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: Agriculture Flying Squad Seizes Unauthorised Pesticides
Just after the formation of the flying squad by the agriculture department, it seized unauthorized pesticides from many places in Bathinda. The seized pesticides included 2400 kg of organic manure, 700 litres of humic acid, and 190 litres of seaweed. The items were seized because of a lack of a valid license for sale. A complaint has been registered in the Bathinda police station and police will take further legal action against the people who were selling these items. Read more here.
2. Assam: Agriculture Export Saw 80% Growth
According to the reports, in the past six years, Assam saw significant growth in their exports. They saw around 80% growth in agriculture products and they majorly export these to Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Middle East, the UK, and Europe. Assam’s exports have increased from $2.5 million to $17.2 million. The exported items are bhut jalakia, lemon, joha rice, brown rice, pumpkin, jack fruit, litchi, bean, and turmeric. Read more here.
3. 35 Schools In Rajasthan To Get Agriculture Faculty
The chief minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot approved the opening of agriculture faculty posts for 35 higher secondary schools. This is to encourage agriculture studies for the students of classes 11th and 12th. These faculty will work in the schools of Bikaner, Jaipur, Jhunjhunu, and Nagaur districts. Read more here.
4. Centre To Announce ‘Good Agriculture Practice’ Policy Soon
Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Manoj Ahuja said that the government is working to make a policy regarding the ‘Good Agriculture Practice’. This policy is intended to help the Indian agriculture sector. He said that there’s a global concern for good agricultural practices. With these practices, the Indian agriculture sector can shape itself and become more efficient. Read more here.
5. Whitefly Becomes A Problem For Muktsar Farmers
Cotton farmers of Muktsar are facing major issues due to whitefly attacks. Farmers said that they suffered heavy losses. Even after spraying pesticide twice a day, whitefly attack have become inevitable. Farmers lost acres of crops due to these pests. The officials are looking into this matter. Read more here.
6. UAE To Invest In India For Agriculture Innovation
UAE will soon invest $2 billion in India to make food parks across the country. India’s foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra said that this project would maximize crop yields, increase farmer income and grow food security. He also said that government will provide all the help to make this project successful. These food parks will be set up in Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat for crops like bananas, potatoes, rice, and spices. Read more here.
7. Indian Agriculture Needs More Sustainable Farming
Director General of Agro Chemical Federation of India in an event said that sustainable agriculture is the need of the hour. He stated factors responsible for this such as balanced use of fertilizers, use of appropriate doses of pesticides, managing soil health, crop rotation, and incorporation of technology. He also said that excessive use of fertilizers and chemical pesticides in agriculture is a rising concern. Read more here.
8. Punjab: Agriculture Minister Inspects Cotton Damage By Pests
Due to the pink bollworm attack, the cotton crop region of Punjab is suffering heavy crop damage. Recently agriculture minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal inspected the affected areas. The minister said that he will create a report on the issue and bring it to the Chief Minister. He also assured the farmers that they will get compensation for their damaged crops. Read more here.
9. J&K: State Witnesses Rapid Growth Of Agriculture Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurship culture is growing rapidly in Jammu and Kashmir. Following the Atmanirbhar Bharat vision, people are now learning skills like scientific farming. They are encouraging self-employment in the valley. Most of the farmers are growing exotic Italian pears with an annual production of 1.5 metric tons. Even the government is giving farmers monetary schemes and free skill development training. Read more here.
10. ChargeERP Box Launched To Super-charge Mandi Business!
After making a remarkable impact in popular mandis across India, ChargeERP accounting software has come up with an even more powerful innovation. ChargeERP, the easiest, fastest, and most secure mandi accounting software has launched ChargeERP Box to super-charge mandi businesses. This one-of-its-kind box is designed to cater to the needs of mandi commission agents, even those who do not have a proper internet connection for online accounting. This technological breakthrough will surely bring a revolution in the mandi accounting world.