Agriculture Current Affair 30 August 2022

Rs 13.8 crore crop loans to be waived: Puducherry CM; Assembly adjourns sine die

Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangasamy on Tuesday announced that crop loans to the tune of Rs 13.8 crore due from farmers would be waived. Responding to views expressed by members in the territorial Assembly on demands for grants for 33 departments, the Chief Minister said that the government was considerate towards welfare of farmers.

As part of the initiatives to mitigate the woes of farmers, the government has decided to write off the loans due from ryots to banks amounting to Rs 13.8 crore.

He said the government would restart the cooperative sugar mill in neighbouring Lingareddipalayam in collaboration with the private sector.

A sum of Rs 30 crore had been earmarked to rehabilitate the sick cooperative societies and undertakings in the Union Territory.

He said the defunct AFT mill, Swadeshi Cotton and Bharathi Mills would be revived so that the youth would get jobs.

Foodgrain production may be 1.6% higher in 2021-22

India is likely to produce 315,72 million tonnes of foodgrains in 2021-22, 1.6% higher than in the previous year, with an expected record production of rice, maize, gram, pulses, rapeseed and mustard, oilseeds and sugarcane, the agriculture ministry said in its fourth advance estimates on Wednesday.

“The production during 2021-22 is higher by 25 million tonnes than the previous five years’ (2016-17 to 2020-21) average production of foodgrains,” the ministry said in a statement.

Rice production is expected to be 130.29 million tonnes. Wheat production could increase to 106.84 million tonnes, 2.96 million tonnes higher than the past five years’ average of 103.88 million tonnes.

The production for nutri or coarse cereals could be 50.90 million tonnes, according to the ministry.

Total production of pulses in 2021-22 is estimated to be a record 27.69 million tonnes, which is 3.87 million tonnes higher than the past five years’ average production of 23.82 million tonnes.

Total oilseeds production in the country in 2021-22 is estimated at a record 37.70 million tonnes, the ministry said.

Sugarcane production is estimated at a record 431.81 million tonnes, according to the fourth advance estimate.

Production of cotton is estimated to be around 31.20 million bales (each of 170 kg) and that of jute and Mesta 10.32 million bales (each of 180 kg).

Hafed floats 2nd tender in 3 weeks to sell 1.08 lt of wheat procured from MP, Haryana

Agency sorts out MP wheat stocks as Durum and milling varieties

Haryana State Cooperative Supply and Marketing Federation (HAFED) has issued its second tender in three weeks, inviting bids for sale of about 1.08 lakh tonnes (lt) of wheat it procured commercially from Haryana and Madhya Pradesh in the last harvesting season (April-June).

In the earlier tender issued on August 8 for 1.04 lt, Hafed sold 42,075 tonnes procured and stored in Haryana while about 62,000 tonnes procured from Madhya Pradesh were not sold due to the bids being lower-than-expected, sources said. The agency is making another bid to sell those stocks in MP, traders said. When contacted, Hafed’s chief general manager R P Sahni declined to comment.

Sorting out varieties

In the latest tender, issued on August 29, the agency has sorted out the total 63,476.02 tonnes to be sold in MP as 42,213.28 tonnes under milling quality and 21,262.74 tonnes as Durum variety.

The last date for submission of bids is September 19 and the tender (financial bids) will be opened the next day.

Out of the total quantity to be sold, 44,696.83 tonnes are available at different locations in Fatehabad, Hisar, Kaithal, Karnal and Kurukshetra districts of Haryana. The stocks in Madhya Pradesh are kept in Ganjbasoda, Sehore, Vidisha, Guna, Ashoknagar, Indore and Dewas.

“The buyer shall complete the lifting of stocks within 40 days (inclusive of gazetted holidays) from the next date of issue of the acceptance letter by Hafed, irrespective of the quantity allotted,” the notice said.

Each bid shall be for a minimum quantity of 5,000 tonnes or the complete quantity as per lot size, whichever is less. In case the complete quantity stored at a particular godown is allotted to a single bidder, he/she shall be required to lift the complete quantity including the over and above quantity than the allotted quantity, if any, after depositing the due payment calculated at the accepted tender rate for that location.

Reliance Retail reportedly won the bid in Haryana in the August 8 wheat tender by offering to purchase the quantity ₹101.82 crore or ₹2,420/quintal (with taxes). It was also the highest bidder in MP. But out of 16 lots offered, Reliance turned out to be the sole bidder in 13 lots. Traders did not participate fearing cancellation.

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