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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 890

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 584

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 683

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 477

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 580

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 471

Planting of crops expected to pick up substantially as monsoon strengthens

New Delhi: A week of surplus rainfall has filled up reservoirs to a level above the 10-year average and helped the monsoon deficit contract further to 24%, further easing the situation which was taking alarming proportions after six weeks of drought-like conditions that have delayed crop planting. Rainfall was 24% above normal in the past seven days, bouncing back from a deficit of 15% in the previous week and much drier phases before that. This filled the country's major reservoirs to 35% of the total capacity of 155.05 billion cubic metres, down from 51% last year, but better than the 10-year...

Last Updated: Friday, 25th July, 2014 06:03 PM Visits 532

Retail & wholesale veg price gap has risen beyond 49%, states ASSOCHAM

The difference between the wholesale (WSP) and retail prices of vegetables for 2013-14 has gone up beyond 49 per cent.  This was stated in a paper titled ‘Vegetables Wholesale and Retail Price Discrepancy’, by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).  It underscored the widening gap between the prices at which procurement is done from farmers and the price level for consumers. The paper added that the majority of Indian retailers were selling vegetables at prices which were significantly higher than the wholesale price index (WPI).  Normally, the difference between the WSP and retail price, on an average, stays around 30...

Last Updated: Thursday, 24th July, 2014 06:45 PM Visits 546