Agriculture Current Affair 11 July 2020

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Maharashtra’s farmers suffer another blow as soyabean crop fails

Tomato farmers in Maharashtra who had shifted to soyabean after losing their tomato crop in May due to a virus attack, now face a second blow as their soyabean planting has been unproductive due to faulty seed material.

Farmer Suresh Navale from Unchkhadak village in Akole taluka, Ahmednagar district told BusinessLine farmers in the district shifted to soyabean after the massive virus attack in May. However, that crop has also suffered due to bad quality seeds.

Pulses, oilseeds push up kharif area

Favourable conditions have helped farmers to complete planting in 55 per cent of the normal kharif cropping area in a record time and the area covered till Friday was 44 per cent more than that was sown in the corresponding week last year, at 580 lakh hectares (lh), according to kharif sowing data released by Agriculture Ministry, here. The area planted in the same week last year was 402.6 lh.

Flourishing trade in spurious GM seeds adds 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.

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