Agriculture Current Affair 22 August 2022

Foodgrain production may be 1.6% higher in 2021-22

India is likely to produce 315,72 million tonnes of foodgrains in 2021-22, 1.6% higher than in the previous year, with an expected record production of rice, maize, gram, pulses, rapeseed and mustard, oilseeds and sugarcane, the agriculture ministry said in its fourth advance estimates on Wednesday.

“The production during 2021-22 is higher by 25 million tonnes than the previous five years’ (2016-17 to 2020-21) average production of foodgrains,” the ministry said in a statement.

Rice production is expected to be 130.29 million tonnes. Wheat production could increase to 106.84 million tonnes, 2.96 million tonnes higher than the past five years’ average of 103.88 million tonnes.

Over 11,000 crop residue management machines go missing, vigilance probe ordered

The Punjab government on Wednesday said it has initiated a vigilance probe into a Rs 150-crore scam in the distribution of crop residue management machines among farmers during the previous dispensation led by the Congress.

Agriculture Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal, in a statement, said during a physical verification, a total of 11,275 machines were not found with the beneficiaries and ordered a thorough probe into it.

He said the central sector scheme of promotion of agriculture mechanisation for in-situ management of crop residue was implemented by the previous government from 2018-19 to 2021-22.

Vast stretch of land identified in North East and West Bengal for rubber cultivation

Central Government felt the need to increase natural rubber production in the country by expanding rubber cultivation to non-traditional areas, including North East and traditional regions, said Dr Sawar Dhanania, Chairman, Rubber Board. The board has identified a vast stretch of land in North East and West Bengal for rubber cultivation.

“As per prevailing trends, Natural Rubber (NR) production in India will not be sufficient to meet the consumer industry’s demands as consumption is expected to reach 1500,000 tonnes by 2025-26. The production-consumption gap is presently met by imports, and that involves a huge amount of foreign exchange outgo. Hence there is an urgent need to increase the area under rubber cultivation on a war footing, both to meet the domestic demand and reduce the dependence on imports and restrict the outgo of foreign exchange,” said Dr. Sawar Dhanania, Chairman, Rubber Board.

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