Kharif foodgrains production may reach record 144.52 million tonnes in 2020-21: Narendra Singh Tomar
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a record increase in area sown to kharif crops by 4.51 per cent to 1,121.75 lakh hectares this year.
While affected farmers are desperately waiting for the rain gods to smile on them, the Odisha Government needs to draw up a contingency plan to save the crops.
Among kharif crops, area planted to rice has increased by 18.59 per cent to 168.47 lakh hectare as on July 17 from 142.06 lakh hectare in the year-ago period.Among kharif crops, area planted to rice h
Farmers are hopeful of reaping another bumper crop yield this season with the met department predicting a normal monsoon this year.
Congress said that due to reverse migration of farm labourers, the agricultural cost had increased in many states and government has neglected this factor while announcing the MSP.
Government has increased the MSPs of Kharif crops for marketing season 2020-21, to ensure remunerative prices to the growers for their produce.
Expected to dismantle the existing Agriculture Produce Marketing Act Committee (APMC), the new law is intended to replicate e-NAM.
The Odisha government has set a target to disburse Rs 7,500 crore crop loans to farmer members of the primary agriculture cooperative societies.
Loan to be disbursed at concessional rate of interest in two slabs
It said that farm workers should wash their hands, legs and face with soap when coming out of the field for meal or rest.
The state government has already appointed 30 senior officers to monitor agriculture and related activities in all the districts in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
The CACP is scheduled to hold a meeting with stakeholders from southern states, in Vijayawada on Friday to take views for formulating its recommendations on price policy.
The paddy production in the state is expected to diminish by 50,000 tonnes in the coming harvesting season.