Agriculture Current Affair 2 September 2020

Heavy rains cloud kharif oilseed crop prospects in Central India

Excess rains in Central India over past couple of weeks have dampened the prospects of a record harvest for kharif oilseeds, mainly soyabean and groundnut.

Farmers had planted more area under these oilseeds crops in States such as Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Gujarat, where heavy rains and flooding have hit the standing crops. In MP, the major soyabean producing state, kharif crops have been damaged in about 7 lakh hectares due to excess rains, according to official estimates, while the crop losses are yet to be assessed in Gujarat and other States.

Govt gives green signal to 27 cold-chain projects

The Inter-Ministerial Approval Committee (IMAC) chaired by Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal has approved 27 new projects under the scheme for integrated cold chain and value addition infrastructure of Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana (PMKSY).

These 27 new integrated cold chain projects worth ₹743 crore will be set up for creation of cold chain facilities for the food processing sector in the country. “These projects with a grant-in-aid of ₹208 crore will help increase efficiency and sustainability in India’s food supply chain,” an official statement said. The projects have been approved across Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.

Now, farmers plan to float their own insurance firm

The Nashik-based Sahyadri Farmers’ Producer Company recently invested in a start-up working in the weather station and sensor manufacturing space, which will help to put up weather stations at every farm at an affordable price.

Also, Sahyadri is working on digital technology that will collect this data and provide real-time positioning at the farm level with effect to weather risks.

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