Agriculture Current Affair 19 October 2022

Many districts of Bihar, Jharkhand and Bengal may go for early rabi planting

Several districts in Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal where sowing of kharif crops was less than 75% due to deficiency in rains during the monsoon season, are likely to go in for early rabi planting, said a senior official from the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare.

“West Bengal has provided alternative seeds to over 1,00,000 farmers. Now the state would go for early rabi crops,” said the official, who did not want to be named.

In Jharkhand, seeds for early rabi crops have been distributed at subsidised rate, the official added.

PM Modi releases 12th installment under PM-KISAN scheme

The government has released Rs 16,000 crore on Monday through direct benefit transfer under the 12th installment of the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) plan, which is expected to benefit 10 crore farmers.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has released the installment amount during the “PM Kisan Samman Sammelan 2022” opening ceremony at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute.

“Farmers will get cheap and quality crop nutrient under ‘One nation, One fertilizer’ scheme launched today,” said Prime Minister Modi.

India’s sugar output to be higher at 36.5 million tonnes in 2022-23 marketing season: ISMA

The country’s sugar production is projected to be 36.5 million tonnes in the 2022-23 marketing season, an increase of 2 per cent compared to the year-ago period, industry body ISMA said on Monday. The marketing season will be starting this month.

The production in India, the world’s major producer of the sweetener, stood at 35.8 million tonnes during the 2021-22 marketing season.

The season is from October-September.

With an estimated increase in production despite higher diversion for ethanol, ISMA expects export to be around 9 million tonnes this season.

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