Agriculture Current Affair 8 August 2020

Kharif acreage jumps to 966 lha

Kharif planting is all set for a new record with sown area under many crops including major oilseeds and cotton exceeding the normal area. According to kharif sowing data released by Agriculture Ministry on Friday, a total of 966 lakh hectares (lh) were planted till date, nearly 10 per cent more than 878 lh sown in the corresponding week last year.

Though there is nearly two months left in the season, crops such as soyabean, cotton, maize and groundnut already surpassed the normal sown area. As against the designated area of 110 lh, soyabean is sown over 118 lh so far. Similarly, cotton has covered 123.64 lh as against the normal area of 121 lh. The area sown in the same week last year was 118.73 lh.

More than 200 firms get CPCRI’s technology benefits

The Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI) at Kasaragod in Kerala has transferred its technologies to more than 200 firms in the country till now, according to its Director, Anita Karun.

Inaugurating a webinar on ‘Technology, finance and policy support for coconut MSMEs’, on Thursday, she said that the 104-year-old institute has developed more than 30 technologies for the benefit of plantation sector.

Stating that the commercialisation of the technologies started in 2008, she said CPCRI has signed memorandum of agreement (MoU) with more than 200 firms for the transfer of these technologies till now.

‘Feed 20% of the megacities from food produced within’

Indian-American soil scientist and 2020 World Food Prize Laureate Professor Rattan Lal on Friday said that the rapid urbanisation in India should be considered while planning for the country’s food security. He emphasised that urban agriculture is needed to meet the rapidly growing demand of the population.

Delivering a special lecture, ‘Soil-Centric Approach to Realize India’s Ever-Green Revolution’ at the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation’s conference titled, Science for resilient food, nutrition and livelihoods: Contemporary challenges, the professor said on a global average, it takes 40,000 hectares to provide accommodation and infrastructure to one million people and with India’s population increasing by about 11.5 million every year, it requires 0.5 million hectares of land for urban expansion and industrialisation.

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