Want to know what is going on in the agricultural sector of India? Here’s a round-up of the top 10 news.
1. Punjab: Govt Allocates ₹11,560 Budget For Agriculture
On Monday, the Punjab government presented its first budget and allocated ₹11,560 crores for the development of agriculture in the state. This budget will cover stubble burning solutions, free power for agriculture tubewells, etc. This is the very first budget presented by this newly formed government and farmers are looking forward to it. Read more here.
2. Bhopal: Agri Department Asks Farmers To Replace Traditional Soyabean With Pulses
The department of agriculture has asked farmers to increase the area of pulse cultivation like moong, urad, tur, etc. Currently, the farmers are harvesting soyabean in these lands. Also, the Agri department requested farmers to adopt natural farming too. The department has made plans to give farmers training in natural farming. For the first phase, 199 farmers have already registered with the agriculture department. Read more here.
3. Telangana: Cultivable Land Keeps Increasing
The cultivable land in Telangana has gone up to 2.03 crores acres. It was 1.34 crore acres in 2014 when the state was formed. This immense growth happened because of good availability of water for irrigation. According to the CM K Chandrashekar Rao, Telangana government has spent ₹1,50,000 crores on various irrigation projects. They also spent ₹28,473 crores on agricultural power infrastructure. Read more here.
4. CM: Agriculture Can Make UP A Trillion Dollar Economy
According to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, with the help of agriculture, UP’s economy can reach the trillion mark. He said that despite the pandemic in the past two years, the state government was able to double the economy. The next focus of the government is on the food processing sector to commercialise farming so that farmers could earn more. Read more here.
5. Agri Department Officer Inspires Farmers Towards Organic Farming
The assistant director of the Kothamangalam agriculture department, VP Sindhu has started a mission to inspire local farmers towards organic vegetable farming. Along with Sindhu, there are staff members and 11 Krishi Bhavans. The whole team cultivated brinjal, tomato, lady finger, spinach and bitter gourd in a farm located 5 km from their office. There are teams of five who take care of the crop. These teams go to the farm after office hours once a week. On weekends they all come together to take care of the crop. Read more here.
6. Nagaland: Agri Minister Inaugurates Honey Testing Lab
For strengthening the Northeast agriculture scenario in Nagaland, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated a honey testing lab. In 2017-18 the Honey Mission Program was launched by Khadi & Village Industries Commission under the Ministry of MSME. This program is meant to promote beekeeping in the area so that farmers can be self-sufficient and have more income. Read more here.
7. Union Government To Host All Agriculture Ministers Meet In Bengaluru
The Union government is going to organize a meeting of all the agri ministers from all the states in Bengaluru on July 14th and 15th. The aim of the meeting is to focus on doubling farmers’ income and to share knowledge of best practices to other states. Sources say, “At the meeting, Union Ministers will review the implementation of various Central schemes related to agriculture and farmers.” Read more here.
8. Wheat Crisis Raised Food Security Risk
Since the start of this year, wheat procurement has been declining. This crisis is affecting food security. Till 19th June 2022, the center could procure only 18.8 million tons of wheat. Punjab procured the highest at 9.64 million tons while last year it was 13.22 million tons. This is considered the lowest procurement in the past 10 years. The reasons behind this are low production due to heat and traders exporting produce at high rates due to the Russia-Ukraine war. Read more here.
9. Gujarat: Farmer Digs Well To Solve Water Crisis In Village
Gangabhai Pawar a 60-year-old farmer in Dang district has dug a well all by himself to fight the water crisis. During the four months of summer, his area suffers from water shortage. Gangabhai sought help from the panchayat but didn’t get any, so he dug the well himself. After days of hard work, he completed the 32 feet deep well which works just fine. The people of his village are also very happy with his effort. Read more here.
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