Agriculture Current Affair 16 April 2021

‘Modern steel silos to store foodgrains from 2025’

Centre plans to replace old system; no more approval for open sky storage

The Union Government has chalked out a plan for modernising storage of foodgrains in steel silos. By 2024-25, all foodgrains in the country will be stored in modern silos and conventional storage facilities will be phased out gradually, Food and Public Distribution Secretary Sudanshu Pandey said on Thursday.

From this year, the government has decided to not give permission to store grains in covered plinth and areas that are open to sky. The Centre has cleared an additional 20 per cent capacity to warehouses that are capable of storing more grains. This single step has helped create an additional 160 lakh tonnes storage capacity in existing warehouses with a total capacity of 816 lakh tonnes, said Pandey at a press briefing here.

S-E Asia turns to India for maize on Myanmar unrest, surging freight rates

Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam purchase Indian produce for poultry feed

Unrest in Myanmar and high shipping charges have resulted in South-East Asian countries and Bangladesh turning to India to meet their maize (corn) demand for feed purposes.

“Vietnam, Malaysia, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are buying maize from India,” said Bimal Bengani, Managing Director of Kolkata-based trading house Bengani Food Products Pvt Ltd.

Tirur betel leaves growers seek Centre’s support to promote it overseas

Growers’ body urges govt to include the GI-tagged commodity in the trade promotion campaigns in both domestic and international fora

Tirur betel leaf farmers have approached the Centre with a request to take some initiatives to enable further value-addition for the GI-tagged Tirur Vettila in view of its medicinal properties.

This would open up new opportunities for the product in overseas markets, Tirur Betel Leaf Producers Society has said.

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