Agriculture Current Affair 25 April 2021

Over 81 per cent wheat area harvested: Government

The government also added that harvest of pulses & oilseeds was completed amid the Covid-19 pandemic situation

The government on Sunday said over 81 per cent of wheat sown area has been harvested so far, while harvest of pulses and oilseeds has been completed amidst the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

Farmers are harvesting rabi (winter) crops sown in the 2020-21 crop year (July-June). Wheat is the main rabi crop.

Wheat set for record output despite some farmers reporting lower yield

Record area under the foodgrain likely to buoy production

India’s wheat production is on course for record production, despite some farmers, especially in Madhya Pradesh, reporting lower yield.

“Our scientists have visited different parts of the country where wheat is grown. We don’t find any problem with the crop. The Union Government has projected a record crop of 109.24 million tonnes (mt). I expect it higher than 110 mt,” said Gyanendra P Singh, Director of Karnal-based ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research (IIWBR).

Campco puts restrictions on areca purchases

In line with norms laid by Karnataka

The Central Arecanut and Cocoa Marketing and Processing Cooperative (Campco) Ltd has decided to restrict the purchase of arecanut following the Karnataka government’s recent guidelines to control the spread of Covid-19 in the state.

A press release by Campco said that in order to protect the areca farmers by maintaining stability in arecanut price and keeping in line with the norms laid down by the government in the wake of increasing casualties due to Covid-19, the cooperative has proposed to restrict the purchases of arecanut to one quintal per member during this period of restriction up to May 4.

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