Agriculture Current Affair 12 February 2020

Rabi Cereals production for 2019-20 to increase by 4.52 %

NBHC’s First Rabi Crop Estimates for 2019-20 has said that the India witnessed a 30 per cent surplus in total rainfall between October and December. The nation’s monsoon rainfall during the months of June-September was at 10 per cent above average. Rainfall over the country as a whole during the SW monsoon season (June-September), which is the principal rainy season of the country, was normal (110 per cent of LPA). Further, the downpour continued through the months of October and November, thereby increasing the water table.

The 2019 northeast monsoon season (October-December) rainfall over the country as a whole was above normal (129 per cent of LPA). The seasonal rainfall during the northeast monsoon season over the core region of the south peninsula (comprising of 5 subdivisions viz. Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema, Tamil Nadu & Puducherry, South Interior Karnataka and Kerala), was normal (109 per cent of LPA). The total live storage in 123 important reservoirs in different parts of the country as on 6 th February 2020 was 114.821 BCM ( 67 per cent of the live storage capacity at FRL ).The current year’s storage is nearly 157 per cent of last year’s storage and 146 per cent of the average of last ten years.

Fish production up 6.6 per cent to 134 lakh tonnes

Fish production in the country increased by 6.6 per cent to 134.22 lakh tonnes (lt) in 2018-19, as against 125.9 lt in 2017-18, as per provisional estimates, Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Giriraj Singh told the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

Andhra Pradesh, with a combined marine and inland fish production of 39.92 lt, not only remained the top fish producing State, but also increased its production by 15.7 per cent over the previous year’s 34.50 lt. West Bengal, which is ranked the second, increased the production marginally to 17.70 lt.

Significantly, Odisha pipped Gujarat to become the third biggest fish producing State with 7.33 lt. At 7.30 lt, fish production in Tamil Nadu also surpassed that of Gujarat which slid 13 per cent to 7.25 lt over 2017-18.

Tea plants through tissue culture on anvil

Tissue culture technology, which is currently used widely in plants such as orchid and banana, could soon be used for growing tea plantlets.

The Tocklai Tea Research Institute claims to have achieved a breakthrough in making use of the tissue culture technology for commercial micro-propagation of tea plantlets at a reasonable price and much faster than conventional methods.

Micro-propagation essentially means reproduction of plants by growing plantlets in tissue culture and then planting them out.

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