Agriculture Current Affair 19 October 2020

Pre-harvest rain likely to hit rice output in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana

Heavy rainfall and flooding on the eve of the harvest is likely to hit output of rice and cotton in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Maharashtra, said officials.

The Centre has estimated this year’s rice output at 102.36 million tonnes while cotton production is pegged at 37.12 million bales. “Now the output may be less than estimated as rains have destroyed harvest-ready crops of paddy and cotton in Andhra and Telangana, which contribute more than 15% of the total rice production.

Teas worth ₹5 crore unsold at Coonoor auctions

Teas worth ₹ 4.91 crore remained unsold at Sale 42 of the auctions of Coonoor Tea Trade Association as there were no takers for as much as 17 per cent of the offer.

For the fifth consecutive week, upcountry buyers showed resistance to bid contending that prices had been rising enormously in the last few weeks. Some trade bodies have urged the Government to take a soft action towards imports in an effort to tame the prices of indigenous teas in the auctions.

Consequently, huge volume remained unsold despite the average prices falling to ₹ 145.26 a kg – the lowest level since July 24.

Gokul, Maharashtra-based dairy cooperative, launches UHT milk

Gokul, one of the largest selling packed milk and milk-based products in Maharashtra, has launched Gokul Select, an ultra high temperature treated milk with six months shelf life in Mumbai.

The UHT treated packaged milk can be stored at room temperature. The one litre pack of Gokul Select is priced at Rs 64.

With an annual turnover of ₹2,500 crore, Gokul has a presence in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa.

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