Agriculture Current Affair 19 July 2021

Year-on-year kharif sowing trails by 11.56%, reservoir levels lower by 7% than previous year

The year-on-year kharif sowing area as on July 16 is lagging by 11.56%, according to the data released by the Ministry of Agriculture. The country has completed sowing of kharif crops on 57% of the normal kharif area of 1073 lakh hectare, with major decline being reported in pulses, oilseeds, coarse cereals, and cotton.

The year-on-year sowing of rice is lagging by 7%. Rice has been sown on 161.97 lakh hectares, with higher acreage reported from the states of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Tripura, Punjab, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Jammu & Kashmir, and Uttarakhand. Less area is reported from the states of Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Assam, Haryana, Gujarat etc.

Tripura initiates steps to promote commercial cultivation of Agar

Agar is used in perfumeries and other industries

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought his intervention to facilitate export of Agar oil and Agar chips to abroad.

Tripura expects to export 75,000 kg of Agar chips and 1,500 kg of Agar oil in the current financial year. The state has over 50 lakh trees are available in the state.

Tripura government has come up with Tripura Agar Wood Policy 2021’, which proposed to double agar wood plantation by 2025. The state had a potential of agar trade of Rs 2000 crore.

Soybean, cotton and maize acreages could shift if monsoon fails to revive: Crisil

Rating agency Crisil NSE 12.73 % has said that there could be a major shift in soybean, cotton and maize acreages across the rainfall deficit states if monsoon fails to revive as forecast in its report “Impact of truant monsoon on kharif crops in marketing year 2021” released on Monday.

The report said that the southwest monsoon arrived in India on June 3, signalling a good start to the kharif 2021 season. As on June 23, monsoon covered almost 93% of kharif acreage — a week before its usual onset. However, the lull in monsoon over the past 15 days (up to 12 July) has weighed on the pace of kharif sowing.

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