Agriculture Current Affair 12 February 2021

Farmers’ body want action against mills not paying FRP

182 mills have to FRP of ₹9,148 crore, of which ₹7,115 crore has been paid

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) has demanded that the State government must take action against sugar mills that have failed to pay Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) to farmers.

Sugar mills in Maharashtra have crushed 709 lakh sugarcane to produce 716 lakh quintals of sugar. Till last month about 22 per cent FRP was due.

Palm oil import up, soft oil down marginally in Nov-Jan quarter of 2020-21

CPO import jumped 24% in Q1 of oil year 2020-21 on duty cut from 37.5% to 27.5% with effect from November 27

Import of palm oil jumped by 8 per cent in the first quarter of the oil year 2020-21.

According to data on import of vegetable oils (both edible and non-edible) for January 2021, compiled by Solvent Extractors’ Association (SEA) of India, the import of palm oil (which includes CPO, RBD palmolein, and crude palm kernel oil) increased to 2.17 million tonnes (mt) during the November-January quarter of the oil year 2020-21 against two mt during the corresponding period of the previous oil year, registering a growth of 8.01 per cent.

Maharashtra farmers exploring partnerships with corporates

MahaFPC has already launched the country’s first onion storage in PPP mode
Maharashtra Farmers Producer Company (MahaFPC), a consortium of about 400 FPCs in the State, is exploring partnerships and joint ventures with corporate houses even as debates and discussions on new farm laws continue.

The MahaFPC has already launched India’s first onion storage and marketing infrastructure through the public-private-partnership (PPP) model. Yogesh Thorat, MD, MahaFPC, told BusinessLine it is high time farmers looked at equitable partnerships and not a subsidy to survive.

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