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Crop losses in flood-hit Valley pegged at Rs 3,674 crore

SRINAGAR: Losses to the agriculture sector in flood-ravaged Kashmir division including Ladakh region have been pegged at Rs 3,674 crores as crops on three lakh hectares of land have been damaged by the natural calamity.  According to a survey carried out by Jammu and Kashmir Agriculture department,Pulwama district has suffered the maximum damage in terms of damage to agricultural produce with losses estimated to be Rs 1104 crore.  The amount includes Rs 778 crore losses to Saffron crop as flood water inundated Pampore town of Pulwama, where most of the Valley saffron is produced.  In terms of area, Budgam district in central Kashmir has been worst-hit as crops on nearly 52,000 hectares...

Last Updated: Monday, 22nd September, 2014 05:36 PM Visits 320

Two new high yielding crop varieties developed by Haryana agricultural university

CHANDIGARH:Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCSHAU), Hisar, today said it has developed two new high yielding and disease resistant varieties of wheat and barley for cultivation in different states of the country.    CCSHAU Vice-Chancellor K S Khokhar said here today the Central Varietal Identification Committee headed by Dr S K Datta, Deputy Director General (Crop Sciences), Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), in the All India Wheat and Barley Research Workers Meet held at Jawahar Lal Nehru Krishi Vishva Vidiayalya, Jabalpur, recenty, had identified varsity's wheat variety WH 1142 for release in North Western Plain Zone for timely sown restricted...

Last Updated: Thursday, 4th September, 2014 03:18 PM Visits 6407

Scheme announced to revolutionise Makhana farming in Bihar

Scheme announced to revolutionise Makhana farming in Bihar Patna, Aug 30 (PTI) Adhering to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's promise during his election rallies to give a boost to 'makhana' (fox nut) cultivation and marketing in Bihar, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh today announced a scheme to revolutionise its farming. "Our scientists at Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) have developed a new seed of makhana called 'Suvarna Vaidehi'. The special thing about it is that instead of being cultivated in just ponds and lakes, it can be used in the fields just like we cultivate paddy. The farmers can now...

Last Updated: Thursday, 4th September, 2014 03:17 PM Visits 787

Kharif sowing ends, total crop acreage down at 96.62 million hectare

NEW DELHI: With sowing of kharif crops almost completed, the total area planted to all summer crops including rice and pulses remains lower at 96.62 million hectare from the year-ago due to poor monsoon.  While sowing of pulses, oilseeds, coarse cereals, cotton, sugarcane and jute has completed, the planting of rice would end by next month.    As per data released by the Agriculture Ministry, the total area under all kharif crops stands at 96.62 million hectare as of today, as compared to 99.9 million hectare in the kharif season last year.  "Barring rice, sowing is almost completed in the kharif season. Rice and...

Last Updated: Thursday, 4th September, 2014 03:12 PM Visits 516

Trap crops in IPM

Trap crops are grown to attract insects or other organisms to protect main crops from pest attack. Protection may be achieved either by preventing the pests from reaching the crop or by concentrating them in certain parts of the field where they can be destroyed. The principle of trap cropping rests on the fact that virtually all pests show a distinct preference to a certain crop stage. Farmers are being motivated to utilize trap cropping because of the difficulties in cropping with the pest situations in other ways. Resistance Additionally, pests have often evolved resistance to commonly used pesticides, which requires some alternative control...

Last Updated: Thursday, 4th September, 2014 03:12 PM Visits 573

Stress on striking balance between food security & biofuel development

The right to adequate food for all should be a priority concern in biofuel development, but the two can be achieved simultaneously, according to Dr William Dar, director-general, ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics). Dr Dar expressed this view while speaking at the annual Crawford Fund Food Security Conference held in Canberra recently. Dr Dar explained, “We can link the poor and marginal farmers with global biofuels revolution without compromising their access to food and nutrition.” He emphasised on the need to overcome the food-fuel trade-off by promoting feedstock like sweet sorghum that could grow on marginal lands...

Last Updated: Thursday, 4th September, 2014 03:09 PM Visits 415

FCI wheat auction on NSPOT Platform sees 76 per cent increase in sales

The National  Commodities and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX) Spot Exchange informed that the Food Corporation of India (FCI) saw a 76% rise in the quantity of wheat sold to millers at the first three e-auctions of the new marketing season.  They took place on the NSPOT Platform between August 7 and 21, 2014. About 1.54 lakh tonne of the grain was sold. Millers across 26 states have bought the wheat for prices ranging between Rs 1,500 per quintal to Rs 1,836 per quintal.  The auctions were conducted on the platform after the completion of a successful pilot last year, in which FCI sold...

Last Updated: Thursday, 4th September, 2014 03:08 PM Visits 495

PepsiCo to source cashew from Maharashtra farmers

Ties up with the Clinton Foundation for new initiative Food and beverage firm PepsiCo will source cashew fruit from farmers in Maharashtra for its Indian juice business, under a strategic partnership with the Clinton Foundation. The partnership has been forged to stimulate social and economic development in emerging markets through a social enterprise model, the company said. The Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership model, founded by former US President Bill Clinton and philanthropist Frank Giustra, seeks to apply modern agricultural techniques to improve cashew farming practices, boost yield, and increase income for local smallholder farmers, it added. PepsiCo said the programme’s first Indian...

Last Updated: Friday, 25th July, 2014 06:49 PM Visits 416