Agriculture Current Affair 4 January 2020

Unseasonal rains again in Maharashtra damage crops

Unseasonal rains and hailstorms lashed parts of Vidarbha and Marathwada region of Maharashtra damaging rabi crops including cotton, orange, mosambi, wheat and tur.

Cotton crop standing on over 13,000 hectares in Nagpur was damaged along with orange and mosambi. Damage to rabi crops was also reported form Wardha and Amravati districts. Many villages in Nagpur witnessed hailstorm.

Nanded, Parbhani and Hingoli districts in the Marathwada region received rainfall in the last two days damaging tur and wheat. Parts of Vidarbha and Marathwada are likely to receive showers for the next two days.

About 56.93 lakh hectares (lh) is under rabi cultivation in the State and by December 27, 2019 sowing was completed on over 45.31 (79.95 per cent) lh. The Agriculture Department is assessing the damage.

India’s tea export earnings up 8% in Jan-Nov 2019

India earned 7.83 per cent more from tea exports till November 2019 compared to the same period in 2018.

There was a general upswing in global prices resulting in the cumulative average of Indian teas fetching 226.55 a kg till November 2019 against 206.79 during January-November 2018.

This meant that every kg fetched 19.76 more than it did last year, marking a gain of 9.56 per cent. However, such a sharp increase in price lowered the enthusiasm of importers resulting in a drop in the volumes shipped from India. The volume exported dropped 1.58 per cent to 227.71 million kg (mkg) from 231.36 mkg during January-November 2018.

Nevertheless, helped by the sharp increase in price, the overall realisation in the 11 months rose to 5,158.86 crore from 4,784.27 crore. This meant a significant increase of 374.59 crore in the earnings marking a gain of 7.83 per cent.

Rabi sowing tops 600 lakh ha on higher coverage

Rabi planting this season crossed 600 lakh hectares on account of considerable higher planting of winter crops mainly in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Maharashtra.

The total acreage for the week has gone up by nearly 7 per cent over 562 lakh hectares (lh) sown in the corresponding week last year, data released by the Agriculture Ministry showed on Friday.

Wheat sowing in Madhya Pradesh is higher at 75 lh, about a third more than the 56.56 lh planted in the same week in the previous rabi season. Most other wheat growing States maintained the sowing more or less at the same levels, even though Rajasthan reported an increase of nearly 10 per centarea in wheat planting.

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