Agriculture Current Affair 16 December 2020

New agri laws will not take your land away, PM assures farmers

Attacking the opposition from Kutch border, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday made it clear that the government will not go back on the three agriculture legislations that have triggered farmers’ unrest in parts of North India.

The Prime Minister tried to assure the farmers that the new laws will not let others take their land away.

Referring to the farmers camping and protesting on Delhi’s border for the past 20 days, Modi said, “There is a conspiracy to mislead the farmers. They are being threatened with a false narrative that under the new agriculture laws, others will occupy their land.”

Kutch’s Sarhad Dairy to set up 2 LLPD unit in Anjar

In a major push for milk processing and value-addition in dairying in Kutch district, the Kutch District Cooperative Milk Marketing Union – Sarhad Dairy – will set up its own milk processing facility in Anjar. This is set to cut down on transport cost and time taken to send the milk about 350 km away to Gandhinagar processing centre.

The foundation stone for the project was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday. Sarhad Dairy will invest ₹121 crore for the facility, which will have capacity to process 2 lakh litres of milk per day (LLPD), which can be ramped up to 4 LLPD in future.

Vegetable oil import down by 2% in November

Import of vegetable oils decreased by 2 per cent during November this year compared with November 2019.

A statement by BV Mehta, Executive Director of Solvent Extractors’ Association (SEA) of India, said the country imported 11,02,899 tonnes of vegetable oils during November 2020 as against 11,27,220 tonnes in November 2019, registering a decline of 2.15 per cent.

Of the vegetable oil imported during the period, the share of palm oil decreased and that of soft oils went up during November.

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