Agriculture Current Affairs 22 July 2019

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PM Kisan enrolments speed up, likely to be 70 million by July

NEW DELHI: Enrolments for the farmers’ income support scheme have picked up pace with owners of large plots of land joining the welfare programme that was initially meant for small and marginal cultivators.
Registrations are likely to touch 70 million by end of July, almost halfway to the government’s estimate of 145 million beneficiaries, Vivek Agrawal, CEO of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN), told ET

Inadequate rains affect freshwater hilsa supply, price shoots up to Rs 1,300/kg

KOLKATA: Patchy rains have many fallouts — among them, this year, a big shortage of the piscine delicacy, freshwater hilsa.
Supplies of the fish prized for its flavour have hit a five-year low. Prices have shot up, retailing at Rs 1,200-1,300 per kg, and in some cases even more, in major metro markets. And here’s another market twist — most good-sized hilsas being sold currently are frozen varieties imported from Myanmar, not fresh catch from Bengal.

UK Sarkar, head of reservoir & wetland fisheries at CIFRI, said, “There is hardly any rainfall in south Bengal that can accelerate the migration of hilsa fish from Bay of Bengal to the estuaries of Hooghly and its channels. Weather is the stumbling block for migration this year.” According to the regional meteorological department, there has been 50% deficient rainfall from June 1 till date in the Gangetic West Bengal.
Fish traders from Delhi and Mumbai said that they are selling hilsa from Myanmar. A fish retailer in Navi Mumbai said there’s “huge demand for hilsa but that supply was “very low”.

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