The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare on April 24, 2020, publishes the Insecticides (Second Amendment) Rules, 2020, to further amend the Insecticides Rules, 1971. The people covered under these rules shall apply for new registration of leaflets and labels within 90 days.

On 11 June 2019, the Ministry of Agriculture requested IFPRI-PRSSP to conduct a study jointly with APSU to assess the paddy price issue. IFPRI agreed to carry out the study.

In its "The Insecticides (Second Amendment) Draft Rules, 2020" draft order, the Agriculture Ministry points out that these are products that are likely to involve risk to humans and animals and has called for suggestions before a final order is passed.

On April 16, 2020 the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) jointly convened a virtual meeting of Ministers of Agriculture in African countries to discuss the impact of coronavirus diseases (COVID-19) on food security and nutrition. The meeting was co-convened by Hon.

The Pesticide Management Bill, 2020 was introduced in Rajya Sabha by the Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Mr. Narendra Singh Tomar, on March 23, 2020.

Whereas, the erstwhile Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture and Co-operation vide notification number S.O. 325(E), dated the 11th May, 1992 had prohibited the use of Nicotine Sulphate in India, but permitted continued production of the same in the country only for export purposes.

An atlas on vulnerability of Indian agriculture to climate change has been prepared by Central Research Institute of Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA), Hyderabad. District Agriculture Contingency Plans for 648 districts have been prepared for managing weather aberrations for sustainable agriculture. Due to preparedness and introduction of climate resilient varieties, total food grain has increased from 208.60 Million Tonnes in 2005-06 to 284.95 Million Tonnes in 2018-19 (4th Adv. Est.) and horticulture production from 116.9 Million Tonnes in 2004- 05 to 313.85 Million Tonnes in 2018-19 (3rd Adv.

As per Agriculture Census 2015-16, the total number of operational holdings in the country is 14.65 crore.

According to Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmerswelfare, out of 196.02 lakh hectare Geographical area of Gujarat, 25.S}lakh hectare (13'02%)is barren and unculturable land in the State of Gujarat.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on kharif crop damage due to excessive rain, 03/03/2020. The State Government of Madhya Pradesh has reported crop loss of 60.47 lakh hectares due to excessive rains during 2019-20. The Memorandum in this regard was received by the Union Government on 01.10.2019.

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