Agriculture Current Affair 20 January 2021

KCR takes stock of Kaleshwaram project progress, directs officials to fill up all barrages

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has directed irrigation officials to prepare project-wise operational guidelines and to fill up all barrages before summer, after visiting the Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project sites on Tuesday.

Expressing happiness over the project progress and water being pumped into reservoirs/barrages, he instructed the officials concerned to fill them all up.

On Tuesday, the CM, along with his wife Shobha, visited the Laxmi Barrage constructed at Medigadda and paid tributes to the Godavari waters.

Oilmeals exports up by 133 per cent in December

Tightening global supply of soybean and the strike by oilseed workers unions in Argentina helped India record a growth in oilmeals exports during December 2020.

The Solvent Extractors’ Association (SEA) of India, which has come out with the provisional export data of oilmeals for December 2020, said that export of oilmeals increased to 5,12,997 tonnes during December 2020 as against 2,20,404 tonnes in the corresponding period of 2019, recording a growth of 133 per cent.

ITC looking to take MAPs programme to other parts of India

After successfully completing its pilot of growing medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) in Madhya Pradesh last year, ITC Ltd is looking to scale up the project. Plans are afoot to consolidate and strengthen its presence in central India and then move into other geographies, including the southern and northern parts of the country.

According to Rajnikant Rai, Divisional Chief Executive, Agri Business Division, ITC, the company will expand its presence into five districts of Madhya Pradesh, up from the current three and almost double the area under cultivation of such plants to around 10,000 acres (5,000 acres at present) this year.

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