Agriculture Current Affair 28 August 2020

‘Make crop insurance a basic right for farmers’

The dominance of private insurers, their lack of adequate on-ground physical presence coupled with opacity in settlements are some factors that have not helped the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) scheme take off on expected lines.

With multiple gaps in the current crop insurance structure, experts have called for making crop insurance a basic right for farmers — universal, free and compulsory

India’s shrimp exports drop 23% in July on lower supply

India’s shrimp exports registered a 23 per cent drop in dollar terms and 16 per cent in rupee terms year-on-year in July, mainly due to lower supply.

Though shipments to the US continue to dominate, exports to the country declined by 14 per cent, said Equirus Securities in its latest report on the aquaculture sector. The exports to China tanked to 5 per cent, as sales plummeted 80 per cent.

Kerala High Court directs State government to hear relief plea of pineapple farmers

The Kerala High Court has come to the rescue of the crisis-ridden pineapple sector by directing the State Government to consider and pass orders within two weeks on the representation filed by pineapple farmers seeking a comprehensive relief package to the Covid-19 battered sector.

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