Agriculture Current Affair 18 May 2021

Centre asks states to use Essential Commodities Act to prevent hoarding of pulses, control prices

Central government today asked states and Union Territories (UT) to direct all the stockholders millers, traders, and importers to declare the stocks of pulses and to monitor the prices of pulses on weekly basis.

“States have been asked to use the provisions of Essential Commodities Act (EC Act), 1955 to ensure adequate availability of the scheduled essential commodities at fair prices to the common people,” a government release said.

Second wave of Covid-19 hits poultry sector

With the second wave of Covid-19 hitting the country, the poultry sector is facing new hurdles that are gravely implicating the poultry farmers and the livestock feed manufacturers. Soya meal one of the main components of livestock feed having 30% share in the feed composition, has witnessed a sudden splurge in the price. The Indore market price of Soya meal 46% protein during March 2020 was Rs 30,000 Ex-plant. The price currently has gone up to Rs 54,500 per metric tonne.  As compared to previous year, the Soya meal price has increased by a whopping hike of 82%.

PM-Kisan Benefits Reach West Bengal farmers; 7.03 lakh get 1st Installment of Rs 2,000 each

for the first time, the advantages under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme reached farmers of West Bengal. About 7.03 lakh farmers got Rs 2,000 each under the programme launched more than two years ago by the Central Government.

Under this scheme, also referred to as PM-KISAN, a financial benefit of Rs 6,000 per annum is provided to the eligible farmers, payable in three equal 4-monthly installments of Rs 2,000 each. The fund is transferred on to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries. The scheme was launched quite two year ago but was implemented with effect from December 2018. 

This scheme was not implemented till now in West Bengal because the government and also the Centre were at loggerheads over various issues, including verified data of farmers. 

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