Agriculture Current Affair 14 March 2020

Tea Board releases ₹ 4.46-cr subsidy

Responding to the falling price situation, the Tea Board has released subsidies that were pending for some time.

“To support the growers and factories at the time of falling prices of made tea, the Board has released subsidy to 1,344 stakeholders to the tune of ₹4.46 crore in South India,” Tea Board’s Executive Director M Balaji said.

“Of this, ₹2.10 crore has been released to 1,091 small growers under Plantation Development Scheme while ₹1.70 crore was released to 32 factories for producing orthodox teas. TANTEA has been provided with ₹26 lakh as subsidy for producing orthodox tea,” he said.

‘Cashew apple value addition to help farmers’

Value addition of cashew apple by self-help groups can help farmers, according R Selvamani, Chief Executive Officer of Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat.

Speaking at the ‘Constitution Day’ celebration at the Directorate of Cashew Research (DCR) at Puttur in Dakshina Kannada district on Friday, he said the establishment of cashew farmers’ cooperative society and the enhancement of the value of cashew apple through self-help groups would help solve most of the problems of the farmers. He also gave information on the benefits extended by the government for cashew processing activities in rural areas.

West Bengal govt to set up a world class food processing centre to optimise business of marine products

West Bengal government is all set to enter into a collaboration with the Arizona State University to set up a world class diagnostic laboratory and also a food processing centre with the Oceanic University to optimize the business of marine products between India and the USA. This was revealed by Dr P K Mazumdar, advisor to the chief minister Mamata Banerjee on agriculture & allied sectors at the 5th Food Processing Conclave organized by CII in Kolkata today.

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