Agriculture Current Affair 15 November 2020

Non-basmati rice exports in H1 top FY20 shipments

Exports of non-basmati rice have more than doubled to top 5 million tonnes (mt) in the first half of the current financial year on robust demand. Exporters see shipments touching a new high — even 10 mt — as buyers such as China and Bangladesh have started showing interest in the Indian cereal.

Non-basmati shipments stood at 5.07 mt during April-September this year against 2.5 mt in the same period last year. In value terms, non-basmati rice emerged the No 2 agri product exported in H1 of this year, clocking $1.95 billion ($1.01 billion during the corresponding period last year).

KCCI seeks Mpeda-approved quality control lab in Mangalore

The Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) has urged the Government to establish an Mpeda-approved quality control lab in Mangalore as it would benefit in boosting the export of fish and fisheries products from coastal Karnataka.

In a letter to the Additional Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), the KCCI President, Isaac Vas, said that the coastal Karnataka districts are a hub for fishing industries across the value chain.

Farm Bills: Government talks with Punjab farmers inconclusive

The government on Friday held a marathon 7-hour meeting with farm leaders of Punjab, who are opposing the recently passed three farm-related legislations.

The meeting attended by Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal, the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution as well as for Railways, however, remained inconclusive, according to farmer leaders participated in discussions. They said the dialogue would continue after the leaders holding their own meeting in the State on November 18.

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