Agriculture Current Affair 29 February 2020

‘Better infrastructure must for farmers at markets’

Experts representing public and private sectors felt that a variety of approaches were needed. Taking part in a panel discussion on ‘Building the right market access infrastructure’ at the BusinessLine Agri Summit here on Friday, they felt that both physical and soft (IT) infrastructure needed to be set up.

Garima Jain, Chief Executive Officer of Agro Corp (India), said the country had evolved from foodgrain shortage country to self-sufficiency situation and then arrived at the food surplus state. “We are still in the MSP regime, completely disconnected from what was happening outside,” she said.

Standardisation and assurance on quality of the farm output too were important challenges that the country faced, she felt.

‘Stringent measures needed to sustain natural rubber industry’

The natural rubber (NR) industry was urged to look at multi-pronged initiatives to address issues related to production, quality and availability.

KM Mammen, Chairman, Automotive Tyre Manufacturers Association, and Chairman and Managing Director of MRF Ltd, suggested the creation of a strategic NR reserve, development of alternative rubber-growing regions, new rubber clones and experiments in genetically-modified rubber.

Addressing the inaugural session of the fifth edition of the India Rubber Meet (IRM) here, Mammen said availability of NR emerged as a big challenge as domestic industry produced only half of its demand, resulting in large-scale import of rubber. The two-day event, with the theme Rubber Resurgence Through Innovation, would discuss the challenges facing the sector.

We are open for MSP procurement through eNAM: NAFED at BusinessLine Agri Summit

The National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED) said that it is ready to carry out minimum support price (MSP) procurement through eNAM (electronic-National Agriculture Market).

Sunil Kumar Singh, Additional Managing Director (NAFED), said that this initiative will help farmers to get used to the processes at the eNAM.

Taking part in a panel discussion on ‘Building the right market access infrastructure’ at the BusinessLine Agri Summit here on Friday, he said the onus is on both the public and private sector players to provide necessary infrastructure, to make it easy for farmers at the markets.

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