Tea Board of India Issues New Compliance Directives for 2024

The Tea Board, India on July 15th 2024, issued directives regarding the mandatory compliance by all tea manufacturers.This order has been issued well in advance to give tea gardens and factories enough time to plan accordingly. Failure to follow these directions, the Tea Board will take necessary action as per clause 5(1)(d) of the Tea (Marketing) Control Order, 2003.

Clause 5(1)(d) of the Tea (Marketing) Control Order, 2003 outlines the consequences for failing to comply with the directives issued by the Tea Board of India. Specifically, it states that the Tea Board has the authority to take necessary actions against non-compliant tea manufacturers. These actions could include penalties, suspension of licenses, or other measures deemed appropriate to ensure compliance with the regulations.

Government of Uttar Pradesh Issues New Minimum rates of Wages

The Government of Uttar Pradesh notified the minimum rates of wages payable to the employees employed in agricultural employment in the state of Uttar Pradesh on July 9th 2024. The Minimum Rates of Wages have been revised to Rs. 6162/- per month or Rs. 237/- per day for the following types of agricultural works, for the whole of Uttar Pradesh:

West Bengal Governments New GST Amendment

The Government of West Bengal on 16th July 2024, revised the minimum wages of various scheduled employment.

The following are the key points:

The minimum rates of wages for the employees employed in 30 (thirty) Scheduled Employments in the state of West Bengal shall be effective in the period from 1st July 2024 to 31st December 2024.

Haryana Government Issues New GST Amendment

The Government of Haryana on July 15th 2024, amended an older notification No.36/ST-2, dated June 30th ,2017, related to agricultural farm produce. This update changes how agricultural produce is treated under GST, particularly focusing on how large quantities are packaged and labelled.
A new additional statement has been added to clarify the rules. The new proviso states that if you’re supplying agricultural produce in packages larger than 25 kilograms or 25 liters, these packages won’t be considered “pre-packaged and labelled” under the GST rules.

Government Of Bihar Issues New GST Notification

he Government of Bihar on 15th July 2024 amended an older notification No.2/2017-State Tax (Rate), dated 29th June ,2017 that affects how agricultural produce is packaged and taxed under the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
The new amendment specifically targets the packaging of agricultural produce. If agricultural produce is packaged in quantities greater than 25 kilograms or 25 litres , it will not be considered as PRE-PACKAGED and LABELLED under GST rules.

Mutual Recognition Agreement between India and Taiwan for Organic Products

By virtue of this agreement, agricultural products produced and handled organically in conformity with the National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP) and accompanied by an organic demonstration document (transaction certificate, etc.) issued by an accredited certification body under NPOP are allowed for sale in Taiwan as organically produced including display of the “India Organic” logo.

Fresh Updates To List Of Notified And Referral Laboratories Testing Fortified Rice Products

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has once again revised its lists of notified and referral laboratories authorized to test the nutrient content of fortified rice products. FSSAI permits these laboratories to analyze samples of Fortified Rice (FR), Fortified Rice Kernels (FRK) and Vitamin-Mineral Premix for FRK for iron, vitamin B12 and vitamin B9.

New Amendments To General Grading and Marking Rules

The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has notified the General Grading and Marking (Amendment) Rules, 2024, to strengthen enforcement mechanisms for agricultural produce quality standards. The amendment rules were published on July 5, 2024.