Agriculture Current Affair 3 June 2020

Fruit and vegetable output set to cross record 320 mt

Spectacular increase in the production of onions after the severe crop loss during the last monsoon season, together with relatively better yield in potato and banana ,has helped the country to have a record horticulture harvest of 320.48 million tonnes (mt) in the current crop year, according to the second advance estimates of horticulture crops released by the Agriculcture Ministry on Tuesday.

Allow use of maize for ethanol production, says CACP

The Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) has suggested that the government allow use of maize for production of ethanol in the country, a move that could help growers fetch better prices.

In its price recommendations for Kharif 2020-21, CACP said major policy changes were required for pricing, procurement and utilisation of maize in the country.
Use of maize for ethanol production will increase demand and ensure remunerative prices and higher income for maize growers, CACP said and cited the example of the US, where corn is the most heavily used feed stock for ethanol production. More than one-third of corn is used to produce ethanol in the US, which has led to higher income income for farmers, it said. CACP believes that maize has a great potential for crop diversification in rice-wheat cropping system areas of north-western plains, where substantial groundwater depletion has occurred. However, maize has low profitability, compared with competing crops such as rice, due to low and fluctuating prices and yield of maize, it said.

Maharashtra farmers begin pro-GM crop agitation

The Shetkari Sanghatana (SS), the apex body of farmers in Maharashtra, launched pro-GM crop agitation by sowing HTBT cotton in Murgaon Khose village in Wardha district today.

Khushal Balaji Hiwarkar, a farmer and member of SS sowed HTBT cotton seeds in his field to mark the launch of the agitation. Farmers will continue the agitation in other parts of the State.

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