Agriculture Current Affair 2 January 2022

India takes new steps to kick old habits of stubble burning

Sanju is on a mission. For weeks, she has traveled from village to village, urging farmers in India to stop burning stubble from harvested rice crops near New Delhi.

As winds slow during the winter months, a poisonous haze collects over northern India. During the worst stretches, the region’s air pollution can reach multiple times the global safety threshold. Stubble burning is one of the leading causes of the smog.

Sanju, 24, who goes by one name, is among several hundred gig workers in Haryana — all of them women — trying to reverse that trend. She encourages farmers to spray a white substance on their fields to decompose crop residue, rather than set it ablaze. Her work forms part of one of the most ambitious attempts to eliminate stubble burning in India.

Continue to focus creating infra, clusters with state govts: APEDA

The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) on Friday said it is focusing on creating infrastructure and clusters in collaboration with state governments to promote outbound shipments. Exports of agricultural and processed food products have risen to $20.6 billion during 2020-21 from $17.3 billion in 2011-12.

“We continue to focus on creating infrastructure for boosting exports by focusing on clusters in collaboration with state governments while taking into consideration the aim of Agriculture Export Policy, 2018,” said M Angamuthu, chairman, APEDA.

Non-basmati rice contributed close to one-fourth of the total exports in 2020-21, followed by basmati rice and buffalo meat.

Mustard seed sowing up 22%; wheat slightly down this rabi season: Agriculture Ministry

Area sown under rapeseed/mustard seed crop is higher 22.46 per cent to 88.54 lakh hectare, while the coverage under wheat crop remains slightly lower so far in the ongoing 2021-22 rabi season, according to the latest data released by the agriculture ministry. Wheat, the main rabi crop, has been planted at 325.88 lakh hectare as on Friday, compared with 329.11 lakh hectare in the year-ago period, it said.

Sowing of rabi crops like wheat begins in October and harvesting from April onwards.

According to the data, total area under oilseeds has increased sharply to 97.07 lakh hectare as on December 31, 2021 from 80.64 lakh hectare in the year-ago period.

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