Agriculture Current Affair 21 November 2022

NABARD projects Rs 39,636 crore credit potential for Assam

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) projects credit potential of Rs 39,636 crore for the state of Assam for the financial year 2023-24.

The State Credit Seminar, held on 21st November 2022, has pegged 9 per cent higher credit potential than the previous year for the state. Of the total projected credit potential, as much as Rs 19,983 crore (31%) is towards Agriculture and Allied activities. Further, credit potential of Rs 14,728 crore (37%) has been projected towards MSME sector, while credit potential for Informal Credit – SHGs / JLGs have been pegged at Rs 1,777 crore. Housing and education sector’s credit potential has been projected at Rs 2,805 crore.

Assam governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi released the state focus paper.

National Fishworkers Forum calls for roll back of anti-fisherfolk policies

The National Fishworkers Forum (NFF) on Monday resolved to resist and push for the roll-back of policies and projects that threaten coastal and marine ecologies that sustain lives and livelihoods of fish workers.

On World Fisheries Day, NFF organised protests across the nine coastal States.

In Kerala, the Swanthanthra Matsya Thozhilali Federation held a ‘sea satyagraha’ with a single demand to withdraw the Vizhinjam project.

The project, according to the Federation, has caused extensive environmental damage and displacement. In the aftermath of recent floods, the project makes people even more vulnerable to disaster and climate change related impacts.

The Maharashtra Machchimar Kriti Samiti along with Wadhavan Bandar Virodhi Sangharsh Samiti held a rally and meeting demanding the roll back of the Wadhavan Port and the proposed refinery coming up in the coastal region.

Odisha to bring 10,000 ha under organic coffee cultivation

Launches mission to make the State a producer of organic Arabica coffee

The Odisha government has launched a mission to bring 10,000 hectares under organic coffee cultivation over the next few years, State Agriculture Production Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena has said.

“Neighbouring Andhra Pradesh has a significant area under coffee. We have also started well on coffee plantations and in Koraput distinct, adjoining Andhra, we get high-quality Arabica coffee. We have launched a mission to take up coffee plantation in 10,000 hectares over the next few years and gradually emerge as an organic coffee-producing State in the country,” Jena told businessline.

According to the Coffee Board, non-traditional areas in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and the North-East make up for 21 per cent of the total area under coffee cultivation. During 2021-22, coffee was cultivated on 99,380 hectares of non-traditional areas compared to 3.68 lakh hectares in traditional areas.

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