Agriculture Current Affair 27 June 2020

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Kharif sowing jumps by more than 100% to 316 lakh hectares

As the South-West monsoon covers the entire country 12 days prior to normal date, farmers planted a whopping 315.63 lakh hectares (lh), more than double of the 154.53 lh covered in the corresponding week last year, according to kharif sowing data released by the Agriculture Ministry on Friday.

Highest increase was recorded in oilseeds and pulses planting. While the area under oilseeds increased to 83.31 lh, more than five times than 13.32 lh covered in the same week in the previous season, the pulses acreage more than tripled to 19.40 lh in the same period.

Intercropping with tea plantations seen as way ahead for oil palm cultivation

What is seen as an answer to ensure India’s self-sufficiency in oil palm cultivation is inter-cropping of oil palm with tea plantations. Experts believe that considering the heavy dependence of imports to meet India’s palm oil requirements, a possible way out could be engaging with tea planters and encourage inter-cropping.

At a webinar on ‘Future of Palm in India’, Shatadru Chattopadhyay, MD of Solidaridad Network Asia Ltd, informed that there is good potential for oil palm cultivation in the North-East region among tea plantations.

National Fishworkers Forum flays draft Fisheries Policy 2020

The National Fishworkers Forum is up in arms against the draft Fisheries Policy 2020, saying that the government’s intention is not in favour of fishing communities or for protecting the oceans and the coast.

The Forum highlighted the procedural lapses on the part of Fisheries Ministry in putting out the policy on the website of the National Fisheries Development Board without giving any space for receiving comments from stakeholders or a cut-off date. It is even more appalling that the policy has not been uploaded on the Ministry’s website.

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