Agriculture Current Affair 21 May 2020

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APMCs are still vital for price discovery of farm produce

The APMC mandis would continue to remain the place for price discovery of farm produce, despite farmers being given an option to sell outside the market yards in Gujarat and Karnataka.

Private buyers — large processors or super market chains — would continue to price their purchases using the mandi price as reference.

Large buyers and experts feel that majority of the farmers and buyers would continue to depend on mandis to sell their produce due to transparency in pricing, convenient payment terms and price discovery through auctions, among others.

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Bamboo grove initiative to surmount water scarcity in Latur

In the summer of 2016, Latur faced a grave water emergency, as all the local sources had fully dried up. The city and the surrounding areas, in the rain scarce Marathwada region of Maharashtra, were then supplied drinking water through rail wagons.

To prevent the re-occurrence of such an extreme situation, a new initiative of rejuvenating River Manjara, which supplies water to the city and surrounding areas, is being launched. Under the initiative, bamboo groves will be cultivated along the riverbanks.

Manjara is a tributary of the Godavari and a major lifeline of the Marathwada region. By early 2016 the river had dried up due to drought and erratic rainfall. Drinking water had to be transported using a special 50-wagon train to the city from Miraj, which is 340 km away.

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The Kasaragod-based Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI) has issued an advisory on the measures to be taken to control the fruit rot disease in arecanut plantations.

An advisory issued by Anitha Karun, Director of CPCRI, said that prophylactic measures such as spraying of fungicide and crown cleaning have to be taken before the onset of monsoon against fruit rot disease in arecanut plants and bud rot disease in coconut plants.

During monsoon, the atmospheric temperature will be low and the relative humidity will be high. These factors result in increased incidence of diseases such as fruit rot in arecanut and bud rot in coconut.

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