Regardless of a harsh lockdown when nearly all of the wheels of the stood nonetheless, an unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic and an intense farmers’ protest that has entered its 100th day, the nation’s agriculture sector continues to submit optimistic photos by way of crop manufacturing.
On the second anniversary of PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana, the union agriculture minister made a particular reference to the resilience of the fam sector and farmers in staring down Covid-19. “Irrespective of how a lot adversity the nation’s financial system is besieged with, if the agriculture sector and the farmers are able to battle it, they’ve the potential to drag the nation out of adversity even whereas all different sectors come to a standstill,” Narendra Singh Tomar mentioned. In a press release on the world coated below summer time crop, the federal government whereas releasing knowledge mentioned that the general pattern of summer time sowing progress is “superb”, and due to this fact, “there isn’t any influence of Covid-19 pandemic scenario” on sowing of summer time crops. On Friday, union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman acknowledged: “Agriculture contribution may be very nicely recognised even throughout the lockdown part.”
The federal government launched the world protection below summer time crop as on the fifth of March. In a press release, the federal government mentioned that the full summer time crops have been sown on 39.58 lakh hectare in opposition to 32.34 lakh hectare throughout the corresponding interval final yr. This means a rise of seven.94 lakh hectare in web sown space as in comparison with the identical time final yr. Whereas coarse cereals, oil seeds and rice clocked a rise in web sown space, the world below pulses mirrored a lower. The world below coarse cereals rose by 0.06 lakh hectares, oilseeds by 0.69 lakh hectares, rice by 6.54 lakh hectares, however the space below pulses decreased marginally by 0.05 lakh hectares.
On February 18, the ministry of agriculture and farmers’ welfare launched the second advance estimate for main agricultural produce, projecting a “file” meals grain manufacturing whereas noting that the cumulative rainfall within the nation throughout June to September 2019 had been 10% larger than the LPA. The overall meals grain manufacturing for 2019-20 was a file 291.95 million tonnes in comparison with 285.21 million tonnes in 2018-19, larger by 6.74 million tonnes. The ministry famous that the general manufacturing throughout 2019-20, when in comparison with the typical of the earlier 5 years, i.e., 2013 -14 to 2017- 18, was larger by 26.20 million tonnes.
The manufacturing of rice, wheat, coarse cereals, pulses, sugarcane and jute is all set to rise in comparison with the typical manufacturing prior to now 5 years. The manufacturing of rice is estimated to the touch a file 106.21 million tonnes from the five-year common of 107.80 million tonnes. The manufacturing of wheat is ready to the touch a file of 106.21 million tonnes, up from the typical of 94.61 million tonnes, and manufacturing of pulses is estimated to the touch 23.02 million tonnes up from the five-years common of 20.26 million tonnes.
Equally, the second advance estimate tasks coarse cereal manufacturing of 45.24 million tonnes, up from 43.06 million tonnes in 2018-19 and oilseeds manufacturing of 34.19 million tonnes, up from 31.52 million tonnes in 2018-19.
Because the farmers’ protest swirls in components of the nation, knowledge launched by the ministry of shopper affairs and meals present that procurement of paddy on the minimal help worth is larger in comparison with the corresponding time in earlier years. Kharif paddy procurement in 2020-21 is 670.44 LMT in comparison with 585.41 LMT on the similar time final yr.
This is a rise of 14.52%. The determine of procurement from Punjab, the state that’s most affected within the ongoing farmers’ protest is 202.82 LMT, which is a major 30.25% of the full paddy procurement. The ministry additional mentioned, “About 97.90 lakh farmers have already been benefited from the continuing KMS procurement operations with MSP worth of Rs. 1,26,580.51 crore.”