Agriculture Current Affair 16 May 2020

‘Agricultural work should be part of MGNREGA’

When the UPA government rolled out Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) Scheme, it was the low-profile math professor from Vaishali in Bihar, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, as Rural Affairs Minister who implemented the flagship programme. Now that MGNREGA and its urban counterpart is being increasingly discussed as part of the economic relief especially to the urban poor and the migrants, Singh told BusinessLine in an interview that any government scheme is as only effective as the community participation. And participatory governance is not a hallmark of the present dispensation.

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Bumper harvest: Foodgrains output to touch 296 mt in 2019-20

Record production of most crops, barring pulses, in 2019-20, has helped India posta bumper foodgrains harvest of 295.67 million tonnes (mt), nearly 3.7 per cent more than 285.21 mt produced in 2018-19, according to the third advance crop estimates released by the Agriculture Ministry on Friday.

Wheat and coarse cereals accounted for much of the increase in production. While wheat output is estimated to be 107.18 mt in the current crop year (July-June) compared to 103.6 mt in the previous year, coarse cereals production may increase by nearly 4.5 mt to 47.54 mt. The output of rice, too, is scheduled to go up by close to 1.5 mt to 117.94 mt compared to the previous crop year.

Third tranche of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’: Agriculture sector gets ₹1.5-lakh-cr booster

To ensure ‘Atma Nirbhartha’ (self-reliance) at the grass-root level, the Government on Friday came out with a comprehensive package for agriculture sector including barrier-free inter trade of agriculture produce and taking out six ley agriculture produce from the ambit of Essential Commodities Act.

In the third tranche of measures for revival of the economy affected severely due to Covid-19 pandemic, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented 11 measures for agriculture and allied activities. This includes eight liquidity measures totalling Rs 1.50 lakh crore for various activities, including infrastructure development, and the remaining three are related to governance reforms. With these, a total of 36 measures with fiscal and liquidity support of Rs 9.90 lakh crore under ‘Atamnirbhar Bharat Abhiyan (Self Reliant Campaign)’, mooted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 12, haven been announced. Now, two more rounds of announcements expected on Saturday and Sunday.

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