Agriculture Current Affair 6 May 2020

Campco purchases to be normal from May 6

The Central Arecanut and Cocoa Marketing and Processing Cooperative (Campco) Ltd will bring normalcy in the purchase of arecanut and pepper from May 6.

SR Satishchandra, President of Campco, said that the cooperative will be moving towards normalcy in purchases as lockdown restrictions have been relaxed to a certain extent.

There will be regular purchases of white variety of arecanut at all branches of the cooperative on all days from May 6. Till now, the cooperative was procuring arecanut in select branches three times a week. There will be no restriction on the limit of purchase also.

Lockdown impact: More farmers buying inputs online, says BigHaat

BigHaat, an e-commerce platform for farm inputs, has seen its sales and enquiries surge since the lockdown. The Bengaluru- based start-up has been selling farm inputs such as vegetable seeds, fertilisers, pesticides and farm equipment online for five years now.

“Our transactions have almost doubled over the past one month, as more farmers have started buying inputs online,” said Sateesh Kumar Nukala, founder and CEO of BigHaat, without disclosing specifics. “Farmers never imagined that they could get inputs during this crisis period and we have been able to fulfil at least 70 per cent of the orders received,” he added.

Karnataka government urged to encourage cooperative farming in unused paddies

Farmers and elected representatives from Dakshina Kannada district have urged the Karnataka government to encourage cooperative farming activities in the unused paddy fields in the district.

Speaking at a review meeting conducted by Karnataka Agriculture Minister BC Patil in Mangaluru on Tuesday, Rajesh Naik, Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Bantwal, said that a significant portion of farmers with small land holdings have not been cultivating paddy in their fields for many years. They feel it is uneconomical for them to cultivate paddy in small land holdings.

The Dakshina Kannada district, which was once self-sufficient in paddy cultivation, is now relying on other districts to meet its needs. The government should conduct a survey of such unused paddy fields in the district and encourage interested groups of farmers to take up cooperative farming in such unused paddy fields, he added.

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