Data from the Ministry of Agriculture shows that rabi sowing has been progressing normally. On Friday, the total area sown under all crops was 327.62 lakh hectares (241.73 lakh hectares as of November 18) versus 313.17 lakh hectares in the same time last year. In wheat and pulses, the area sown is up 8 per cent and under oil seeds, the area sown is up 14 per cent.
Over five lakh farmers had traded farm produce worth ₹3,841 crore through the electronic-National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) — the online portal for trading in agriculture commodities — up to last week, said Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh.
It refers to “Agriculture ravaged by liquidity crunch” ( November 23). There is no doubt that the negative effects of cash demonetisation were mostly felt by the farmers who were ready to start sowing rabi crop. The
Demonetisation has hit agriculture like a guided missile. There is an unprecedented cash crunch. High value notes that were the mainstay of agriculture have become worthless.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today called for focus on higher agriculture productivity through use of the latest technology and high-yielding crop varieties to help double farmers’ income by 2022.
Different agriculture groups have urged the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to provide sufficient funds to district cooperative banks, where most farmers have bank accounts.
The focus of the Integrated Agriculture Development project will be to help farmers in supporting productivity increase, creation of post-harvest infrastructure, marketing and export. The target is to improve yields of bananas from the average 67 tonnes/ha to around 100 tonnes/ha in a year. This would be through overall management and good agriculture practises.
Rajasthan is reaching out to countries across the globe such as Israel, Australia, New Zealand and Serbia, to gain from expertise in all facets of agriculture — from seed technology to post-production.