the services of the Board and also technical advice regarding cultivation, production, and processing of rubber can be regularly sought from the Call Centre functioning at its Head Office.

Indian market may witness sale of 6,490 e-buses in next two years

As the electric bus market in the country has gained strong momentum in the recent years, India is expected to witness sale of about 6,490 electric buses over the next two years.

In September 2017, the first commercial e-bus operations began in India in Himachal Pradesh. Since then, the e-bus market has been evolving substantially. By March 2020, about 1,031 e-buses were sold across different States and transport undertakings. During this fiscal, about 1,850 buses are likely to be sold and in the next fiscal about 4,640 units are expected to be sold, according to the estimates of JMK Research. This high growth rate can be anticipated on the grounds of an ever-growing Central government impetus as well as stronger consumer affinity (post Covid-induced lockdown) for electrification of mobility, it said. Until FY18, only 31 e-buses were sold in India. FY19 saw an increment of 369 e-buses in sales and the sale of e-buses increased YoY in FY20 by 50 per cent to reach 600 units. This rise in e-bus sales in the last two fiscals can be attributed to aggressive governmental push through FAME scheme.

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