Agriculture Current Affair 5 June 2020

Reforms, a push for corporate takeover of agriculture: AIKS

Farmer organisations have described the agri reforms announced by the government on Wednesday as an attempt to facilitate corporate takeover of Indian agriculture and said the measures will no way solve real problems of farmers in the country.

“Allowing traders and big buyers to buy produce outside the notified mandis directly from farmers would mean that the produce would be purchased without auctions and through bilateral negotiations between large traders and poor peasants. Such a system would be inherently biased against the interests of farmers,” All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), the largest farmer organisation in the county, said in a statement.

TAFE’s free tractor rental scheme helps cultivate over 1 lakh acres in 3 states

Tractors and Farm Equipment Ltd (TAFE) has said that under its Free Tractor Rental Service programme more than one lakh acres of land have been cultivated in 60 days during the current cropping season, in Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

The leading tractor maker launched the rental service scheme for a period of 90 days, starting April 1 to June 30 through its JFarm Services platform.

This CSR initiative by TAFE is aimed at helping the farming community mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on farming operations of small and marginal farmers during the critical rabi harvest and kharif preparation season, according to a statement

Vegoil imports in May down 40%

Closure of the bulk user segments of hotels, restaurants and cafes (HoReCa), as well as the absence of public functions and gatherings due to the nationwide lockdown since March, has dragged India’s vegoil imports in May to the lowest levels since 2011.

Vegetable oil imports for the month of May were reported at 707,478 tonnes as against 1,180,789 tonnes in May 2019, down by 40 per cent.

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