Agriculture Current Affair 7 June 2021

‘Noorjahan’ mangoes in Madhya Pradesh fetching rate up to Rs 1,000 apiece

The ‘Noorjahan’ mango, cultivated in Madhya Pradesh’s Alirajpur district, is fetching a higher price this year thanks to the good yield and sheer size of the fruit compared with the last year. The ‘Noorjahan’ mango is priced at Rs 500 to Rs 1,000 apiece this season, a farmer said on Sunday, adding unlike the last year, the yield of this variety of mangoes has been good this time due to favourable weather conditions.

Locals claim ‘Noorjahan’ mangoes are of Afghan origin and cultivated only in the Katthiwada region of Alirajpur district adjacent to the Gujarat border, approximately 250 km from Indore.

Second COVID-19 wave not to impact India’s agri sector in any way: Niti Aayog

Niti Aayog Member (Agriculture) Ramesh Chand on Sunday said the second COVID-19 wave will not impact the Indian agriculture sector in anyway as rural areas saw spread of infections in May when agriculture activities remained at bare minimum.

In an interview with PTI, Chand said that India’s policies on subsidy, price and technology have remained too much in favour of rice, wheat and sugarcane, and there is need to make the procurement and minimum support price policy favourable to pulses.

“COVID-19 cases started spreading in the rural areas in the month of May, with the beginning of the month of May, and agriculture activity in the month of May is bare minimal, particularly land-based activities,” he added.

Government says edible oil prices softening

The government on Thursday said the prices of cooking oils, which rose abnormally in the last one year, have started to soften due to fall in global rates and lower domestic demand. Addressing a virtual press conference, Union Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey said there is a declining trend in the edible oil prices as per the futures market rates till December.

He said the government is continuously keeping a watch on prices of edible oil and pulses and will take measures, if necessary, at an appropriate time.

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