Agriculture Current Affair 22 February 2021

Rs 2.97 lakh cr more food subsidy to be released this fiscal; Punjab, Haryana asked to use e-mode for MSP payments

The government will release nearly Rs 3 lakh crore more food subsidy in the remaining two months of the current fiscal as it looks to clear all previous backlogs, the food ministry said on Friday, adding that states such as Punjab and Haryana will compulsorily have to use electronic modes to pay crop price (MSP) to farmers.

While the usage of electronic modes to transfer the minimum support price (MSP) to farmers is to check diversion and avoid delays, the new system would not end the current practice of crop procurement through mandis and middle-men called Arthiyas, the ministry said.

The government sells foodgrains at huge subsidy under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) and other welfare schemes. Under the food law, the Centre provides 5 kg of wheat and rice per month per person to over 80 crore people at Rs 2-3 per kg.

Agriculture ministry gets nod for using drones for crop loss assessment

The aviation ministry and civil aviation directorate have given conditional approval to agriculture ministry for flying drones for the real time crop yield assessment under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY).

The exemption for flying drones will be valid for one year from the date of issue of permission letter.

“Initially, drones can be used over agricultural areas of 100 districts of 10 states where gram panchayat level yield estimation will be required to calculate insurance claims,” said an agricultural ministry official.

West Assam Milk Producers’ Cooperative Union Ltd made foray in Cattle Feed supplements segment

West Assam Milk Producers’ Cooperative Union Ltd. (WAMUL), popularly known as Purabi Dairy made foray in Cattle Feed supplements to augment its drive towards increasing milk productivity and reducing production cost for dairy farmers.

The range of Cattle Feed supplements shall reinforce WAMUL’s efforts in improving milk productivity of cattle and thus reduction in cost of production. Productivity improvement is identified as one of the key areas of interventions required for dairy development in Assam.

Leave a Reply