Agriculture Current Affair 30 October 2022

India needs 108 million tonnes of foodgrains a year to be distributed to the poor: Piyush Goyal

The country needs 108 million tonnes of foodgrains every year to support 80 crore poor people who get 10 kg of rice or wheat every month, under the Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Yojana, said Union Food Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday. In an interactive session at the Federation of Telangana Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Goyal said there is a fear that production of foodgrains may drop in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, though it is not confirmed yet due to untimely rain.

The Minister said 80 crore people were already getting food security with foodgrains (of) about 5 kg per person or 35 kg for the very poor Antyodaya families and under the Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Yojana, the quota was doubled with an additional 5 kg.

“… I need 40 lakh tonnes every month for additional foodgrains. We already need 50 lakh tonnes in addition to that. So that means 90 lakh tonnes of food.

Centre pegs onion output at record high of 31.7 mt for 2021-22 season

Horticulture production seen at new peak; potato, tomato output estimated lower in 3rd advance estimate

Onion production during the 2021-22 crop year has been pegged at a record high of 31.27 million tonnes (mt), though it is lower than the second advance estimate of 31.7 mt, the Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement today.

The record output comes on the heels of a record 1.94 million hectares (mh) being brought under the bulb during the crop year that ended in June. Farmers felt encouraged to plant onions last year after two years of good returns.

In 2019 and 2020, onion prices ruled high with retail prices topping ₹100 a kg farmers planted onion on 1.91 mh in 2020 and improved it further to 1.94 mh in 2021. In 2019 and 2020, onion prices soared after the crop was affected by unseasonal rains during October-December.

Agri products export grows 25% to $13.8 billion in H1 FY23

There has been an impressive over 100% jump in export value in wheat, pulses, and milled products, while guar gum and poultry registered more than 80% growth

Exports of major agriculture and processed products, promoted by Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), have jumped by a quarter to $13.77 billion (₹1,07,942 crore) during H1 FY23 from $11.06 billion year-ago. Exceeding the target, APEDA products had registered record $25,6 billion in FY22.

There has been an impressive over 100 per cent jump in export value in wheat, pulses, and milled products, while guar gum and poultry products have registered more than 80 per cent growth.

“APEDA will focus on value-added and processed food products where our potential is definitely very high. Special thrust will be given on millet-based products, which have higher value than raw grains, particularly among health-conscious population,’ said M Angamuthu, chairman, APEDA.

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