Agriculture Current Affair 10 July 2020

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Flourishing trade in spurious GM seeds add to farmers’ woes

When Arvind Shinde (name changed), a farmer from Aurangabad bought a bag of HT cotton seeds from a trader, he was sure of getting a bumper crop. However, as seeds failed to germinate he realised that he was duped by the trader. But he could not register a police complaint or approach the State government for compensation.

Bt cotton is the only Genetically Modified crop approved for commercial cultivation in India and, therefore, cultivation of other unapproved GM crops is banned.

But Shinde still wants to go ahead with HT cotton and Bt brinjal cultivation. “HT seeds will give bumper crop and will help me to earn some profit,” he says confidently. But it is not just Shinde, thousands of farmers are getting GM seeds in the market and many get duped.

Rich harvest: June tractor sales soar 52%

A good monsoon, record kharif sowing, improved rabi harvest, and a slew of government measures to increase rural incomes have helped the tractor industry fight the Covid-19 fever and grow sharply, with sales surging 52 per cent in June over May and 20 per cent year-on-year.

Production also hit a 20-month high this June.

The ramp-up in production and the release of pent up demand aided the industry in registering robust double-digit sales growth.

Entrepreneur asks fish farmers to explore opportunities in shrimp farming

An entrepreneur working in the area of shrimp farming has urged fish farmers to explore the opportunities in brackish water shrimp farming in the country.

Speaking at a webinar on aquaculture, organised as part of the National Fish Farmers’ Day by Mangaluru-based College of Fisheries, on Friday, Manoj Sharma, Managing Director of Gujarat-based Mayank Aquaculture Pvt Ltd, said that shrimp farming can be taken up on around 97 lakh hectares of water bodies in the country. As of now, around two lakh hectares of water bodies have been developed under shrimp farming.

He said the country’s shrimp production stood at eight lakh tonnes during 2019. The country exported around 38,000 crore worth of shrimps during this period, he said.

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