Agriculture Current Affair 8 September 2020

India’s palm imports drop from 10-month high on weak demand

Palm oil imports by top buyer India probably fell from a 10-month high as a slow recovery of the food services industry curtailed demand for the worlds most-used vegetable oil.

Inbound shipments fell 11 per cent to 734,000 tonnes in August from a month earlier as traders and refiners cut back purchases after replenishing reserves in July, according to GG Patel, managing partner of GGN Research. That compares with 852,534 tonnes in August 2019.

Torn State finances, weather may impact PMFBY

Crop insurance may face a major shake-up this year because of the extreme volatility in two underlying trigger factors – the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on already fragile State government finances; and anything that snaps the current good tidings in the monsoon.

White grub infestation spreads to sugarcane crop in Pune

White grub, a voracious agriculture pest, after wreaking havoc in the Vidarbha and Marathwada regions of Maharashtra has also affected about 3,000 acres of sugarcane crop in the Pune district.

White grub (Holotrichia serrata) insect larvae, which in local parlance is called humeni, has resurfaced in the Pune district. The pests eat at the roots of sugarcane, decreasing the moisture and nutrient supply to the plant. This leads to the yellowing and wilting of leaves and causes extensive damage to the base of the shoot, leading to the dislodgement of the cane in the field.

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