Agriculture Current Affair 9 February 2021

Cotton shipments peak in first four months of season

Riding high on the cost advantage in the international market, India has already exported about 29 lakh bales (of 170 kg each) of cotton by the end of January 2021, data shared by the Cotton Association of India (CAI) showed.

Nearly 60 per cent of the country’s total projected cotton shipments were executed during the first four months of the 2020-21 season, the data showed.

Kisan Mahapanchayats against farm laws to be held in Maharashtra from February 11

After February 11, All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) will further intensify its agitation against the Centre’s farm laws. As a part of this strategy, Kisan Mahapanchayats of the farmers would also be held in Maharashtra, said President of AIKS and Central Committee Member of CPI(M), Ashok Dhawale.

In Maharashtra, the Kisan Mahapanchayats would be held in Thane, Palghar, Nashik, Ahmednagar and other districts. The meetings would not be held simultaneously but at different dates based on local farmer leaders decision.

TN waives co-op crop loans of ₹12,110 crore

With State Assembly elections just months away, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Friday announced waiver of crop loans worth ₹12,110 crore availed by 16.43 lakh farmers through cooperative banks.

Farmers were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, two cyclones and unseasonal rains. They badly need help, the Chief Minister said in the Assembly while making the announcement during zero hour.

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