Agriculture Current Affair 7 April 2020

Black tea as immunity booster stirs up global interest

Perceived to be an immunity booster against flu and viruses, the black tea is seen gaining traction worldwide amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. Producers of black tea in the country are getting enquiries from buyers overseas.

Researchers from Taiwan and China have reported that presence of Theaflavins, an antioxidant polyphenol that helps boost the immune system, present in black tea could be a potent compound for anti SARS-CoV-2 (Covid19). However, the industry here is cautious in accepting these claims.

Agri-tech platform DeHaat raises $12-million Series A round funding

DeHaat, an agri-tech platform that helps farmers access agri inputs and financial services, and sell their produce, has raised $12 million (₹83 crore) in a Series A round funding led by Sequoia India and FMO, the Dutch entrepreneurial development bank. Existing investors Omnivore and AgFunder also participated in the latest round of funding.

Shashank Kumar, co-founder and CEO of DeHaat, said the company plans to use the funds to strengthen its presence in States such as Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal, where it currently operates, and also to expand to newer regions, mainly in North India. “We are looking at expanding our presence to Rajasthan on a pilot basis this year,” Kumar told BusinessLine.

Directorate of Cashew Research issues advisory to farmers

The Directorate of Cashew Research (DCR) at Puttur in Dakshina Kannada district has issued advisories on cashew nut collection and nursery operations during the lockdown period.

For collection of cashew nuts and cashew apples, the DCR advisory said that only healthy persons should be engaged after reasonable enquiry about his / her exposure to Covid-19 to avoid him / her acting as carrier of the virus and spreading the disease.

It urged the cashew growers to wash the collected nutswith water, dry them in open sunlight for three-four days, and finally to store the same in gunny bags in well-ventilated dry rooms for sale at a later stage.

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