Agriculture Current Affair 11 May 2020

There will be no delay in cotton seed distribution, says Maharashtra Agriculture Minister

In Maharashtra, there are enough supplies of cottonseed and there would no delay in seed disbursal to the farmers. Large-scale retail sales of the seeds are expected to commence after May 15, said State Agriculture Minister Dadaji Bhuse.

Bhuse, in a brief telephonic interaction with BusinessLine, said that there were fears expressed by some agriculture experts that early planting of cotton seeds could lead to pink bollworm infestation and so the State Government is encouraging farmers to plant the seeds closer to the commencement of monsoon season. This has been learning of 2017 pink bollworm attack. However, there is no State Government control over the sale of cotton seeds in the state.

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Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilisers records 35 per cent hike in sale of ‘Suphala’ fertilisers

A PIB press statement said that Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilisers Ltd (RCF) has registered a hike of 35.47 per cent in the sale of fertilisers under the brand name ‘Suphala’ in April as compared to the similar period of 2019. This is despite logistics and labour challenges,

Suphala provides nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, which are essential nutrients to the soil. It is is one of the well-known products of the PSU, which produces many critical industrial chemicals and fertilisers.

The Chairman and Managing Director of RCF, S C Mudgerikar, in a tweet, said that during the ongoing pandemic, the company has ensured continuous supply of fertilisers to the farmers with the help of agriculture department of Maharashtra Government. For the safety of farmers, fertilisers were delivered to them at the boundary of their fields. Moreover, RCF’s Trombay unit has set a new milestone in energy efficiency, the statement said.

CII chalks out steps to boost aquaculture exports

The Confederation of Indian Industry has recommended measures to improve the export potential of the aquaculture sector in order to capture a major share of the global market.

To achieve this, the industry body emphasised the need to maintain production through the steady supply of seed, feed and other inputs. Indian aquaculture is an export-driven segment with 90 per cent of the production being exported. While the demand is expected to be maintained post-Covid-19, the challenge faced by farmers will be mainly in terms of meeting the demand with steady production.

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