Agriculture Current Affair 27 October 2021

Centre to support incubation of new method developed by Kerala-based farmer to control pests in cashew gardens

The Centre on Monday said it has taken up an innovative method to control pests in cashew gardens developed by a Kerala-based woman farmer for necessary support and incubation activities. The woman farmer from Kannur district developed an innovative ‘cashew multiples rooting propagation method’ under which multiple roots are generated in a grown up cashew trees, thus improving production per unit of area, it said.

It also helps in eco-friendly management of stem and root borers, restores productivity, provides strong anchorage against wind damage/cyclonic storms, and extends plantation life without the necessity of replanting.

In a statement, the agriculture ministry said, “A woman farmer from Kannur district of Kerala has come up with an innovative practice to develop support roots in cashew trees to protect her senile cashew garden from devastating borer attacks and frequent cyclonic storms.”

India’s record rice crop brings problem of plenty for farmers juggling protest

Farmers in India are gathering in the largest rice crop in history, which promises record exports, while making sure to keep up their longest-running protest, set to turn a year old next month.

The sit-in against controversial agriculture reforms is taking place in the capital, miles away from the five acres (2 hectares) of lush green rice paddies tended by Sukrampal Beniwal in his village of Munak, in the northern state of Haryana.

“We’ll not budge until the government rolls back the laws,” he said, referring to three measures the farmers, demonstrating by the tens of thousands in New Delhi, say will threaten their livelihoods.

Indian mills need to export more sugar without subsidy: Official

India’s mills need to export 6 to 7 million tonnes of sugar without government incentives in 2021/22 to bring down inventories and ensure domestic prices remain firm despite surplus production, a government official said.

Sugar exports by the world’s second-biggest producer could cap global prices, which hit a 4-1/2 year high this month on expectations that supplies from top producer Brazil will decline as a result of drought and frosts.

“Sugar mills should take benefit of higher international prices and export maximum quantity,” Subodh Kumar Singh, joint secretary at the Department of Food and Public Distribution said on a webinar on Tuesday.

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