Agriculture Current Affair 19 June 2021

Assam government to create facility to irrigate one lakh hectares

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma held a joint meeting with the Irrigation and Soil Conservation Departments and reviewed the implementation of various projects. He directed the Irrigation Department to propose two big projects to irrigate a total of 1 lakh hectare lands in the shortest possible time.

He observed that projects of the department get delayed due to multiple executive engineers working in different aspects like electrical, mechanical etc. in the same project and suffer because of the lack of coordination among them. For that reason, the Chief Minister directed the department to make territorial divisions within 10 days where each division will be headed by one executive engineer.

Sugar production up 13 per cent so far this marketing year at 307 lakh ton; 58 lakh ton exports contracted

India’s sugar production rose 13 per cent till June 15 in 2020-21 marketing year at 306.65 lakh tonnes on higher sugarcane production, according to trade data. Sugar marketing year runs from October to September.

“Sugar mills across the country have produced 306.65 lakh tonnes of sugar between 1st October 2020 and 15th June 2021. This is 35.54 lac tonnes higher than 271.11 lac tonnes produced at the same time last year,” Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) said in a statement.

In Uttar Pradesh, sugar production stood at 110.61 lakh tonnes till June 15 of 2020-21 as against 126.30 lakh tonnes in the corresponding period of the previous year.

Sugar output in Maharashtra rose to 106.28 lakh tonnes from 61.69 lakh tonnes during the period under review.

In Karnataka, sugar production increased to 41.67 lakh tonnes from 33.80 lakh

Tamil Nadu announces Rs 61.09 crore paddy cultivation package for farmers

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Thursday announced a Rs 61.09 crore Kuruvai paddy cultivation package for more than two lakh delta farmers aiming to bring additional area under this short-term crop. The scheme, benefitting 2,07,259 farmers of Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Mayiladuthurai and Thiruvarur districts besides those in Cuddalore, Ariyalur and Tiruchirappalli districts, will enhance the acreage beyond the targeted 3.5 lakh acres this season.

The chief minister had opened the sluice gates of the Stanley reservoir at Mettur on June 12, the customary date for opening the dam, to facilitate the Kuruvai paddy cultivation.

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