Want to know what is going on in the agricultural sector of India? Here’s a round-up of the top 10 news.
1. Farmers Urged To Join FPOs: Agri Minister
Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, Kailash Choudhary has urged the marginal farmers to go for schemes like Farmer Producer Organisation and Agriculture Infrastructure Fund. He said this will help them earn more for their produce. He said that the government is planning to form around 10,000 FPOs in the near future. According to the minister, with FPO the marginal and small farmers can make good profits. He said that he wants the farmers to become entrepreneurs who can set their units for processing, packaging, and marketing agricultural products. Read more here.
2. Emerging Farming Technologies Should Be Provided To Small Farmers
During an event at Indian Agricultural University, Secretary of Agriculture & Co-operation, M Raghunandan Rao, put emphasis on bringing farming technologies to small farmers. Raghunandan Rao said that we need to create an environment to implement emerging technologies at a large scale in agriculture. He said that the government has already started working on this. Already Rs. 1.3 lakh crores have been spent by the government for projects to provide proper irrigation to the state farmers. Read more here.
3. Mizoram: 45 Day Training Inaugurated To Promote Agricultural Entrepreneurship
On Wednesday, the Agriculture Minister of Mizoram, C. Lalrinsanga, inaugurated a 45-days training on Agri-clinics and Agri-business Centers (AB&ABC) schemes. This training is to help the youth of the state become entrepreneurs in the agri sector. The minister talked about the goal of making today’s teens become self-sufficient and how they can do more in the agriculture sector with proper guidance. This training is being conducted by the State Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute. A total of 23 trainees have been selected for the program. They hold degrees in Agriculture and Allied Subjects, Environmental Science, Botany, Zoology, Chemistry subjects, and MSc degrees. Read more here.
4. CACP: Govt Should Buy Paddy From Only Small Farmers
The Commission for Agriculture Costs and Prices (CACP) has said that to manage surplus rice stocks in state warehouses, the government should buy paddy only from small and marginal farmers. CACP said that this step will protect the interest of more than 90% of farmers and will also ensure food security. This step will also affect the large farmers of Punjab and Haryana whose paddy is procured on a large scale. CACP has been looking into this matter for long before they came up with this solution. Read more here.
5. Farmers Getting Success With Exotic Fruits Cultivation
Exotic fruits are becoming famous among Karnataka farmers. In the last three years, there has been a 25% increase in the cultivation area of 12 exotic fruits like avocado, dragon fruit, jackfruit, tamarind, jamun, passion fruit, rambutan, and mangosteen. The market is changing rapidly and the demand for these fruits are growing constantly. The best thing about these fruits is that they can be grown in extreme weather conditions and need less maintenance. The lands which was once used for grape cultivation is now taken over by dragon fruit. The reason is it that it takes up 80% less water than grapes. This new change is also getting fruit farmers good profits. Read more here.
6. Trichy Farmers Sad With 5% Hike In Paddy MSP
The government recently hiked the MSP of paddy for the year 2022-23 by 5%. The government has increased the price to Rs.100 per quintal. However, farmers are not happy with this decision. They said that the rise in fuel and input costs has increased and with a mere 5% hike, they won’t be getting any profit on their produce. Earlier, the government used to give two different hikes for common and fine grade paddy. This time it’s comparatively the same, with Rs.2040 per quintal for common grade and Rs.2060 per quintal for a fine grade paddy. Read more here.
7. Amul Requests Govt. To Delay Ban On Plastic Straws
Recently the Government has announced that they will soon ban plastic straws. However, Amul has come forward and asked the government to delay the ban because it might have a negative impact on the farmers. Amul has sent an appeal in a letter to Prime Minister Modi. In the letter, they mentioned that Amul sells millions of small packaged products with plastic straws. Those straw help sell the item and raise milk consumption. They said that a delay in this decision will help 100 million dairy farmers and safeguard the food security in terms of milk and milk products. Read more here.
8. Ethanol Blended Petrol Helps Farmers Gain Rs.40,000 Crore
The Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) program has boosted farmers income and the agriculture sector. According to the Ministry Of Petroleum and Natural Gas, in the last eight years, ethanol blending led to the payment of Rs. 40,600 crore to farmers. Not only this, EBP also helps in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 27 lakh MT. The government targeted 20% ethanol blending in petrol by the year 2030. However, the blending rate keeps increasing and the new estimates are for the years 2025-26. Read more here.
9. Uttrakhand: Gram Unnati To Help Farmers Save Water
An agri-tech solution company Gram Unnati is working very closely with farmers to save 4000 liters of water per acre. They are doing this by bringing climate-compatible agriculture to around 5000 acres of land. Unnati is helping farmers adopt climate-compatible crops that are commercial too. In the past 18 months, around 2000 farmers have joined them. With this technique, farmers can still be able to grow their crops during times of extreme water shortage. Read more here.
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