Agriculture Current Affair 21 February 2020

Prolonged monsoon, climatic change bite Alphonso mangoes

Last year’s prolonged monsoon and other climatic changes in Maharashtra have affected the Alphonso mangoes in the Konkan belt. The flowering and fruit setting has been delayed, leading to almost 50-60 per cent dip in production.

Alphonso mangoes usually hit major markets by early February, but this year’s season is delayed by almost 60 days. Regular delivery of Alphonso mangoes are expected to resume only by March-end.

China launches $200 mn fund to combat fall armyworms, locusts

China has allocated 1.4 billion yuan ($200 million) for the prevention and control of pests, including fall armyworms and locusts to protect the country’s massive agriculture sector as food security becomes a major concern.

Fall armyworms, which first arrived in China in January 2019, spread over a million hectares of farmland last year. It is likely to hit more crops this year including the key corn-growing region in the northeast.

Layman Agro’s efforts at empowering rural youth

His quest to get fresh milk for his child became a turning point in his life. While most youngsters in their early 30s would just have ignored such a pursuit, Selvakumar Varadharajan appears to have taken this seriously by giving up his job and life in a cosmopolitan city to relocate to Coimbatore.

“I realised that people in urban India were not happy with agro products. Further, both my wife and I studied in a college here and were familiar with the city,” he said, providing rationale for his return.

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