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Wheat procurement surpasses five-year record in Punjab, Haryana

CHANDIGARH: Highest wheat procurement in the last five-years in cereal bowl states of Punjab and Haryana this marketing season is set to replenish depleting stocks of Food Corporation of India. The enhanced in the procurement had allayed speculation of drop in output due to delay caused in sowing post demonetization. The high quality of wheat this season promises better shelf life of the grain that would be suitable for human consumption for the next couple of years, says officials of Food Corporation of India.  Punjab is likely to surpass 115 lakh tonnes of wheat compared to the last season's procurement figure of 104.44 lakh tonnes. In Haryana...

Last Updated: Wednesday, 3rd May, 2017 11:36 AM Visits 153

Cotton turns 'white gold' after highest productivity in Punjab

CHANDIGARH: Cotton, often termed by farmers as 'white gold' for bringing higher remuneration, is set to regain lost ground in Punjab where the area under the crop is expected to rise by more than 50 per cent after it fell to ever lowest 2.56 lakh hectares in the last year. The revival of the fibre crop is buttressed by highest productivity of 756 lint kg per hectare in kharif season 2016-17 compared to lowest ever 197 lint kg per hectare in 2015-16.  "This year cotton is likely to make revival in several South Western districts where paddy was grown in the last few seasons," joint director, Punjab agriculture,...

Last Updated: Wednesday, 19th April, 2017 10:26 AM Visits 192

India's potato output to hit near record level at 47mn tonnes

NEW DELHI: The country's potato production is estimated to be around 47 million tonnes this year, just behind the all-time high witnessed in 2014.  The output stood at 43.4 million tonnes in 2015-16 crop year (July-June), while last record was 48 million tonnes achieved in 2014-15.  "Looking at the crop condition and arrival in mandis, I feel the overall output will be close to record levels. Potato output would be around 47 million tonnes this year," National Horticulture Board (NHB) Managing Director A K Singh told PTI.  Initially, NHB had projected 43.88 million tonnes output for this year. But this will be revised after assessing the arrival, he said.  Singh...

Last Updated: Tuesday, 18th April, 2017 10:26 AM Visits 142

Farmers in Maharashtra won’t sow crops or sell their produce until their demands are met: Reports

Farmers from a growing number of villages across Maharashtra are passing resolutions to go on strike from June 1, stop sale of any agrarian produce to begin with and not sow any crop if the government does not accept their demands.  There is widespread resentment among farmers because prices of commodities such as onions, vegetables and pulses have fallen below the cost of production, and the government has failed to implement effective procurement measures.  “Our generations have fought on the roads demanding the right price for our produce, but we haven’t got any justice. Hence, we want to try this smart and new idea of going on strike to...

Last Updated: Saturday, 15th April, 2017 10:38 AM Visits 687

Drop in price of pulses reveals flaws in agriculture policy

A good monsoon that led to record sowing and production of pulses -- especially tur dal (pigeon pea) -- has almost halved their wholesale and retail prices in 2017, a year after dal prices skyrocketed to Rs 200 per kg in some cities at the end of 2015.  In many state-regulated agricultural markets of major tur-producing states such as Maharashtra and Karnataka, prices have fallen to Rs 4,000 per quintal in some markets, 20 per cent below the minimum support price (MSP) of Rs 5,050 per quintal (including a bonus of Rs 425) since December 2016.  A ban on exports, restrictions on stocking by private agencies in a bumper-crop year...

Last Updated: Wednesday, 12th April, 2017 10:37 AM Visits 172

Loan waiver for farmers to worsen UP's economic mess?

LUCKNOW: Having waived the loans of marginal and small farmers -- as promised in the run-up to the assembly polls -- the Uttar Pradesh government may well find itself carrying an unprecedented financial burden in the days to come.   While officials and ministers in the Yogi Adityanath government insist the "whole thing has been planned well", financial experts here say the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government will find it hard to bear the burden, which will be around Rs 37,000 crore (over $6 billion), especially as it has said that there would be no new taxes levied on the people....

Last Updated: Friday, 7th April, 2017 10:29 AM Visits 208

Loan waiver for farmers to worsen UP's economic mess?

LUCKNOW: Having waived the loans of marginal and small farmers -- as promised in the run-up to the assembly polls -- the Uttar Pradesh government may well find itself carrying an unprecedented financial burden in the days to come.   While officials and ministers in the Yogi Adityanath government insist the "whole thing has been planned well", financial experts here say the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government will find it hard to bear the burden, which will be around Rs 37,000 crore (over $6 billion), especially as it has said that there would be no new taxes levied on the...

Last Updated: Friday, 7th April, 2017 05:30 PM Visits 225

Government to geotag Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna assets for better monitoring

NEW DELHI: The government has decided to geo-tag all assets like farm ponds, soil testing labs and seed godowns created under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY) for their better utilisation.   A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed in this regard today between the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), a wing of Indian Space Research Organisation, and RKVY division of the Agriculture Ministry.   NRSC will provide the required app and impart training to officials to facilitate uploading of photos of assets to the Bhuvan-RKVY platform.   "At present, there is manual details of RKVY assets and there is no transparency on their...

Last Updated: Thursday, 6th April, 2017 10:30 AM Visits 215