Agriculture Current Affair 11 January 2023

Niti Aayog preparing index for agri transformation now

The Niti Aayog is preparing an index on agriculture transformation which will rank states on their performance on farm sector policies, a move that will help the Centre gauge measures taken by the states to increase farmers’ income.

A senior government official told ET that the Agriculture Transformation Index is likely to measure the performance of states across seven pillars – inputs, sustainability, productivity and diversification, policy, preservation, processing and exports, and farmers’ income and welfare.

Potato production likely to be 5 per cent higher as acreage rises

Favourable weather conditions also expected to boost output

India’s potato production is likely to be higher by 5-7 per cent this year on the back of higher acreage and favourable weather conditions. Most of the key producing districts have seen a 3-5 per cent increase in the area under cultivation this year, compared to last year.

Potato production in 2021-22, from growing areas mainly in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Punjab and Gujarat, was 53.57 million tonnes, compared with 56.17 million tonnes in 2020-21.

WayCool arm Outgrow launches regenerative farming programme ‘Suya Samridhi’

Focussing on cutting costs and creating sustainable livelihood, the scheme has been rolled out in TN, Karnataka, Telangana and AP

Outgrow, an arm of WayCool Foods, has launched Suya Samridhi, a cluster development programme in Tamil Nadu’s Krishnagiri district to encourage regenerative agriculture and create a holistic ecosystem for the farming community.

The initiative was launched as part of Kisan Diwas, which aims to engage with hundreds of farmers spread across specific clusters in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Outgrow plans to expand to other States.

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