Agriculture Current Affair 23 May 2020

Webinar on food sector

The Indian Institute of Plantation Management (IIPM), Bangalore, is organising an online panel discussion on “Emerging actions for Food Industry in India: Post Covid-19” on Saturday at 9.30 am. Eminent industry experts are taking part in the webinar which will focus on the scope of food processing post Covid-19, the role of food industry in promoting local production and consumption and sustainability, Aatmanirbhar Bharat, need for disruptive innovations in food, trends in food start-ups and cryogenic food processing technologies among others, an IIPM release said. The panel discussion will be attended by academicians, corporate executives, start-ups, it said.

Improved demand for leaf tea from overseas

Leaf tea sales witnessed improved demand from CIS countries, East Europe, Germany and Iran. A Tunisian enquiry was also noticed at the bottom of the market.

However, the market for good liquoring whole leaf, Fannings and brokens was steady to firm, while others tended to ease and witnessed some withdrawals. The quantity offered in sale 19 was 1,94,913 kg, and witnessed good demand. The quantity sold was 78 per cent.

According to auctioneers Forbes, Ewart & Figgis, the market for clean black well-made medium whole leaf and brokens was steady to firm. Others were lower and noticed some withdrawals. The average price realised was ₹129.59, compared to ₹130 in the previous week.

Covid disrupts pineapple supply chain in upcountry markets

Vazhakulam Pineapple, the GI-tagged fruit, which catapulted to global fame the otherwise diminishing agricultural dominance of Kerala, is facing the brunt of the Covid-19 crisis.

Farmers, who carry out farming on leased lands with bank loans, are facing the biggest crisis with supply chains closed and crops going waste. They have sought emergency relief packages from both the central and state governments to tide over the crisis.

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