Agriculture Current Affair 16 August 2021

CAI lowers cotton crop estimates to 354.5 lakh bales for this fiscal

The Cotton Association of India (CAI) has reduced its cotton crop forecast by 1.50 lakh bales in its July estimate for 2020-21, beginning October, to 354.50 lakh bales compared to the previous month, following lower output exceptions in Gujarat and Telangana. The total cotton production in 2019-20 (October 2019-September 2020) had stood at 360 lakh bales, CAI said in a statement on Friday.

The CAI has maintained its cotton crop estimate for the Northern Zone at the same level as in its previous month’s estimate of 65.50 lakh bales. While, for the Central Zone, it reduced by 0.50 lakh bales to 193.50 lakh bales, from 194 lakh bales estimated during the last month.

CAI also said there is a reduction of 2.50 lakh bales in the crop estimate for Gujarat; while for Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, it has been increased by 1.50 lakh bales and 0.50 lakh bales, respectively, compared to the estimates of these states made in the previous month.

Paddy planting marginally down at 349.24 lac hectare so far: Government data

Area sown to paddy is down marginally at 349.24 lakh hectare so far in the kharif season of 2021-22 crop year (July-June) from the year-ago period, according the Agriculture Ministry data released on Friday. Farmers had planted paddy in 351.52 lakh hectare in the same season previous crop year.

Sowing of kharif picks up with the onset of Southwest monsoon rains, which have been 6 per cent below average so far in the season that began from June 1.

Farmers have planted summer(kharif)-sown crops in 997 lakh hectare till August 13 of the ongoing crop year, slightly slower than 1,015.15 lakh hectare in the year-ago period.

DMK govt presents exclusive farm budget, first in Tamil Nadu

In sync with its poll promise, the DMK government on Saturday presented a budget in the Tamil Nadu Assembly exclusively for agriculture featuring schemes for the overall development of the farm sector, including one for self-sufficiency and farm growth in villages.

Presenting the budget, Minister for agriculture and farmer’s welfare, M R K Panneerselvam said the views of farmers and experts were sought and the budget was prepared based on their views. “The agriculture budget is the aspiration of farmers. It is a dream of nature lovers.”

This is the first time a separate budget for agriculture is presented in Tamil Nadu.

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