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Chandrababu Naidu ropes in noted agriculturist to promote organic farming in AP

Noted agriculturist and inventor of Zero Budget Natural Spiritual Farming, Subhash Palekar, has been appointed as advisor by the Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu to promote organic farming in the state.  As part of the mandate, Palekar will be responsible for formulating agriculture related policies and look after knowledge sharing with the farmers.  “We will strive to make Andhra Pradesh 100% organic in the coming years and eliminate use of harmful chemicals and fertilizers in crop production,” said Naidu.  The state government, which has already implemented Palekar’s Zero Budget Natural Spiritual Farming technique in 2,000 villages covering over five lakh hectares and trained five...

Last Updated: Wednesday, 14th June, 2017 12:09 PM Visits 32

Farmers prepare for Kharif crops as monsoon sets in

NEW DELHI: Farmers have started preparing land for growing kharif crops following onset of monsoon rains in some parts of the country.  This time round, farmers are expected to bring 107 million hectares under cultivation for paddy, soyabean, pulses, cotton, bajra, jowar, groundnut and maize, raising hopes of a bigger grain harvest this year.  Companies and analysts said the acreage under cotton could surpass soyabean and pulses as prices are firm. The government, however, could announce higher minimum support price for pulses and oil seeds to boost domestic production and reduce the country’s dependence on imports, they said.  Farmers have already started preparing land and raising paddy nurseries, from where saplings...

Last Updated: Friday, 9th June, 2017 12:08 PM Visits 19

Haryana government gives subsidy to farmers to encourage farming of Kharif onion

CHANDIGARH: With a view to encourage the farming of Kharif onion in the State, Haryana government has decided to provide 50 per cent subsidy on the onion seed.  A spokesman of horticulture department said that the maximum amount limit of subsidy of Rs 500 per kilogramme seed or 50 per cent whichever is less would be provided.  He said that farmers would be provided 12.5 kg seed of kharif onion per hectare per farmer.  This subsidy would be given on first-come-first-serve basis and would be applicable till the availability of subsidy amount, he added.  He said that farmers could obtain the seed of different varieties of kharif onion...

Last Updated: Tuesday, 6th June, 2017 12:07 PM Visits 28

Farmer strike forces Maharashtra government to lift stock limit on pulses

PUNE: As the farmer strike intensified in Maharashtra, the state government lifted the stock limit on pulses, barring chana, a decision it had kept pending despite the central government directing the state governments to remove the stock limit a fortnight ago.  Maharashtra had imposed stock limit on pulses, edible oil and edible oilseeds till September 30, 2017. On Thursday, it exempted pulses from this order.  Traders and farmers had been demanding removal of stock limit to support the falling priced of tur, which have declined below the minimum support price.  Prices of moong and masoor are also depressed. Only chana prices are still above MSP as there...

Last Updated: Thursday, 1st June, 2017 12:05 PM Visits 24

PM Narendra Modi's government has given MSP 43% higher than production cost: Amit Shah

NEW DELHI: The Modi government within first three years of coming to power has all but fulfilled its poll promise of giving farmers a support price that is 50 per cent more than cost of production of a crop, BJP President Amit Shah has said.  The minimum support price (MSP) paid to farmers for their crops is now 43 per cent more than the cost of production if the cost of land is excluded from price calculation, he told PTI in an interview here.  No government, he said, can meet the Swaminathan formula for calculating the cost of production as it includes cost of land, which...

Last Updated: Sunday, 28th May, 2017 11:06 AM Visits 41

Government buys 29.26 million tonnes of wheat

NEW DELHI: Government agencies purchased 29.26 million tonnes (MT) of wheat during the rabi marketing season this year and as buying continues in UP, MP and Rajasthan, officials are confident of procuring 30 MT this year, still short of target.  “Till May 31, we will continue to buy from MP, followed by UP and Rajasthan till June 15. We will easily procure 30 MT of wheat this year for the central pool,” said an official of the Food Corporation of India.  However, wheat purchases at this level will be lower than the target of 33 MT set earlier this year.  In Uttar Pradesh,...

Last Updated: Saturday, 27th May, 2017 11:07 AM Visits 41

Agriculture Ministry will promote GM mustard if approved by Environment Ministry

NEW DELHI: The agriculture ministry today said it has no reservations about GM mustard, which has been cleared by an expert panel GEAC, and will promote genetically modified (GM) crops if approved by the Environment Ministry.  On May 11, Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) had recommended commercial cultivation of a GM mustard variety, developed by Delhi University's Centre for Genetic Manipulation of Crop Plants, in a submission to the Environment Ministry, which is yet to give the final approval.  "Whatever crops are notified, be it GM or non-GM, if scientists approve it, then our ministry's mandate is to increase production, productivity, bring down cost of production...

Last Updated: Monday, 22nd May, 2017 11:07 AM Visits 29

States asked to be ready for rain shortfall

NEW DELHI: Agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh has written to chief ministers of all states and union territories to review their preparedness to mitigate possible drought in the event of a rain deficit in the upcoming monsoon season.  In the letter, the minister advised states to carry out this exercise in advance “so that the possible adverse impact of sub-par rainfall, if at all, on the farmers can be mitigated,” the agriculture ministry said in press statement issued on Monday.  The June-September monsoon rainfall this year is expected to be 96% of the long-term average, with a 5% error margin, as per the weather office’s forecast issued earlier this month....

Last Updated: Friday, 12th May, 2017 11:38 AM Visits 81