Agriculture Current Affairs

India, Sri Lanka sign MoU to support fishermen in Hambantota district

India and Sri Lanka have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support livelihood of the fishing and farming project to communities in Sri Lanka’s southern Hambantota district

Under this project, India will provide fishing and farming communities equipment worth USD two million.

Key Facts

  • The project envisages gift of equipment and tools such as grub hoes, bicycles, life jackets and sewing machines to the fishing and farming communities in Hambantota district.
  • It will be implemented on consultation with the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and relevant authorities.
  • More than 75,000 people in the district will get direct benefit from the project. Part of the grant will be used for developing fisheries villages under a national programme.


CCEA approves enhancing the buffer stock of pulses up to 20 lakh tonnes

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved enhancing the buffer stock for pulses up to 20 lakh tonnes.

The proposal in the regard was forwarded by the Department of Consumer Affairs under the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.

Key Facts

  • The buffer stock will be built through domestic procurement and imports of 10 lakh tonnes each.
  • Depending upon price and availability position both domestic and global the specific variety of pulses and their respective quantities for the buffer stock will be decided.
  • Releases from the stock and procurement would be based on the prevailing pulse scenario as well as buffer stock position in subsequent year.
  • Requisite funds for this operation will be provided to the ‘Price Stabilisation Fund’ Scheme of the Department of Consumer Affairs.
  • For creating the buffer stock, domestic procurement operations will be undertaken by the Central Agencies viz. FCI, NAFED and SFAC or any other agency as decided by PSFMC.
  • This procurement will done at the prevailing market prices if these prices are above Minimum Support Prices (MSP) and at MSP, if otherwise.
  • In addition, State Governments will be also authorized to undertake the procurement in a manner similar to decentralized procurement of food-grains.
  • Import of pulses would be undertaken through G2G contract or through spot purchase from the global market through designated Public Sector Enterprise.


Haryana wins Best Horticulture State award

Haryana has won ‘Best Horticulture State’ award of the Indian Council of Food and Agriculture (ICFA).

The award was bestowed upon the state for its concerted efforts made to increase the income of the farmers in horticulture.

The award was received by Haryana Agriculture Minister OP Dhankar at two-day 9th Agricultural Leadership Summit 2016 that organized by ICFA in New Delhi.

Besides, the 2016 Best Agriculture State award was bestowed upon Odisha in recognition of state’s efforts towards development of agriculture and bringing rural prosperity.

Horticulture in Haryana

  • At present, about 2.5 lakh hectares of land is under horticulture in Haryana. The state government has ambitious target to increase it up to 9 lakh hectares.
  • For this purpose, state government has decided to set a Horticulture University in the state.
  • Besides, it will also create 340 horticulture villages in the state and centres of excellence in horticulture in every district
  • In addition, state government will also set up biggest Horticulture Mandi of the country at Ganaur on the pattern of Shenzhen Mandi of China and Rungis Mandi of France.
  • State Government will also develop Peri Urban Culture to cater to the needs of the people related to fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy products and flowers.