Agriculture Current Affair 11 December 2022

Cold storages development up 53% in Jammu & Kashmir post abrogation of Article 370

A capacity close to one lakh tonnes has been created over past two years: Tomar

The development of cold storage infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a 53.8 per cent growth after the abrogation of Article 370 in 2020.

Replying to a question in Rajya Sabha on Friday, Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, said 21 cold storages with a capacity of 99,555 tonnes have been constructed in Jammu and Kashmir post the abrogation of Article 370.

Stating that the Government is putting in all efforts to create more cold storage infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir, he said currently 2.83 lakh tonnes of cold storage capacity has been created under various government schemes in Jammu and Kashmir.

Rice prices up 8.81% this year as kharif production declines

The price of rice has gone up by over 8 per cent since January following a decline in kharif production, the Union government told the Rajya Sabha today.

Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha on Friday, Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, said the production of rice is likely to be lower compared with last year due to deficient rainfall in some rice-growing States such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.

The monthly average wholesale price of rice increased to ₹3,999 a quintal in November (provisional) against ₹3,675 a quintal in January, recording a growth of 8.81 per cent.

He said the Government has been taking various measures from time to time to augment domestic availability and stabilise prices of essential food commodities, including rice, to make them accessible to all the consumers across India at affordable prices.

The Government had 204.67 lakh tonnes (lt) of rice stock in Central pool as on October 1 against stocking norms of 102.50 lt.

Indian turmeric prices soften on slack demand, higher 2021-22 output

The spice pares pre-Diwali gains; trade reports slowdown in exports

Indian turmeric has pared the gains witnessed after Diwali on slack demand and record production in the 2021-22 crop year (July-June), traders say.

“Turmeric prices had gone up by ₹300-400 a quintal soon after Diwali in markets in Telangana and Maharashtra. But they have now dropped back to pre-Diwali levels as demand is slack. This is because production was higher last year,” said RKV Ravishankar, President, Erode Turmeric Merchants Association.

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