Agriculture Current Affair 17 May 2020

Maharashtra mounts vigil on locust attacks

Alarmed by the renewed attacks of locusts in Rajasthan fields, the Maharashtra government has again enhanced the surveillance for locust attacks, especially in the districts bordering Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.

Senior officials said that the State government does not want the farmers to face the double whammy of Covid and locust attack, and therefore the vigil is mounted. Although Rajasthan does not share any border with Maharashtra, the pests can travel huge distance in swarms in a single day. Gujarat has also suffered from repeated attacks in the recent past.

Although the rabi harvest is over in Maharashtra, sugarcane and jowar are still standing on the fields. Sugarcane, being a 12-month crop, will go for harvesting in October. The green healthy leaves of this cash crop will attract the locusts and therefore farmers have been advised to monitor the fields, the officials said.

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Dairy infrastructure push to help build 5-crore litres of additional capacities in India: R S Sodhi

Lauding the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s announcements on animal husbandry sector under the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan made on Friday, dairy major Amul stated that financial outlay for dairy infrastructure would help add about five crore litres of extra milk processing capacities in the country.

R S Sodhi, Managing Director of Amul marketer – Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) stated that the Finance Minister has made an important announcement of ₹15,000 crore dairy infrastructure fund for the establishment of supply chain and dairy plants for enhancing the dairy and milk processing capacity. “With this fund, we can build around 4-5 crore litres of extra capacities. Extra capacity in the organised sector means, more jobs, more livelihood, especially in rural India. This five crore litre will provide a livelihood to approx 30 lakh people in rural India. This is much required when hundreds of thousands of people have migrated back to rural India from the urban centres,” Sodhi said in a video message.

Lockdown blues: King of fruits Mango now travels via India Post

After successfully ferrying medical consignments in its iconic red vans, India Post is now helping mango growers to access market amid transport disruptions due to lockdown.

In a first effort in Gujarat Circle, India Post has started ferrying Alphonso mango from the heartland Valsad district to Surat using its mail motor service. First consignment of 900 kg of Alphonso mango dispatched from Vapi in Valsad and delivered in Surat.

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