Agriculture Current Affair 8 March 2020

SEA undertakes Mustard Mission, develops 100 model farms

The Solvent Extractors’ Association (SEA) has undertaken a Mustard Mission alongwith Solidaridad to help increase India’s rapeseed production to 200 lakh tons by 2025.

This can be achieved by enhancing the productivity by providing better inputs and technology to farmers and encouraging the crop diversification from water-intensive surplus wheat and rice to mustard, said Haresh Vyas, chairman-SEA Oilseed Development Council.

In this direction, the association has developed 100 model farms in country’s top producing state Rajasthan, directly involving 2,500 farmers in Kota and Bundi districts. The first year experience showed that the productivity has increased by about 30% over the traditional methods and has a potential to increase by over 60%. The association will scale up the model farms to 1,000 over the next five years.

Cotton Association retains its 2019-20 cotton crop estimate at 354.5 lakh bales in Feb estimate

The Cotton Association of India (CAI) has released its February estimate of the cotton crop for the season 2019-20 beginning from 1st October 2019. The CAI has retained its cotton crop estimate for 2019-20 at 354.50 lakh bales of 170 kgs. each i.e. at the same level as in the previous estimate.

Total cotton supply estimated by the CAI during the months of October 2019 to February 2020 is 298.43 lakh bales of 170 kgs. each which consists of the arrivals of 254.43 lakh bales upto 29th February 2020, imports of 12 lakh bales upto 29th February 2020 and the opening stock estimated by the CAI at 32.00 lakh bales at the beginning of the season.

10 projects sanctioned under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana

Ten projects worth Rs 301.54 crores sanctioned for food processing sector inIMAC meeting chaired by Harsimrat Kaur Badal

Ten projects worth rupees Rs 301.54 crore with total grant-in-aid of Rs 67.29 crore were sanctioned in a meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Approval Committee (IMAC) held under the chairperson ship of Food Processing Industries minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal in New Delhi.

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