MUMBAI, 13 April 2020: Central Insecticide Board and Registration Committee (CIB&RC) issued 33 Nos. of Import Permits for more than 1.25 lakh MTs of various chemicals using CROP software during the Lockdown period Issues related to Transportation, Curfew Passes and Packaging Units resolved by Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA); Exports of all major products i.e rice, groundnut, processed food, meat, poultry, dairy, and organic products started.
The Department of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, Government of India is taking several measures to facilitate the farmers and farming activities at field level during the lockdown period. The updated status is given below:
CROP software: Facilitating issuance of CIB & RC certificates for the smooth functioning of Industrial units
During the lockdown period the efforts have been made to use CROP software of Sectt. of Central Insecticide Board & Registration Committee (CIB&RC) through Virtual Private Network (VPN) to facilitate the issuance of Certificates etc. through work from home by the Experts/ Officials. This endeavor has contributed significantly in the issuance of Certificate of Registration related to Indigenous Manufacturing and Import of Chemicals/Intermediates/Raw materials etc required for the smooth functioning of Industrial Units/Plant etc involved in the production of crop protection chemicals and thereby ensuring the timely availability of the pesticides and crop protection chemicals to the farmers.
CIB & RC promoting import & export permits for chemical & pesticides
During the period to date, CIB&RC has issued 33 Nos. of Import permits for import of more than 1.25 lakh metric tons of various chemicals. 189 certificates for exports have also been issued to facilitate exports of pesticides. 1263 certificates of registration have been issued in various categories to facilitate the indigenous manufacturing of pesticides.
National conference on Kharif crops-2020
Due to lockdown, the Department has decided to conduct the National Conference on Kharif crops-2020 through Video Conference on 16 April, 2020. The Union Agriculture Minister, Union Ministers of State (Agriculture) and senior officers of the Ministry will hold discussions with the States on challenges & strategies for crop management during Kharif cultivation and also guide the deliberations on timely availability of seeds, fertilizers, pesticides and farm machinery at Block levels and other issues related to crop management.
APEDA initiatives for logistics of daily necessary products
APEDA has put in a lot of efforts and issues related to transportation, curfew passes, packaging units are being resolved. Exports of all major products i.e rice, groundnut, processed food, meat, poultry, dairy, and organic products have started.
Railways' 67 routes, 236 Parcel specials to supply essential commodities & vans
Railways introduced 67 routes for running 236 Parcel Specials(out of which 171 are time table parcel trains) to supply essential commodities including perishable horticultural produce, agricultural inputs, milk, and dairy products at a fast speed which will facilitate farmers/FPOs/traders and companies for continuity of supply chain across the country. The railways have established regular connectivity between major cities of the country and from State Headquarters to all parts of the State.
Railways have also made arrangements of parcel vans available for quick mass transportation by e-Commerce entities and other customers including State Governments.
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