Agriculture Current Affair 28 December 2022

Govt brings in transparent methodology on monthly sugar quota

The notional stock of the preceding month and sugar diverted for ethanol will be taken into account for allocation of the maximum quantity of white/refined sugar to be sold by each factory

With the aim of ensuring that the monthly domestic sugar release quota is evenly distributed among mills across the country, the Food Ministry has said that the notional stock of the preceding month and sugar diverted for ethanol will be taken into account for allocation of the maximum quantity of white/refined sugar to be sold by each factory from January 2023.

In a letter addressed to all sugar mills, the Food Ministry said, “The stock holding limit for a month will be worked out on the basis of giving 100 per cent weightage to the month-end notional stock of the preceding month. The notional month-end stock for a month would be calculated on the basis of the previous month-end’s actual stock as reported, further adding the sugar lifted from mills since November 1, 2022 and subtracting actual release of the preceding month of the month for which stock holding limit is being issued.”

Eyeing ethanol, sugar industry ramps up investments to improve cane yield

Move is part of ISMA’s efforts to divert sugar for ethanol production

The Indian sugar industry is ramping up investments to improve cane varieties in the country and it believes sugarcane yields can go up substantially based on available products and data collected by the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA).

According to ISMA, it is working closely with cane research institutes to develop cane varieties that can yield higher and are drought-resistant, pest-resistant and can withstand any vagaries of monsoon.

Marut Drones gets DGCA approval for agricultural drone

The certification from the Central agency would make the model ‘AG 365’ eligible for unsecured loans

The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has given the Type Certification approvals for AG 365, a multi-utility agricultural drone developed by Marut Drones.

“AG 365 is extensively tested on over 1.5 lakh acres and optimised for performance to be used in agriculture. It was also tested for crop specific spraying SOPs (standard operating procedures) with top agriculture universities and research institutes,” said Marut Drones’ Founder Prem Kumar Vislawath.

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