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Indian set for record kharif crop harvest

Indian set for record kharif crop harvest

Food grain output in the ongoing 2017-18 kharif season is likely to surpass last years record of 139.4 MT due to higher acreage and good monsoons for the second straight year,Indian set for record kharif crop harvest, Agriculture secretary shobhona K pattanayak said today.

So far, more than 80 per cent of the swing of kharif crops- paddy, pules, cotton, sugarcane and jute has been completed and the planting will continue is some parts till next month, pattanayak told PTI in an Interview.

About 19 lakh ha of crops ares has been affected by floods across the country farmers are likely to take up other kharif once the water recedes, he said expressing concern about poor rains in some parts of karnataka.

‘ I am certain overall kharif foodgrain output will be more than last year’ he said.

While there were floods in some states, there was drought-like situation in parts of karnataka. he said, adding that there has till been close to 3 per cent Jump in the acreage under kharif crops so far.

Pattanayak said farmers in food hit ares will replant other crops in 19 lakh ha once water recedes but the situation in karnataka has not yet improved.

” South interiaar karnataka continues to be problematic but some rains had come lets see,” he said.

Till last week, farmers had some kharif crops in 878.23 lakh ha as  against 855.85 lakh ha in the year ago period, as per the Agriculture Ministry’s latest data.

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Paddt- the summer crops was sown in 280.03 lakh ha as against 266.93 lakh ha, white pulses cover 121.28 lakh ha as against 116.95 last in the said period.

Oil seeds acreage was down at 148.88 lakh ha in the some period last year.

It is lower so far, but the sowing window is not over. Farmers will take up little on margial lands overall it is not bad.He said the overall it is not bad.

He said the overall    acreage for all pulses is higher, except tur.

With regard to cash crop, he said that the overall area sown cotton and sugarcane is higher than last year so far and the output is also expected to be better.

Silmilarly, acrege under sugarcane has gone up 49.71 lakh hectors from 45.64 lakh ha in the said period become of good monsoon and timely payment of cane arrears by sugar mills.

In the 2016-17 kharif season,Indian set for record kharif crop harvest foodgrain output was records at 138.04 millions tonnes white previous record was 128.05 MT achieved during the 2013-14 kharif sesaon.

Production of paddy stood at 96.09 MT pulses at 9.12 MT, oil seeds at 22.80 MT, cotton at 30.50 million bales in the 2016-17 kharif season, as per the ministry data.

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Crop planting up2.6% from year ago

Crop planting has grown 2.6% from a year age, government data on Friday showed, with increase in acreage seen mostly in cotton, sugarcane, rice and pulses.
With the planting season at its fag end,crops now cover 87.82 million hectors, or 83% of the targeted  acreage, agriculture ministry data showed. While the area under coarse cereal is similar to the previous years there’s a 10% decreases in acreage for other.
The area under cotton has been the maximum increase in planing. It has rises by 18.51% from a year ago to cover 11.43 million hectors.

Crop planting up2.6% from year ago

Meanwhile, 28 million hectares has come under rice, up 4.91% from last year Acreage under this crop has seen an increase in Bihar,Jharkhand and west bengal. This kharif season rice will be planted on 39.69 million hectors.
Overall, the area under public is 3.71% higher than the previous year at 12-13 million hectares. However, planting of arhar has fellen by 17% and that of kulthi by 57%.
The area under coarse cereals, under includes maize,bajra, ragi, small millets and maize, has posted an increase of 0.09% over the previous year to cover 15.70 million hectors. Apart from bajra, the area for all other coarse cereals is below normal.
Oilseeds planting has seen a drop. It has fallow 10.03% from the previous year and now cover 14.89 million hectors. The area under groundnut, soyabean, sesamum and sunflower has seen a significant decrease from the provious year. Planting of soyabean, an important commodity in the edible oil basket has also decrease by 10.39% being planted on 3.49 million hectare a fall of 13% from a year ago.
Sugarcane planting has increased by 8.92% to covering 4.97% million hectors.Crop planting up2.6% from year ago.
Meanwhile, the water leaves in India’s 91 major reservoirs rose 11% in the last one week, as monsoon rains lashed Gujarat, Rajasthan, and most of north India. It was however, lower than the 10 year average.
On Thursday,’ these dame together held 67.683 billion cubic metres (bcm) of water’, 4% higher than last year and 3% less than the central water commission (CWC). Last week the capacity was 60.906 bcm.
Source The EconomicTimes 

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onion price have started increase 18 month

Onion prices have started increase after a slump of 18 months after the Madhya Pradesh government procure 2 lakh tonne of onions, removing excess supplies from the market.
Rise in prices is witnessed also due to damage inflicted by july rains in Gujrat and Rajasthn that has set bulish trend in onion prices. At the benchmark Lasalgaon APMC in Maharastra, average wholesale onion prices have doubled during the post 10 days to Rs 13/kg. As onion prices have begun to increase, it will help avoid shortages of the commodity by encouraging for mars to plant more, say trade veterons.

Onion pices pick up after 18 months
onion price have started increase 18 month

Traders were afraid of onion formers, especially from the non-traditionl onion growing regions to shift away from the crop, leading to shortages post-Diwali due to the prolonged slump in onion prices.
However the huge procurement by the Madhya Pradesh government and its subsequent dumping of the commodity at Rs 2/kg to Rs 3/kg in other states has reduced supplies from Madhya Pradesh creating more demand for the available stock.
” Reduce onion supplies from Madhya Pradesh couple with damages caused by excessive rainfall in Gujrat has led to more damand for onion from Maharashtra,” said CB Holkar former director of Nationl Agriculture co-operative Marketing Federation (Nafed).
The average wholesale price of onion at Lasalgoon has July 28. Prices has been ruling below Rs 7/kg during 2016 expect in january, while they were ruling below Rs 5/kg from February to June in 2017.
Onion farmers, who hope to recover losses borne for past seveal months, have warned against government typing to restrict the rise in price,onion price have started increase 18 month while traders think the present rise in prices will help in augmenting the supplies in future.
”Formers were disenchanted with onion, not wanting to sow it. Now, good prices may help to attract theme again to plant to plant the kharif crop, thus avoiding any shortages in the future,” said Holkar.
Onion prices are expected to stay at the current level or rise slightly more till mid-september after which fresh khsrif harvest of onion will beging from karnataka and Andhra pradesh followed by Maharastra.

Source- The EconomicTimes

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Precies moonsoon farmers information India 2019

 India and British scientists are working on a project together under the National Monsoon Mission to provide provide preclse farmers information about monsoon up to the block-level by 2019.

Precies moonsoon farmers information India 2019

‘’Under the National Monsoon Mission, precise farmers information about the monsoon will be provided up to block level by 2019,’’ union Minister for science and Technology Harshvarshan said.
The minister, who also holds the portofolio of Earth sciences, said till now only 1.13 crore formers out of 9.30 get information about monsoon which helps them in taking necessary steps to save there crop from rains.
Through this mission, crops worth over Rs 42,000 crore have been saved and now the aim is to extend the benefits to all the formers in times to come, he said.
Under the mission a British make atmospheric instruments is being used.
It is capable of flying at 500 feet and is equipped to assess all intricacies of water the minister said, adding India will manufacture such an aircraft in next two years.
The mission was started on june 8 and it will Continue till the end of the end of this month, he said.
Harshvardhan said the capability India has attained in predicting Tsunami is of international standards and it shares such information with countries surrounded by seas or having vest coastline.
India Agriculture is mostly dependent on rains which daliver newrly 70 per cent of water needed for farms, reservoirs and aquifers.
Good monsoon and high agriculture growth are crucial to accelerate India’s GDP growth rate.
Economic Affairs secretary shaktikanta Das has said the country’s growth rate could clime to 8 per cent in the current financial year on the back of above normal monsoon.
Farmlands across the country the are without any irrigation cover depend on the animal rains to grow a number of crops.
Planting and growing summer crops like paddy rice, soya beans, cotton, and pulses depends largely on the rainfall received.
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            Union Minister of science and Technology Harshvarshan Earth Science Monsoon Tsunani Indian   
Source –ZeeNews  

Last two week Tomato Prices

PUNE- You may have to wait for cheaper tomatoes till mid-August as prices of the vegetable till mid-August as prices of the vegetable will start comeing down in next two week after the fresh arrival from Naghik and Bengaluru region.
    However retail tomato prices cooled down by about 20 per cent in most parts of Maaharastra expect Mumbai on Thursday as traders slashed grower level prices by 30 per cent to 40 per cent citing issues with quality  of the vegetable.

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Last two week Tomato Prices

    Al the Narayangaon sub-yard of junnar APMC, tomato prices cooled down by 30 per cent in last two days as consistent reinfall has damaged tomato quality. Formar level prices declined from Rs 60/kg on Tuesday to Rs 40/kg (maximum) to Rs 25/kg (minimum) on Thursday. In Delhis Azodpur APMC, wholesale tomato prices were Rs 40/kg to Rs 60/kg.
    To arrival of tomatoes at Narayangaon was 30,000 crates  of 20kg each on Thursday. ” Prices declined mainly due to quality of  the vegetable,” said cheton Rukari, secretary of junnar APMC as against an expected arrival of 1 lakh crates per day, the market has been getting only about 25,000 to 30,000 crates per day of tomatoes.
     If quality improves and shortoges continue, prices may rise further slightly, say traders.
    Traders expect prices to remain firm til August 15, after which, tomato arrival from Nasik as well as Bengaluru region will  gather pace. Abrar Pathan a trader. Currently based in Narayangaon said.  ” Market will begin to cool down now as tomatoes from Nashik belt will start comeing to the market.”

Source Economic Times

Supreme Court asks government to apprise it about any adverse impact of GM mustard crop

NEW DELHI- The supreme court today asked the centre to apprise it by July 28 about any adverse impact, based on research, of the commercial relercial of genetically modified (GM) mustard crop.
     A bench comprising chief Justice J skehar and Justice D Y chandrachud said that if the commercial roll out of the GM mustard crop has adverse impact, then the government would have to take a well-“ informed “ view before comeing out out with a policy decision on it.
   The bench considered the submission of lower purhant Bhushan that the genetically modified seeds might have adverse effects leading diseases hike concer and said that it that was so, them it might restrain the government .
       You will have to give on undertaking on the effects of the GM mustard crops. If it is going to have an (adverse) impact, them we will have to take addition , he said.
      Addition solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the centre, said the government has so for not taken any policy decision on the commercial release of the GM mustard Crop as was Considering various aspects including the data.
      The court had on July 17 asked the centre to take a ‘considered’ view before taking a policy decision on the commercial release of the crop.
The supreme court today asked the centre to apprise it by July 28 about any adverse impact, based on research, of the commercial relercial of genetically modified (GM) mustard crop
      ‘’ It is on extremely important issue. You (centre) take a well-informed and conceded, as once it is allowed then the effects would be irreversible, ‘’ it had sad.
    The apex court had on October 17 last year extended the stay on the commercial release of the crop till further order.
     It had asked the government to seek public opinion on such seeds befare releasing these for cultivation purpose.
    Mustard is one of India’s most important winter crops which is sown between mid October and late November.
   Bhushan, was appeared for petitioner Aruna Rodrigues, had alleged the government was sowing the seeds in various fields and that the bio-safty  dossier, which has to be made public by putting it on the website, had not been done.
     Alleging that fields trials were being carried out without the relevant tests Bhushan had sought a 10-year moratorium on them.
      A technical Expert committee (TEC) report had also said that the entire regulatory system was in a shambles and a 10 year moratorlum should be given, he had said.
      Rodriguses had said the plea seeking a stay on the commercial release of the crop and prohibition of its open field trials.
      He had also urged the court to prohibit open field and commercial,release of herbicide tolerant (HT) crops, including HT mustard DMH 11 and it lines/variants ar recommended by the TEC in its report.
      ‘’ Since the claimed yield superiority of HT DHM 11 through the B&B system over non-GMO varieties and hybrids is quite simple not true, in fact a hoax… there is no purpose to this GMO HT mustard for India,’’ the petition has said.
     It has said contamination caused by mustard HT DHT 11 and its HT parents would be ‘irremediable and irrvensible’’.

    ‘’ The contamination of our seed stock and goon  plasm as will happen with mustard HT DHM 11 and its HT parents will be irremediable and irreversible making our food toxic at he molecullar level without recourse,’’ the plea has said.  

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