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1. TCI Launches FPOs Hub With ₹7.3 Crores Grant From The Walmart Foundation
The Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition launched a Hub for Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) within its Centre of Excellence in New Delhi. The Hub features a database of Indian FPOs and is created with grant funding from the Walmart Foundation. The Hub will serve as a repository of learnings, information, and knowledge for the advancement of FPOs in India. Read more here.
2. Big Names In India Are Chalking Out Plans For Expansion Of Palm Oil Plantation
Many big names in India are planning to expand oil palm plantations. It has happened after the government’s announcement to boost oilseed production and reduce the country’s reliance on imports for its cooking oil needs, The two leading companies, Godrej Agrovet, and 3F Oil Palm are considering investing about ₹500 crores each over the next five years for oil palm cultivation. Read more here.
3. Amazon Retail Launches Agronomy Services for Farmers In India
Amazon Retail has launched its agronomy services to empower farmers through an initiative that gives them timely advice. It also enables them to make accurate decisions on actions required for their crops. They included machine learning technology that streamlines supply chain processes, identifies defects in farm produce, and lessens produce wastage. Read more here.
4. Arunachal Pradesh Comes Up With Scheme To Boost Agriculture & Horticulture Produce
Arunachal Pradesh’s Chief Minister Pema Khandu has launched two ambitious schemes on 3rd September. One in the agriculture sector is called ‘AtmaNirbhar Krishi Yojna’ and the other for horticulture is named ‘AtmaNirbhar Bagwani Yojna’. The schemes are part of the AtmaNirbhar program announced during the Budget session held in February this year. A total amount of ₹120 crores has been allocated to them. Know more here.
5. Web Version Of E-GOPALA App Unveiled To Aid Dairy Farmers
The web version of e-GOPALA application developed by the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) has been launched on 28th August by Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying in presence of Meenesh Shah, Chairman of NDDB. The app/website is designed to provide real-time information to dairy farmers for better productivity of dairy animals. Read more here.
6. Mahindra’s Farm Equipment Sector Sells 19997 Units in August 2021
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.’s Farm Equipment Sector (FES), part of the Mahindra Group has announced its tractor sales numbers as 19997 units for August 2021 as against 23503 units during August 2020. However, the total number of tractors sold this year, in both domestic and international markets is significantly more. In the export market alone, a growth of 43% is seen as compared to the last year. Read more here.
7. Low Cane Supplies Disrupt Tamil Nadu Sugar Mills
Out of 42, only 28 sugar mills were operational during the current season in Tamil Nadu. The major reasons responsible were lack of high-yielding varieties, unexpected changes in the monsoon, lack of farm labor, and stagnant sugar prices. As a result, the production cost of sugar cane is increased and sugar mills are unable to pay cane prices to farmers on time. Read more here.
8. A Man From Amritsar Sets Up AC Mushroom Farm
Mandeep Singh Randhawa, a farmer from Tarsika block’s Dhardeo village has become a role model for many by establishing an air-conditioned mushroom farm for all-season supply. Only a few growers in Punjab have invested in high-tech farms and mushroom processing facilities. Mandeep credits his mother for this accomplishment since she began growing mushroom in 1989 to help support her family. Read more here.
9. Farmers Demand Support As Tomato Prices Crash To ₹3 per kg
The prices of tomatoes and potatoes, which have been ruling about 50% lower since January 2021 have declined further. Wholesale tomato prices in Maharashtra have crashed from ₹5/kg to ₹3/kg, while potato prices in Delhi are between ₹7/kg to ₹9/kg. Lasalgaon and Pimpalgaon in Nashik are the largest tomato markets and farmers are getting only ₹3/kg to ₹5/kg for their produce even there. Read more here.
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