Agriculture Current Affair 23 April 2020

Step up paddy and maize procurement, AICC tells Telangana CM

The Congress has asked the Telangana government to step up efforts to procure paddy and maize to help farmers tide over the crisis.

“The government has promised that it would open 7,500 procurement centres to purchase the whole of rabi produce. But it opened only 4,380 procurement centres,” he said.

He alleged that the farmers were facing challenges as procurement was not happening at full scale.

Tata Power helps Jharkhand farmers to market their perishable produce

Tata Power is helping farmers in Jamshedpur and Jharkhand to market their perishable produce.

Along with its partner agency AIDENT, a social welfare organization, Tata Power said that it had helped market nearly 30,000 kilograms of vegetable and muskmelons produced by farmers mainly from the Khairbhoni, Domjuri, Nutandih, Khakripara villages to the local mandis of Jamshedpur & in the nearby districts of Dhanbad, Ranchi.

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a complicated situation for the farmers as they have been locked out from harvest owing to low supply chain, due to logistical constraints in transporting the produce from farms to markets. Through this intervention, Tata Power, along with the help of the local administration, facilitated the movement of produce to mandis/haats and has successfully safeguarded the livelihood of the community and helped the local markets demand and supply requirements.

Uncertainty surrounds tea auction planned for next week at Coimbatore centre

Prices moved north, and buyers were supportive. However, uncertainty surrounds the tea auction planned for next week at the Coimbatore centre, as the trade is yet to receive the necessary permission from the district administration for opening of the warehouses and broker offices.

In the absence of the permission, arrivals cannot be unloaded at the warehouses, buyers will not be able to lift the teas from the warehouses, and brokers will not be able to draw samples for distribution among buyers for future sale, explained an industry source, emphasising the need for permission to open the warehouses and broker offices.

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