Agriculture Current Affair 27 May 2020

Locusts shift gear, spread to new areas

In an unusual trajectory, swarms of locusts have invaded West and Central India. Ground reports from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra indicate that armies of locusts have taken a new flight path to non-scheduled desert areas, posing a challenge to the authorities.

An agriculture department official in Rajasthan confirmed that locusts had swarmed Central, West and Southern parts of the State.

Fisheries export likely to be down by 5-10 per cent this year: Giriraj Singh

Union Fisheries Minister Giriraj Singh – PTI

India’s fisheries exports could be five to 10 per cent lower as compared to the previous year, but more accurate data will be available only after proper tabulation of data which is expected by June, Minister of Fisheries and Animal Husbandry Giriraj Singh said on Tuesday.

India’s fisheries exports have been growing at a rate of around 10.8 per cent annually, while production in the country grow by about 7.5 per cent in the recent years, the Minister said.

Even though the fishing activity was affected during the first phase of lockdown, the government decided to allow fishing, both in the sea as well as inland, from April 15 onwards. The government took a conscious decision to allow fishing keeping in mind the adverse impact that poultry sector had due to misinformation campaigns during the Covid-19 outbreak, Singh said while addressing reporters here.

Time to hike edible oil import duties: SEA

As India’s 2010 pact with Malaysia and Indonesia came to an end, the Solvent Extractors Association of India (SEA) on Monday said the government should hike Customs duty on soya, sunflower and crude palm oils and encourage domestic production.

The trade body also urged the government to ban the import of refined palm oils or palmolien in order to encourage domestic production. These are some of the short-term measures SEA has submitted to the government for making India self-sufficient in edible oils.

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