Agriculture Current Affair 24 June 2021

Half of global cotton growing regions may face severe climate risks: Study

Climate change could expose half of all global cotton-growing regions, including India, to high risks from temperature increases, changes in rainfall patterns and extreme weather events by 2040, according to a global study. Under a worst-case climate scenario, all global cotton-growing regions will be exposed to increased risk from at least one climate hazard by 2040, according to the study “Adapting to climate change – physical risk assessment for global cotton production”, which was commissioned by the Cotton 2040 initiative and climate-risk specialists Acclimatise, part of Willis Towers Watson’s Climate and Resilience Hub.

The study further revealed that while this temperature increase ranges from very low to very high risk, half of the world’s cotton-growing regions will face drastic changes with high or very high-risk exposure to at least one climate hazard.

Slow monsoon progress, lack of certified seeds may impact soya sowing

Slow monsoon progress and lesser availability of certified soyabean seeds may impact kharif sowing of the oilseed in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, top two producers of the crop in the country, traders have said.

“There is lesser availability of certified seeds this year,” D N Pathak, executive director of leading trade body Soyabean Processors Association of India (SOPA), told ET. “The soyabean crop last year was damaged due to excessive rains, high temperature and pest attack, for which the quality of seeds with the farmers maybe not so good.”

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