Agriculture Current Affair 30 March 2023

Assam to boost scientific research in natural farming

Assam Agriculture Minister Atul Bora said that vast areas of north eastern states including Assam are still untouched by application of different fertilizers, pesticides and other synthetic chemicals.

Bora said that in hilly areas, especially, the tribal farmers have been practicing natural farming traditionally for generations. These farmers now only need scientific techniques compatible with their traditional farming so that they can boost their production.

Urea imports to fall in 2022-23; 74.86 lakh tonne imported till March 24: Govt

India has imported 74.86 lakh tonne of urea till March 24 and is set to register a year-on-year decline this fiscal. In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers Bhagwanth Khuba shared the details of the import of urea in the last five years.

As per the data, the country has imported 74.86 lakh tonnes up to March 24 of the current financial year.

Urea imports stood at 91.36 lakh tonnes in 2021-22 fiscal, 98.28 lakh tonnes in 2020-21, 91.23 lakh tonnes in 2019-20 and 74.81 lakh tonnes in 2018-19.

Tur, urad prices jump by 8-10% in a month

Prices of tur and urad have jumped 8-10% in a month while the central government began taking steps to increase availability of tur by constituting a committee to monitor the situation. Prices of chana dal have also increased by about 4-5% during this period.

The bullish sentiments in tur and sudden sharp jump in prices last week has influenced prices of the entire pulses complex.

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