Agriculture Current Affair 23 February 2021

Higher MSP may see Kerala growers produce more natural rubber from April

Currently, as production costs exceed returns, growers are tapping their trees only once a week
Natural rubber growers in Kerala are expecting to tap more rubber from their trees beginning April 1 when a State government order for ₹170 a kg minimum support price (MSP) comes into effect.

Kerala accounts for 90 per cent of the total rubber production in the country.

Currently, a majority of farmers are keeping off from tapping due to prices hovering around ₹150 a kg, while the cost of production is about ₹175. As production costs exceed returns, growers are tapping their trees only once a week, according to grower community sources.

China steps up focus on food security in major policy document

The document, published by the State Council, China’s cabinet, noted that Communist party committees will also shoulder responsibility for food security

China will put greater pressure on its regions to boost grain yields and step up support for its domestic seed industry as it strengthens its focus on food security after the Covid-19 pandemic, as per a major policy document issued late Sunday.

The annual rural policy blueprint, known as the “No. 1 document”, placed greater emphasis on food security than in prior years, calling for all provinces to improve grain yields during the 2021-2025 period.

Centre buys paddy worth ₹1.23-lakh cr so far this season

Procurement up by 16% benefiting 94 lakh farmers

The Centre has procured 651.07 lakh tonnes of paddy worth nearly ₹1.23-lakh crore so far in this kharif marketing season at the minimum support price (MSP) amid farmers’ protest at Delhi’s borders against three new farm laws.

“In the ongoing Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2020-21, the Government continues to procure kharif 2020-21 crops at MSP from farmers as per existing MSP Schemes, as was done in previous seasons,” the Food Ministry said in a statement.

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