Agriculture Current Affair 22 March 2021

Centre fixes 2021-22 import quota for tur, moong

Millers oppose move to allow traders to import

The Centre has permitted imports of 4 lakh tonnes of tur and 1.5 lakh tonnes of moong for the financial year 2021-22, to meet the shortfall in domestic supplies. In its latest notification, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has also allowed traders to import these pulses along with the millers and refiners.

“Import shall be allowed to the Millers/Refiners/Traders and will be allocated equally to pre-determined numbers of applicant through an algorithm based lottery system, as per procedure to be notified by DGFT,” the notification said.

Potato prices crash 50% to ₹5-6 a kg

Potato prices in both producing and consuming areas across India have crashed 50 per cent to ₹5-6 per kg this year on account of good rabi (winter) crop, as per the government data.

While consumers are getting potato at very low prices, farmers are, however, struggling to even recover their production costs.

USDA ends 15-year agreement with Apeda on organic products certification

The Commerce Ministry arm accredited certifying agencies for exports to the US

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has ended its agreement with the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda) that allowed the latter to accredit agencies certifying exports of organic products to the US.

In a statement, the USDA said that it was changing its approach towards organic “oversight” in India and ending its agreement with Apeda that was in force since 2006.

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