Agriculture Current Affair 1 September 2021

Web version of e-GOPALA app unveiled to aid dairy farmers

The web version of e-GOPALA application developed by National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) has been launched on Saturday to aid dairy farmers. The NDDB has launched the web version of e-GOPALA application and IMAP web portal on Saturday which provides real-time information to dairy farmers for better productivity of dairy animals, a statement said.

It was launched by Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying in presence of Meenesh Shah, Chairman, NDDB, it added.

Speaking on the occasion, Rupala said that in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of ‘Digital India’, NDDB is promoting technology-driven activities for milk producers.

Tomato prices crash to Rs 4/kg amid supply glut in most growing states

Tomato prices in wholesale markets in most producing states have crashed to as low as Rs 4 per kg amid supply glut, government data showed. In fact, the wholesale prices of tomato in 23 growing centres out of 31 monitored by the government were down by 50 per cent from the year-ago period or below three-year seasonal average. Currently, tomato crop of the early kharif (summer) season of the 2021-22 crop year (July-June) is being harvested. According to the data, the wholesale price of tomato in Dewas in Madhya Pradesh — the countrys’ top tomato growing state — fell to Rs 8 per kg on August 28 of this year from Rs 11 per kg in the year-ago period.

Similarly, the wholesale price of tomato at Jalgoan in Maharashtra — the country’s sixth largest tomato growing state — fell by 80 per cent to Rs 4 per kg on August 28 from Rs 21 per kg in the year-ago period.

Tomato prices at Aurangabad declined to Rs 4.50 per kg from Rs 9.50 per kg, while that of Solapur to Rs 5 per kg from 15 per kg and in Kolhapur to Rs 6.50 per kg from 25 per kg in the year-ago period.

Big names in India’s palm oil industry are chalking out plans for expansion of palm oil plantation

The big names in India’s palm oil industry are chalking out plans for expansion of oil palm plantation and processing, encouraged by the government’s move to boost oilseed production and reduce the country’s reliance on imports for its cooking oil needs.

Of the four main companies in this sector, the leading two– Godrej Agrovet and 3F Oil Palm—are considering investing about Rs 500 crore each over the next five years for expansion of oil palm cultivation, after the government earlier this month said Rs 11,000 crore will be invested under the National Edible Oil Mission–Oil Palm to boost oilseed production.

“Oil palm cultivation is a boutique industry in India due to entry barriers and long gestation period,” Sanjay Goenka, president of Oil Palm Developers and Processors Association, said. “The top companies having oil palm plantations include 3F Oil Palm Agrotech, Godrej Agrovet, Ruchi Soya NSE -0.09 % and Navbharat, which together account for more than 80% of the oil palm cultivation in the country.”

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