Agriculture Current Affair 10 July 2021

Cabinet approves amendment to Coconut Development Board Act

The government on Thursday decided to amend the Coconut Development Board Act, 1979 to make the post of chairman non-executive, as part of its efforts to boost production and productivity in this sector.

“The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal of the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare to make the post of Chairman, Coconut Development Board as Non-Executive one. It will be beneficial to the coconut growers at large,” an official statement said.

Briefing the media after the Cabinet meeting, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said: “We are going to make amendments in the Coconut Development Board Act.”

Union cabinet approves modifications to the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund to increase investment

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved modifications in the central sector scheme of financing facility under ‘Agriculture Infrastructure Fund’ on Thursday.

Eligibility has now been extended to State Agencies/APMCs, National & State Federations of Cooperatives, Federations of Farmers Producers Organizations (FPOs) and Federations of Self Help Groups (SHGs).

Kharif sowing till July 9 lagging by 10%

A mid-season pause in the monsoons has slowed the pace of crop sowing in India, with the acreage tilled so far declining about a tenth from the same period last year, although an anticipated revival in rainfall later this month should help bridge the gap and limit potential risks to farm-output shrinkage.

“Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab have less area coverage due to erratic rainfall, while the southern peninsula, Bihar and Jharkhand have lower area coverage due to excess soil moisture,” the Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement Friday. “As per the forecast, after July 10, almost all areas will be covered by monsoon rains. It appears that at present, there is no reason for concern on achieving the normal area coverage in the country.”

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