Agriculture Current Affair 2 August 2020

After Fall Armyworm, corn crop in Maharashtra faces Leaf Blight attack

The corn crop in Maharashtra, after facing the Fall Armyworm attack in rabi season, is now facing renewed attacks of Northern Leaf Blight and Physoderma brown spot fungus.

The spread of the diseases is almost over one lakh hectares around Aurangabad, which has got the farmers worried.

The onset of Northern Leaf Blight (NLB) is a bit more severe. Rising humidity accompanied by intermittent rains in the Aurangabad region is the trigger. Due to the outbreak of NLB, the leaves of the corn crop have turned largely yellow and dry, affecting their growth.

No worry clouds as IMD sees normal rains in Aug-Sept

With the last two weeks of July ending deficit rainfall over large parts of North-West India and Central India, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) is pinning its hopes on a likely low-pressure area forming over the North Bay of Bengal to revive the monsoon in a resounding fashion from August 5.

Rs 700 crore ADB-funded project approved by government to help farmers in Maharashtra

Mahrashtra has approved an ADB-funded Rs 1,000 crore project for boosting fruit and vegetable production in the state. The Maharashtra Agribusiness Network (MagNet) project, which has been approved, aims to help farmers across all districts in the state for the next six years.

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