Agriculture Current Affair 4 April 2021

Pesticides, fertilisers to be ‘air-dropped’

Telangana agri university to study drone spraying effect, build SOPs

Getting ready for a new-age agriculture where technology and IT solutions will play a major role, Prof Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University will begin experimenting with drone spraying of pesticides and fertilisers.

Beginning the upcoming kharif season, the university will measure the impact of such spraying on various parts of a plant and collect data.

Maharashtra Cabinet to consider internal transport subsidy for sugar mills in State

Proposal to help industry recover from financial crisis

The Maharashtra Cabinet will next week consider a proposal to offer ₹1,500 a tonne internal transport subsidy to sugar mills in the State for sales in the domestic market, as part of efforts to help the industry tide over the current financial crisis.

The Uddhav Thackeray-led government will also consider proposing a dual minimum sale price (MSP), wherein the floor price will be different between mills in the northern parts of the country and the central region.

Coffee exports gain aroma on higher global prices despite fall in volume

Covid pressure in Europe clouds shipments outlook for this fiscal

Despite a four per cent decline in volumes at 3.129 lakh tonnes (lt), India’s coffee exports registered a marginal growth in dollar value terms at $740 million for the year-ending March 31, 2021. The dip in volumes was mainly on account of poor demand from the main buyers in Europe such as Italy and Germany, where out-of-home consumption was impacted by Covid-led lockdowns.

However, the average realisations saw a 10 per cent growth on account of rise in global prices and currency movement. Average realisation went up to ₹1.75 lakh per tonne during the year against ₹1.59 lakh in the previous year. In rupee value terms, the exports grew by 5.6 per cent to ₹5,490 crore.

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