Unseasonal rainfall warning in parts of Maharashtra leaves wheat, horticulture growers worried
An element of fear has set in among growers in parts of Vidharbha, Marathwada and Madhya Maharashtra with the Indian Meteorological Department warning of unseasonal rains and hail over next three days. Rabi crops such as wheat, chickpea (chana) and horticulture crops such as oranges are at the stage of harvest.
Orange Growers Association of India Executive President Amol Totey said that if the weather turns truant and hailstorm or strong winds occur, then the fruits, which are ripe, could suffer damage. In the current season, orange trees planted over about lakh hectare could be affected in case of the weather turning bad, he said
Why Maharashtra farmers are selling outside APMC markets
Farmer Producer Companies are ensuring that trade commitments are followed and farmers get money on time if they sell the produce to them, says MahaFPC MD Yogesh Thorat
With new farms introduced by the Centre, Farmer Producer Companies (FPC) in Maharashtra have created an alternative marketing channel where farmers are getting comparative rates on their WhatsApp groups or via SMSes, helping them to decide whether they want to sell their produce in the Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) mandis or to the FPC procurement centres.
Telangana, Odisha and Punjab top in CCI’s cotton procurement
Telangana, Punjab and Odisha are three top States that have got maximum benefits of cotton procurement by the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) during the current season 2020-21 (October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021).
CCI has procured 55 per cent of the cotton procured in Telangana followed by 45 per cent in Punjab and 44 per cent in Odisha. CCI has procured 90.87 lakh bales (24.49 % of the total production) under Minimum Support Price (MSP) operations.