Called HD-3226 or Pusa Yashasvi, the new variety has recorded a weighted average yield of 57.5 quintals per hectare in coordinated trials at 56 locations over three years of testing (2015-16 to 2017-18).
NAFED has been tasked with purchasing all the apples that growers bring to sell at mandis in the Valley. A bumper crop, for which there would hardly be any private buyers with all the current movement restrictions, makes it all the more challenging.
In other words, despite the Modi government’s emphasis on digital payments and a less-cash economy, the official printing presses are churning out more currency notes than before, both in volume and value terms.
The increase is more than 238 per cent (from 15.22 million to 51.47 million) for exotic/crossbred animals between 1992 and 2019, a period that witnessed a 26 per cent-plunge in the numbers for indigenous/nondescript breeds (from 189.37 million to 139.82 million).
In June, the country as a whole received an area-weighted rainfall of just 112.1 mm, almost a third below the “normal” long period average (LPA) of 166.9 mm for this month. But in July — the southwest monsoon season extends from June to September — the rains were 4.6% above normal.
In June, domestic and imported re-gasified liquefied natural gas (R-LNG) was being delivered to urea-making units at an average uniform “pooled” price of Rs 813.76 or $ 11.72 per mmBtu (million metric British thermal units) on a gross calorific value (GCV) basis.
Unlike other industries that fear “dumping” from China (steel), South Korea (chemicals) or Indonesia and Malaysia (palm oil) in the event of an RCEP deal, the concerns of Indian dairies largely pertain to New Zealand and Australia.
The opposition to GM crops is clearly not from farmers. Were that so, the global annual area planted under them wouldn’t have risen from a mere 1.7 million to nearly 190 million hectares between 1996 and 2017.