Agriculture Current Affair 2 June 2022

No wheat shortage in India, ban imposed to check ‘rampant’ export: Narendra Singh Tomar

There was no shortage of wheat in India, but the Centre has imposed a ban on its export to check “rampant” overseas sales of the grain, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has said. Speaking to reporters after attending a function here on Thursday, Tomar said it was the government’s duty to maintain a balance in the market.

“For us, the nation’s interest comes first. And that is why there was no shortage of wheat in the country. It is the government’s duty to maintain a balance in the market. Hence, we have imposed a ban to check rampant export of the food grain. We have to meet the country’s demand,” the minister said.

On May 14, India, the world’s second biggest producer of the cereal, announced a ban on wheat exports as a part of measures to control rising domestic prices amid concerns of output being hit by scorching heatwave.

Tomato, mango prices soar across India as heatwave scorches crop

An unusual heatwave that started at the beginning of the summer this year has impacted the tomato and mango crop, driving up their prices beyond ₹100 a kilo in many parts of the country.

Tomato prices have soared to ₹100 per kg in the past fortnight. In some places like Bhubaneswar, it costs ₹120 a kg.

Mango production in Uttar Pradesh, the largest producer, is expected to be the lowest in two decades, with 80% of the crop being damaged due to the heatwave. While prices have crossed ₹100 per kg in most of the markets in northern and southern India, lower production will also hurt India’s exports of the fruit.

Nano urea will boost crop production, increase farmers’ income: IFFCO

The newly-launched nano urea liquid has higher nutrient use efficiency, which will boost crop production and increase farmers’ income, an official from the Indian Farmers’ Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) said on Saturday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday virtually inaugurated the world’s first nano urea liquid plant by IFFCO near Kalol town of Gujarat’s Gandhinagar district.

The nano urea plant has been set up by IFFCO to provide farmers the means to boost productivity and help increase their income.

“Nano urea has higher nutrient use efficiency and aims to reduce soil, water and air pollution. Use of nano urea liquid will lead to substantial increase in farmers’ income and it will significantly bring down the logistics and warehousing cost,” IFFCO said in a release.

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