Want to know what is going on in the agricultural sector of India? Here’s a round-up of the top 10 news.
1. Govt To Promote 20 Indigenous And Globally Popular Exotic Fruit Crops
The Centre will promote the expansion of area and production of 10 globally popular exotic fruit crops and as many indigenous fruit crops with high nutrition. During the current year, 8,951 hectares area for exotic fruits and 7,154 hectares area for indigenous fruits will be brought under cultivation. The state governments have been given targets for 2021-22 for the area expansion of these crops. Read more here.
2. Thousands Apply For Job At Onion Farm In South Korea
Covid19 pandemic, frequent cyclones, rains, and floods have convinced the people of Kerala to look for employment outside the country. Recently, a seminar was organized by the Overseas Development and Employment Promotion Consultant (ODEPC), in collaboration with a South Korean agricultural company in Thiruvananthapuram. The event was held to introduce the agricultural practices of South Korea for those interested to take up farm jobs there. Read more here.
3. CAI Pegs Cotton Production at 360.13 Lakh Bales For 2021-22 Crop Year
The Cotton Association of India (CAI) estimated cotton output at 360.13 lakh bales for the crop year (October-September) 2021-22. CAI president Atul Ganatra told PTI that farmers are expected to go for the third and fourth cotton pickings due to good monsoon. The total cotton production in the last season was 353 lakh bales, which is less than 7.13 lakh bales. Read more here.
4. Social Impact Entrepreneur Introduces Drone Spraying In Sangli Sugarcane Cultivation
Social impact entrepreneur, Prateek Patil has implemented a line of drone technology for spraying fertilizers. It has already covered 3,200 acres of sugarcane area benefiting more than than 2,000 farmers in Walwa, Sangli. Sangli District has been grounds for pioneering agriculture and irrigation works in Western Maharashtra. The drone spraying technology not only reduced the time and efforts of the farmers but also increased profitability. Read more here.
5. India’s Rubber Output Dented By Heavy Rains In Kerala To Lift Imports
India’s natural rubber production is likely to fall sharply in October and November, as heavy rains have been disrupting tapping activity in Kerela. India is the second-biggest consumer of natural rubber. Lower production could force India to increase imports from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand, in the coming months. According to the weather department, Kerala received 117% more rainfall than normal in October. Read more here.
6. Centre To Support Incubation Of New Method To Control Pests In Cashew Gardens
The Centre has taken up a new method to control pests in cashew gardens for necessary support and incubation activities. This method has been developed by a Kerala-based woman farmer from the Kannur district. She has developed an innovative ‘cashew multiples rooting propagation method’. With this method support, roots are developed in cashew trees to protect them from devastating borer attacks and frequent cyclonic storms. Read more here.
7. Indian Mills Need To Export More Sugar Without Subsidy
Indian mills need to export 60 to 70 lakh tons of sugar without government incentives in 2021-22. This is to bring down inventories and ensure domestic prices remain firm despite surplus production. Sugar exports by the world’s second-biggest producer could cap global prices, which hit a 4-1/2 year high this month. It is expected that supplies from top producer Brazil will decline as a result of drought and frosts. Read more here.
8. Jaivik Kheti Portal Is Launched To Connect Organic Farmers Directly With Buyers
The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare has come up with a unique online initiative known as Jaivik Kheti. The portal launched by the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), Department of Agriculture (DAC) together with MSTC, is to promote as well as facilitate organic farming and its purchase. Organic farmers can directly get in touch with the buyers by simply registering on www.jaivikkheti.in. Read more here.
9. Agastya Agro Ltd Joined Hands With Primary BioAg Innovations
Hyderabad’s 25 years old Agastya Agro Ltd which is into Agro Chemicals is now entering into Plant Nutrition by signing an agreement with the USA-based, Primary BioAg Innovations (PBI). PBI is a BIOAG solutions company with a unique integration of various technology platforms and a diverse product portfolio including bio-fertilizers, bio-stimulants, and biopesticides. Read more here.
10. ChargeERP Made Crate Analysis Page More User-Centric
ChargeERP, the easiest, fastest, and most secure mandi accounting software from Bijak has recently made changes in the existing ‘Crate analysis’ tab. This is to address mandi businesses who need to maintain a proper ledger of crates issued and received from a specific account of a customer or supplier. They have renamed the existing ‘Crate Ledger’ tab as ‘Crate Balance’ and a new tab called ‘Crate Ledger’ is added.