Agriculture Current Affair 16 April 2020

Centre relaxes TMA procedure for agri exports

The Centre has relaxed the procedure for exporters of agricultural produce to avail Transport and Marketing Assistance (TMA) for specified products in view of the Covid-19 outbreak and the ongoing nationwide lockdown.

Exporters of farm items will now have more time to submit physical copies of their applications for TMA, as per a notice by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade on April 13.

“For the applications filed electronically on or after February 1, 2020 up to September 30, 2020, physical copy of the print out….along with prescribed documents can be filed manually with the regional authorities concerned up to October 30, 2020,” the notice said.

Syngenta India launches helpline to address farmers’ concerns

Agri-input maker Syngenta India has launched a nationwide helpline to address farmers’ concerns during the Covid-19 lockdown. Farmers can dial the toll-free Syngenta Kisan helpline number 1800-1-215-315 to seek free crop advisory and other farm activity related information, the company said in a release.

Syngenta’s team of experts will answer questions, provide guidance, and help farmers address specific agriculture challenges.

The Syngenta Kisan helpline, operational between 9.30 am and 5.30 pm from Monday to Saturday, has a total of 16 channels that have been created to address calls in nine different languages such as Hindi, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Odia and Bengali.

Bengal orders re-opening of jute mills, but with riders

The West Bengal government has granted permission to re-open all jute mills in the State. The mills, though, will have to operate with 15 per cent of their labour force, maintain social distancing norms, and also ensure that healthcare services are provided to workers, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, said.

The decision comes in the wake of the Centre repeatedly urging West Bengal government to resume operations across these jute mills. The mills have to be on operation to ensure availability of gunny bags for packing of foodgrains and pulses, especially at the time of harvesting.

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