Agriculture Current Affair 22 August 2020

West Bengal’s paddy output seen higher on optimum rains

West Bengal is expecting a higher kharif paddy production thanks to the favourable weather conditions.

West Bengal produces 15-16 million tonnes of paddy each year across the three seasons — aus, aman and boro. The kharif paddy (aus and aman) output accounts for about 70 per cent of the total production. Boro paddy is usually cultivated on land dependent on canal or irrigation facility.

Paddy headed for record acreage

A 6 per cent increase in monsoon rainfall has pushed up kharif sowing by 8.6 per cent compared to the same week last year, with paddy heading for a record acreage with planting is still on.

Kharif sowing data for the week released by Agriculture Ministry on Friday showed that planting was completed on 1,063 lakh hectares (lha) compared to 979 lha in the corresponding week of the last kharif season.

Rice prices increase as exporters grapple with floods, coronavirus

Rice export prices in top-hub India edged higher this week as floods and surging coronavirus cases hammered supply and export logistics.

India’s 5 per cent broken parboiled variety rose to $383-$389 per tonne from last week’s $382-$387, with exporters struggling to fulfil orders due to limited availability of containers and workers at the country’s biggest rice handling port, Kakinada, in the state of Andhra Pradesh.


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