Agriculture Current Affair 24 January 2021

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An app that answers farmers’ queries on pests and diseases

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT-Hyderabad) have developed an app — Crop Darpan — which allows farmers to get an instant prescription for the pests and diseases that their crops are beset with.

Rabi planting hits an all-time high at 675 lakh ha

Rabi sowing in the country set a new record by covering an area of 675 lakh hectares (lha), nearly 2 per cent more than 662 lha planted in the entire season in 2019-20 till end of this week, according to data released by the Agriculture Ministry on Friday.

The sowing in the current season is not over yet.

All major rabi crops, barring a few coarse cereals, surpassed the area planted in the previous season, which was by far the best, already. At 345 lha, acreage of wheat is at all-time high. The wheat sown area in the corresponding week last year was close to 335 lha, which moved up slightly to around 336 lha by the end of the previous rabi season. Much of the increase in wheat planting was reported from Madhya Pradesh — which planted an additional area of 8.3 lha and Maharashtra 1 lha more.

Govt plans to expand summer-crops area by 50%

The government plans to expand area under cultivation for summer-crops by 50% from 3.4 million hectares in 2020 to 5.1 million hectares in 2021.

“The focus is on increase the output of pulses and oilseeds which require less water and give value addition to food basket,” said a senior agriculture ministry official.

NABARD projects credit potential 15.46% higher than the previous year

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) projects credit potential of Rs 32316.03 crore for Assam for the financial year 2021-22, which is 15.46% higher than the previous year.

Of the total projected credit potential, as much as Rs 17586.21 crore (55%) is towards Agriculture and Allied activities. Further, credit potential of Rs 10872.45 crore (34%) has been projected towards MSME sector, while credit potential for Informal Credit – SHGs / JLGs have been pegged at Rs 1093.56 crore; Housing and Education Sector was projected at Rs 2403.32 crore.

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