Agriculture Current Affair 22 May 2021

17% more wheat procured this year than last year

The government procured 17 per cent more wheat this season as compared to the corresponding purchase last year, said the Centre. An official press release stated that a quantity of over 382.35 lakh metric tonnes (LMT) of wheat has been procured against last year’s corresponding purchase of 324.81 LMT.

“Procurement of Wheat in ongoing Rabi Marketing Season (RMS) 2021-22 is continuing smoothly in the procuring States of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir at MSP, as was done in previous seasons and till now (upto May 20) a quantity of over 382.35 LMT of Wheat has been procured against the last year corresponding purchase of 324.81 LMT. About39.55Lakh farmers have already been benefitted from the ongoing RMS procurement operations with MSP value of Rs 75,514.61 Crore,” it stated.

Rs 10,000 subsidy for Chhattisgarh farmers to grow crops other than paddy

Farmers in Chhattisgarh will get an input subsidy of Rs 10,000 per acre for cultivating some crops identified by the government other than paddy from the Kharif season 2021-22, an official said on Thursday.

The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel here on Wednesday in a bid to encourage cultivation of crops other than paddy in Chhattisgarh, which known as the ‘rice bowl’ of central India because of extensive cultivation of rice in the state.

The CM decided to expand the scope of Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana and to cover all the major Kharif crops like maize, soyabean, sugarcane, kodo-kutki, pulses along with paddy under it from the next season, the public relations department official said.

Govt aims to bring additional 6.37 lakh hectare under oilseeds in 2021 kharif season

The Centre on Thursday said it has chalked out a multi-pronged strategy to bring in additional 6.37 lakh hectare area under oilseeds in the forthcoming kharif (summer) season beginning July this year.

That apart, the government has decided to freely distribute high-yielding varieties of oilseeds, especially soybean and groundnut, to farmers in kharif season 2021-22.

Last year, oilseeds were sown in 208.2 lakh hectare during the kharif season and 80 lakh hectare in the rabi (winter) season.

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