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Agri minister emphasises on enhancing agri production and productivity

At a press conference at the National Academy of Agricultural Science, Pusa, New Delhi, agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh emphasised on the government’s priority, enhancing agriculture production and productivity. He added that the new government had a very clear perception about holistic and sustainable growth of agriculture.  He mentioned the various initiatives taken by and achievements of the government in the last seven months to formulate a farmer-oriented policy aimed at lessening the distance between lab and land and infuse a new confidence among farmers: The government took the initiative to ensure integrated soil management. Between 2007-08 and April 2014, an amount...

Last Updated: Friday, 2nd January, 2015 04:40 PM Visits 410

Icrisat launches 'Green Phablet' for small farmers

HYDERABAD: The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (Icrisat) has announced the commercial launch of a customised low-cost combination phone and tablet computer called 'Green Phablet' forsmallholder farmers.? The Hyderabad headquartered research firm claims that the gadget, priced at $299, will help the small farmers purchase inputs at lower price, get better price for their produce and link them to markets. The gadget, developed in collaboration with NUNC Systems using the Green SIM developed in collaboration with Airtel, helps farmers receive free messages pertaining to weather and pest problems, apart from competitive agricultural input and crop prices, said an Icrisat statement. Icrisat said the devise acts like...

Last Updated: Wednesday, 31st December, 2014 04:38 PM Visits 603

Agricultural output hits new high in 2014; repeat performance unlikely

NEW DELHI: Living up to its traditional image of being a land of farmers, India has achieved a record production for a number of crops including wheat, rice, pulses and cotton in 2014, but agriculture sector may not be able to repeat this performance in new year due to poor monsoon. While output may fall for foodgrains and some other crops, there are also fears that prices of farm items could decline in 2015 on global cues and affect farmers' income. Agri-experts feel that government may have to regularly intervene during next year for protecting farmers' interest as it has recently done...

Last Updated: Wednesday, 31st December, 2014 04:37 PM Visits 324

Madhya Pradesh wheat production to cross 174 lakh tonne mark: Official

INDORE: With winters intensifying in Madhya Pradesh and making it a favourable weather for sowing wheat, the state government has anticipated a yield of more than 175 lakh tonnes in the ongoing rabi season. "As the mercury has nosedived, wheat production is going to be bountiful and we are hopeful that the staple crop produce will cross over 175 lakh tonnes mark," FarmerWelfare and Agriculture Development department DirectorMohanlal Meena told PTI today. He said that whaeat sowing has covered 56.6 lakh hectares of land so far, against the target of 60 lakh hectares in the current season. Initially, sowing took a knocking due to tepid winters in the state but picked up...

Last Updated: Wednesday, 31st December, 2014 04:36 PM Visits 383

Cotton sector shows all-round growth in FY15: CAI

MUMBAI: The cotton sector in India witnessed an all-round growth and the production is estimated at 402 lakh bales during 2014-15, Cotton Association of India (CAI) has said. Cotton production in the country, which was 158 lakh bales of 170 kilograms each in 2001-02, has more than doubled and is estimated at 402 lakh bales during 2014-15. "We are on the threshold of surpassing China in cotton production to become the world leader," CAI President Dhiren Sheth said at the organisation's 92nd Annual General Meeting here. The consumption too witnessed a healthy growth and is estimated at 306 lakh bales during 2014-15. India ranks second...

Last Updated: Wednesday, 31st December, 2014 04:35 PM Visits 404

Agriculture Ministry proposes 10% import duty on chana

NEW DELHI: The Agriculture Ministry has proposed an imposition of a 10 per cent duty on gram (chana) to restrict cheaper imports and protect farmers from sliding prices of the commodity. The proposal comes in the backdrop of chana prices ruling below the minimum support price of Rs 3,100 per quintal in some parts of the country. "We have proposed a 10 per cent import duty on chana (gram or chickpea). We are yet to seek Cabinet approval," a government source said. At present, pulses are imported at zero duty across the board for any category. Similarly, export of pulses is prohibited except...

Last Updated: Tuesday, 30th December, 2014 04:39 PM Visits 435

India to ratify protocol to promote innovation in agriculture, healthcare

NEW DELHI: India will ratify a new supplementary protocol which promotes innovation in agricultural and healthcare research and development that is safe for the environment and human beings. The Union Cabinet at its meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its approval for ratification by India of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur supplementary protocol on liability and redress to the Cartagena protocol on bio-safety. The new supplementary protocol provides international rules and procedure on liability and redress for damage to biodiversity resulting from living modified organisms (LMO). An official release said the proposed approach provides for an international regulatory framework in the field of...

Last Updated: Monday, 29th December, 2014 04:39 PM Visits 456

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development's cold storage plan faces concentration in few states

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development's lending to build cold storages face concentration in a few states as it prefers food grain deficit states for allocation of funds over others. Nabard plans to disburse nearly three-fourth of the dedicated Rs 5,000 crore corpus in seven large states including Gujarat, Maharashtra and West Bengal while states like Odisha or Jharkhand received a smaller allocation. Other states in the top beneficiary list are Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. The government has created the corpus and placed it with Nabard for giving loans to agencies to build scientific warehousing infrastructure to prevent...

Last Updated: Thursday, 9th October, 2014 06:29 PM Visits 520