Agriculture Current Affair 7 July 2021

Sugarcane production in Maharashtra may go up by over 200 lakh tonnes: NFCSF chief

The sugarcane production in Maharashtra may go up by at least 237 lakh tonnes this year, and sugar factories in the state may have to work additionally for half a month to crush the produce, the president of the National Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories (NFCSF) Jayprakash Dandegavkar said on Tuesday.

The federation’s estimation was based on water availability and the monsoon predicted this year, the official said, adding that the production is expected to go up in Marathwada and western Maharashtra this year.

“Last year, 100 cooperative and 92 private sugar factories in Maharashtra had crushed 1,012 lakh tonnes. The availability of water in various dams and in the ground will aid in the growth of sugarcane cultivation across the state. This year, we are expecting that factories may have to crush around 1,250 lakh tonnes of sugarcane,” Dandegavkar told PTI.

Govt launches mobile app ‘Matsya Setu’ for aqua farmers

Union Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Minister Giriraj Singh on Tuesday launched a mobile app ‘Matsya Setu’ to disseminate the latest freshwater aquaculture technologies to the country’s aqua farmers. The app has been developed by the ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (ICAR-CIFA), Bhubaneswar, with the funding support of the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), Hyderabad, according to an official statement.

Matsya Setu app has species-wise/ subject-wise self-learning online course modules, where renowned aquaculture experts explain the basic concepts and practical demonstrations on breeding, seed production and grow-out culture of commercially important fishes like carp, catfish, scampi, murrel, ornamental fish, and pearl farming.

APMCs in major pulses growing states observe one-day strike

The Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMC) in major pulses growing states like Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan observed one-day strike on Tuesday closing all trade.

APMCs from Maharashtra’s pulses growing districts have announced an indefinite strike from Tuesday to protest the stock limit imposed on pulses traders by the government. The industry said that the stock limit of 200 tonnes on wholesale traders and the time limit of one month given to them to dispose of excess stocks being held by them will lead to losses and disturb the entire supply chain from the grower to the consumer.

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