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The Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanization (SMAM) was launched in April 2014 with an aim to have inclusive growth of farm mechanization to boost productivity.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has approved the formation of these committees. The panels will fulfil the objective of setting up more and more farmer producer organisations in the state as per the target and providing better income opportunities to farmers through these organisations, an official statement said on Saturday.
The ongoing kharif season is progressing.The agricultural reform measures announced by the government will also help the farmers to get remunerative prices sitting at home as they are not needed to go to the mandis to sell their produce, the minister said.
Planting had slowed down as the monsoon weakened in July, but its revival in the past week has accelerated farm activity. Official data shows that area under rice is 17.36% more than that last year while oilseeds area is up 15.50%.
The agriculture ministry has issued an alert about suspicious seed parcels after reports of such unsolicited packets of suspected Chinese origin reaching people in USA and Europe. “We are already fighting with Covid-19 pandemic which has originated from China.
The Food Ministry will soon move a Cabinet note seeking extension of the sugar buffer stock subsidy scheme for next year, Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey said on Friday.
Punjab’s Chief Minister Amrinder Singh has opposed the MP government’s push for a GI tag for the long-grained rice cultivated in 13 districts of the state. The Shivraj Singh Chouhan government sharply criticised this in a series of tweets on Wednesday, saying GI-tagging would boost exports and that the state has produced basmati for a long time.
“Despite the lockdown, consumption of sugar in 2019-20 has been similar to the consumption of 255 lakh tonnes in the previous year,” said Vivek Pittie, president, Indian Sugar Mills Association, speaking at a recent industry webinar.
“The scheme, operational for 10 years, will be reviewed by the Department of Expenditure for evaluation and mid-course correction if required,” said a senior agriculture department official, who did not wish to be identified. “It will be monitored regularly through an online platform. All assets created under this scheme will be geotagged for effective real-time monitoring.”
The project is worth $142.9 million, or about Rs 1,000 crore, of which 70% would be lent by Asian Development Bank and the balance will come from state government.
TAI stated that the Tea industry in Assam and elsewhere struggles to battle various odds. However, the Cachar region of Assam is battling yet another challenge that comes from the Power supply by APDCL
Maharashtra, the country’s second-largest sugar producing state, employs close to 1 million migrant labours every year to help in sugarcane harvesting. Neighbouring Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, too, engage thousands of such workers in their sugarcane fields.
Higher procurement normally creates storage problems but free distribution of grains under the PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKY) created enough space. Under the scheme, 810 million ration card holders get 5 kg rice or wheat per month and 1 kg chana per family per month free until November.
One key focus area could be cultivating horticulture crops that conform to the quality, colour, shape and chemical contents acceptable in foreign countries or which are fit for further processing.
In the major metros of Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai potato is selling for Rs 30-45 per kg, depending on the variety and quality. In Mumbai, a kg of potato is commanding a price of Rs 35-45 while in Delhi and Kolkata prices are hovering between Rs 30-40 per kg.
As part of the Rs 20.97 lakh crore stimulus package, the government had announced Rs 2 lakh crore of concessional credit through KCC to 2.5 crore farmers, including fishermen and those involved in animal husbandry.
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