Want to know what is going on in the agricultural sector of India? Here’s a round-up of the top 10 news.
1. Tripura To Face Food-grain Shortage Due To Low Rainfall
According to the agriculture minister of the state Pranajit Singha Roy, this year Tripura might face a food grain shortage of up to 59,570 million tons. Due to the lack of rain aaush and jhum cultivation was not done on 25,000 hectares of cultivable land. Tripura witnessed 52% less rain in March and a 64% decrease in rainfall in April this year. Due to this aaush cropping could be done only on 11,161 hectares and jhum cultivation happened on 9000 hectares. Read more here.
2. NITI Aayog To Make Plans For Agri & Education Sectors
According to the officials, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and NITI Aayog’s council will finalize a plan of action on issues related to farming, education, and urban governance. This will be the seventh and final meeting of the council to create an outcome-driven roadmap for agriculture. Chief Ministers from several states are supposed to attend the discussion. The topics that will be covered in the discussion are crop diversification, self-sufficiency in oilseeds, pulses, and implementation of the national education policy in schools and higher education. Read more here.
3. Gujarat: CM To Launch Scheme For Drone Usage In Agri Sector
Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel said he will launch a 100 percent state-funded scheme where drones can be used in the agriculture sector. The state government has provisioned ₹3500 lakh to maximize the usage of drone technology in the agriculture sector for 2022-23. This year the government will use drones to spray crop protection chemicals, nano urea, FCO-recognized liquids, and organic fertilizers across 1.40 lakh acres of land. Read more here.
4. Vaccine Developed For Lumpy Skin Disease
Two institutes of Agri research body ICAR have successfully developed a vaccine to control the lumpy skin disease in cattle. The disease has been spreading fast and already has reached six states. Around 2111 cattle in Rajasthan, 1679 in Gujarat, 672 in Punjab, 38 in Himachal Pradesh, 29 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and 26 in Uttrakhand have died due to lumpy skin disease by August 8th, 2022. National Research Centre on Equines (NRCE), in collaboration with Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), have developed a remedy for this disease called ‘Lumpi-ProVacInd’. Read more here.
5. 11000 Machines Are Missing In Punjab, Agri Dept To Take Action
In the last four years, the agriculture department of Punjab gave 90,000 subsidized machines to farmers. Now around 11,000 of these machines are missing. The agriculture department has decided to take an action in this matter and handed the case to the vigilance bureau. According to the assumptions of the agriculture department, the total loss incurred is around ₹140 crores. The vigilance bureau said that action can be taken against machine manufacturers, dealers, and some department officials. Read more here.
6. Tamil Nadu: Paddy Farmers Worried About Revocation of Free Electricity
A new Central Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2022 has been raised in parliament and this is worrying the Tamil Nadu paddy farmers. According to the farmers, they will lose their crops if they don’t get the free electricity subsidy. According to the agriculture department of Tamil Nadu, 90% of farming depends on groundwater, and for that farmers need electricity. The subsidy on electricity ensured that there was no extra burden on farmers. Read more here.
7. Maharashtra: Ethanol Production To Reach 140 Crore Litres
The sugar sector experts have predicted that ethanol production will hit 140 crore litres in 2023. In 2020-21, Maharashtra produced 100.3 litres of ethanol from their 78 sugar mills. With this fast production, next year’s production can reach up to 130-140 crore litres. National Federation of Co-operative Sugar Factories Ltd. Chairman Jayprakash Dandegavkar said that, in the near future, Maharashtra’s sugar industry will be called the energy industry. Read more here.
8. Rice Acreage Drops By 13% Due To Low Rainfall
According to the data issued by the agricultural ministry, due to the low rainfall in paddy-producing states, rice sowing this season has fallen by 13%. The area that is covered under paddy sowing is 274.30 lakh hectares this year. At the same time last year, the area covered was 314.14 lakh hectares. All the largest paddy-producing states including West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and Telangana reported less acreage under paddy cultivation. Read more here.
9. ICRISAT Proposes Cost Effective Climate Smart Agri Practices
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) did a test run in Telangana’s rain-fed districts and proposed climate-smart villages (CSV). This idea is to ensure sustainable agricultural production even with climate change. The organization has already tested this project in 8000 farm households in Mahabubnagar district and now they have proposed extending it to make the whole village climate smart. Read more here.
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