In News: The Centre announced a major relaxation in the Fair and Average Quality (FAQ) norms of wheat by raising the maximum permissible limit of “shriveled and broken grains” to 18 percent from the existing 6 percent.
- The move is aimed at providing relief to Punjab and Haryana farmers during the ongoing rabi marketing season.
- The move comes after the two states wrote to the Centre, seeking relaxation in the Uniform Specifications of Wheat for RMS 2022-23.
- The emergence of shrivelled grains is a natural phenomenon appearing as a result of extreme heat wave that enveloped the northern part of the country in March.
Source: Indian Express