Agriculture Current Affair 1 August 2020

Pesticide offtake edges up even as more farmers shun agrochemicals

After witnessing a slump in 2018-19, pesticide consumption registered a marginal growth in 2019-20. However, more States are reporting a decline in usage of agrochemicals on rising awareness of the harmful effects among both producers and consumers.

States such as Punjab, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh and Kerala reported a decline in usage of technical grade chemical pesticides during 2019-20, according to the provisional data released by the Agriculture Ministry.

From humble brew to healing blend: Tea is the flavour of the Covid season

It’s no more a mere brew that cheers. The humble tea has been taken out of dabhas and roadside kiosks, blended with tulsi, turmeric and other herbs to further enhance its immune-boosting properties and has become the brew of choice in these Covid times.

As Indian Tea Association Secretary Sujit Patra says: “There are several research studies to prove that tea can help boost immunity. In fact, the ITA, the Tea Board and several individual players have been highlighting the health benefits of drinking tea on various social media platforms.”

‘India can push up agri exports to $70 billion’

India has the potential to increase its agricultural exports to $70 billion from the current $40 billion in a few years, if it invests $8-10 billion across inputs, infrastructure and processing capacity, said a report submitted by an expert group on Friday.

The High level group on agricultural exports, constituted by the 15th Finance Commission also suggested increased focus on 22 crop value chains and recommended setting up of state led export plan with participation from stake holders.

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