Agriculture Current Affair 21 December 2020

Farmers’ strike hits pineapple sales from Kerala to upcountry markets

The ongoing farmers’ strike in Delhi has hit pineapple growers in Kerala hard, with supplies to upcountry markets around the capital grinding to a halt.

This has led to a price drop of ₹13 per kg at the farm-gate level for special grade green pineapple, which mainly caters to the markets of Delhi and beyond, from the last year level of ₹25. Even at the prevailing price, there are no takers for the fruit, said Baby John, President, Pineapple Growers Association, Keralam.

Amul records 55% increase in consumer pack exports at ₹250 crore

Even as the Covid-19 pandemic has hurt the global HoReCa (hotels, restaurants and catering) segment with the bulk consumption of dairy products taking a hit, the latest export figures of Amul’s consumer products tell a promising story of a remarkable surge in retail consumption of dairy products worldwide.

As per the data, the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (GCMMF) — Amul’s marketer — reported exports of dairy products’ consumer packs at ₹250 crore during April-November 2020, which is a phenomenal rise of about 55 per cent over the same period last year.

Coffee Board sees a 15% rise in 2020-21 crop at 3.42 lakh tonnes

India’s coffee production for the 2020-21 season starting October is seen rebounding with the State-run Coffee Board projecting a crop size of 3.42 lakh tonnes (lt) in the recently released post-monsoon estimates. This is about 15 per cent higher over the final crop size of 2.98 lt in 2019-20 season, the lowest crop in a decade.

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