Agriculture Current Affair 23 January 2021

Karnataka to promote exports of rose onion

The Karnataka government has identified Chikkaballapur, Kolar and Bangalore (Rural) districts as rose onion clusters for encouraging their exports under the Agriculture Export Policy (AEP) of the Centre through various interventions.

Four farmer producer organisations from Chikkaballapur signed an MoU recently with BS Allium Cepa Exports for promoting rose onion exports, an official release said. About 2,500 farmers are likely to benefit from the initiative, according to Karnataka

State Agricultural Produce Processing and Export Corporation Ltd (KAPPEC).

Niraj Kumar Verma, CGM, Nabard, said that this joint initiative between his organisation and KAPPEC involving FPOs addresses the supply chain constraints involving rose onion crop in general and encourage their exports.

Rabi planting hits an all-time high at 675 lakh ha

Rabi sowing in the country set a new record by covering an area of 675 lakh hectares (lha), nearly 2 per cent more than 662 lha planted in the entire season in 2019-20 till end of this week, according to data released by the Agriculture Ministry on Friday.

The sowing in the current season is not over yet.

All major rabi crops, barring a few coarse cereals, surpassed the area planted in the previous season, which was by far the best, already. At 345 lha, acreage of wheat is at all-time high. The wheat sown area in the corresponding week last year was close to 335 lha, which moved up slightly to around 336 lha by the end of the previous rabi season. Much of the increase in wheat planting was reported from Madhya Pradesh — which planted an additional area of 8.3 lha and Maharashtra 1 lha more.

Tapping neera: Cultivation of fish tail palm takes roots in Telangana, AP

Fish tail palm is quite popular with wedding planners as the palm family tree gives an exotic look. Seeing the huge demand, nurseries across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are raising the seedlings of the ornamental tree in large numbers.

But that doesn’t reflect its true potential, argues PC Vengaiah, a scientist at the Dr YSR Horticultural University in Andhra Pradesh.

Neera, the juice collected from the flower stalks, is rich in nutrients. Its by-products include jaggery, sweeteners and sugar syrup.

“Its yields are higher than that of the toddy palm and date palm. But there is not much research on this palm variety. We have submitted a proposal to the Dept of Science & Technology, seeking grants for research,” Vengaiah said.

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