Onion prices have crashed in the wholesale markets of Maharashtra due to the bumper crop in the state. This year, Maharashtra reported plantation of over 3.5 lakh hectares of land, instead of the usual 3 lakh hectares.
The surveillance of bat habitats will be conducted jointly with the forest department and experts concerned, said Umap. It will include keeping a watch on places frequented by bats and alerting the authorities in case of sudden mortality in the local bat population.
Orders have also been issued to carry out regular cleaning and disinfecting exercises at the pig farms.
Along with the state Animal Husbandry Department, local bodies in both urban and rural areas have been alerted to the situation and asked to take necessary action.
The state government is hopeful that the Centre will give it another extension to tide over the crisis. But because of its failure to intervene successfully in the agricultural market, many farmers are now stuck with their produce.
Days after they started distributing milk free of cost to protest against low procurement prices, dairy farmers in Maharashtra have threatened to take their protest all the way to Mantralaya in Mumbai.
“Dairies which produce 20 per cent extra SMP than their normal per month production will be eligible for the subsidy,” Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries, Mahadev Jankar, said.
In August 2013, Siddaramaiah government launched a ‘Ksheera Bhagya’ scheme which provides a 150-ml glass of free milk daily to around 1.04 crore children: 65 lakh studying in government/government-aided schools and another 39 lakh in pre-school anganwadi centres.