Agriculture Current Affair 13 June 2020

Kharif sowing 13 per cent higher due to better weather conditions

Defying Covid scare, farmers across the country have planted kharif crops in 13 per cent more area till Friday as compared to corresponding period last year.

The total area under kharif crops till now is nearly 93 lakh hectares (lh) as compared to 82 lh in the same period in 2019-20, according to data released by Agriculture Ministry.

Farmers in many parts of the country commenced kharif cultivation early this year taking advantage of increased soil moisture from higher than usual summer rains and better reservoir levels.

New agri reforms will bring a paradigm shift in agri-marketing: NCDEX MD & CEO

Earlier the government’s focus was on production. That is why India has become the large producer of wheat, milk, etc. Now there is a need to apply the same modernity to selling side.

Having huge surpluses, we need large companies to come in, buy and hold for a whole season. Agribusiness is such that we have a crop once a year, but consumption happens over 12 months. The farmers can’t hold it. They have to sell and get their money to be ready for the next crop.

Revisiting chemical pesticide use policy in agriculture

The Centre plans to ban the sale, manufacture and import of 27 pesticides, including popular ones. In its draft order, the Agriculture Ministry points out that these are products that are likely to involve risk to humans and animals and has called for suggestions before a final order is passed.

Understandably, the pesticide industry is opposing it, while many product exporters (especially spices) have welcomed it (as instances of export rejections due to unacceptable levels of pesticide residue is quite common).

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