Agriculture Current Affair 17 December 2020

Form panel to resolve farmers’ issues: SC

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said talks between the Centre and farmer leaders on the controversial agricultural laws have broken no ground and is “bound to fail”.

A Bench led by Chief Justice Sharad A. Bobde, hearing three separate petitions filed by lawyers and law students for and against the blockade by protesting farmers, proposed setting up a committee of farmer leaders from across the country, including the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), which has been at the forefront of the agitation, and representatives of the government.

SIMA’s research wing to focus on ELS, organic cotton

SIMA Cotton Development & Research Association (SIMA CD&RA) is gearing up to focus on the Extra Long Staple cotton variety in the coming season, besides eyeing the potential for organic and naturally coloured cotton.

The newly-elected Chairman of the association R Ravichandran said that successful completion of ELS cotton trials in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu has given hope for expansion into other areas.

Cabinet okays ₹3,500 cr sugar export subsidy

The government on Wednesday approved a subsidy of ₹3,500 crore to sugar mills for the export of 60 lakh tonnes of sweetener during the ongoing marketing year 2020-21 as part of its efforts to help them clear outstanding dues to sugarcane farmers.

Briefing media after the meeting, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved a subsidy of ₹3,500 crore on exports of 60 lakh tonnes of sweetener and the subsidy amount will directly be given to farmers.

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