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Karnataka moves to increase agricultural yield

Agriculture Minister Krishna Byregowda has said that the government will open 186 customised centres in the state to enhance yield and overcome the shortage of agriculture labourer. Through these centres, the government will rent out heavy machinery to farmers on a rental basis. He said this at the opening of the Krishi Mela at the University of Agricultural Science in Dharwad on Sunday. Each centre would get a financial aid of Rs 75 lakh to purchase farm equipment and rent them out to farmers. The state has earmarked Rs 70 crore for this project. Today, a shortage of agriculture labourers has affected...

Last Updated: Wednesday, 1st October, 2014 04:05 PM Visits 345

12% deficit in monsoon, rainfall at 5-year low

The South-West Monsoon, lifeline of country’s agriculture, has ended with a shortfall of around 12 per cent for the year. The four-month monsoon season ended officially on Tuesday with the country receiving a total rainfall of 775.7 mm as on September 29 against the normal 883 mm. It is the lowest in the last five years. Drought-like A third of the 36 metrological sub-divisions received deficient rains facing drought like conditions, while 23 of them got normal rainfall and one sub-division — south interior Karnataka — received excess rainfall. Total precipitation across the country is in line with the revised forecast of...

Last Updated: Tuesday, 30th September, 2014 04:08 PM Visits 365

Algae's role in sustainable agriculture explored

The two-day national seminar on algae for sustainable agricultural production held at the Agriculture College and Research Institute, Madurai of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) discussed the many roles of algae in agriculture. The main aspects of the seminar were to discuss algae distribution and resources in India, its bioactive compounds, growth regulators biocides, minerals and micro nutrients; application of seaweed as manure in different forms for agricultural and horticultural crops, algae as food and fuel and algae products of commercial production and application in seed science. Its cultivation, culture, harvesting, processing, value addition and marketing were also other aspects. Inaugurating the...

Last Updated: Tuesday, 30th September, 2014 04:03 PM Visits 450

Area under kharif crops crosses 100 million hectare

Sowing of kharif crops picked up pace last week with the total acreage crossing 100 million hectare in the country, government said today. However, area of 101.92 million hectare under kharif crops this year so far is lower than acreage of 104.46 million hectare during the same time last year. Sowing of kharif crops showed a steady increase during this week. The total sown area as on September 26 as per reports received from states, stands at 101.92 million hectare as compared to 104.46 million hectare at this time last year, an official release said. Sowing of kharif crops begins with the onset...

Last Updated: Monday, 29th September, 2014 04:03 PM Visits 386

PM Narendra Modi spells out India's preferences in future climate negotiations

Global communities might have missed India's point at the climate summit in New York on September 23, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi made up for the loss four days later by articulating the country's views on the necessary actions to be taken to face the challenges of climate change during his UN general assembly speech on 27th of September. In a remark which may disappoint rich nations, specifically the US, Canada and the European Union (EU) countries, Modi insisted on the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities" (CBDR) and made it clear that this should "form the basis of continued action"...

Last Updated: Sunday, 28th September, 2014 04:04 PM Visits 369

Madhya Pradesh Government signs MoUs with three agriculture companies at Krishi Expo

Bhopal, With an aim to provide advanced agricultural machines and implements to farmers, the Madhya Pradesh Government has inked three MoUs with three reputed companies at the Haldhar Krishi Expo here. The MOUs were entered into yesterday with leading agriculture companies of the world, in tune with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's vision to turn agriculture into a profitable venture, an official said today.   The agreements were signed with Maschio-Gaspardo of Italy, Kubota of Japan, and Fiat (India) Private Limited of New Holland, an official release issued on the occasion said. These MoUs have been signed by the Directorate of Agricultural Engineering with these companies having reputation world over for their excellence in manufacturing...

Last Updated: Saturday, 27th September, 2014 05:38 PM Visits 430

Cotton rules flat on limited buying

Cotton price was unchanged on Friday on the back of restricted demand and expectation of some fresh buying at the lower level. Traders said that cotton price during this week constantly decreased due to arrival of new crop and weak demand from domestic yarn mills. Gujarat Sankar-6 was best quality cotton was traded at Rs. 36,000-500 for a candy of 356 kg and average grade cotton stood at Rs. 35,000-800. About 4,000 bales (of 170 kg) of cotton arrived in Gujarat and around 10,000-11,000 bales arrived in India. Arrival of new kapas or raw cotton in Gujarat has started and will increase from next month. Newkapas was traded at Rs. 550-850 for...

Last Updated: Friday, 26th September, 2014 05:37 PM Visits 367

Cotton season culminates earlier

Because of poor production of cotton, the season concluded earlier than usual in the district. “Erode district is noted for its cotton production and the cotton harvest is conducted from July to September. But this year due to decline in the cultivable area of cotton, the production was affected, so the regular weekly auction sale of cotton in the Bhoodapady Regulated Market committee (RMC) concluded on Wednesday. This is 15 to 20 days in advance,” said RMC officials. Though the exact arrival and sale of cotton is not available, RMC officials said this year the arrival decreased by 30 per cent due to climatic conditions. But...

Last Updated: Thursday, 25th September, 2014 05:36 PM Visits 385