Agriculture Current Affair 22 January 2020

IRRI at State Annual Agri Exhibition ‘Krushi Odisha 2020’: Leading Farmers to Profitability

‘Krushi Odisha 2020’ the state annual agri exhibition highlighting innovations and best practices in Agriculture, Food Processing and allied sectors to enhance farmer incomes and welfare was flagged-off by the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and the valedictory evening was graced by the Governor Prof. Ganeshi Lal. Patnaik in his address, hoped for the success of the event and said that farmers and all agencies supporting agriculture in Odisha should use this opportunity to work together. “I would like to see farmers to be happy, flourish, progressive and making more profits in agriculture” he added.

The five-day exhibition cum knowledge-sharing event organized by Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment, Government of Odisha between 20th and 24th January at Janata Maidan in Bhubaneswar, and aims at leading farmers to profitability, for better farm incomes, use of modern implements and technology, financial assistance and training.

West Bengal emerges at the top in vegetable production

West Bengal has overtaken Uttar Pradesh and emerged as the top State in vegetable production in 2018-19, the data presented at a recent horticultural meeting showed.According to the State-wise horticulture production data released at a conference organised by the Agriculture Ministry last week, West Bengal produced 29.55 million tonnes (mt) of vegetables last year against 27.70 mt in the year before. Vegetable production in UP, which held the numero uno position earlier, came down to 27.71 mt in 2018-19 from 28.32 mt the previous year.

Nutrient-Based Subsidy (NBS) for Urea Before Direct Cash Transfer

Government had launched the nutrient-based subsidy (NBS) in 2010 under which a fixed amount of subsidy is given on each grade of subsidized phosphatic and potassic (P&K) fertilizers. Now for urea too, the subsidy will be based on the nutrient content present in them. The total consumption of urea is around 30 MT, out of which 5 MT is imported.

As the cost of production varies with plants, Government will have to determine a fixed subsidy and then transfer it into farmers’ accounts based in the sale. A bag of 45 kg of urea costs around Rs. 900 and farmers get it at Rs. 242 at a discount of over 70 percent.

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