Sexed semen technology is about preselecting the sex of offspring by sorting or separating the X-sperms from Y-sperms. The aim is to deliver freedom from male calves, by ensuring that cows are inseminated by semen containing only X-chromosome-bearing sperms.
The woes of pulses farmers and traders like Kagi can be put down to all-time-high imports of 6.6 mt (valued at Rs 28,524.05 crore) on top of a record domestic production of 22.4 mt in 2016-17 — made worse by the weak, behind-the-curve policy response whether to do with trade or stockholding restrictions.
In just over a month, retail prices of tomato have gone from about Rs 20 per kg to Rs 70 per kg (all-India modal average as per Department of Consumer Affairs data), after staying at Rs 10-12/kg through May and early June. Why has this happened?
For farmers, a uniform 2 per cent premium rate on sum insured (SI) for all kharif or monsoon season foodgrains and oilseeds, while 1.5 per cent for rabi winter crops and 5 per cent for annual commercial and horticultural crops, is the lowest they can hope for.
In 2016, south interior Karnataka recorded 22 per cent deficit rainfall during the southwest monsoon season (June-September). Reservoir levels in the Cauvery basin have fallen lower with back-to-back monsoon failure and Karnataka is headed to Assembly elections in barely eight months.
The consecutive monsoon failures have led to an almost continuous decline in both sugarcane crushed and sugar produced by Tamil Nadu mills. Between 2011-12 and 2016-17, the quantity of cane crushed has plunged with sugar output also more than halving.
MRP paid by farmers in India for DAP (exclusive of taxes) has remained practically flat at Rs 20,000 per tonne. It actually rose as high as Rs 26,500 per tonne in 2012-13 and hovered around Rs 24,000-25,000 in the next three years, before settling at current Rs 20,500 levels.
Phosphoric acid and ammonia — which are the sources of phosphorus (P) and nitrogen (N), respectively, for manufacture of DAP and NP/NPK complexes — attract 18 per cent duty under the GST rate schedule.
Speaking to The Indian Express, a top government official admitted, “It is a sensitive issue, more so when the decision (to go for 100 per cent neem-coating for domestically produced and imported urea) came right from the top.”
The M S Swaminathan committee’s widely disseminated recommendation, to fix MSP at levels “at least 50 per cent more than the weighted average cost of production”, remains a holy grail or partial reality at best.
THE SUDDEN spike in temperatures since early last week is stoking concerns over the standing wheat crop, even as the Centre has projected a record production of 96.64 million tonnes (mt) and recently levied a 10 per cent import duty on the grain. “It was looking good till around March 20. Even on March 25, […]