Want to know what is going on in the agricultural sector of India? Here’s a round-up of the top 10 news.
1. Village Panchayat Forms ‘Green Army’ For Supporting Agriculture
Labour shortage is an ongoing issue in Kerala’s agriculture sector. However, now the Thycattussery village panchayat has taken a step forward and formed its own ‘Green Army’ to solve the issue of acute labor shortage. The name of this Green Army is ‘Karma Sena’ and they have been formed to do all agriculture-related tasks. Already 20 women and 5 men have joined it and as the requirement grows, more people will be assigned to it. Read more here.
2. Agri Minister: No Foodgrain Shortage In India
According to the Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, India has a good amount of foodgrain supplies to satisfy the domestic demands. He told the parliament, “As on 01.07.2022, the actual stock of wheat is 285.10 lakh metric tons against the buffer requirement of 275.80 lakh metric tons.” However, for wheat procurement, the minister said that center was not able to purchase much due to the high prices offered by private dealers. Read more here.
3. J&K Ready To Start Their Digital Agriculture Mission
The Additional Chief Secretary of Agriculture Production Department Atal Dulloo held a meeting to set a path for implementing Digital Agriculture Mission (Agristack) in Jammu & Kashmir. The aim of this mission is to equip farmers with the right technology, knowledge about soil health, suitable crops, soil treatment, and the proper use of pesticides and fertilizers. Customer support teams will connect with farmers and give them timely updates too. Read more here.
4. We Need To Learn From Vietnam’s Agriculture Model
The agriculture minister of Assam Atul Bora said that we should opt for Vietnam’s agriculture model in Assam. During a meeting, he said that even after being engaged in a war for a long, Vietnam successfully managed to bring about an agricultural revolution. He said that the climate of Assam and Vietnam is similar and that the state can easily adapt its model of agriculture. He also addressed the officials and asked them to motivate the farmers to grow more than one crop a year. Read more here.
5. 11th Agricultural Census 2021-22 Released By Government
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh launched the 11th Agricultural Census. For the first time, the data will be collected through smartphones and tablets. Due to the corona pandemic, the census was on hold but it will be resumed now. This census will help the agriculture ministry to know more about the area of operational holdings, their size, class-wise distribution, land use, tenancy and cropping pattern, etc. Read more here.
6. ₹1.7 Crores Recovered From Ineligible Farmers
The mandi administration is recovering the disbursed money from the farmers who were found ineligible for PM Kisan Samman Nidhi. Currently, around 5980 farmers have been found ineligible for the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme. These farmers were not falling into the criteria. Around 2081 farmers from these are taxpayers. To date, the mandi administration has recovered around ₹1.7 crores from ineligible farmers while around 1.76 crores are still pending. Read more here.
7. Water Logging Becomes A Problem For Rohtak Farmers
In the 12 villages of Rohtak, crops have suffered a lot due to the water logging that happened in the fields due to heavy rains. The farmers are now complaining that the administration didn’t take the appropriate steps to remove water on time from the fields. According to some farmers, this is an ongoing problem for years and the government is not helping efficiently. Also, they are not getting any compensation from the government for the crops destroyed. Read more here.
8. Low Rainfall Affects Crops in Odisha
The paddy farmers of Sundargarh district are worried after the low rainfall in June and July. According to the officials, most of the blocks in the district are under deficit rainfall. Heavy rain in the next seven to ten days is required to prevent this situation since the heat has slowed down paddy growth. In June the district only got 83.54 mm of rainfall, while it was 236.4 mm earlier. In July the rainfall was 265.68 mm, while it was expected to be 386.4 mm. Read more here.
9. Sugarcane Prices Raised To Help Farmers
Indian government raised the Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) in order to raise the income of sugarcane farmers. This is the highest price ever for sugarcane. The new price is ₹305 per quintal and it come into effect from October 2022. The FRP for sugarcane has increased by more than 34% in the last eight years. This decision will benefit around 5 crore sugarcane farmers and 5 lakh workers who are employed in the sugar mills. Read more here.
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