Want to know what is going on in the agricultural sector of India? Here’s a round-up of the top 10 news.
1. Gujarat’s Dang District To Become 100% Organic Farming District
The tribal district of Dang in eastern Gujarat will soon be declared a 100% organic farming district. State’s Agriculture Minister Raghavji Patel said that the state government is taking steps to encourage farmers to avoid the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Also, it is providing a subsidy of ₹10,000 per hectare for a maximum of two hectares to each farmer in the largely hilly district for adopting organic farming practices. Read more here.
2. Sugar Output Up By 24% At 21 Lakh Tonnes
India’s sugar production rose by 24% due to higher production in Maharashtra and Karnataka. According to the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), mills have entered into contracts to export 25 lakh tonnes of sweetener so far. Sugar production till November 15, in the current 2021-22 season is 20.90 lakh tonnes as against 16.82 lakh tonnes produced last year. This year, several sugar mills in the south and west started their operations earlier due to which the sugar production is higher. Read more here.
3. Coffee Growers Cite Losses Due To Rains, Seek Rescheduling Of Bank Loans
The Karnataka Planters’ Association urged the Centre to reschedule the term of loans availed by growers payable over a period of seven years. Association president S Appadurai and Secretary Anil Savur D sought this relief at a press conference citing that the plantation sector is going through a crisis due to rains. They suggested that these rescheduled loans could carry an annual interest rate of 10%, but the burden should be shared equally by the Centre, banks, and growers. Read more here.
4. Bihar’s Makhana To Get GI Tag
Bihar’s famous Makhana or fox nuts may soon get GI tag as ‘Makhana of Bihar’. After this, large quantities of Makhana could be exported, which will directly benefit the farmers of the state. The Central Government held its meeting in Patna and settled the necessary work in this regard. After getting the GI tag, Makhana can be marketed from anywhere. At the same time, no other state will be able to claim this product. Read more here.
5. Coffee Leaves Became A New Source Of Income For Coffee Growers
Now, there is a chance for coffee growers to get additional income from their plants throughout the year. The Mysuru-based CFTRI (Central Food Technological Research Institute) has developed a technology to prepare a value-added product from coffee leaves that pack in health benefits, too. While coffee is harvested only for a few months in a year, coffee leaves are continually generated. Producers can harvest them in the off-season if there’s demand. Know more here.
6. Fertilizer Shortage Leaves Kerala’s Plantation Sector Worried
The plantation sector in Kerala has expressed concern over the non-availability of fertilizers. The shortage of urea and MOP in tea gardens is severe. A top executive in a tea manufacturing company said that the unavailability of fertilizers is affecting the tea sector forcing the industry to desist from applying the required nutrients for plants. This will, in turn, affect crop production and lead to lesser output from the plants. Besides, the emerging situation will lead to higher production cost, thereby incurring losses to producing companies. Read more here.
7. 250 Year Old Jack Fruit Tree Will Get Historical Tree Status
A 250-year-old jackfruit tree located 40 kilometers from Bengaluru is said to be Karnataka’s oldest tree of this species. It is also one of the oldest in the country. The tree in Janagere village’s, Magadi taluk, is now in the spotlight as agricultural and horticultural specialists work to make it a “historical tree”. With a large canopy, a height of 19.5 meters, and a trunk girth of 6.5 meters, the tree can be seen from a great way by people who come to this community during summers to sample its fruits. Read more here.
8. Tea Prices Decline, Bulk Tea Producers Likely To Face Pressure
The drop in tea prices on a year-on-year basis and the increased cost of production are likely to exert pressure on the margins of bulk tea manufacturers. However, players who are focused on producing quality teas are likely to witness a much lower decline. The average auction prices of teas manufactured from own garden leaves of the top 50 tea estates of Assam and Dooars have declined only 9% against 25% for the overall auction average during the first half of 2021-22. Read more here.
9. RGICL Refused To Pay Crop Claims, Can Become A Law & Order Issue
Reliance General Insurance Company (RGICL) has refused to pay insurance claims to Maharashtra farmers under the central crop insurance scheme for Kharif 2021 season. This has prompted the state government to write to the Centre saying it could become a law-and-order issue. Other five insurance companies have paid about 90% of the mid-season and localized calamity claims. Reliance has not even completed the claim calculation process said Vinay Kumar Awate, state chief statistical officer (agriculture). Read more here.
10. ChargeERP Launched Ugrahi Register
ChargeERP, the easiest, fastest, and most secure mandi accounting software from Bijak has recently introduced a new type of report i.e., Ugrahi Register. Accessible from the ‘Bills and Reports’ section, the aim of Ugrahi register is to show the closing balances of the customers along with how they came to their current values. The important fields it shows are ‘Opening Balance’ based on the date range selected, ‘Debit value’, ‘Credit value’, and ‘Closing Balance’ based on a date range.