Agriculture Current Affair 30 November 2022

India eyes bumper wheat harvest in 2023 as record prices lead to more sowing

India is expected to harvest a bumper wheat crop in 2023 as high domestic prices and replenished soil moisture help farmers surpass last year’s planting, while an intense heat-wave cut output this year.

Higher wheat output could encourage India, the world’s second biggest producer of the grain, to consider lifting a May ban on exports of the staple and help ease concerns over persistently high retail inflation.

Although the wheat area has almost reached a plateau in India’s traditional grain belts in the northern states such as Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, growers are planting the crop on some fallow land in the country’s west where farmers have traditionally grown pulse and oilseeds.

Indian agrifood startups attract record $4.6 bn in FY22: AgFunder-Omnivore report

India has overtaken China as Asia-Pacific’s biggest funder of agrifoodtech innovation, attracting record investment during April 2021 to March 2022, according to AgFunder and Omnivore’s fourth India AgriFood Startup Investment Report.

The report shows $4.6 billion investment in the Indian agrifoodtech ecosystem in the fiscal ending March 2022, an increase of 119 per cent over the previous year’s $2.1 billion. Deal activity also increased to 234 in FY2022, compared to 189 deals in FY2021

Telangana farmers begin sowing cotton during rabi season

Scientists warn farmers against largescale farming, say bollworm could get a free ride to kharif

N Venkatappa, a farmer in Vathugundla village in Narayanpet district of Telangana, usually grows groundnut as the second crop after growing pulses in during the kharif season.

But this time around, he wanted to try cotton. “I have a borewell and assured irrigation. My decision has triggered a huge interest among fellow farmers . They are coming to the field to see it,” he said.

With increased irrigation facilities in the State after its formation in 2014, Venkatappa, along with hundred other farmers in the State, have decided to grow cotton during the rabi season for the first time in the country.

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