Want to know what is going on in the agricultural sector of India? Here’s a round-up of the top 10 news.
1. Andhra Pradesh: Drones To Be Used In Agriculture & Allied Sectors
Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, and Dairy Development Minister S. Appala Raju said that the government is planning to start drone technology in agriculture and allied sectors. He said that farmer groups and youth who have a degree in agriculture sciences would get the drones on a subsidy basis. Farmer groups will get a 40% subsidy and youth who have a degree will get a 50% subsidy for the drones. Read more here.
2. Punjab: Govt. Plans To Promote Fermented Organic Manure
The Punjab government is planning to use fermented organic manure for their agriculture, horticulture, and floriculture sectors. This fermented manure is produced and compressed by biogas plants (CBG). New and Renewable Energy Sources Minister Aman Arora have asked the senior officers to create a mechanism to enable the usage of fermented organic manure. Already 42 CBG projects have been commissioned at village Bhuttal Kalan by the Punjab Energy Development Agency. Read more here.
3. Agriculture Export Growing In Jammu & Kashmir
Jammu & Kashmir is becoming an export hub for agriculture goods and their export. According to officials, in the last three years, Jammu & Kashmir witnessed record-breaking growth of around 55% in exports. Agriculture goods are a major part of the exports. Many of the valley’s unique products are getting higher demand such as cold saffron beverages, saffron kehwa tablets, apple chips, apple powder, and walnut butter. Read more here.
4. Centre Approves 1.5% Interest Off On Agriculture Loan
The Union Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the decrease of 1.5% per annum on short-term agriculture loans up to ₹3 lakh. This decrease will be applied to loan lending institutions such as public sector banks, private sector banks, small finance banks, regional rural banks, and cooperative banks. This scheme will be applied in the financial year 2022-23 to 2024-25. Read more here.
5. 4th Advance Estimates For Crops Of 2021-22 Released
Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare released the 4th advance estimates for agriculture crops for the year 2021-22. According to officials, food grains are estimated at 315.72 million tons, which is higher than the 4.98 million tons of production that happened in 2020-21. In comparison with the last five years (2016-17 to 2020-21), the production is around 25 million tons higher. Rice, gram, pulses, rapeseed, mustard, oilseeds, and sugarcane are estimated to have record production too. Read more here.
6. Agriculture Minister: Govt Planning To Increase Technology In Agriculture
Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has said that the government is increasing the application of technology in the agriculture sector. Also, they will be developing infrastructure in each village. He said that it will create new employment opportunities and attract the youth of the village. According to Narendra Singh Tomar, technology and infrastructure can help farmers to get more benefits and it will also play a major role in the Indian agriculture scenario. Read more here.
7. NRAA To Create Policies To Grow Rainfed Agriculture
A draft is proposed by the Ministry of Agriculture’s National Rainfed Area Authority to accelerate the growth of rainfed agriculture. The draft proposes comprehensive approaches for climate change combat, securing livelihoods, and improving nutrition values. This policy will be in effect for 55% of sown area of 139.42 million hectares that employs 61% of the country’s farmers. Rainfed agriculture accounts for 40% of India’s total food grain production. Read more here.
8. Assam: Agriculture Minister Said Officials Need To Extend Their Support For Farmers
Assam’s Agriculture Minister Atul Bora said that the department officials should extend their support to the state’s farmers. He said that the department currently focuses on the cultivators only which needs to be changed. Also, he asked the officials to show support for organic and natural farming too to increase the potential for export. Minister stated that they need to learn from Majuli where the agriculture department and district administration turned the district into an organic district. Read more here.
9. Low Rain Bringing Problems For Bihar Farmers
Due to the ongoing low rain scenarios, paddy farmers of Bihar are now worried about their crops. Due to the low rain fields are getting drier and developing cracks. Paddy transplantation is already done in 2.748 million hectares of land this year. Now due to no rain farmers are not able to sow paddy on 0.763 million hectares. Also, around 22% of targeted crops are supposed to get affected by this rain deficiency. Read more here.
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