Agriculture Current Affair 16 January 2020

Better Food and Land Use Practices: CEEW, IIM, TERI and WRI joins hands with FOLU

The Better Growing Report,2019 a FOLU India Initiative was done as a joint collaboration with its partners Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Water Resources Institute, India (WRI).

FOLU India Initiative will work towards developing knowledge on long term pathways to help those involved in economic and political decision making to follow pathways for sustainable food and land use systems in the country,said the Stakeholders at the Country Launch of the Report on Friday 10 January,2020.

Supply Chain in Agriculture Needs Improvement, Says RBI Governor

Citing the high inflation rates of agriculture commodities, RBI governor Shaktikanta Das has recently stated that the supply chain in agriculture needs more improvement than it is. Despite the high inflation rates of agriculture commodities, farmers are receiving very low prices for their produce.

Price for Farmers Varies from Place to Place

In his opening remarks in third Suresh Tendulkar Memorial Lecture, the governor highlighted that better communication facility, easier access to credit and connected rural roads can contribute to the farmers’ income. Further, he emphasized agriculture market reforms that shorten the difference between prices paid by the consumer and received by the farmers. Moreover, he also mentioned that the price received by farmers varies from 28% to 78% as per a survey conducted in 85 mandis across different states. The perishable commodities get a lower price as against the non-perishable ones, he added.

Cold Weather and Rainfall in North May Yield Record Rabi Crop

India is ready to witness another record harvest of winter-sown crop as cold weather and rainfall in main grain-producing regions of northern India are likely to improve yields of wheat, pulses and oilseeds.

As per the latest rabi sowing data released by the ministry of agriculture, wheat acreage that accounts for more than half the sown area is up over 11 percent to 32.646 million ha, due to a rise in planting in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. The total rabi sown area has also increased to 62.5 million ha –  8 percent more than 57.847 million ha planted during this time in previous year.

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