Agriculture Current Affair 7 April 2021

SC-appointed panel has submitted comprehensive report on farm laws: Ghanwat

Has incorporated views and suggestions from farming and allied sectors

Stating that the Supreme Court (SC) appointed Committee on farm laws has consulted all stakeholders, Anil Ghanwat, one of the members of the panel, said the committee was “satisfied” with the response it got from farming and allied sectors.

“The Committee submitted its report on March 19 to the SC registrar. We are satisfied that we are able to complete the mandate given by the SC. Our report is comprehensive as we have discussed the matters with all stakeholders, including farmers’ organisations, marketing representatives, Farmer Producer Companies, etc,” Ghanwat told BusinessLine.

Pesticide residue in paddy: Centre to develop SOP for two formulations, but exporters want more

Export inspection body checks rice exports for residues of 22 pesticides

The Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare has launched an initiative to develop a standard operating procedure (SOP) for two pesticides so that paddy farmers can develop good agricultural practices and avoid the presence of their residues in rice exports.

However, rice shippers are seeking the inclusion of more pesticides in developing such SOP. The two pesticides for which SOP would be developed are Tricyclazole and Buprofezin.

Highest HTBT cotton sowing in coming kharif: Shetkari Sanghatana

Seed industry seeks government intervention

Maharashtra farmers will cultivate the unapproved herbicide-tolerant Bt (HTBt) cotton in over 50 per cent of the area under the fibre crop during the next crop year starting July, according to the State apex farmers’ body Shetkari Sanghatana (SS).

It is illegal to grow HTBt cotton in India since the Government has not cleared it for commercial cultivation. During the current crop year to June and the previous one, farmers in some parts of the country had defied the Government in cultivating HTBt cotton.

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