Agriculture Current Affair 23 October 2020

India’s first women-led manure co-op gets ‘Sudhan’ trademark for organic fertilisers

In a major push for green energy generation and manure management, India’s first women-led manure cooperative society in Anand district has been granted National Dairy Development Board (NDDB)’s trademark ‘Sudhan’ for making bio slurry-based organic fertilisers.

The newly-established Mujkuva Sakhi Khad (manure) Sahakari Mandli was granted NDDB’s trademark ‘Sudhan’ for manufacturing bio slurry-based organic fertilisers.

Comfortable reservoir levels in Southern Region

If the South-West monsoon ended up with a surplus of nine per cent during June-September, the post-monsoon (October 1 to 22) has done ‘one’ better posting a surplus of 10 per cent till Thursday, though the core Tamil Nadu belt is in deficit (-33 per cent) while Puducherry (-10 per cent) is slightly better off.

There are 36 reservoirs monitored by the Central Water Commission in the Southern Region (Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu). The total live storage as on Thursday is 88 per cent (against 87 per cent of last year and 69 per cent in 10-year average storage).

‘Remove anti-dumping duty on VSF’

To compete in the fast-growing, man-made fibre market globally, raw material cost for textile manufacturers in India should come down. This, the industry believes, can happen only if anti-dumping duty (ADD) on viscose staple fibre (VSF) is scrapped. Due to the ADD on VSF ($0.103/kg to $0.512/kg on imports from Indonesia, Thailand and China), there has been large-scale import of viscose spun yarn, said spinners from Coimbatore, the textile hub of India, in a conversation with BusinessLine.

Viscose spun yarn (VSY) imports were to the tune of 12,748 tonnes in September, a jump of 75 per cent over the same month last year. The average monthly imports of VSY this year is 5,392 tonnes, up from 4,875 tonnes last year, according to data of Ministry of Commerce and Industry. Given that ADD on Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA) – the raw material for Polyester Staple Fibre was removed in the budget in February 2020, the textile manufacturing industry is now demanding withdrawal of ADD on VSF to help them stay competitive in the global market.

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