Agriculture Current Affair 25 April 2022

Agriculture Ministry to organise campaign next week to highlight achievements in farm sector

Union Agriculture Ministry will organise a week- long nationwide campaign till April 30 at regional level to highlight the achievements made in the farm sector since independence and also create awareness about the various programmes run by the Centre for the benefits of farmers.

The campaign ‘Kisan Bhagidari, Prathmikta Hamari’ will be organised as part of the government’s ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ in association with other ministries and government departments, an official statement said.

As part of the campaign beginning April 25, farmers’ fair will be organised at each Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) along with field exhibition on natural farming, it said.

Natural farming need of the hour, says NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant

Natural farming is the need of the hour, as the cost of foodgrain production has increased due to the use of chemicals and fertilisers, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said on Monday.

Addressing the ‘National Workshop on Innovative Agriculture’ organised by NITI Aayog, Kant further said, India is now an exporter of wheat and rice.

“Natural farming is the need of the hour and it is important that we identify scientific ways through which we can ensure farmers can directly benefit from it, thereby increasing their income,” he said.

Non-basmati rice exports grow by 109% since 2013-14

Parboiled rice forms the largest chunk of non-basmati exports which witnessed a growth of 109% from $ 2925 million in FY 2013-14 to $6115 million in FY 2021-22.

Apart from parboiled variety, broken rice, rice in husk, husked brown rice and milled rice were also exported, according to Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA).

As per the Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence and Statistics (DGCIS) data, India exported rice to over 150 countries across the globe in 2021-22.

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