Agriculture Current Affair 1 June 2020

Farmers in South opt for dragon fruit cultivation to juice up profits

The cultivation of dragon fruit is gaining momentum in the country, if the expansion of area under its cultivation is any indication.

Speaking at a webinar on ‘Prospectus in dragon fruit cultivation’, organised by the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) on Monday, G Karunakaran, Principal Scientist, and in-charge of the Central Horticultural Experiment Station (CHES) at Hirehalli in Tumakuru district, said that the area under dragon fruit cultivation, which was at 10 hectares during 2012, increased to more than 500 hectares in 2020.

Lockdown brings black rice, joha rice in minor forest produce list

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs on Friday said black rice and joha rice grown in the North-East will be among the 23 additional minor forest produce considered for minimum support price (MSP) under a Centrally-sponsored scheme to improve marketing and value chain of these produce collected mostly from forest areas.

While medicinally-important black rice, grown predominantly in Manipur, would have an MSP of ₹100 a kg, Joha rice — an aromatic rice grown mainly in Assam and Meghalaya — can fetch ₹50.

With this, the total number of items supported through ‘Mechanism for Marketing of Minor Forest Produce (MFP) through Minimum Support Price (MSP) and development of value chain of MFP’ has gone up to 73 from the existing 50, an official statement said.

Demand lifts masur, moong

Increased demand from Bengal and Bihar lifted masur at the mandis in by ₹50 a quintal with masur (bold) rising to ₹5,400. Masur dal (medium) went for ₹6,600, while masur dal (bold) ruled at ₹7,100.

On the other hand, decline in arrival lifted the prices of moong with moong (bold) at ₹6,400-6,600 a quintal (up ₹300). Moong dal mongar ruled stable at ₹9,000.

According to Sanjay Agrawal, a trader, with farmers in Nimar and Malwa regions engaged in preparing their farms for soyabean sowing next month, supply of new crop has declined, leading to a sharp rise in the prices of moong and its dal. Moong dal mongar fetched ₹9,000 a quintal. Weak demand dragged urad with urad (Mumbai) being quoted at ₹6,000-6,200, while urad (Madhya Pradesh) ruled at ₹6,700-6,800 a quintal.

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