Agriculture Current Affair 20 April 2021

India’s onion export ban helps Iraq, Turkey gain foothold in global market

Shippers find it tough to win back buyers as Centre resorts to ad hoc moves to stop shipments
Iraq and Turkey are providing tough competition to India in the latter’s traditional onion export market, particularly with the Union Government taking ad hoc decisions to ban shipments over the last few years.

“Iraq and Turkey are waiting to fill in any gap left by India in the onion export market. They gained when India banned onion exports from September 24 to December 31 last year,” said Agri Commodities Exporters Association (ACEA) President M Madan Prakash.

Soyameal exports double during last fiscal

Help shipments of oilmeals to clock 51 per cent growth

Export of oilmeals increased 51 per cent during 2020-21 with the value of export nearly doubling during the period, according to data compiled by the Solvent Extractors’ Association (SEA).

The overall export of oilmeals was provisionally pegged at 36.80 lakh tonnes during April-March 2020-21 compared with 24.33 lakh tonnes during the same period the previous year, registering a growth of 51.21 per cent.

Model mustard farms: Evaluation report finds 50% higher productivity

Average productivity of model farms was 2,728.59 kg/hectare in 2020-21, according to MART study

The Solvent Extractors’ Association (SEA) of India has come out with the finding that a model farms project, ‘SEA-Solidaridad Mustard Model Farms’, launched by it has resulted in average productivity increasing by about 50 per cent than that of the ‘control group’.

Releasing the outcome of third-party evaluation report of its project, it said 200 model farms were set up during the current rabi season to demonstrate effective farming techniques to around 1,000 farmers in Bundi, Kota, Baran and Tonk districts of Rajasthan under the project.

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