Want to know what is going on in the agricultural sector of India? Here’s a round-up of the top 10 news.
1. IG International Inks Deal With Turkish Firm To Cultivate Apple
Leading fresh fruit importer IG International has entered into a joint venture with Engin Tarim, the largest one-piece apple manufacturer in Europe. This agreement will establish the new joint venture, IG-EnginTarim, as one of the prime planters of apple varieties in India. The partnership hopes to nurture and cultivate 50,000 tonnes of the best-of-breed apples in five varieties over the next three years. Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand will be the home for the production of these apples. Read more here.
2. Indian Agricultural Officers On Israel Tour
Agricultural officers from seven different states of India are on a fifteen-day tour of Israel to learn about new approaches and technologies in the sector that can add more value to the farmers. The 18 agricultural officers from Indo-Israel Centers of Excellence (CoE) are taking part in an extensive state course, “Managing Centres of Excellence: Developing value for farmers”. It is organised by Mashav Agricultural Training Centre (MATC) in Israel under the Indo-Israel Agricultural Project. Read more here.
3. Organic Food Export To Transform Indian Economy
Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah said the Indian economy will transform if it fulfills the demand for organic food all over the world. He further said that the dairy sector can play a big role in achieving India’s ambitions in the field of organic farming, addressing the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the National Cooperative Dairy Federation. He added domesticating even 2-3 cows can help organic farming on 30 acres of land. Read more here.
4. Maharashtra Sugar Production At An All-Time High This Year
Maharashtra has recorded an all-time high sugar production of 132 lakh tonnes this year as claimed by the state’s Sugar Commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad. But, despite the high production, there is less possibility of the sugar prices coming down, said the official while speaking about issues related to excess sugarcane production and steps being initiated to tackle the situation. He said 1,187 lakh tonnes of sugarcane have been crushed in the state to date this year, while about 90 lakh tonnes of the crop are still lying uncut in fields. Read more here.
5. CAI Cuts India’s 2021-22 Cotton Production Estimate
The Cotton Association of India (CAI) reduced the cotton crop estimate by 8 lakh bales to 335.13 lakh bales for the 2021-22 season as the production in Gujarat, Telangana, Maharashtra, and Karnataka is expected to decline. For Gujarat, the CAI lowered the production estimate to 88.99 lakh bales for the 2021-22 season, Telangana to 39.91 lakh bales, Maharashtra to 83.50 lakh bales, and Karnataka to 21 lakh bales. CAI has estimated cotton consumption from October 2021 to March 2022 at 175 lakh bales while the export shipments are estimated at 35 lakh bales. Read more here.
6. Natural Farming Wins An AP Farmer Several Awards
A farmer from the Chittoor district has chosen natural farming after being inspired by Subhash Palekar’s views on natural farming and his approach to zero-budget natural farming. On his 20 acres, he has been growing paddy, mango, millets, and other crops, as well as producing jaggery and cold-pressed groundnut oil without the use of pesticides. Yanamala Jagadeesh Reddy, from Bangarupalem Mandal’s Danduvaripalle, has been supplying his products to over 200 families. For his innovative natural farming, he has won several awards. Read more here.
7. Escorts Agri Machinery Records 18% Decline In Tractor Sales
Escorts Agri Machinery sold 10,074 tractors in the month of March 2022 compared to 12,337 tractors in March 2021, recording a decline of 18.3%. Domestic tractor sales declined 19.2% to 9,483 tractors while exports fell 2.6% to 591 tractors during the month. During next year, the tractor demand is expected to improve led by higher rabi output, good level of water reservoirs, increased Union budget allocations to rural and Agri sectors coupled with favorable crop prices, and an initial positive forecast of the 2022 monsoon season as normal. Read more here.
8. Govt. To Offer 50-80% Subsidy for Purchasing Agri Machines
Adoption of modern machines and equipment is very important for farmers for doubling their income and increasing crop yield. The Central Government supports and facilitates the State Governments to endorse agriculture throughout the nation by introducing modern technologies into the agriculture sector. In order to make machines and equipment affordable to the farmers, financial assistance at 40% to 50% of the cost depending on the categories of growers, is provided for the purchase of agricultural machines. Read more here.
9. Centre Clarifies On Procurement Of Parboiled Rice
Union Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey clarified the Centre’s position on the procurement of parboiled rice. Addressing reporters, Pandey said the Centre does not procure paddy from any state. It only buys raw rice and very less parboiled rice as per the PDS demand. So, there is a uniform and non-discriminatory policy in place for all states. The Centre said the Telangana government was told much in advance that the Food Corporation of India cannot procure surplus parboiled rice. Read more here.
10. Now, Get a Concise Collection Report On ChargeERP
ChargeERP, the easiest, fastest, and most secure mandi accounting software from Bijak has introduced a concise version of the collection report (along with the detailed one). Users will now be able to download collection reports in a concise format displaying 150 accounts on one page and a few columns, including ‘Account’, ‘Closing Balance’, and ‘Dr/Cr’. Before this, they launched an independent Seller Bill.