Vidarbha Current Affairs - 2020

Cotton Mission: Maharashtra Government signs MoU with MCX to empower cotton farmers

Maharashtra Government has singed MoU with India’s largest commodities exchange platform, Multi Commodity Exchange of India Limited (MCX) to launched Cotton Mission to empower cotton farmers in the state. The mission aims to create value chain with final market linkages for thousands of cotton farmers in Vidarbha region of the state.

Cotton Mission

Under this mission,  MCX will partner with state agriculture department and other agencies to work closely with Farmer Producer Organisations and help them connect to its organised market network for building their capabilities. It will work with State Government to identify and create farmer groups and work towards equipping these groups to access regulated markets. This will enable farmer to participate in transparent price discovery mechanism and sell their produce in national market for better price realization. This in long term will support the farmers’ in their upliftment and contribute to doubling their incomes by 2022, as envisaged by the centre.


MCX already has accredited warehouses in Yavatmal and Jalna in Vidharba region and it is planning to provide delivery facilities in three or more new locations under mission. Its cotton futures market provides efficient platform for farmers to move up value chain and increase their price realisations. It also allows farmers to use its mechanism to deliver or hedge to get remunerative prices.

Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX)

MCX is country’s first listed commodity futures exchange that facilitates online trading, and clearing and settlement of commodity futures transactions, thereby providing platform for risk management. It was launched in November 2003 and operates within regulatory framework of Forward Contracts Regulation Act, 1952 (FCRA, 1952) under SEBI. MCX offers futures trading in bullion, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, energy, and a number of agricultural commodities (mentha oil, cardamom, potatoes, palm oil and others). Globally, MCX ranks no. 1 in silver, no. 2 in natural gas, no. 3 in crude oil and gold in futures trading.

Vidarbha wins 2017 Ranji Trophy tournament

Vidarbha cricket team won 2017 Ranji Trophy tournament. It is Vidarbha’s first Ranji Trophy title. In the final match held at Holkar stadium in Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Vidarbha thumped 9-wicket win over Delhi.

After conceding 252-run first innings lead, Delhi was bowled out for 280 in their second innings, setting a target of merely 29 runs for Vidarbha. Vidarbha lost only one wicket and took only five overs to chase down the target.

Ranji Trophy

Ranji Trophy is a domestic first-class cricket championship played in India between teams representing regional cricket associations. The trophy is named after England and Sussex cricketer Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji and was first played in 1934. At present, the championship is played between 27 teams which include 21 states (of 29 Indian states) and Delhi (UT). The format of Ranji Trophy is Round-robin then knockout. Mumbai has won Ranji title for record 41 times (10 of them being won with innings wins) after playing in record 45 finals.