Agriculture Current Affair 25 September 2020

India’s H1 tea shipments take a beating

In the first half (H1) of current calendar, India’s tea exports have taken a beating on all three fronts – volume, value and price – compared to the same period of 2019.

Till June, the latest period for which official data are available with the Tea Board, India’s tea exports nosedived to 93.93 million kg (mkg) from 119.72 mkg during January-June 2019, marking a decline of 21.54 per cent.

We are ready to talk to farmers: Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar

After announcing the increase in support price of six Rabi crops, the ruling BJP fielded Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar to invite the farmers, who are agitating in Punjab and Haryana against the just-cleared agri Bills in Parliament, for a frank decision on the bills, even at midnight”.

The Agriculture Minister and his deputy, Minister of State for Agriculture Kailash Choudhary joined the BJP spokesperson Vijay Sonkar Shastri to dub the ongoing agitation by farmers in Punjab as a result of destructive politics practiced by the Congress. The Agriculture Minister cited the reduction in market fee and rural development fee for Basmati traders and millers by the Punjab government soon after the MSP hike was announced by the Centre as an indication of the upward trend for farm produce prices in the future.

Uncertainty hits onion trade as prices fluctuate in Maharashtra

Wholesale onion prices have turned volatile in Maharashtra even after the Centre banned exports of the bulb on September 14. In some major APMCs onions have touched the pre-ban rate of ₹4,000 per quintal, while in other places it dropped to as low as ₹1,000.

However, for the retail customer there is no respite with prices ranging between ₹50 and ₹60 per kg.

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