Agriculture Current Affair 31 March 2021

Telangana to increase cotton area to 80 lakh acres

State governments wants farmers to shift from paddy

After topping Gujarat to become the second-largest State in cotton acreage, Telangana now wants to consolidate its position by adding another 15-20 lakh acres in the upcoming kharif season, taking the area under the fibre crop to 75-80 lakh acres.

While asking the farmers to increase the acreage, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has asked the officials of the Agriculture Department to make arrangements to mobilise the seeds required for the kharif.

Covid-19: Agri extension goes digital

Our Bureau The IIL Foundation, the CSR wing of agrochemical company Insecticides (India), has tied up with Foundation for Agriculture Sustainability and Transformation (FAST) to offer extension advice over a digital platform, which uses digital avenues like WhatsApp and YouTube.

The Digital Reach platform provides weather and pest infestation information regularly through a WhatsApp window. Besides, it will provide suggestions based on the information.

Cadbury’s chocolates maker puts India on global cocoa map through its Cocoa Life Programme

The programme helps harvest 19,000-20,000 tonnes of cocoa and meet one-third of Mondelez’s annual demand for the basic raw material

Radha, a cocoa farmer at a tribal settlement in Kerala, needs to prune the branches of the trees on her farm at least twice a year to allow sunlight to filter through to the branches and the trunk.

Usually, the first pruning is done after the main April-July harvest season and the second during November-December.

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