Agriculture Current Affair 30 November 2021

Tomato price rises to Rs 75 per kg in national capital

Retail tomato price on Friday shot up to Rs 75 per kilogram in the national capital while the rates in some parts of South India softened but were still high, according to government data. In Chennai, retail tomato price declined to Rs 63 per kg on Friday from the peak of Rs 100 per kg on November 22. Similarly, in Thiruvananthapuram, the price dropped to Rs 80 per kg from Rs 103 per kg in the said period, the data maintained by the Consumer Affairs Ministry showed.

On Friday, in Puducherry, tomato price declined to Rs 45 per kg from Rs 100 per kg on November 22. However, in Hyderabad, the price softened slightly to Rs 72 per kg from Rs 90 per kg that prevailed during two days.

In Bangalore, tomato price in retail markets continued to rule high at Rs 88 per kg. At Port Blair, the price jumped to Rs 143 per kg on Friday from Rs 113 per kg on November 22.

Wheat sowing up 3.36% so far: Agriculture Ministry

Area sown to wheat, the main rabi crop, rose 3.36 per cent to 138.35 lakh hectare so far in the current rabi season from 133.84 lakh hectare in the year-ago period, according to the agriculture ministry. Rabi sowing begins from October while harvesting starts from March onwards. Besides wheat, gram and mustard are the other main rabi crops.

As per the ministry data, wheat has been sown in 35.8 lakh hectare in Madhya Pradesh, 34.98 lakh hectare in Uttar Pradesh, 29.45 lakh hectare in Punjab, 13.78 lakh hectare in Haryana and 13.37 lakh hectare in Rajasthan so far in the ongoing season. These are major wheat growing states in the country.

Besides wheat, area sown to pulses has increased to 97.53 lakh hectare as on November 26 of this season from 94.02 lakh hectare in the year-ago period. Area sown to coarse cereals and nutri cereals were slightly lower at 25.87 lakh hectare compared to the year-ago period. Oilseeds acreage increased to 76.60 lakh hectare so far this season from 60.15 lakh hectare in the year-ago period. Total area sown to rabi crops was 346.13 lakh hectare so far this rabi season of 2021-22 crop year, up from 322.70 lakh hectare in the year-ago period, the data showed.

Why Modi’s roll back of three farm laws may not be enough to pacify protesting farmers

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise move to scrap three contentious farm laws may not be enough to stem a yearlong protest movement by farmers, with the two sides yet to close the gap on another crucial issue — guaranteed prices for crops.

The protesters plan to march to the capital New Delhi on Monday, when parliament reconvenes for its winter session, to push ahead with their demands that include setting up of a mechanism to ensure farmers get minimum support rates for all harvests. (The farmers have suspended the march to Parliament and will hold a meeting next month)

India currently fixes the rates for two dozen farm commodities, including some grains and pulses, and procures limited volumes for its welfare programs at those levels. Private players buy agricultural goods at market-determined prices.

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