Agriculture Current Affair 29 April 2021

Centre saves ₹8,000 crore by tapping additional foodgrain storage capacity

Union Government decides to not construct open system any longer to store grains

The Union Government has saved at least  8,000 crore by deciding to utilise 20 per cent additional foodgrain storage capacity in its warehouses, even as it has decided not to construct the open cover and plinth (CAP) storage from the beginning of the current fiscal.

“Under CAP storage wheat quality gets affected, while its longevity is also shortened. Therefore, we have decided to go for construction of modern silos. We will be setting up 100 lakh tonnes (lt) modern silos storage capacity,” Union Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey told BusinessLine.

Centre has so far procured 71 million tonnes of paddy

This is 10% more than 64.62 mt procured during the previous marketing season

The Centre has procured 71.05 million tonnes (mt) of paddy during the kharif marketing season 2020-21, which is still going on. This is 10 per cent more than 64.62 mt procured during the previous marketing season, an official statement said on Tuesday.

The paddy procurement, which cost the exchequer ₹1,34,148 crore, included the rabi season procurement of 0.83 mt, it said.

Over 14,400 ha area in Andaman & Nicobar becomes first large territory to get organic certification

About 14,491 hectare (ha) area in Andaman and Nicobar has been certified as organic, the first large contiguous territory to be done under a government scheme, Agriculture Ministry said on Tuesday. After Andaman and Nicobar (A&N) Islands, Lakshadweep and Ladakh are proactively taking steps for the transformation of their traditional organic areas to certified organic, it said.

There are traditional areas in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, north-eastern states and tribal belts of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh and desert districts of Rajasthan which can be transformed to certified organic, it said.


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