Agriculture Current Affair 15 December 2020

Nearly 48% of sugar mills operating in Maharashtra privately-owned

In 1951, India’s first cooperative sugar mill was set up at Pravaranagar in Ahmednagar district and the cooperative movement since gained roots in the State. However, financial mismanagement, lack of professional approach and mills becoming a source of finance to cater to ambitions of politicians has been ailing the cooperative sugar mills.

Out of 171 sugar mills operating this season, 48 per cent (82 mills) are private.

In 2010-11, out of 164 operational mills, 41 ( 25 per cent) were private. In 2019-20 the number of private mills went up to 68 ( 46 per cent) out of 147 operational mills.

FSSAI withdraws order prohibiting blending of mustard oil

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has decided to withdraw its earlier order that prohibited the blending of mustard oil in the country. The order, which had asked edible oil companies to stop the sale and manufacture of blended mustard oil from October 1, had sparked concerns in the edible oil industry.

In September, the FSSAI had decided to operationalise the Draft Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restriction on Sales) Amendment Regulations, 2020, which stated that “no manufacturing or sale of blended edible vegetable oil with mustard oil as ingredient will be allowed with effect October 1”.

IIPM workshop on extrusion technology in food processing

The Indian Institute of Plantation Management, Bengaluru, is organizing a one-day Techno Management Development Programme on extruded food product manufacturing on Monday, December 14.

Extrusion is a widely-used food and feed processing technology in applications such as snacks, breakfast cereals, pasta, texturized vegetable proteins, confectionery, pet food, aqua feed and industrial products. It uses various raw materials based on grains ranging from corn, wheat and rice to sorghum, oats, soybeans and other legumes.

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