Agriculture Current Affair 30 January 2021

Rabi sowing at a record 685 lakh hectares

Rabi sowing scaled new heights with farmers planting winter crops of over nearly 685 lakh hectares (lha), that is about 3 per cent more than 666 lha covered in the same week last year, according to data released by the Agriculture Ministry on Friday.

All-time highs
The area under major rabi crops such as wheat, gram and mustard are at all-time highs this year. While wheat is sown over 346 lha compared with 336 lha planted in the same week last year, gram area stood at 112 lha, which is 4.37 per cent more than that in the corresponding period in 2019-20. Mustard acreage, on the other hand, expanded to 74 lha, which is 7 per cent more than 69 lha planted in the previous rabi season.

ISMA cuts sugar output estimate to 30.2 mt

The sugar industry has lowered its estimates for sugar production by about 8 lakh tonnes to 30.2 million tonnes (mt) for the ongoing 2020-21 season due to lower yields and recovery, and the diversion of cane juice and molasses for producing ethanol.

In its second advanced estimates released on Thursday, the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) has factored in likely diversion of about 2 mt of cane juice and B-molasses for the production of ethanol. ISMA had earlier pegged sugar output at 31 million tonnes for 2020-21 higher than the previous year’s 27.42 mt. In Uttar Pradesh, the largest sugar producing State, mills are expected to produce 10.5 mt, down from previous year’s 12.63 mt due to lower yields and recovery, said ISMA. The decline in UP sugar output is also due to higher diversion of cane for gur, khandsari and towards ethanol production.

Heritage Foods nets ₹26 cr profit in Q3

Dairy company Heritage Foods Ltd has posted a profit of ₹26 crore for the third quarter ended December 31, 2020, up 122% as against ₹11.71 crore in Q3FY20.

Revenue from operations was at ₹604.92 crore as compared to ₹672.42 crore in Q3FY20.

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