Want to know what is going on in the agricultural sector of India? Here’s a round-up of the top 10 news.
1. Paddy Sowing Saw A Dip Of 27%
This kharif season, Punjab saw a 27% decrease in paddy sowing. The major factors behind this dip are the low availability of irrigation water and an increase in fertilizer prices. Farmer’s organizations are demanding the Centre government to lower fertilizers price. The most important fertilizers for paddy such as diammonium phosphate (DAP), muriate of potash, nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (NPK) are selling for very high prices. Read more here.
2. Conclave Held To Decide The Future Of Dragon Fruit
National Conclave on Kamlam (Dragon Fruit) held under the chairmanship of Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare. The prime objective of the conclave was to plan how to increase the area, production and productivity, marketing and branding of dragon fruit. Around 200 participants joined the conclave virtually and shared their experience and issues with growing the exotic fruit. Read more here.
3. Telangana: Draft Ready For New Agri Data Management Policy
The Government of Telangana is now working to ensure efficient management of agricultural data to develop their agriculture sector. However, they are very conscious about protecting the farmer’s rights. With emerging technology, the government is trying to bring AI, machine learning, drones, and satellite imagery to agriculture. The main idea is to deploy new and better technologies to transform the agriculture value chain. Read more here.
4. Modernise Agriculture To Attract Youth: Ramesh Chand
NITI Ayog member Ramesh Chand said during a conference that we need to modernize agriculture to attract the youth to become successful agri traders. He said that we need to turn agriculture into agri-business for our youth. This modernization can be achieved through diversification and high-value crop cultivation. According to Ramesh Chand, the youth are losing interest in agriculture and this needs to be sorted with certain changes in the sector. Read more here.
5. Agricultural Export Showing Positive Signs: Naredra Singh Tomar
During a conference, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister said that due to the hard work of the farmers, India now ranks among the top two agricultural producers in the world. He said that organic products from India are right now in high demand around the world. Also despite the pandemic and weather issues, India successfully exceeded ₹3.75 lakh crores in exports which is a positive sign. Read more here.
6. Tamil Nadu: Enough Fertilizers Available For Farmers
In a press release, the Tamil Nadu Agriculture Minister MRK Panneerselvam said that government has enough stock of fertilizers to supply farmers. The government is giving a special Kuruvai package of ₹61 crores to farmers. So far, a total of 27,340 tons of urea, 10,010 tons of DAP, 6,160 tons of potash, and 9,840 tons of complex fertilizers have already been supplied to the farmers. Read more here.
7. Last Kharif Season Was Bitter For Cotton Farmers
According to the report of Chaudhary Charan Singh of Haryana Agriculture University, Hisar farmers faced heavy losses last year. These losses were seen in Bhiwani and Sirsa districts too. According to the report, farmers suffered a loss of around ₹5721 per acre. Also, there were pink bullworm attacks and heavy and untimely rains which affected the crops. Insured farmers have got their funds back but un-insured farmers are looking for compensation from the State government. Read more here.
8. Himachal: 5 Lakh Farmers Will Be Covered In Credit Card Scheme
Already 4.36 lakh farmers of Himachal Pradesh have been covered with Kisan Credit Card. Now the state government wants to cover more than 5 lakh farmers under this scheme. In a meeting, it was informed that during the year 2021-22, ₹7296 crores has been given as crop loans in the state. The credit scheme is to give farmers extra capital for their betterment. Read more here.
9. GB Pant University Of Agriculture Listed in World Rankings 2023
Uttrakhand-based Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology has made history by being listed in QS World University Rankings 2023. GB Pant University has been ranked 361. It is India’s only agri university that has made it to QS World University Rankings. Along with GB Pant, there are other 40 various universities in India that were listed in this ranking. Officials said that this achievement happened because of the focused efforts of the National Agricultural Higher Education Project. Read more here.
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