COVID-19 lockdown disrupts India’s tea industry; output seen falling 10% this year

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The national lockdown triggered by the coronavirus pandemic that kept pluckers away from the plantations in key tea-growing states of Assam and West Bengal is likely to lower production by about 10 percent this year, a top industry official said. Sujit Patra, Secretary, Indian Tea Association told indoasiancommodities.com in an interview that production could drop […]

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South Indian tea gardens reopen as northern cousins stumble amid lockdown

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Despite the government’s early initiative to reopen the North Indian tea estates, South India has taken the lead with both Kerala and Tamil Nadu resuming operations with safety protocol in place to prevent spread of coronavirus among workers, reports Financial Express. The Union home ministry had issued orders on March 24 that 50% of the […]

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Government clears rabi pulse procurement by 13 states; UP, MP left out

The Central government has given a blanket approval to 13 states to immediately start procuring chana (gram) and masoor (lentil), the two big pulses grown during the rabi season, Business Standard reports. The Centre has also cleared Rs 1,250 crore for purchasing around 258,000 tonnes of both the pulses. But Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, the two largest […]

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Dairy industry severely hit by Coronavirus lockdown; Assam farmers throwing away thousands litres of milk each day

The dairy industry in Assam is facing lots of hurdles which has severely impacted the livelihood of thousands of dairy farmers in the state. The farmers are left with no option but to throw away thousands litres of milk each day. As per reports, dairy farmers in Jorabat area of Kamrup district are waiting for the state government to ease restrictions […]

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Cabinet approves extension of jute packaging norms for foodgrains and sugar

The Cabinet has approved extension of norms for mandatory packaging of foodgrains and sugar in jute material for the Jute Year 2019-20. The decision taken by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, mandates that 100 per cent of the foodgrains and 20 per cent of sugar will be mandatorily […]

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Tea Board of India mulls using blockchain to free Indian tea from adulteration

In order to boost consumption of the beverage in the country, the Tea Board of India is considering the use of blockchain to implement complete traceability of tea right from the plantation stage till the time it is sold to the buyer, reports Business Standard. This will not only help eliminate adulteration of Indian tea and improve […]

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