Agriculture Current Affair 20 May 2021

Rs 10,000 subsidy for Chhattisgarh farmers to grow crops other than paddy

Farmers in Chhattisgarh will get an input subsidy of Rs 10,000 per acre for cultivating some crops identified by the government other than paddy from the Kharif season 2021-22, an official said on Thursday.

The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel here on Wednesday in a bid to encourage cultivation of crops other than paddy in Chhattisgarh, which known as the ‘rice bowl’ of central India because of extensive cultivation of rice in the state.

Subsidy on DAP hiked to record Rs 1,200/bag to keep prices steady

The government has decided to increase the subsidy for diammonium phosphate (DAP) fertiliser to Rs 1,200 a bag of 50 kg from Rs 500.

This will help farmers continue to get DAP at the existing rate of Rs 1,200 a bag, despite a jump in its actual price due to higher raw material cost.

This is the highest ever subsidy given on DAP in one go.

“The hike in subsidy will put an additional financial burden of Rs 14,776 crore on the central government, which spends around Rs 80,000 crore on subsidies for chemical fertilisers every year,” a senior fertiliser ministry official said.

India maintains buffalo meat exports at $3.17 bn in 2020-21 despite pandemic

Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia, Egypt, Indonesia top buyers
India has maintained its buffalo meat exports at $3.17 billion in 2020-21, unchanged from the previous fiscal figure, despite an overall decline in goods exports in the pandemic-hit year, says government figures.

“Buffalo meat export from India is going on smoothly, and there are no hurdles in the supply chain. The affordably-priced buffalo meat is contributing towards food security and food price inflation control in the importing countries,” a government release stated on Thursday. The value realisation of buffalo has also increased to $2,921 per MT (metric tonne) from $2,754 per MT, the release added.

India, one of the largest exporters of buffalo meat in the world, exports to 70 countries across the globe, including Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Philippines and UAE. “The buffalo meat is prepared and exported under OIE guidelines (international guidelines) for any risk mitigation. Therefore, only boneless buffalo meat is allowed for export from India, which is safe and risk-free,” the release stated.

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