Agriculture Current Affair 17 November 2020

Civil Aviation Ministry allows Icrisat to use drones for agri research activities

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) have granted conditional exemption to the International Crops Research Institute (Icrisat), Hyderabad for the deployment of drones for agricultural research activities.

Amber Dubey, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, said, “The Government is encouraging young entrepreneurs and researchers to look at ruggedised low-cost drone solutions for the over 6.6 lakh villages in India.”

Madhya Pradesh pushes up rabi sowing area by 21%

A spurt in planting in central Indian States, particularly in Madhya Pradesh, has led to a 21 per cent increase in rabi sowing to 185 lakh hectares (lh) till last Friday as compared to 153 lh planted during the corresponding week in the previous rabi season, data from the Agriculture Ministry has shown.

Madhya Pradesh accounted for more than two-third of the additional 32 lh planted by farmers so far.

Kerala eyes production of its own Feni brand from cashew apple

Keralites will soon get a taste of their own brand of Feni, the local spirit of Goa.

State-owned Kerala Cashew Development Corporation is gearing up to produce liquor from cashew apple. It has submitted a detailed project report to the government and the State Excise Department.

The ₹13-crore project will come up at Thalassery where the Corporation owns a greenfield plant with production capacity of three lakh litres per annum, a top official in KSCDC told BusinessLine.

Bangladesh issues first rice import tender in three years

Bangladesh’s state grains agency issued an international tender to purchase 50,000 tonnes of rice on Monday, its first buying tender in three years amid a surge in prices of the staple grain.

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