Agriculture Current Affair 15 April 2020

India Met Department to release first part of monsoon forecast today

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) will issue the first stage of its monsoon long-range forecast on Wednesday, the normal mid-April timeline for the eagerly-awaited first outlook from the country’s national forecaster.

Private forecaster Skymet Weather had declared that it would skip this year’s forecast for ‘strategic reasons’ and would come back ‘better equipped’ for the next (2021) season.

The 2020 season follows an unexpected super bumper monsoon of the previous year that delivered rainfall of 110 per cent above the long-period average (LPA). It was powered by one of the strongest positive phases of the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) ever recorded.

Nafed starts dispatching pulses under PMGKY scheme

State-run National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (Nafed), the nodal agency for supplying of 1 kg of pulses under PM Garib Kalyan Yojna, has commenced dispatching pulses to the States, a statement said on Tuesday.

Among the States and Union Territories to which the shipments commenced include Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Delhi and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Nafed has so far dispatched 5,516 tonnes of pulses to these States.

Under the scheme, Nafed is to supply 1,95,510 tonnes of processed pulses to cover around 19.6 crore households in the 36 States and UTs. It is supplying arhar dal, masoor malka, chana dal, chana whole and urad dal to the beneficiaries.

AP govt sets up 700 procurement centres for farmers

As part Covid-19 relief measures, the Andhra Pradesh government has set up over 700 procurement centres for farmers.

The centres have been located nearer to farms and farmlands across the State.

Jowar, red gram, Bengal gram, maize and turmeric are procured through these centres.

“This leaves minimal distances for farmers to travel, to sell their products. It also ensures that the crop is procured from farmers across the State and helps them save on transportation costs,” the government said in a release issued on Wednesday.

A data collecting system has been out in place.

Every day, data of price fluctuations and recorded prices are obtained by the government from all the 11,000 villages in the State.

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