Agriculture Current Affair 20 May 2022

Shrivelled wheat issue: Centre relaxes quality norms for wheat procurement in Punjab, Haryana

In a relief to farmers, the Centre on Sunday said it has relaxed quality norms for procurement of wheat in Punjab and Haryana in the ongoing 2022-23 marketing year.

Union food ministry, in a statement, said the Fair and Average Quality (FAQ) of wheat with shrivelled and broken grains has been relaxed up to 18 per cent without any value cut.

Nodal agency Food Corporation of India (FCI) has been allowed to procure wheat at relaxed quality norms in Punjab and Haryana, including Chandigarh, it said.

Tea planters pleaded to the Union Government to bring natural gas under the ambit of GST

North Eastern Tea Association (NETA) stated that there is abnormal surge in Natural Gas price has become detrimental for the Tea Industry. This time the industry is hard hit by the multi fold increase of Gas price.

Kamal Jalan Chairman NETA stated, “It has been observed that during the last ten months, i.e., from July, 2021 to April, 2022 the price of Natural Gas has risen from Rs. 5,085.00 to Rs. 21,119.57 for per 1000 scum. The per scum price of the Natural Gas has gone up by four times during the last ten-month period”.

He added that this exorbitant hike in the price of Natural Gas has resulted increase in the Cost of Production (CoP) of Made Tea by not less than Rs.6 to Rs.8 per kg. Gas is used as fuel in the withering and drying of Tea leaves during processing.

Tea planters pleaded to the Union Government to bring natural gas under the ambit of GST

North Eastern Tea Association (NETA) stated that there is abnormal surge in Natural Gas price has become detrimental for the Tea Industry. This time the industry is hard hit by the multi fold increase of Gas price.

Kamal Jalan Chairman NETA stated, “It has been observed that during the last ten months, i.e., from July, 2021 to April, 2022 the price of Natural Gas has risen from Rs. 5,085.00 to Rs. 21,119.57 for per 1000 scum. The per scum price of the Natural Gas has gone up by four times during the last ten-month period”.

He added that this exorbitant hike in the price of Natural Gas has resulted increase in the Cost of Production (CoP) of Made Tea by not less than Rs.6 to Rs.8 per kg. Gas is used as fuel in the withering and drying of Tea leaves during processing.

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