Agriculture Current Affair 13 May 2020

Madhya Pradesh to procure 95 lakh tonnes of wheat this year

Despite a delayed start to wheat procurement, Madhya Pradesh has so far procured over 66 lakh tonnes (63.67 lakh tonnes till Monday) as against 53 lt in the corresponding period last year and is well on the path to achieve the upwardly revised procurement target of 95 lt, said a senior State official on Tuesday.

Till Monday, Food Corporation of India (FCI) and State agencies that procure wheat for FCI at minimum support price (MSP), have procured 252.5 lt of wheat from 10 wheat-growing States in current rabi marketing season as against 292.61 lt in the corresponding period in the previous season.

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Centre sets up new body to promote rice exports

To give further impetus to rice exports, the Centre has set up a new body – Rice Export Promotion Forum (REPF), under the aegis of the Agricultural and Processed Foods Export Promotion Development Authority (Apeda).

Rice, both basmati and non-basmati variety, is the largest commodity in India’s agri-export basket. Shipments stood at $7.77 billion in 2018-19, with basmati exports at $4.72 billion and non-basmati at $3.05 billion. Final export figures for 2019-20 are yet to be released by Apeda.

“Considering the importance of export of rice, its inherent potentials and the multifarious issues, which are faced in the process, it is decided to constitute a Rice Export Promotion Forum,” an Apeda notification said.

Kaleshwaram project initiates wet run at Mallanna sagar

The Telangana is witness to yet another critical step towards the goal of making the State agriculture productive by harnessing the Godavari waters with the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme.

The wet run commenced today with the release of water from Komuravelli Mallanna Sagar pump house, one of the most important phases in the mega KLIP.

The Godavari water released from Ranganayaka Sagar reached the Mallanna Sagar surge pool. Mallanna Sagar is the biggest man made reservoir in KLIP with a capacity to store 50 TMC water.

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