Agriculture Current Affair 14 September 2021

Agri transport and marketing plan extended to dairy, aid hiked

The government on Friday extended the Transport and Marketing Assistance (TMA) for Specified Agriculture Products Scheme to dairy products and increasing the rates of assistance under the scheme.

Under the TMA scheme, the government reimburses a certain portion of international freight charges to mitigate the disadvantage of high freight costs faced by Indian agriculture produce exporters to faraway places, and provides assistance for their marketing.

The rates of assistance have been increased by 50% for exports by sea and 100% through air, the commerce and industry ministry said in statement.

Maharashtra: Over 7 lakh farmers call insurance firms to inform about crop damages due to excessive rain

More than seven lakh farmers in Maharashtra have called up insurance companies during the current monsoon season to inform about crop damage due to excessive rainfall, officials said.

Representatives of crop insurance companies need to personally visit the farms and assess the damages, and based on their report, the farmers will get the insurance amount, they said.

“A total of 2,56,985 were received till August 1 from farmers across Maharashtra intimating about extremely heavy rains that led to damage of crops. The number of such calls increased to 4,15,747 by September 1 and reached 5,53,491 on September 9. In last two days, the number of such calls reached over seven lakh,” state agricultural commissionerate’s chief statistical officer Vinaykumar Awate told PTI.

Maharashtra govt expects 5.6% increase in sugar production in 2021-22

Sugar production of Maharashtra, the second largest sugar producing state of India, is expected to increase by 5.6% to touch 112 lakh tonnes in the next sugar season beginning October 1. The state will begin it’s 2021-22 crushing season from October 15, a committee of ministers headed by chief minister Uddhav Thackeray decided on Monday.

“The area planted under sugar cane for the 2021-22 sugar season has increased to 12.32 lakh hectare, while the per hectare production of sugarcane is expected to be 97 tonnes. We expect that 193 sugar mills will be operational next season, which will crush 1096 lakh tonne sugarcane,” said a release issued by the government.

According to the state’s sugar commissionerate, Maharashtra had produced 106.4 lakh tonnes of sugar in 2020-21 sugar season by crushing 1013 lakh tonnes of sugarcane. Maharashtra produces 206 crore litre ethanol. 112 sugar mills from the state have set up ethanol manufacturing plants.

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