Agriculture Current Affair 18 April 2021

Summer crops area up 17%; pulses, coarse cereals coverage increases

Pre-monsoon rainfall between March 1 and April 15 37% lower

Summer crops have been sown in about 69.75 lakh hectares till April 16, an increase of 17% over previous year’s 59.82 lakh ha. This is mainly on account of increase in the area under pulses, oilseeds, coarse cereals and paddy.

The trend in summer sowing is good as on date. The second wave of Covid-19 pandemic has not impacted the progress in the cultivation of summer crops in the country, the Agriculture Ministry said in a statement.

Bengaluru-based foundation launches agri-tech solutions contest for start-ups

Targets to help benefit one crore farmers

Non-governmental organisation (NGO) The /Nudge Foundation has launched a competition for start-ups, Cisco Agri Challenge (CAC), as part of its efforts to try and reach agri-tech solutions to one crore farmers in the country.

The/Nudge Foundation is holding CAC in partnership with US multinational technology firm Cisco System and the Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India.

IMD forecasts normal monsoon this year

Likely to be 98 per cent long-period average

India is likely to have a normal monsoon this year (assessed at 98 per cent of long-period average LPA), which is on a trend that aligns with two consecutive years of above normal monsoon in 2019 and 2020, according to the monsoon long-range forecast issued by India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday.

The forecast based on operational Statistical Ensemble Forecasting System (SEFS) suggests that quantitatively, the monsoon seasonal rainfall is likely to be 98 per cent of the LPA with a model error of ± 5 per cent per cent.  The LPA of the season rainfall over the country as a whole for the period 1961-2010 is 88 cm.

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