Left Menu
Development News Edition

National-level video conference on evolving Kharif sowing strategy next week

PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 09-04-2020 12:40 IST | Created: 09-04-2020 12:40 IST
National-level video conference on evolving Kharif sowing strategy next week

The Centre on Thursday called a national-level video conference on April 16 for chalking out a strategy for sowing the rain-fed kharif crops, such as rice, and ensuring safety of farmers in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. The video conference assumes importance as quick and effective policy responses are required to be taken as farmers prepare for the kharif (summer) season during the time of lockdown.

Kharif sowing begins with the onset of the June-September south-west monsoon. "Kharif National Conference will be held on April 16, 2020, through video conferencing," Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said in a statement.

A decision in this regard was taken after reviewing the relief measures taken for farmers with state agriculture ministers and senior officials through a video conference on Wednesday. Normally, about 106 million hectares are planted during the kharif crop season. While the onset of monsoon kick-starts sowing in June, which continues through mid-July, harvesting of crops begins by October.

Besides holding the kharif conference, Tomar in the meeting asked state governments to sensitise field agencies about exemptions given to the farm-related activities and allow movement of farm produce, farming products, fertilisers and farm implements and machinery. In the meeting, the crucial issues related to farming operations and harvesting, agriculture marketing and mandi operations, procurement at minimum support price (MSP), provision of inputs (seeds and fertilisers), and issues related to logistics and movement of agriculture and horticulture produce were discussed.

Tomar also appreciated the proactive steps taken by the state governments to ensure agriculture activities even during the challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic..



Socio-economic Impact of Covid-19 on Women

Today, women and girls are facing a double whammy - their sources of income have dried up but the workload has increased. There is a great need for gender-sensitive policies to recover from the pandemic. ...

Tracking Cybersecurity: Laying the groundwork for tougher regulations post-COVID 19

The changes indicate that the tech industry is moving towards a paradigm shift over how it operates and, more importantly, how it is regulated....

Tax dodging in rich and poor countries alike, wealthy taxpayers often outwit the taxman

... ...

COVID-19 threatens to widen the digital gender divide

In a world that, all of sudden, has turned virtual, it has become absolutely essential to providing equal digital access and opportunities to the unconnected population, primarily dominated by women. ...


Latest News

Udupi Krishna temple not to re-open for now, says junior seer

Mangaluru, June 6 PTI The Sri Krishna temple at Udupi would not re-open on June 8 although permission has been given to all temples to allow devotees for darshan, Admaru mutt junior seer Paryaya Swami Ishapriya Teertha said on Saturday. He ...

Boy kills self after a nightlong PUBG session: Police

A 14-year-old boy allegedly hanged himself to death on early Saturday morning shortly after he stopped playing PUBG throughout the night and went to sleep, said police. Railway Colony police stations in-charge Hansraj Meena said the boy, a ...

Some pvt hospitals refusing admission to COVID patients, doing 'black-marketing of beds': Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday warned of strong action against private hospitals allegedly refusing admission to COVID-19 patients and indulging in black-marketing of beds. The Delhi government will depute medical professi...

Manipur CM, guv condole demise of Ved Marwah

Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla on Saturday condoled the death of his predecessor Ved Marwah, and prayed for the well-being of his friends and family. Expressing sorrow, Chief Minister N Biren Singh said people would always remember Marwah ...

Give Feedback