Agriculture Current Affair 4 January 2021

Farm laws and labour codes are badly-needed reforms for agriculture and manufacturing: BJP National Spokesperson

On a day farmers’ organisations held one more round of talks with the government on their demand for repeal of the three farm reform laws, BJP ruling party spokesperson Gopal Krishna Agarwal hailed the laws as part of the reform process that includes the newly-passed Labour Codes. In an interview to BusinessLine, Agarwal cited the instance of rolling back amendments in the laws related to land acquisition as having been detrimental to growth of manufacturing in India, clarifying the government’s reluctance to roll back the laws.

Sugar production up 42% at 110 lakh tonnes in Oct-Dec: ISMA

Sugar mills produced over 110 lakh tonnes (lt) of sugar in first three months of the current sugar season — nearly 41.9 per cent more than the corresponding period last year — and signed deals for exporting 10 lt of sugar already, said Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) on Monday.

Till December 31 last year, 481 mills currently crushing sugarcane in the country produced 110.22 lt as compared to 77.63 lt produced by 437 mills in the same period last year, an ISMA statement said.

Indian oil sardine on revival path

Indian oil sardine, stock of which was showing a declining trend for the past few years, appears to be on a revival path along the Kerala coast, thanks to a seemingly favorable condition in the marine ecosystem.

Scattered batches of immature sardines have been reported from the southern coast of the State due to this condition, the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute said in a release.

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