Agriculture Current Affair 29 March 2020

Kochi tea trade association to reopen warehouses from March 30

Tea Trade Association of Cochin (TTAC) is planning to reopen warehouses from Monday (March 30)

The association has, in a communication to its members, cited a circular dated March 26, issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, which presumably reads “all warehouses are to remain open to ensure availability of essential goods.”

Further stating that the Ministry of Food Processing Industries had also vide a circular stated that “tea has been included in the list of essential goods”, the association has substantiated its stand for reopening the warehouses.

Farmers should maintain social distancing, take precaution while harvesting crops: ICAR

As rabi harvesting likely to pick up in the coming days, the government’s agri-research body ICAR on Saturday asked farmers to follow social distancing and safety precaution while handling farm machines and labour in the field. For tackling any emerging issue related to managing crops, livestock and fisheries, farmers should consult and be in touch with agri-scientists in Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), ICAR research institutes and state agricultural universities for timely advisories, it said.

States look at late rabi crop marketing to contain Covid-19

State governments are considering staggering and delaying the arrival of crops in the market to contain the spread of Covid-19 during the upcoming procurement season of rabi crops, mainly wheat, when farmers throng mandis. The cereal bowl states of Haryana and Punjab have already sought a delay in procurement of the cereal crop that usually begins on April 1.

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