Agriculture Current Affair 27 June 2022

Will form Apple Farmers Federation of India, bring Kerala cooperative society model to Kashmir: Kisan Sabha

The All India Kisan Sabha held a national workshop of apple farmers in Kashmir resolving to form an Apple Farmers Federation of India mainly compromising the growers across three states of J&K, Himachal and Uttarakhand, alongwith striving to form small cooperatives.

In the workshop AIKS vowed to import the model of cooperatives of Kerala in this region to ensure that the small apple growers are benefited and aren’t invisiblized by the corporates engaged in the apple trade. They have decided to submit a charter of demands to the Union Government and undertake struggles till realisation of the demands which include declaration of Rs 2500 crore package to enhance per hectare productivity of apples.

“We have decided to form an 11 member committee of apple growers from J&K, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand who will take up the day to day issues of the farmers on ground,” said Hanan Mollah, general secretary of AIKS. The AIKS said that they are now focussing on issues crop wise across the country and apple remains the backbone of the economy in Kashmir Valley. “Out of the total Rs 14400 crore value of apple in market only Rs 4300 crore reaches to the actual grower and more than Rs 10,000 crore is taken by the corporates, businessmen and middlemen. This has to be changed and formation of small cooperatives can help us to counter this,” said Mollah.

Centre procures 52,460 tonne onion till May for buffer stock

The Centre has procured 52,460 tonne of onion till May-end this year for maintaining a buffer stock, a senior Consumer Affairs Ministry official said on Friday.

The government for the last few years has been maintaining a buffer stock of onion to tackle price rise during the lean season. Onion is being procured through an agency National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (Nafed).

A procurement target of 2.50 lakh tonne of rabi 2022 onion has been fixed for 2022-23.

Egypt to buy 180,000 tonnes of wheat from India

Egypt has contracted to buy 180,000 tonnes of wheat from India, less than previously agreed, but is looking at ways to extract more flour from grain and even use potatoes in bread making as it tries to trim imports, the supply minister said on Sunday.

Egypt, one of the world’s biggest wheat importers, has in recent years purchased much of its grain from the Black Sea, but saw those imports disrupted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The conflict has also further raised wheat import costs. Egypt relies mainly on imported wheat to make heavily subsidised bread available to more than 70 million of its 103 million population.

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