Agriculture Current Affair 4 June 2020

More players may enter contract farming

The Cabinet decision on contract farming will not only spur private investments in agriculture but also free up farmers from the clutches of APMCs and encourage them to produce quality produce, say stakeholders.

At present, even the farmer producer organisations (FPOs) or producer companies (PCs) are required to seek permission from the APMC of their respective jurisdictions before entering into any direct sale agreement under contract farming.

Telangana to set up 3 panels for crop regulation

As it gets ready for regulation of crops from this kharif season, Telangana has decided to set up three committees — to monitor global and national trends and to recommend annually on what crops to grow based on the demand-supply gaps.

At the heart of the Crop Regulation Policy will be the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee, which closely monitors the demand for agri-produce in India and abroad and come up with recommendations.

‘Digitisation will help agri sector to tackle effects of pandemic’

Digitisation of agriculture can help farmers tackle the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and farmers can ensure sale of their produce with transportation, finance, and supply chain being managed with the help of technology, according to Pune-based agritech enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform, FarmERP.

Santosh Shinde, CEO and co-founder of the company, said that technology as a broad concept has always played a role when it comes to easing out tensions and crinkles in age-old systems.

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.

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