Agriculture Current Affair 14 October 2020

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Lumpy skin disease becomes worst nightmare for farmers in a dozen States

The viral lumpy skin disease (LSD) has spread to cattle and buffalo in about a dozen big Indian states triggering concerns among thousands of dairy farmers.

The disease — caused by the pox virus — affects cattle and buffalo and is believed to be spreading through blood feeding insects. Originated from Africa, LSD is declared as an endemic in most African and Middle Eastern countries and in India, besides some other Asian nations

Punjab farmer leaders to attend talks called by Agri Secy

Thirty farmer organisations in Punjab, which have been agitating for the repeal of the recently-passed laws, have decided to attend the meeting convened by Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agarwal on Wednesday, a farmer leader said on Tuesday.

Seven top farmer leaders from the State will attend and they would demand, apart from repealing of the farm laws, C2+50 per cent minimum support price and State procurement of farm produce. The decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of farm leaders held at Chandigarh on Tuesday.

With PMFBY scheme being optional for farmers, crop insurance premium de-grows in Sept

Crop insurance premium declined in September this year after recording positive growth in the previous months, possibly due to the lesser number of States participating in PMFBY, the scheme being optional for farmers, and a long delay in claims.

The gross direct premium for Agricultural Insurance Corporation of India de-grew by 19.3 per cent in September when compared to a year ago.

Data from IRDAI revealed that gross direct premium for AIC stood at ₹2,569.64 crore in September 2020 against ₹3,187.57 crore in September 2019.


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