Agriculture Current Affair 1 March 2021

Agritech firm Unnati eyes expansion in four States

Launches co-branded debit card with Paytm Bank to drive financial inclusion

Agritech start-up tech platform Unnati plans to expand its operations in States such as Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Rajasthan and Punjab this year, said co-founder Amit Sinha.

Unnati currently operates in parts of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Bihar, where it has a customer base of around 2.75 lakh farmers who purchase and sell seeds and fertilisers through its platform. It also provides financial services and farm advisory through the platform.

Why sugar mills have been coming up in zones that are facing water scarcity

Huge subsidies, high returns and support from financial entities attract politicians and entrepreneurs to set up units

Young businessman Arvind Shinde is aspiring to make it big in Solapur politics. He has unsuccessfully contested municipal elections but has not lost hope. He says he has a mantra to be successful in politics – have a sugar mill. He draws attention to the fact that in the 2019 Assembly elections, more than 100 sugar barons were in the fray.

Solapur is one of the drought-prone sugar regions in Maharashtra, and in the current cane crushing season, the highest number of sugar mills (38) started operations in this region. Of these, 25 are privately-owned.

Telangana to set up CoE for horticultural crops

The Telangana Government will set up an exclusive Centre of Excellence (CoE) to promote modern methods in the cultivation of horticultural crops in the State.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has announced allocation of 300 acres for the CoE at the Prof. Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU) campus.

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