Agriculture Current Affair 29 April 2020

Centre procures 3.75 lakh tonnes of pulses, oilseeds under PSS so far

Amid the COVID-19 lockdown, the Centre has procured 1.92 lakh tonnes of gram and tur dal and 1.83 lakh tonnes of mustard seeds, totalling 3.75 lakh tonnes under the Price Support Scheme (PSS), according to the Agriculture Ministry.

The PSS is put into operation on state governments’ request when prices fall below the minimum support price (MSP).

The procurement is undertaken by nodal agencies like Nafed at minimum support price (MSP). Only fair average quality commodity is purchased.

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Gujarat farmers adapt to social distancing in agri auctions

Farmers in Saurashtra region are learning to imbibe a new life in a Covid-19 era as they bring their farm produce for auctions at the market yards.

Manjibhai Ribadiya from Kalawad in Jamnagar district says, he has started learning the ropes of social distancing, personal hygiene and most importantly waiting patiently for his turn to come.

“Life isn’t the same anymore. After the harvest, we wait for an intimation from the market yard for our turn to participate in the auction. Once we receive the SMS, we equip ourselves with masks and gloves and reach the APMC yards. Here, we park our trailer in a queue at a distance and wait for our number to be called out. This is true for all other farmers who come for auction. The only issue we face is the process takes a long time. But now we have realised that it is for our own good,” said Ribadiya, who recently sold his 15 quintals of wheat for ₹2,070 per quintal at Gondal Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) — one of the largest in the region.

Nashik farmers sell produce worth ₹4 crore in a month

About 1,200 farmers in Nashik have established a direct supply chain with 57,000 customers in Mumbai, Pune, and Nashik during the lockdown and have sold vegetables and fruits worth ₹4 crore in a month.

These farmers, part of Sahyadri Farms, the leading farmer producer company in Nashik, have used e-commerce, social media, and technology to establish a direct supply chain between producers and consumers.

Most Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs) in Maharashtra have stopped functioning due to the spread of Covid-19. Vegetable supply chains in cities are largely dependent on APMCs where middlemen traders buy from farmers and supply the produce to vendors.

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