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Pacific Seeds' new treatment plant unveiled

Pacific Seeds launches new seed treatment plant. Enjoying the launch are (from left) Advanta Seeds Australia MD Nick Gardner, UPL CEO Jai Shroff, Advanta Seeds CEO Bhupen Dubey and Federal Member for Groom, John McVeigh.Contributed BUOYED by the continued growth of the agricultural industry, Pacific Seeds has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in a new seed treatment plant, which was unveiled today at its Toowoomba headquarters. The plant, which will provide better handling of the seed, improved accuracy in chemical application, a safer working environment and energy savings, was officially unveiled by  Member for Groom John McVeigh.  The Australian-built machine replaces a...

Last Updated: Monday, 25th September, 2017 05:12 PM Visits 2

Foodgrain output may drop 2.5% in Kharif season this year

NEW DELHI: India's foodgrain production may decline by 3.5 million tonnes to around 135 MT in the current kharif season due to floods and dry spell in some parts of the country, official sources said.  The country had produced a record 138.52 MT in the kharif season of 2016-17 crop year (July-June) on good monsoon rains.  According to the sources, the overall production of Kharif foodgrains (comprising rice, pulses and coarse cereals) is likely to be around 135 MT in the current season. Sowing for Kharif crops begins around July and harvesting takes place from October.  The fall is mainly due to less acreage under paddy and pulses in the wake...

Last Updated: Thursday, 21st September, 2017 05:15 PM Visits 3

India's cotton regions forecast to get much needed rain

NEW DELHI: Key cotton producing regions in central India are set for a recovery in rainfall levels, the country's weather office chief told Reuters on Tuesday, easing concerns for farmers who are betting on the fibre amid rising demand. Overall rainfall in the country since June 1 is 6 percent below the long-term average, according to data on the India Meteorological Department's (IMD) website. India's weather office said in June it expected monsoon rains, which deliver about three-quarters of India's annual rainfall, to reach 98 percent of the long-term average this year. The monsoon, which stretches from June to September, is critical for India's 260 million farmers because...

Last Updated: Tuesday, 19th September, 2017 05:16 PM Visits 4

Agriculture Ministry readies 7 point strategy to double farmers income

NEW DELHI: The agriculture ministry has drawn up a 7-point strategy to double farmers’ income in the country.  The plan includes improving irrigation efficiency, reducing input cost thereby increasing production, increasing investment in warehouses and food processing, and introducing reforms in agriculture marketing, the ministry said on Friday.  The ministry is also working to address concerns of farmers on crop loss and giving a push to allied activities such as encouraging horticulture, dairying, fisheries, poultry and beekeeping among others, it said.  “It is important to improve irrigation efficiency to increase production,” the agriculture ministry said in a press statement. “Hence, pending medium and large projects have...

Last Updated: Friday, 8th September, 2017 05:18 PM Visits 2

Agriculture advance estimate pegs grain output higher at 275.68 mt

NEW DELHI: The government raised its estimate on food grain output for the crop year ended June, with good rains allowing farmers to have a record harvest of wheat, rice, coarse cereals and pulses.  The agriculture ministry's fourth advance estimates of major crops pegged food grain production at 275.68 million tonnes, 0.84% higher than the third advance estimate. That would also be 4.01% more than the previous record, set in 2013-14.  The first advance estimate was issued in September 2016, followed by the second in February this year and the third in May. The ministry's fifth and final estimate for the 2016-17 crop will be announced in December...

Last Updated: Thursday, 17th August, 2017 10:30 AM Visits 56

Government revises up 2016-17 grain output to record 275.68 million ton

NEW DELHI: The government today revised upward the country's overall foodgrain production by 2.3 million tonnes to a record 275.68 million tonnes in 2016-17 crop year that ended in June.  Record output has been achieved in rice, wheat, coarse cereals and pulses on the back of good rains in the said period.  Foodgrain production had declined to 251.57 million tonnes in 2015-16 crop year (July-June). The previous record of 265.04 million tonnes was achieved in 2013-14 crop year.  "As a result of very good rainfall during monsoon 2016 and various policy initiatives taken by the government, the country has witnessed record foodgrain production in the...

Last Updated: Wednesday, 16th August, 2017 10:29 AM Visits 47

Area under Kharif crops up by 7.43 per cent despite less rain

NEW DELHI: Despite weak rains in the past one week, acreage under kharif cropsincreased by 7.43 per cent, boosting hopes of a good harvest this year. Till Friday, planting had been done on 94.35 million hectares, or 89 per cent of the total arable land. It is 0.69 per cent higher than the acreage achieved a year ago. While acreage under paddy, sugarcane and cotton has risen from the previous year, that under pulses, coarse cereals and oilseeds has fallen. According to the weather department, total rainfall since June 1 was 3 per cent below normal.  Rising prices in the domestic market have prompted farmers to...

Last Updated: Saturday, 12th August, 2017 10:31 AM Visits 43

India set for record kharif crop harvest

NEW DELHI: Foodgrain output in the ongoing 2017-18 kharif season is likely to surpass last year's record of 138.04 million tonnes due to higher acreage and good monsoon for the second straight year, Agriculture Secretary Shobhana K Pattanayak said today.  So far, more than 80 per cent of the sowing of kharif crops -- paddy, pulses, oilseeds, cotton, sugarcane and jute -- has been completed and the planting will continue in some parts till next month, Pattanayak told PTI in an interview.  About 19 lakh hectare of crop area has been affected by floods across the country and farmers are likely to take up other kharif crops once the water...

Last Updated: Sunday, 6th August, 2017 11:53 AM Visits 70