Agriculture Current Affair 24 March 2023

Agri Ministry ropes in Nafed for promotion of millets

The Agriculture Ministry on Monday said it has roped in cooperative Nafed for promotion of the government’s millets initiative at global scale, including installation of millet vending machines and setting up of an experience centre in Delhi-NCR. Nafed, which has entered into a MoU with the ministry in this regard, will set up a millet corner in Nafed Bazaar Retail Stores, install millet vending machines across Delhi-NCR, an official statement said.

It will also establish a millets’ experience centre at Delhi Haat, to promote nutritious millets and create awareness on the rich history of India through millet-based dishes. Nafed will extend marketing linkage to millets-centric startups, it added.

Zuari FarmHub signs MoU with ICRISAT for agri solutions

Zuari FarmHub Limited and International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement(MoA) which will bolster Zuari FarmHub’s mission of creating value for farmers and stakeholders by providing integrated agri-solutions for all farm needs.

Zuari FarmHub, one of the leading agritech players in India announced a collaboration with ICRISAT. Under this collaboration, ICRISAT will develop a data-driven digital agriculture platform that will bring all required data for the decision-making process on a single platform and the knowledge-driven tools developed on top of this data platform will provide actionable information for dissemination.

Unseasonal rain expected to increase prices of commodities in short supply

Prices of everyday essentials like wheat, jeera, chana and some fruits and vegetables are expected to increase as the unseasonal rainfall has damaged the crops.

Unseasonal rainfall is expected to increase prices of commodities in short supply and reduce the returns for farmers in commodities that are perishable and where farmers have lost their crop.

Wheat prices jumped 4% on Monday on news of heavy rainfall in wheat growing areas. The arrival of the new crop of wheat will be delayed by 10-15 days, which will keep the prices firm. Wheat production is also expected to fall by 3-4% because of the widespread rainfall in wheat growing states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Bihar, Gujarat, and Maharashtra.

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