Monday, 23 May, 2022

Topic: wheat

It’s not all bad news in Covid. India’s farm exports soared to 6-year record high. Here’s how

National agricultural commodity export grew by nearly 25% over $15.9 billion in 2019-20. This was driven by rice & wheat exports that touched record high of almost 20 MT in 2020-21.

Punjab and Haryana set to surpass wheat procurement targets with days to spare

As of 9 May, Punjab has procured 128.66 LMT of wheat while Haryana has so far secured 80.76 LMT. The procurement season will last until 15 May in Punjab and 25 May in Haryana. 

Indian farmers defied Covid to sell record high rice and wheat. Time to expand PDS cover

Despite Covid risk, farmers in Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan not only harvested their crops but also sold them in mandis. Bihar and UP must learn the lesson.

Give us a choice, say farmers & agents as Punjab rolls out direct payment for wheat procurement

Punjab implements direct transfer of payments for farmers on day one of rabi procurement season. Farmers worry it will hurt working relationship with agents, make getting loans harder.

India set for record foodgrain production, nearly 9% higher than last 5 years’ average

Sugarcane production is set to surge by 7.3% to 397.66 MT, while foodgrains, oilseeds and other crops will likely hit record levels too.

How Madhya Pradesh has beaten Punjab to become new wheat basket of India

Last year, MP topped Punjab in wheat procurement and comfortably beat its own target of 100 LMT. It is rising at a time when other states have stagnated.

Govt procurement policy of wheat, rice aggravating water crisis — draft National Water Policy

The policy has recommended diversifying the crop procurement process. Union Jal Shakti ministry is currently going through the draft policy submitted by a 11-member committee last month.

4 lessons that Modi govt and Twitter warriors should take from the farmers’ protest

Farmers of Punjab, Haryana and UP know that the wheat-rice cycle cannot continue forever. Anxiety over MSP is its result.

Pakistan to buy 200,000 tons of Russian wheat to fight inflation

Pakistan, the world’s eighth-biggest wheat producer, has already imported about 430,000 tons so far this year to build strategic reserves of the grain.

Govt increases minimum support price for 6 rabi crops, MSP of wheat hiked by Rs 50

Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said govt had always maintained MSP will continue as against a 'false propaganda' spread by Opposition parties.

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Mental health of pilots under scanner after plane crash in China

An anonymous survey of 1,848 pilots in 2015 found 12.6% suffered from depression while 4.1% experienced suicidal thoughts.

World’s $300 trillion in debt. Here’s what it means for services like health, education

To meet debt payments, at least 100 countries will have to reduce spending on essential services, the IMF estimates.


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As drones usher in new era of warfare, India’s growing UAV industry begins to take flight

With a growing indigenous base of drone manufacturers and exporters, and incentives from government, industry sentiment is bullish. However, some concerns remain. 

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.