Agriculture Current Affair 21 February 2021

Centre buys paddy worth ₹1.23-lakh cr so far this season

Procurement up by 16% benefiting 94 lakh farmers

The Centre has procured 651.07 lakh tonnes of paddy worth nearly ₹1.23-lakh crore so far in this kharif marketing season at the minimum support price (MSP) amid farmers’ protest at Delhi’s borders against three new farm laws.

“In the ongoing Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2020-21, the Government continues to procure kharif 2020-21 crops at MSP from farmers as per existing MSP Schemes, as was done in previous seasons,” the Food Ministry said in a statement.

Govt mulls ₹43,500-cr corpus for poultry, dairy sectors

Agri policies focused on post-harvest management, open market: Ashok Dalwai

The Centre plans to create a $6-billion corpus (₹43,500 crore) to strengthen logistics in animal husbandry, dairy and food processing sectors as part of its efforts to connect the farmgate to newer markets, a senior government official said today.

Ministry of Agriculture’s National Rainfed Area Authority (NRAA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ashok Dalwai, addressing the Global Castor Conference 2021 organised by the Solvent Extractors’ Association of India (SEA), the Union government’s agricultural policies to create free and open markets supported by measures to strengthen the farmers hand.

Apollo Hospitals procures millets from women farmers; makes it part of hospital diet

‘It’s time to procure local to live a healthier life’

Apollo Hospitals Hyderabad has initiated the use of millets in collaboration with over 5,000 women farmers working with Deccan Development Society.

The healthcare group has already procured 4,000 kg of millets and will procure another 1,000 kg every month to support women farmers of Sangareddy district in Telangana.

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