Agriculture Current Affair 31 May 2020

Paddy harvesting suffers setback in Amphan-battered Bengal

Harvesting of boro paddy (the rabi crop), which was already bearing the brunt of labour shortage and unfavourable climatic conditions, has been further impacted due to the cyclone Amphan.

Per current estimates, production of paddy is estimated to be lower by around 15 per cent this season as the crop, which was ready to be harvested, has been affected by the cyclone. While the paddy which fell off due to the impact of the cyclone is likely to get contaminated with fungus, the standing crop is likely to be of inferior quality with the grains getting damaged and discoloured.

Maharashtra govt urged to use aircraft for aerial spraying ops against locusts

The All Indian Kisan Sabha (AIKS) has demanded that for the control of locusts in Maharashtra, pesticides be sprayed from small aircraft rather than vehicle-mounted spraying machines as vehicles cannot reach all the corners of the affected areas.

On Monday, Maharashtra faced the first wave of locust attacks. The swarms landed in the orange growing belt around Katol near Nagpur. Vegetable crops such as okra and brinjal were also eaten up by the ravenous pests. Katol taluk is about 60 km from Nagpur and a part of the orange belt of Maharashtra.

India can access carbon credits worth USD 50-60 bn if propagates agroecology: Niti Aayog

New Delhi: Suggesting adoption of innovative farming methods based on ecological principles, Niti Aayog vice chairman Rajiv Kumar on Friday said India can have access to carbon credits worth USD 50-60 billion if it propagates natural farming and agroecology.

Kumar during a virtual high-level round-table on ‘Agroecology and Regenerative Agriculture’ also stressed on the need to make agriculture more knowledge intensive. He said there is a need to ensure that natural farming is scalable and absorbs innovations.

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