Agriculture Current Affair 25 October 2022

Chhattisgarh eyes 110 lakh MT paddy procurement in 2022-23

About 110 lakh metric tonnes (MT) of paddy is estimated to be procured at the minimum support price (MSP) in the ongoing kharif marketing season from farmers in Chhattisgarh, a government official said on Monday.

Last year, around 98 lakh MT of paddy was purchased from cultivators in the state. The paddy procurement drive will begin on November 1, Chhattisgarh’s statehood day, and conclude on January 31 next year.

All preparations are in full swing to start purchase of paddy and so far over 25 lakh farmers have registered, 95,000 of them new registrations, themselves to sell their produce at designated centres, he said.

Rabi sowing exceeds 25 lh, but UP trails in mustard coverage

Chana acreage up 84 per cent, Rajasthan shows they way in mustard area hike

Rabi sowing has commenced in Uttar Pradesh, a key State which is the top wheat producer, with mustard coverage being lower after deficit rainfall during the kharif season. The lack of rainfall has resulted in sowing operations being affected in many districts. However, excess rains in September and getting more area under irrigation are likely to help the State to overcome any deficit during the rabi season.

According to latest data from the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, the sowing of rabi crops has reached 25.15 lakh hectares (lh) as of October 21, up by 46 per cent from 17.22 lh a year ago. The area under mustard has reached 15.11 lh, an increase of 40 per cent from 10.79 lh a year ago. Chana acreage has increased by 86 per cent to 3.97 lh from 2.13 lh. Officials attribute the higher acreage to the earlier retreat of monsoon than last year. Wheat sowing is yet to start.

Spices Board joins hands with Flipkart train spice farmers in e-trading

Flipkart acts as a catalyst of change, strengthening its commitment towards building the local economy through partnerships

In an initiative to empower spice farmers and grass-root organizations for taking up e-trading of their products, Spices Board has organized a training programme in association with Flipkart at the Indian Cardamom Research Institute, Myladumpara, in Idukki.

Cardamom prices are susceptible to international market regulations, which necessitates the need to initiate strategic interventions to mitigate the repercussions and sustain the cardamom sector, said Dean Kuriakose, Member of Parliament, Idukki while inaugurating the function on e-trading and spice sourcing mela.

 

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