Agriculture Current Affair 1 July 2020

Karnataka fishermen to get QR code-based biometric cards

The Karnataka government will issue an order making the QR code-based biometric cards mandatory for fishermen.

Speaking at a meeting on coastal fisheries in Mangalore, Kota Srinivasa Poojary, Karnataka Minister for Port and Fisheries, said the government plans to introduce QR code-based biometric cards to fishermen as a safety measure .

With locusts swarms entering India every 2-3 days, there’s cloud over kharif crop

Hundreds of millions of locusts are entering India every second or third day, threatening to destroy just-planted kharif crops in many States, a top government official said on Tuesday.

“Locusts are entering India every 2-3 days and each swarm is as vast as 3-6 square kilometres,” said KL Gurjar, Deputy Director, Locust Warning Organisation (LWO). Typically, a swarm of 1 sq km has anywhere between 40 and 80 million locusts and they can in a day devour food grains enough to feed 35,000 people.

Kharif sowing is promising, but it’s too early to be upbeat on output

With the sowing data released by the Ministry of Agriculture last week, which showed a doubling of the area sown, the market appears to be anticipating a bumper crop. But, it is too early to say how the season will fare.

While there is an increase of 220 per cent in the area under pulses compared to last year, it accounts for only 16 percent of the normal area (as recorded in the past five years) under pulses in the kharif season. Similarly, in the case of oilseeds, too, while there is a whopping 500 per cent jump in area sown, of the normal area for the full season, only 46 per cent has been covered. In rice, while the area sown is up 35 per cent over the same period last year, it accounts for only 10 percent of the normal area in kharif.

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