Agriculture Current Affair 8 May 2020

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Rajasthan farmers oppose new kisan kalyan tax

Farmers in Rajasthan have criticised the Ashok Gehlot government’s decision to impose a new tax of 2 per cent on sale and purchase of agricultural commodities in mandis, saying this tax, introduced ostensibly for the welfare of farmers, is actually forcing them to sell their produce at much lower prices.

“Theoretically, this tax has to be paid by traders who deal in agricultural commodities, but the reality is that farmers have to bear the cost,” said Dulichand Borda, Vice-President of All India Kisan Sabha in a memorandum to Chief Minister as well as to Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Kailash Chaudhary.

The Rajasthan government introduced the Farmer Welfare Fee on Wednesday. This is in addition to the existing mandi development fees that range from 0.1 to 1.6 per cent, depending on the commodities sold.

Amid volume decline in FY20, higher HP tractors stay in top gear

Amidst a decline in tractor volumes in FY20, the market trend of shifting towards higher HP tractors was intact, with the growing share of the segment in overall domestic sales.

The domestic tractor industry reported a fall of about 10 per cent in total volumes at 7.09 lakh units for FY20, as against 7.87 lakh units in 2018-19. After recording growth of 21 per cent, 22 per cent and 8 per cent in 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 respectively, volumes moved southwards in 2019-20.

Gujarat puts watch on four districts as locusts surface in Rajasthan

The Gujarat government has alerted its northern districts including the bordering ones with Rajasthan about a possible locust attack.

The government has also started mobilising resources for combat operations after locust presence was confirmed in Rajasthan.

Ashwani Kumar, Secretary to Chief Minister, said that the locusts pose no immediate threat on Gujarat yet.. “Considering the presence of locusts in Rajasthan, we are closely monitoring districts of Mehsana, Patan, Banaskantha and Kutch. The local administration has been alerted. We are geared up to tackle any possible locust attack,” said Kumar.

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