Agriculture Current Affair 25 July 2020

Kharif sowing touches 800 lakh hectares

Planting has been completed in three-fourth of kharif sowing area already, riding mainly on good monsoon and higher water storage in reservoirs.

According to weekly data released by Agriculture Ministry on Friday, kharif sowing has so far covered around 800 lakh hectares (lh), nearly 18.5 per cent more area than 675 lh planted in the corresponding week last year.

India eyes 40% value addition in milk by 2025

Even as India has set its eyes on doubling milk processing capacities to 108 million tonnes by 2025, the extent of value addition in milk is targeted to increase from 23 per cent currently to 40 per cent as industry looks to bring in more product and food technology innovations in dairy sector.

Addressing a FICCI webinar on ‘Development of Indian Dairy Sector’, Atul Chaturvedi, Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Government of India, stated that India’s dairy sector is one of the fastest growing in the world.

A horticulture expert’s efforts make Kolar jackfruit farm a tourist attraction

The efforts of a horticulture expert in the early 70s to promote the potential of jackfruit seems to be yielding fruits now. A good example for this is a jackfruit farm set up by late Mari Gowda, the father of horticulture in Karnataka, who was also the Director of Horticulture in the state in the 70s, in Kolar district of Karnataka.

BG Prakash, Dean of College of Horticulture, Tamaka, Kolar district, said the Tamaka jackfruit farm in the district was established in the 70s by late Mari Gowda. He took efforts to bring different varieties of jackfruit from various places in the country, and cultivate them in a dry-land area like Kolar.

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