Want to know what is going on in the agricultural sector of India? Here’s a round-up of the top 10 news.
1. Wheat Sowing Rose Up By 3.36%
Area sown with wheat, the main rabi crop, rose 3.36 % to 138.35 lakh hectares in the current rabi season from 133.84 lakh hectares in the past year. Rabi sowing begins in October while harvesting starts from March onwards. As per the agriculture ministry, wheat has been sown in 35.8 lakh hectares in Madhya Pradesh, 34.98 lakh hectares in Uttar Pradesh, 29.45 lakh hectares in Punjab, 13.78 lakh hectares in Haryana, and 13.37 lakh hectares in Rajasthan so far in the ongoing season. Read more here.
2. 50.40 Lakh Hectare Of Crops Hit Due to Heavy Rains & Floods
Crops cultivated in about 50.40 lakh hectares have been affected across the country by heavy rains, floods, and landslides so far this year. The maximum damage is reported in Karnataka. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that about ₹8,873.60 crore has been released as State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) on November 25. As per the data, Karnataka has reported crop damage in a maximum area of 13.98 lakh hectares followed by West Bengal (6.90 lakh hectare) and Rajasthan (6.79 lakh hectare). Read more here.
3. Cane Arrear Reaches ₹4,445 Crore In UP
Cane dues to be paid by sugar mills to farmers stood at ₹4,445 crore during the 2020-21 season (October-September), with maximum arrears in Uttar Pradesh. During the 2020-21 season, a total of ₹92,804 crore was to be paid towards sugarcane price to the farmers, out of which ₹88,359 crore has been paid and the balance ₹4,445 crore dues are pending, as per the data placed before Lok Sabha by Minister of State for Food, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti. Read more here.
4. Farmers To Get ₹342 Crore Subsidy On Agricultural Machinery
A subsidy of ₹342 crore would be given to farmers by the Punjab government on 29,337 agricultural machinery for handling crop residues. The information was given by Agriculture Minister Randeep Singh Nabha while distributing agricultural machinery on subsidy to the farmers during the state-level function organised at Raishiana. He said that 1,880 agricultural machines are being provided to individual farmers, farmer groups and cooperative societies in district Tarn Taran, on which a subsidy of ₹24 crore 47 lakh was given. Read more here.
5. Omicron Threat May Hit India’s Winter Tea Exports
The new-spreading Omicron variant of Coronavirus is causing a new challenge and concern to India’s winter tea exports. This is because various stages of lockdown and closure of entry for foreigners and foreign goods have been announced in many countries. An exporter said that although it’s too early to gauge the impact of Omicron on India’s tea shipments, they are concerned that due to the fear of the spread in any variant form, over a dozen countries have taken precautionary measures to close borders at least for a few days now. Read more here.
6. Amid DAP shortages, Sales Of Complex Fertilisers Soar
International prices of fertilizers have forced Indian farmers to go in for more diversified and balanced plant nutrient applications. This is borne out by higher sales of complex fertilizers and single super phosphate (SSP) in the current rabi cropping season, amid widespread shortages of the more popular di-ammonium phosphate (DAP) and muriate of potash (MOP). Read more here.
7. Scientists Develop Low-Cost Maize Shelling Machine
Agricultural university scientists are continually trying to increase farmer’s income by developing new agricultural technology. Recently, scientists from Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (HAU) have received a design patent from the Government of India for a pedal-operated maize sheller invented by the university. This modern machine developed for extracting maize seeds requires just one person to operate and has no difficulty transporting from one location to another due to its weight of about 50 kg with wheels attached. Read more here.
8. Mahindra’s Farm Equipment Sector Sells 26094 Units
Total tractor sales during November 2021 were at 27681 units, as against 32726 units for the same period last year. Exports for the month stood at 1587 units. President of Farm Equipment Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. Hemant Sikka, said that they have sold 26094 tractors in the domestic market during November 2021. De-growth over November 2020 is due to high base of last year and incessant rains in some states. Read more here.
9. Netafim India Introduces Flexi Sprinkler Kit To Get Bumper Crop Yield
Netafim India, a leading smart irrigation solution provider, has unveiled Flexi Sprinkler Kit – a ground-breaking field crops sprinkler irrigation system. The company aims to cover 15,000 hectares of land and reach 15,000 farmers across India by 2022 with the launch of the Flexi Sprinkler Kit. The kit is available across India through Netafim’s dealer network. The product is suitable for vegetables and open field crops including Bajra, Jowar, Soybean, Groundnut and many more. Read more here.
10. ChargeERP Can Now Generate 7 Types Of Bills & Reports
ChargeERP, the easiest, fastest, and most secure mandi accounting software from Bijak has recently introduced a new type of report i.e., Ugrahi Register. This will be the 7th type of Bills and Reports available in the software. 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.