Agriculture Current Affair 12 March 2021

Area under medicinal plants drops in last five years

But value of exports from their produce has risen

The area under the cultivation of medicinal plants has dropped but the export value of produce from the plants has gone up in the last five years, the Union Government has told Parliament.

The market-driven cultivation of prioritised medicinal plants in identified cluster/zones within select districts is being taken up under the ‘medicinal plants’ component of the NAM (National AYUSH Mission) scheme by the Union Ministry of AYUSH.

Gauhati High Court stays wage hike for Assam tea garden workers

Next hearing on March 15

The implementation of the ₹50 a day hike in wages for tea garden workers in Assam is likely to face some delays.

Following a petition filed by the Indian Tea Association and a host of 17 tea companies against the February 23 notification of the Assam government enhancing the minimum wage by an interim amount of ₹50 a day, the Gauhati High Court has ordered the state government not to take action against the petitioners until the next hearing on March 15.

Poultry sector eyes recovery on rising demand, birds shortage

Live birds, egg prices rebound from lows

After facing the double whammy of Covid pandemic and bird flu over the past one year, the poultry sector is eyeing a recovery on rising prices fuelled by pick-up in demand and shortage of birds in the market. Industry players such as Godrej Agrovet and Suguna expect prices to rule firm for next few months on shortage of both live birds and broiler chicks.

“Demand has definitely picked up, but it is still around 75-80 per cent of the pre-Covid levels. The segments which consume in large quantities such as marriages, parties, hotels and restaurants are yet to come back to normal levels. My sense is that the demand will come back only when adequate vaccination takes place,” said Balram Singh Yadav, Managing Director of Godrej Agrovet Ltd.

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