Under the new insurance scheme, the provision that caps the central subsidy in the premium rates to 30% for unirrigated areas and 25% for irrigated areas has also discouraged states.
The union government is coordinating with states governments to restrict locust attacks. 89 fire brigades for pesticide spray, 120 survey vehicles, 47 control vehicles with spray equipments and 810 tractor mounted sprayers have been deployed for effective locust control, as per requirement during different days.
Major role for farmer producer organisations but without dislodging existing mandis; bill to be placed before the cabinet for approval soon.
The Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) has recommended higher support prices for 17 summer-sown, or kharif, crops. The cabinet will consider the proposed new rates, officials said.
Addressing the media on Friday RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said, "There is a ray of hope from the normal monsoon. Kharif sowing is at a high. These developments would improve farm income and encourage trade.”
Locust swarms from Pakistan have entered Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh threatening major damage to standing cotton crops and vegetables over more than 200,000 hectare. These states have sought immediate help from the Centre.
The government is likely to spend Rs 3109.52 crore towards this initiative which includes food subsidy of about Rs.2,982.27 crore, intra-state transportation and handling charges and dealer’s margin of about 127.25 crore.
“We have released the draft gazette notification for banning these pesticides. Companies may give their objections and representations within 45 days from May 14 before the final notification is issued after review of their objections,” said an agriculture ministry official, who did not wish to be identified.
In FY19 such exports amounted to ₹2.7 lakh crore and imports stood at ₹1.37 lakh crore.
Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar pointed out that the government had taken steps to minimise farm distress by injecting ₹1 lakh crore into the economy through welfare schemes like PM Kisan Yojana and procurement of grains from farmers.
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