Want to know what is going on in the agricultural sector of India? Here’s a round-up of the top 10 news.
1. Madhya Pradesh Govt To Waive Off Mandi Tax To Boost Export Of Wheat
The Madhya Pradesh government has decided not to levy tax on the export of wheat produced in the state, and traders now will be allowed to purchase wheat anywhere in the state on a single license, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said. He further stated that the exporters were allowed to buy wheat from mandis and also directly from the farmers. He also said that the Railway Board has ensured to provide racks for wheat export. Read more here.
2. Alphonso Mango Farmers Partner With Food And Tech Platform Innoterra
In the coming mango season, discerning consumers will get their choice of the premium, authentic GI-tagged Alphonso mangoes delivered to them, thanks to the collaboration between Innoterra and Alphonso-growing farmer collectives in the Konkan region. The initiative is aimed at delivering the maximum value of the GI-tagged fruits to the farmers, while also raising consumer awareness about authentic Konkan Alphonso mangoes. Read more here.
3. New-Season Darjeeling First Flush Tea Receives Record Price
The new season’s first flush Darjeeling tea has received a record price of ₹23,000 per kg. Well-known tea brand Golden Tips has sourced and purchased these new season spring teas from Goodricke Group’s Badamtam tea estate. Golden Tips procured the organic white teas at ₹23,000 per kg and moonlight tea at ₹21,000 per kg, the season’s highest so far. Golden Tips bought 10 kg of organic white tea and 5 kg of moonlight tea from Goodricke Group. Read more here.
4. Jute MSP Hiked By 5.5%
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved a proposal to raise the minimum support price (MSP) for raw jute to ₹4,750 a quintal for the 2022-23 season. It is an increase of ₹250, or 5.5%, over the previous year. The new MSP would ensure a return of 60.53% over the all-India weighted average cost of production, the government said. The hike is in line with the principle of fixing the MSP at a minimum of 1.5 times the all-India weighted average cost of production. Read more here.
5. Pink And Yellow Tomatoes Will Soon Be Available
Associate Professor in Genetics and Plant Breeding, Pidigam Saidaiah of the College of Horticulture, Mojerla, Wanaparthy district, Hyderabad, has generated promising seed varieties of pink tomato, yellow tomato, red amaranth, and yard-long beans using a pedigree approach. These hybrids, which were created by crossing two extreme kinds, have several advantages over common varieties. The seeds have been submitted for testing, and they will be available in the markets soon. Read more here.
6. Demand For Pulses To Increase To 32.64 MT
According to the report of the Working Group constituted by NITI Aayog on Demand and Supply Projections Towards 2033, demand for pulses is projected to increase from 26.72 million tonnes in 2021-22 to 32.64 million tonnes in 2029-30. The National Food Security Mission (NFSM), a Centrally Sponsored Scheme, has been implemented by the Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare. It aims to increase the production of rice, wheat, pulses, coarse cereals, and Nutri-cereals. Read more here.
7. Tomato Farmers to Invest In Value Addition As Market Price Drops
With tomato prices in the Coimbatore district plummeting and farmers losing money, the Department of Agricultural Marketing and Agri-Business is asking farmers to invest in value addition. They have suggested that farmers should get into tomato processing to make tomato puree, sauces, and jams. They should also join the nearest Farmer Producer Organisation (FPO), according to K. Sundaravadivelu, the FPO’s Deputy Director. Read more here.
8. Government Will Continue Making Fertilizers Available To Farmers
The government assured that it will continue to make fertilizers available to farmers after a member raised the issue in Lok Sabha. There is a decline in the domestic production of the crop nutrients this year with an inadequate supply of ammonia and potassium. Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, Kailash Choudhary, said the government had made fertilizers available to farmers at a subsidized rate even when their prices had gone up to reach Rs 1,200 per bag. Read more here.
9. nurture.farm Generates India’s First Agriculture-Related Carbon Credits
nurture.farm, a digital platform for sustainable agriculture, has become the first company to successfully generate and forward sell agricultural-related carbon credits in India. Their Alternate Wetting and Drying & Dry Seeded Rice (AWD-DSR) project covered 22,000 acres of rice paddy fields and involved over 2,500 smallholder farmers. Around 20,000 carbon credits were derived from this project. Its benefits included 15% to 30% of water savings. Read more here.
10. ChargeERP Launched An Independent Seller Bill Feature
ChargeERP, the easiest, fastest, and most secure mandi accounting software from Bijak has introduced an independent ‘Seller Bill’ tab to address the on-ground needs of commission agents. Along with this, they are offering ‘Bill Sundry’ and ‘Sales Expenses’ customization features which will be available in the ‘Settings’ section of this mandi accounting software. Commission agents will now be able to customize expenses and other charges, charged to Suppliers and Customers.