Agriculture Current Affair 21 September 2020

Urea imports up 22% in 2019-20 at 91.23 lakh tonnes

India’s import of urea rose 22 per cent to 91.23 lakh tonnes during the last fiscal year, the government said on Sunday.

In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister D V Sadananda Gowda informed that the imports of urea in value terms stood at USD 2,302.95 million in the last financial year.

Urea imports stood at 74.81 lakh tonnes worth USD 2,040.14 million in 2018-19.

However, imports of DAP (Di-ammonium phosphate) declined to 48.7 lakh tonnes in 2019-20 from 66.02 lakh tonnes in the previous year.

Kerala Agri varsity introduce Jeevani, a new health drink

Aimed at enhancing the immunity levels of people, the Department of Post-Harvest Technology, Kerala Agricultural University has introduced Jeevani — a health drink in the market.

The product has been formulated from horticultural crops with proven health benefits and immunity boosting properties such as aonia (Indian gooseberry), lemon, ginger, turmeric and black pepper.

The active ingredients in these crops such as Vitamin C and flavanoids in lemon, zingiberin in ginger, curcumin in turmeric and piperine in black pepper are known to possess antioxidant and immune-protective properties.

Kharif area up, but rains hit standing crops in 15 states

Timely and quick spread of monsoon this year did help boost the kharif acreage, but the heavy spell of rains witnessed across several parts of the country over recent weeks are seen spoiling the party for several farmers this cropping season.

“There have been extreme weather events in the form of heavy rains in some parts of the country which affected the standing crops,” said Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar informed the Parliament on Friday.

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