Agriculture Current Affair 25 May 2021

AIREA concerned about future of Basmati rice exports as some west Asian countries tighten pesticide norms

Basmati rice exporters say the recent move by some western Asian nations to tighten pesticide residue norms for Basmati rice without prior intimation will hit India’s export of the commodity and affect thousands of farmers in the country.

Oman, Egypt, Jordan UAE and Saudi Arabia are among the nations which have adopted pesticide residue norms at part with those in the European Union (EU).

First consignment of GI certified Shahi Litchi from Bihar exported to UK: Commerce ministry

India exported the season’s first consignment of Shahi Litchi from Bihar to the United Kingdom by air route on Monday, the commerce ministry said. It was a GI-certified product. The GI tag helps growers get premium price of the product as no other producer can misuse the name to market similar goods.

A geographical indication (GI) tag is used for an agricultural, natural or a manufactured product (handicraft and industrial goods) originating from a definite geographical territory. Typically, such a name conveys an assurance of quality and distinctiveness, which is essentially attributable to the place of its origin.

Darjeeling tea, Tirupathi laddu, Kangra paintings, Nagpur orange and Kashmir pashmina are among the registered GIs in India.

Centre discusses with stakeholders abnormal rise in edible oil prices, asks for steps to soften rates

Amid concerns over up to 62 per cent spike in domestic edible oil prices, Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey on Monday discussed in detail the reasons for the “abnormal rise” in local prices, and asked the states and industry stakeholders to take measures to soften the prices.

Pandey also said in the meeting that suggestions offered by stakeholders would help the government to arrive at “wholesome solutions” to ensure edible oils are available at reasonable rates to consumers.

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