Agriculture Current Affair 9 June 2020

Cotton makes early gains in kharif acreage

Cotton is seen making early gains in the kharif sowing season 2020-21 as farmers in the North zone consisting of Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab have brought more area under the fibre crop this year.

As on June 4, cotton acreage across the country was up 23 per cent at 16.69 lakh hectares as against 13.51 lakh ha in the same period last year, according to data released by the Agriculture Ministry.

Pesticide ban: PMFAI wants Centre to a high-powered committee check Anupam Varma Committee’s report

Indian agrochemicals companies are getting their legal teams ready for a court battle if the Centre goes ahead and bans 27 generic pesticides.

On May 14, the Agriculture Ministry had issued a draft notification intending to ban the chemicals as it has found they were harmful for humans and animals. In the notification, the Ministry has given time until June 27 to all the stakeholders for submitting their objections and suggestions.

More farmers to join fight against ban on GM crops

The Shetkari Sanghatana (SS), the apex body of farmers in Maharashtra, will join hands with farmers in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat to launch an agitation to sow GM seeds starting from June 12.

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