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 Switching To Cotton Might Affect The Soybean Production
The soybean cultivation area in Ujjain might shrink up to 3 percent as the farmers are now shifting towards cotton and maize. The current soybean cultivation is estimated to cover 18.45 lakh hectares as compared to 19.14 lakh hectares earlier. However, according to the authorities, even with the low acreage of soybean, production is expected to go up to 1463 kg per hectare. Read more here.
2. Bundelkhand: Agri Department Prepares Organic Farming Roadmap
The agriculture department of UP has prepared a chemical-free farming road map for Bundelkhand. This step has been taken based on the directions given by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Hamirpur and Banda districts have been selected for the initial plan to be executed. A budget of ₹4.68 crores has been allocated for the improvement of soil in these districts. Read more here.
3. Open Market Wheat Sales Shoot Up Tractor Sales
After five months of decline, tractor sales in India went up by 41% this month. This has been attributed to farmers getting higher prices for their robust rabi crop. With more money, buying farm inputs has become easier for them. Now with this booming tractor demand, the companies are planning to expand production by 20% in the coming months. According to economists, the tractor market saw an exceptional start this year. This strong start has led to a 4-6% increase in total production Read more here.
4. Panaji: Farmers Sowed Their First Batch Of Paddy
After a week of heavy rain, the sky got a little clearer in Panaji on Wednesday. This little window gave the farmers a chance to sow the first batch of paddy. Farmers are sowing paddy before it starts raining again. The fields were filled with water because of heavy downpours. However, farmers emptied the fields with water pumps. India’s meteorological department has already issued a warning to farmers that in the upcoming days there will be heavy rainfall. Read more here.
5. UP: Loan Waiver Scheme Will Reopen
The UP government is ready to reopen the loan debt redemption scheme for those eligible farmers who were not able to get the benefits earlier. There are around 5000 small and marginal farmers who still have loans on them which were not written off. These farmers were eligible but the scheme was suddenly closed in September 2019. For these farmers, the government is reopening the scheme. Read more here.
6. Farmers Association: eKYC Should Not Be Mandatory For PM Kisan Yojana
The Tamizhaga Vivasayigal Sangam has requested the center to not make eKYC mandatory for getting the benefits of the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme. Earlier there was no KYC requirement to get the annual benefits of the scheme. However, now without the eKYC farmers cannot get ₹6000, the 11th installment of this scheme. Read more here.
7. Govt. Planning To Make Agriculture A Part Of School Curriculum
The government is planning to add agriculture as a part of the school curriculum under the National Education Policy. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that agriculture is a priority and it will help strengthen the Indian economy. He said there will be mainstreaming of agricultural education under the NEP 2020. Read more here.
8. Thiruvananthapuram: Coconut Procurement To Be Increased
Agriculture Minister P. Prasad said that the state government will step up the procurement of raw coconut from farmers. There are 53 collection centers that have been opened across Kasaragod, Kannur, Kozhikode, Palakkad, Malappuram, and Thrissur districts. Currently, the procurement price is ₹32 per kg. Around 206 tonnes of raw coconut have been procured so far. Read more here.
9. India Can Turn 30% Agri Acreage To Natural Farming By 2030
According to Niti Aayog member, Ramesh Chand, by 2030 India can turn 30% of its Agri acreage into chemical-free natural farms. He said that natural farming methods can be increased in 6% of the cropped areas in places like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and some places of Uttar Pradesh where fertilizer usage is low. He said that with these methods India can increase natural farming while maintaining food security. Read more here.
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