Agriculture Current Affair 19 September 2021

Centre says wholesale edible oil prices showing declining trend

The Centre on Friday said prices of eight types of edible oils in the wholesale markets across the country are showing a declining trend over the last week after it took several measures to boost domestic supply and curb hoarding. The wholesale prices of groundnut, mustard oil, vanaspati, sunflower oil, palm oil, coconut oil and sesame oil declined during the week ended September 14, it said in a statement.

According to Consumer Affairs Ministry, the wholesale price of palm oil fell 2.50 per cent to Rs 12,349 per tonne as on September 14 from Rs 12,666 per tonne a week ago.

While wholesale price of sesame oil slipped 2.08 per cent to Rs 23,500 per tonne, coconut oil eased by 1.72 per cent to Rs 17,100 per tonne.

12 crore farmers benefited from PM-Kisan, 2.5 core in UP alone: Radha Mohan Singh

Twelve crore farmers have benefited so far from the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana and 2.5 crore of them are from Uttar Pradesh, BJP national vice president Radha Mohan Singh said Friday. Speaking at the Kisan Samman Samaroh organised at the Deen Dayal Veterinary University here, he said a total of Rs 1.60 lakh crore has been spent on the scheme so far.

He said, “2.5 crore farmers also benefited in Uttar Pradesh under the Kisan Samman Nidhi.”

While felicitating 71 farmers from Mathura, the former Union minister also said sugarcane-growers were paid Rs 1.43 lakh crore in Uttar Pradesh.

Higher investment required in agri R&D: India says at G20 agri meet

India on Saturday stressed at G20 agriculture meeting that there is a need to increase investment in agricultural research and development amid the challenges of climate change and expected increase in food demand by 2030. The G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting is one of the ministerial meetings organised as part of the G20 Leaders Summit 2021 to be hosted by Italy in October.

Addressing a session on the topic ‘Research as a driving force behind sustainability’, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar shared that agricultural research has played a major role in transforming India from a net food importer to exporter.

“Today with an annual production of 308 million tonnes of food grains, India is not only in the realm of food security but is also catering to needs of other countries,” he said and added India has experienced a revolution in the field of agricultural produce due to the efficient research of scientists.

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