Agriculture Current Affair 21 April 2022

Won’t be any fertilizer shortage in kharif season; will fix soon P&K subsidy for FY23: Govt

The government on Tuesday asserted that there will not be any fertilizer shortage in the upcoming kharif sowing season and said it will soon announce the subsidy rate for non-urea soil nutrients for the current fiscal. Addressing a conference on preparedness for the kharif sowing operation that commences with the onset of the southwest monsoon from June, Fertilizer Secretary RK Chaturvedi highlighted the steps taken by the government to ensure sufficient availability of fertilizers at an affordable price to the farmers.

“We have made both short and long term arrangements with global suppliers for import of fertilizers. There will not be any shortage of fertilizers during the kharif season,” he said.

As against the total estimated fertilizer requirement of 354.34 lakh tonne during the 2022 kharif season, availability would be 485.59 lakh tonne, including 104.72 lakh tonne of imported fertilizer and 254.79 lakh tonne domestically manufactured soil nutrients, he said.

Government sets foodgrain output target at record 328 million tonnes for 2022-23 crop year

The government has set the foodgrain production target at a record level of 328 million tonnes for the 2022-23 crop year on the back of good monsoon rains. The target is 3.8 per cent higher compared to previous year’s output.

As per the second advance estimate of the agriculture ministry, foodgrains production is estimated to be a record of 316.06 million tonne in ongoing 2021-22 crop year ending June.

The target for the 2022-23 crop year (July-June) was set at the National Conference for Kharif Campaign 2022 which was held on Tuesday to review the progress of the rabi (winter) season and plan for the Kharif (summer) crops.

India’s sugar output seen 13 pc up at 35 mn tons, exports at 9.5 mn tons in 2021-22: Govt

The country’s sugar production is projected to rise by 13 per cent to 35 million tonne, while exports are likely to be 9.5 million tonne in the ongoing marketing year ending September 2022, according to the Food Ministry. About 99.5 per cent of cane dues amounting to Rs 92,480 crore of the previous year have been cleared, and about 80 per cent of cane dues of the current year have also been paid to farmers, it said.

The assessment of the sugar availability and export situation was discussed in a virtual meeting chaired by Food Secretary Sudhansu Pandey with the state cane commissioners here on Tuesday, the ministry added.

As per the revised estimates, the ministry said sugar output of 35 million tonne has been estimated for the ongoing 2021-22 marketing year after discounting 3.5 million tonne of sugar for ethanol.



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