Agriculture Current Affair 15 April 2022

Agri reforms important; repeal of 3 farm laws a setback for doubling farmers’ income: Niti member Ramesh Chand

Stressing that reforms are necessary for the agriculture sector, Niti Aayog member Ramesh Chand on Sunday said the repeal of three farm laws has come as a ‘setback’ to higher price realisation by cultivators and could be a factor in achieving the goal of doubling farmers’ income by 2022.

He also suggested starting fresh consultations with the states for resuming the agriculture reform process, adding some people have already approached Niti Aayog with a call for effecting the reforms.

“You see, reforms are important for the agriculture sector. Some farmers were opposing it (three farm laws)…I think immediately what needs to be done is restarting fresh consultations with the states,” the Niti Aayog member, who oversees farm policies at the government think tank, told PTI in an interview.

Organic food export can transform Indian economy; Dairy can play major role in it: Amit Shah

Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said the Indian economy will transform if it fulfils the demand for organic food all over the world and the dairy sector can play a big role in achieving that.

“Now the time has come for India to move towards natural farming. If India fulfils the demand for organic food all over the world, then India’s economy will be transformed,” said Shah while addressing the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the National Cooperative Dairy Federation of India in Gandhinagar.

He further said that the Dairy sector can play a big role in achieving India’s ambitions in the field of Organic Farming.

Centre follows uniform procurement policy; cannot take surplus parboiled rice: Food Secretary

Asserting that it follows a uniform and non-discriminatory procurement policy, the Centre on Monday said the Telangana government was told much in advance that the Food Corporation of India cannot procure surplus parboiled rice due to sufficient stocks coupled with limited PDS NSE 1.31 % demand for the grain.

Union Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey clarified the Centre’s position on the procurement of parboiled rice after Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Roa staged a protest in the National Capital and threatened that he would intensify the stir if the state’s demand on the purchase of parboiled rice is not met within 24 hours.

Addressing reporters, Pandey said the Centre does not procure paddy from any state. It only buys raw rice and very less parboiled rice as per the PDS demand. So, there is a uniform and non-discriminatory policy in place for all states.

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