Agriculture Current Affair 25 November 2020

TN agricultural varsity inks pact with Hi-Fi Biotech for mass multiplication of banana hybrids

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, has signed a MoU with Hi-Fi Biotech India Pvt Ltd, Salem, for the mass multiplication of banana hybrids.

A. S. Krishnamoorthy, Registrar, TNAU, and P Murugesa Boopathi, Managing Director, Hi-Fi Biotech, inked the agreement on behalf of the respective organisations.

The farm varsity has been pursuing banana improvement programmes since 1971. The intensive research has resulted in the release of banana hybrid CO2, which is akin to Ney Poovan (a commercial variety) and is tolerant to nematodes.

Maharashtra: Paddy farmers to get ₹700 per quintal additional incentive above MSP

The Maharashtra Cabinet on Tuesday approved a scheme for the paddy farmers under which ₹700 per quintal additional incentive would be provided. This exercise would cost an additional ₹1,400 crore to the State’s exchequer, a statement by the Government said.

This year 1.78 lakh quintals of paddy crop are expected to be procured by the State Government.

The decision was taken at the Cabinet meeting, which was chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. For the Kharif season 2020-21, the Central government has fixed the base price of grain at ₹1,868/quintal and ₹1,888/quintal for the higher grade. However, as the crop has been affected by heavy monsoon rains, the incentive amount will be paid to the paddy growers in Maharashtra

AP to spend ₹10,000 cr to build agri infra

The Andhra Pradesh Government has announced that it would spend ₹10,000 crore on building agri produce godowns, processing centres and Janata Bazars.

It is estimated that it would cost ₹2,900 crore to set up 25 food processing units, one in each of the Lok Sabha constituencies in the State.

The godowns would be linked to the Rythu Bharosa Kendrams (a one-stop-shop for farmers). “We will also promote primary and secondary agri processing centres in villages. Janata Bazaars too would come in towns and cities,” Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has said.

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