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Farmers under crop insurance cover in Assam

As much as 11,477.362 hectares of land involving 21,660 farmers have been covered under the Weather-Based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS) in 27 districts of Assam for the 2014 Kharif season. The crops insured include both agricultural and horticultural crops like sali paddy, jute, black gram, green gram, ginger, turmeric, lady's finger etc - grown between June and September, 2014 - an agriculture department release said. The total premium amount collected under the scheme for the season so far was about Rs 46.82 crore. While 50 per cent of this amount was paid by the farmers, the remaining 50 per cent was given by...

Last Updated: Wednesday, 7th January, 2015 05:30 PM Visits 846

Tur growers seek 30% import duty on pulses

A section of growers have urged the government to levy a 30 per cent Customs duty on pulses as cheaper imports are hindering them from getting remunerative prices for their produce. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Karnataka Pradesh Red Gram Growers Association has asked for a sustainable policy for pulses to protect farmers' interest while also being consumer friendly. Basavaraj Ingin, President of the Karnataka Pradesh Red Gram Growers Association, suggested that the Government impose a duty of 30 per cent in the forthcoming Budget to curb cheaper imports of pulses. Imposing duty would also curb the foreign...

Last Updated: Tuesday, 6th January, 2015 02:36 PM Visits 434

Cool weather, rain boost bumper wheat crop hopes

Farmers keen on wheat as it provides stable returns; yeild could surpass last year's 95.9 million tonnes  Cool weather and rainfall over the past few days has triggered hope for a higher yield of wheat this year. if the weather holds, the crops this year — being cultivated over an area of a size similar to last year — could surpass last year’s 95.9 million tonnes (mt). The rainfall has been helping natural irrigation and the cool weather is ideal for higher tiller age — the number of branches on a wheat plant. Since the monsoon was below normal, moisture content in the soil is lower. Rain could...

Last Updated: Tuesday, 6th January, 2015 02:35 PM Visits 414

India's wheat produce may hit record 100 million tonnes

NEW DELHI: Wheat production in the country could touch a record of 100 million tonnes this year despite a slight drop in planted area provided the weather remains conducive, a leading expert in the field told ET.  "If there is no bad weather situation, wheat productivity should be 3.2 tonne per hectare, an increase of 10% over the previous year," said Indu Sharma, head of the Directorate of Wheat Research at Karnal.  India, the world's second largest wheat grower, produced 95.9 million tonnes of wheat on 29.43 hectares of land in 2013-14. The area under cultivation has slipped to 29.32 million hectares this year.  According to Sharma,...

Last Updated: Saturday, 3rd January, 2015 04:35 PM Visits 486

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 437

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 633

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 366

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 419