Agriculture Current Affair 28 April 2020

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Agri products: Govt distribution policy a breather to trucking industry

Good rabi crop procurement and a massive operation planned by the Centre for distribution of agri products and pulses across the country during the Covid-19 crisis will give bring respite to the trucking industry over the next few months.

Since the cargo flow from the manufacturing and trade sectors have come to a grinding halt due to lockdown, the trucking industry was majorly impacted with fleet utilisation dropping significantly. According to estimates, only 10-15 per cent of the 5.2 million trucks operate primarily for the movement of essential items.

However, the proposed revival and relief measures of the government, along with the seasonal agri products, will give a much-needed breather to the sector.

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Dairy farmers reap benefits of native cow’s milk

Inspite of the lockdown, dairy farmers in some areas of Maharashtra and the neighbouring Karnataka are managing to get ₹60-80 per litre procurement rates for milk from indigenous cows such as Gir, Sahiwal and Kankrej. Milk from Jersey and Holstein cows fetches upto ₹29 a litre.

The low volume of milk in the market from desi cows cannot be compared with milk from Jersey cows. However, the demand has been building up in the last few years in metro cities such as Mumbai and Pune due to the quality. In Mumbai region, the milk of Gir cow is available for ₹110-140 a litre, while ₹60 is the rate for Jersey cow milk.

Jammu region expects bumper crop this season

The Department of Agriculture (DoA) on Tuesday ruled out any major impact of the nationwide lockdown on harvesting of rabi crops across the Jammu division and said the region is expecting a bumper crop this season.

A senior government official on Tuesday said over two dozen wheat procurement centres are being set up to facilitate the farmers to sell their produce.

Director Agriculture, Jammu division, Inder Jeet also said they have already started distribution of seeds and made available sufficient fertilizers for the upcoming kharif season to ensure that the farming community does not face any problem.

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