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Govt hikes wheat MSP by Rs 100/qtl; pulses by up to 550/qtl

NEW DELHI: The government today increased the minimum support price (MSP) of wheat by Rs 100 to Rs 1,625 a quintal and pulses by up to Rs 550 per quintal to boost output of these rabi crops and check prices.   The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given its approval for the Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for all rabi (winter- sown) crops of 2016-17.   The CCEA has approved Rs 100 per quintal hike in wheat MSP to Rs 1,625 per quintal for the 2016-17 rabi crop against Rs 1,525 per quintal last year....

Last Updated: Tuesday, 15th November, 2016 05:26 PM Visits 102

Demonetisation: Kharif farmers hit hard after RBI forbids DCC banks from accepting old notes

MUMBAI: An RBI circular banning District Central Co-operative banks from accepting old currency has hit Kharif farmers in Maharashtra, who were looking to pay off their crop loan dues with the now-defunct notes, thus affecting recovery worth Rs 12,000 crore across the state.   The farmers who have started selling their Kharif produce are mostly paid in cash by wholesale traders. Now, the amount with farmers (mostly in denominations of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500) is rendered useless for crop loan payments.   "There are 31 District Central Co-operative (DCC) banks that have a huge network in rural areas (of Maharashtra) and are...

Last Updated: Tuesday, 15th November, 2016 05:25 PM Visits 101

Notes Ban: Farmers suffer, commodity prices weaken

NEW DELHI |PUNE |CHANDIGARH: Agriculture commodity prices have weakened significantly after the demonetisation of 500 and 1,000-rupee notes, as farmers took the brunt of the sudden government move to check black money. Traders and companies expect the downward trend in the agriculture market to continue in the short term as the harvest season is on and the country is looking at a record kharif crop.   Farmers were among the worst affected as they had to either accept the demonetised notes or delayed payment on their produce, a double whammy coming on top of the price fall.   Many farmers who planned to...

Last Updated: Friday, 11th November, 2016 10:51 AM Visits 132

Government pegs 2016-17 sugar output at 22.52 MT; down 10.27 per cent

NEW DELHI: Sugar production in India, the world's second largest producer after Brazil, is estimated to decline by 10.27 per cent to 22.52 million tonnes in ongoing season, but stock availability will be sufficient to meet the domestic demand, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said today.   The country's sugar production had declined to 25.1 million tonnes in the 2015-16 season (October-September) due to drought in major growing states. Paswan today reviewed prices and availability of sugar in the country in a meeting with senior officials of his ministry. After the meeting, the Minister said, "The production of sugar has been estimated...

Last Updated: Thursday, 10th November, 2016 10:50 AM Visits 106

West Bengal government comes up with new type of rice, 'Muktoshri'

KOLKATA: West Bengal government’s riceresearch centre has come up with a new variety of rice called Muktoshri that can be grown in arsenic prone areas. There are 81 arsenic affected blocks in the state. The cultivation of the new variety of rice will take 125 to 130 days.   Some other new varieties of rice have also been prepared by the Chinsurah and Bankura rice research centres. It includes Gosaba I and Chinsurah Nona-II varieties for the soil with high level of salinity. Most importantly, Satabdi variety has been replaced with Ajit, which is also used for short-term cultivation and it takes...

Last Updated: Thursday, 10th November, 2016 10:50 AM Visits 169

PAU experts deliberate on seed production

LUDHIANA: The monthly training camp of Seed Producers and Nursery Growers Association (SAPNA) was held at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) under the aegis of the Directorate of Extension Education, PAU on Monday. TS Dhillon, Director (Seeds), PAU, informed the members of SAPNA about the seed distribution system. Rupinder Singh, an expert of plant breeding and genetics, and Satpal Sharma, an expert of vegetable science, shed light on sugarcane and vegetable seed production. TS Riar, Coordinator, SAPNA, said that the seed producers welcomed and hailed the Farmers' Participatory Seed Distributory System (PSDS). PPS Pangli, President, SAPNA, proposed the vote of thanks.   Source: Economic Times...

Last Updated: Monday, 7th November, 2016 10:49 AM Visits 111

India to keep wheat import tax at 10%, private imports seen at 3 million tonnes

NEW DELHI: India will keep its wheat import tax unchanged at 10 per cent and state-run traders will not import the grain for now, as the private trade is expected to buy up to 3 million tonnes this year, the highest in a decade, a senior government source said.   India, the world's second-biggest wheat producer, lowered the import tax on the grain to 10 percent from 25 percent in September, helping private traders such as Cargill, Louis Dreyfus and Glencore to import large quantities to combat a looming shortage.   Private traders have already imported about 1.2 million tonnes of wheat so...

Last Updated: Thursday, 3rd November, 2016 11:26 AM Visits 109

Swadeshi test for GM Mustard

NEW DELHI: A locally developed variety of genetically modified (GM) mustard seed is not swadeshi enough for the Swadeshi Jagran Manch, which is ready to launch an agitation against it, saying the genetic material was developed by Bayer and the government is being misguided about its safety and benefits.   Deepak Pental, the scientist who led the effort to develop the GM mustard seed, is confident that it will be approved, although for the moment, the Supreme Court has asked the Centre to seek public opinionbefore taking any step to launch it.   Ashwani Mahajan, co-convener of the Swadeshi Jagaran Manch, is staunchly...

Last Updated: Thursday, 3rd November, 2016 11:26 AM Visits 117