Want to know what is going on in the agricultural sector of India? Here’s a round-up of the top 10 news.
1. Agri Minister: There’s No Wheat Crisis In India
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar assured that India is not facing any wheat crisis. He said that India produces more wheat than required for its domestic consumption. He also said that for 2021-22 wheat production tis expected to be at 106.41 million tons which is more than the last five years of production of 103 million tons. On 13th May, India banned wheat exports to keep the domestic availability stable. However, shipments for countries that need assistance are still going on. Read more here.
2. Punjab: Sugarcane Farmers To Get Dues In Three Instalments
Punjab Agriculture Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal said that the ₹300 crores of dues of sugarcane farmers will be given to them in three instalments. The first instalment of ₹100 crores will be paid by July 30th, the second by August 30th, and the third by September 15th. The decision was taken Kuldeep Dhaliwal met with the farm union leaders. According to officials, soon the Punjab government will equip sugar mills with state of art machinery. Read more here.
3. NITI Aayog Praised Andhra Pradesh’s Agriculture Growth
NITI Aayog member Ramesh Chand and his team have praised Andhra Pradesh’s excellence in the agriculture sector. He said that the state is excelling efficiently in all aspects of its agriculture and allied sectors. He also lauded the agriculture schemes and strategies running in the state. According to Ramesh Chand, Andhra Pradesh’s per capita income and growth rate in agriculture and allied sectors is better than that of other Indian states. Read more here.
4. Drone Sprays Started In J&K Valley
The Department of Agriculture Production and Farmers Welfare Kathua has started its mission of modernizing Jammu & Kashmir’s agriculture sector. This mission started with bringing drone spray technology to the state. The pilot project was introduced in the Kissanpur Kandi village to control the Fahmi diseases such as leaf blight spread on maize crops. Later the sprays were used on paddy crops too. According to officials, it’s just the beginning and more drones will be introduced to agriculture. Read more here.
5. Agri Minister Concerned About Water Crisis In Garhwa
Jharkhand’s Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Cooperation Minister Badal showed his concerns over the below-average rainfall and decreasing water level of the district. Badal held a meeting with agriculture officials to know the water situation and status of planting and transplanting of agriculture products. He said that due to less rainfall, Garhwa district is facing drought. He assured the affected farmers that they will get benefits from the state’s newly introduced ‘Jharkhand State Crop Relief Scheme’. Read more here.
6. No GST Exemption For Fish Farming
Andhra Pradesh Authority for Advance Ruling has cleared recently that fish & prawn farming does not amount to agriculture and hence won’t get GST exemption. This statement came after an applicant who was looking to rent land for fish farming asked for a GST exemption. However, the authority has now stated that under sl NO.54, fish/prawn farming is not covered under services of agriculture. Read more here.
7. ICAR Prepares 10-Year Roadmap For India’s Agriculture
According to the union government, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research has developed an extensive roadmap for the next 10 years for Indian agriculture with the aim of doubling farmers’ income. In the roadmap, Indian agriculture can expect an increase in farm productivity, genetic enhancement of plants/animal/fish, improved and sustainable mechanization of agriculture, better food processing, etc. Read more here.
8. Department Of Agriculture And Farmers’ Welfare Budget Increased
The government of India raised the budget of the Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare from ₹21933.50 crores to ₹124000 crores. This is an extraordinary increase of 465%. The budget was raised for the implementation of new agricultural development and welfare schemes to increase agriculture production and farmers’ welfare. For 2022-23, a budget of ₹8513.62 crores has already been allocated for the development of new high-yielding, disease/insect resistant, and bio-fortified seeds. Read more here.
9. JFarm Opened In Telangana State Agriculture University By TAFE
Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited has opened a JFarm that is an agriculture research and extension center at Telangana State Agriculture University. This is the first public-private partnership model facility in India. This new center will be a meeting point for farmers and agriculture experts. Here agriculture experts will teach farmers about scientific farm practices, organic farming, and conservation of soil, water, and natural resources. Read more here.
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