Agriculture Current Affair 16 June 2020

Farmers express concern over diversion of pepper imported by EOUs to domestic market

Voicing concern over the diversion of EOU-imported pepper into the domestic market, the pepper farming community has urged the government to strictly monitor such shipments, which are imported for re-export.

According to Kishore Shamji of Kishor Spices, there are reports on the availability of bolder berries of 5 mm Vietnam pepper (domestically called 12 nos and 13 nos) imported for re-export by EOUs and marketed in Bihar, Jharkhand, Delhi, and Mumbai, at the cost of Wayanad and Karnataka farmers, which is a cause of great concern for the farming community.

Start-up Agro2o raises funding from Mumbai Angels Network

Agro2o, an agritech start-up has raised funding from Mumbai Angels Network.

Agro2o is a startup in the sector of smart hydroponics and is incubated in Electropreneur Park.

While the quantum of funding was undisclosed, Rohit Pugalia, MA Investor said: “With the rising awareness of eating fresh and healthy, every urban household would love to have a kitchen garden but neither do they have enough space nor do they have time and expertise to maintain the same.” Agro2o is solving all these with one-of-a-kind flaunt-worthy, self-watering and self-nutrient discharging Smart Garden. That makes it an ideal Investment for our portfolio.

Kerala planters request government to defer wage revision in plantations

Expressing inability to pay higher wages amid the Covid crisis, the plantation industry has approached the Kerala government with a request to postpone the proposed wage revision implemented in the sector.

The planters’ body has urged the government to initiate discussions on revising the wages as was done in the case of government employees. It was also requested to freeze the variable DA as on July 1 applicable to plantation workers.

Given the current price levels of tea, rubber, and coffee coupled with the high cost of production, the Association of Planters of Kerala (APK) has informed the government that estates cannot operate without adequate support from the Central and State governments. The Covid crisis has had a severe impact on the sector, which needs immediate and long-term support measures to sustain itself, it added.

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