Agriculture Current Affair 20 June 2020

Kharif sowing area jumps by 40%

Ample rains during recent cyclone Nisarga and higher than normal monsoon activity have helped farmers plant more oilseeds, pulses and coarse cereals crops, taking the total area under kharif sowing to 131 lakh hectares (lh) — which is nearly 40 per cent more than the 94 lh in the corresponding week last year, according to data released from Agriculture Ministry on Friday.

Oilseeds, pulses gain

Farmers have planted oilseeds over 14.3 lh as against just 1.6 lh in the same period last year. There is a substantial increase in area under both groundnut and soyabean crops. If groundnut planted area was 10 lh this week as compared to 0.6 lh in the same week in 2019-20, the soyabean area went up to 3.5 lh (0.53 lh).

Pulses, cash crops

Because of a spurt in arhar and moong planting, the area under pulses increased by 107 per cent to 4.6 lh (2.2 lh).

Webinar on Agri-Exports

The Indian Institute of Plantation Management (IIPM) -engaluru had organised a Webinar on ‘Growth Potential of India’s Agricultural Exports and Emerging Career Opportunities’ recently. The webinar was aimed at highlighting the new career and business start-up opportunities in the agricultural exports sector for young graduates, nascent entrepreneurs and professionals. Sanjeev Nandhwani, secretary general, AEPC, said India has an advantage to achieve its export potential in the post-Covid period, where agri-business and food sectors are set to prosper. IIPM-B is launching a 2-year exclusive PGDM Programme in Agricultural Export and Business Management (AE&BM) beginning August this year, the institute said in a release.

Higher prices brew trouble for Indian tea exports

India’s tea exports is likely to witness a decline on the back of lower supply of the crop and high prices. Exports are likely to be lower by 15-20 per cent at around 200-220 million kg (mkg) this year as compared with close to 248.29 mkg in 2019.

According to Anshuman Kanoria, Chairman of Indian Tea Exporters’ Association (ITEA), exports of Indian CTC is likely to be impacted by the higher crop and lower prices in Africa. The estimated decline in production of orthodox tea and the firm prices are likely to affect the demand for Indian orthodox teas in the global markets.

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