Agriculture Current Affair 17 January 2021

Paddy procurement up by 27.15%: Food ministry

The government has bought a record 55.88 million tonnes of kharif paddy in its ongoing procurement exercise, 27.15% more than last year during this period. Out of the total procurement, little less than 50% has been contributed by Punjab and Haryana together – the states from where farmers have been spearheading the agitation against the three farm laws.

“Over the years the government has made the procurement system robust by increasing the procurement centres by 50%. In future the procurement will further improve with new technology and transparency in the system,” food minister Piyush Goyal had said on Thursday while addressing the 57th foundation day of Food Corporation of India, the apex grain procurement and distribution agency.

43 million farmers have benefited from IMD forecasts: Dr. Harsh Vardhan

he met department’s weather services help almost 43 million farmers every day to make decisions regarding their crops, earth sciences minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said on Friday.

The government hopes to increase this coverage to 70 million by 2022, and 100 million by 2025, he added.

“Currently, 43 million farmers receive text messages that contain weather forecasts and advice on sowing, harvesting and storage of grains,” Vardhan said at the 146th foundation day of the India Meteorological Department.

The minister said India’s weather bureau is considered the fourth-best across the world, with only the US, England and Japan doing better in predictions.

Vegetable oil imports jump 9% to 24.59 lakh tonnes in November-December

India’s vegetable oil imports jumped 9 per cent in November- December 2020 to 24.59 lakh tonnes due to advance buying by industry to beat the impending export levies by Malaysia, according to industry data.

“Import of vegetable oils during November- December 2020 is reported at 24,59,484 tonnes compared to 22,55,501 tonnes for the same period in 2019,” Solvent Extractors’ Association of India (SEA) said in a statement. The edible oil marketing year runs from November to October.

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