Agriculture Current Affair 25 February 2020

Sugar output revised upward by 2% for 2019-20 to 26.5 million tonnes: ISMA

Industry body ISMA on Tuesday revised the country’s sugar production upward by two per cent to 26.5 million tonnes for the ongoing 2019-20 marketing year, much lower than last year but enough to meet the local demand.

It may be noted that a senior Food Ministry official on February 24 had said the total sugar output would be around 27 million tonnes this year.

Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) had in November last year pegged sugar production at 26 million tonnes for the 2019-20 marketing year (October to September) considering fall in sugarcane crop in key growing states, compared with 33.16 million tonnes during the 2018-19 marketing year.

Already, about 17 million tonnes of sugar has been manufactured by mills till February 15.

Striking a balance between sustainable farming and feeding a billion people

Farm inputs such as chemical fertilisers, hybrid seeds and insecticides have played a key role in increasing the country’s food production over the past few decades. However, the input-intensive cropping systems have raised concerns on their economic, social and environmental impact, triggering demand to make farming more sustainable.

The availability of cheaper urea has led to its excess application by farmers, resulting in a nutrient imbalance, which has impacted soil health and leading, in turn, to degradation in soil quality. Such a trend has begun impacting farm productivity.

Rubber Board call centre

Growers can contact Rubber Board Call Centre to know about the services rendered by Board-owned companies. Syriac Sebastian, Managing Director, Manimalayar Rubbers will attend to calls in this regard on February 26, 2020 from 10 am to 1 pm. The Call Centre number is 0481 – 2576622.

The companies jointly owned by the Rubber Board and Rubber Producers Societies are rendering services such as distribution of quality planting materials, contract planting , contract tapping, sale of latex and sheet rubber and distribution of inputs to rubber growers.

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