Agriculture Current Affair 5 January 2023

Govt’s paddy procurement rises 10 pc to 541.90 lakh tonne so far

The government’s paddy procurement for the central pool rose 9.58 per cent to 541.90 lakh tonne so far in the ongoing 2022-23 kharif marketing season, according to the food ministry data. Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Telangana were the top contributors to the central pool.

Normally, paddy procurement begins from October. However, in southern states, especially in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, it begins from September.

The government aims to procure 775.72 lakh tonne of paddy in the 2022-23 kharif marketing season (October-September).

Mustard output may be higher by 6% as acreage rises

Production jumps 29 per cent on a 17 per cent rise in coverage

A higher area and an expected increase in productivity may push up mustard production in the country this year and exceed the annual demand for the first time since the country became dependent on edible oil imports. Production may reach around 125 lakh tonnes (lt), up over 6 per cent from last year if the weather remains conducive for next one month.

“So far the crop is good and there are no reports of any major pest attack from anywhere. Flowering is completed everywhere and at the pod formation stage in places where the crop was sown early. Hopefully, the first crop will start arriving from the first week of next month,” said PK Rai, director of the Bharatpur-based Directorate of Rapeseed Mustard Research (DRMR) under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). At least 125 lt production can be expected under current conditions, he said.

With rice purchases up 11% till December, FCI set to meet 521 lakh tonnes target

Amid depleting stock of rice in Central Pool and drought in some states, achieving the target is critical

The Centre has procured 68 per cent, as of December 31, of the targeted 521 lakh tonnes (lt) of rice to be procured through the Food Corporation of India (FCI) and other government agencies during October-March this crop year to June. The Centre may have to procure additional quantities in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha to offset an expected shortfall in Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Bihar.

Amid depleting stock of rice in Central Pool and drought in some States, achieving the target is important for the Government to continue its grains distribution for various welfare programmes and under the National Food Security Act. The development is important in view of fears raised over foodgrain stocks in the country. Rice stock in the Central Pool was 115.42 lt as of December 1, 2022 against 213.03 lt year-ago.

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