Agriculture Current Affair 15 January 2020

NBHC comes out with its final 2019-20 kharif crop estimates, most of the crops show decline

National Bulk Handling Corporation (NBHC) has come out with its final kharif crop estimates for the year 2019-20 which shows that production of most of the crops are expected to decline except cotton and jowar.

According to Dr Hanish Kumar Sinha, head (research and development), NBHC rice production production is expected to decline marginally by 8.21% over last year and decline marginally by 3.19% over last estimate. Maize is expected to decline significantly by about 11.86% over last year and 8.97% over last estimate and jowar is expected to improve by 1.07%over last year while bajra is expected to decline by 1.98% over last year.

Coarse grains, pulses, oil seeds and sugarcane are expected to decline by 14.14%, 14.09% and 53.31% and 11.07% over the last estimate, respectively. Moong is expected to decline by 27.38% over last year and decline marginally by 5.77% over last estimate, urad 18.38% over last year and 2.77% over last estimate and tur is expected to decline by 10.47% over last year and 5.54% over last estimate. Thus for the current year one can expect a significant shortfall in overall kharif pulses availability owing to long spell of unseasonal rainfalls in October and November.

Cold, showers in North may yield record rabi crop

According to latest rabi sowing data released by the agriculture ministry, wheat acreage — which accounts for over half the sown area — is up over 11% to 32.646 million ha, because of a rise in planting in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra. The total rabi sown area has also climbed to 62.5 million ha, 8% more than 57.847 million ha planted during this time last year.

The surge in sowing is supported by the better availability of water in reservoirs across the country. According to latest Central Water Commission report, 120 major reservoirs have a cumulative storage of 130.28 billion cubic metre (BCM) of water, which is around 53% more than 85.04 BCM recorded last year.

Government drafting national fisheries policy with Rs 45,000 crore budget

The government is drafting first national fisheries policy with a budget of Rs 45,000 crore for next five years to promote marine fishery, acquaculture and mariculture, official sources said.

The only existing policy is on marine fisheries from which the production stands at 4.3 million tonnes annually, but there is no policy on inland fisheries that produces the rest 23 million tonnes.

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