Agriculture Current Affairs - 2020

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Food Processing Summit held in Ladakh

On January 16, 2020, the Department of Industries and Commerce, functioning under Ministry of Food Processing Industries organized food processing summit in Ladakh. The other stakeholders of the summit include Invest India and National Investment Promotion and Facilitation agency.

Highlights

The Summit was attended by food producers of Ladakh. It included producers of milk, barley, meat, organic vegetables, apples and apricots. The Ladakh Action Plan for Food Processing to promote food processing was presented at the summit.

The summit focused on chain mapping of food processing and recommended strategies to integrate local population towards agriculture and food processing. It also focused primarily on Leh and Kargil regions.

Current Scenario

Though Ladakh has the potential for growing cereals, vegetables and food grains, agriculture has now taken back seat in the rapid growth of the region. Agriculture has lost its place to the growing tourism in the region. Also, the other reasons for decreased participation of agricultural activities include low cropping intensity, short agriculture season and less productivity.

Government measures

The Government of India has been focusing on the following to develop agriculture in the region

  • GoI adopts improved green houses, poultry farming, lambing shed, value addition and marketing of horticultural products and compost pits.
  • It introduces high yielding crop varieties, seed production techniques, organic farming
  • The Union Government is also motivating farmers to adopt cold weather technologies to increase production.

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Gujarat to import water soluble fertilizers from China

The Gujarat Agro Industries Corporation (GAIC) will import water-soluble fertilizers from China. So far, the state agency has imported 300 tonnes.

Highlights

The GAIC agency will import, pack and sell the water-soluble fertilizers to farmers. The new fertilizers have been named AGRO. These fertilizers are best suited for precision agriculture. As Gujarat has a good land area under drip irrigation, the fertilizers are being distributed at the right time. Gujarat has the maximum land under drip irrigation of all the states in the country.

The fertilizers are to be used to produce fruits and vegetables that will match global standards. The step will also aid in achieving GoI’s target of doubling farmer’s income by 2022.

Precision Agriculture

Precision agriculture is the farming management concept that uses inputs such as pesticides, nutrients, water and seeds in a strategic way. In other words, the inputs are used at minimal amount to get maximum output.

GAIC

GAIC acts as a catalyst in implementing government schemes to boost agro products. The Ministry of Agriculture has appointed GAIC as the nodal agency to implement its schemes in the state of Gujarat.

It works to reduce agro product wastage, increase farmers’ returns, enhance productivity of crops, accelerates demand based agricultural production.

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