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India’s oilmeal exports jump 130 per cent in December

HYDERABAD: India’s export of oil meals more than doubled in December 2016 mainly driven by high demand of non-genetically modified (GMO) soybean meal from France, said Solvent Extractors’ Association of India.  The country exported 1,94,309 tons in December 2016, an increase of 130% from 84,218 tons reported same period last year. France imported 1,06,708 tons of oilmeals as compared to 1,956 tons last year, consisting of 1,03,650 tons of soybean meal and 3,058 tons of castor meal.  Japan too recorded a significant jump in imports at 54,833 tons as compared to 6,500 tons last year, consisting of 50,632 tons of soybean meal, 3,773 tons...

Last Updated: Monday, 9th January, 2017 02:28 PM Visits 1253

Agriculture Ministry for use of modern farm tech to tackle climate change

NEW DELHI: Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh today pitched for increased use of cutting-edge technologies including transgenics to address challenges of unknown biotic stress in crops/animals due to climate change.  He called for development of biotic stress resilient crops and breeding of animals using indigenous as well as wild resources, while emphasising the need to strengthen domestic and global quarantines to prevent movement of infected products to pest-free areas and countries.  "While new pests and diseases have regularly emerged throughout history, climate change has now resulted in emergence of large number of unknown biotic stress challenges in the environment," Singh said.  There is clear evidence...

Last Updated: Thursday, 15th December, 2016 10:59 AM Visits 353

Rabi sowing: Wheat, pulses acreage up despite notes ban

NEW DELHI: Sowing area under wheat has risen by 11.5 per cent to 225.63 lakh hectares while that of pulses is up 10 per cent to 121.74 lakh hectares so far in the current Rabi (winter-sown) season on the back of good monsoon and higher support price.  However, the acreage of paddy and coarse cereals is lower than last year.  "As per preliminary reports received from the states, total area sown under Rabi crops as on December 9, 2016 stands at 472.43 lakh hectares as compared to 438.90 lakh hectares this time in 2015," an official statement said.  Wheat has been sown/transplanted in 225.63 lakh hectares so...

Last Updated: Friday, 9th December, 2016 10:57 AM Visits 287

26.5% farmers sought coverage under PM's crop insurance scheme

NEW DELHI: The Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) launched during the 2016 kharif season to help farmers insure their crops against natural calamities has provided coverage to 366.64 lakh farmers (26.50%), the agriculture ministry has said. The ministry expects the scheme to exceed the target of 30% coverage for both kharif and rabi seasons in 2016-17. The scheme covers 388.62 lakh hectare with sum insured of Rs 1, 41,339 crore. The scheme was recast as a new scheme by the government since two existing insurance schemes were not meeting the full requirements of farmers for insurance coverage, the ministry said in...

Last Updated: Wednesday, 7th December, 2016 10:56 AM Visits 175

Punjab: Sowing over, 3 lakh tonnes of potato seed

Though potato sowing season is over in all the key potato growing states across the country, over 3 lakh tonnes of potato seed worth around Rs 900 crore are still lying in over 500 cold stores of Punjab, which is the only producer of seed. Potato growers say there are no buyers and that they are yet to receive full payments even for the stocks they have already supplied to other states before and after the demonetisation. Also, they say, the government announcement allowing farmers to purchase seed with old currency notes came quite late when the potato sowing season in...

Last Updated: Friday, 2nd December, 2016 10:57 AM Visits 195

Centre adds 42 new seed varieties to Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development list

HYDERABAD: In a bid to boost export of seeds, the union government has added 42 new seed varieties to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) list after receiving recommendations from the industry taking the total number of registered varieties to 190 and 24 crops, said a top official of union ministry of agriculture.   OECD is a group of 35 countries which has set up standards for seed development and the same can be traded among the member countries.   Rajesh Kumar Singh, joint secretary with the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, said, "We have accepted the recommendation of adding...

Last Updated: Wednesday, 30th November, 2016 10:56 AM Visits 255

Millets are good, no doubt, but they needn't be miracle food

BENGALURU: Everybody nowadays seems to love millets. Nutritionists, environmentalists and the government are promoting them in a big way .The hardy grains are dubbed as the miracle food that will solve our health issues, and not to forget, our water woes. And their popularity in Bengaluru is increasing rapidly . But there is a problem: experts say that as much as there is praise for their good properties, there is misinformation.   Nutritionist and food blogger Dr Nandita Iyer recently released a series of articles and videos on millets detailing how to use them the right way . Similarly , many organic...

Last Updated: Wednesday, 30th November, 2016 10:56 AM Visits 172

PAU 3.26cr farmers enroll for crop insurance in 2016 kharif season

NEW DELHI: About 326 lakh farmers have been covered under the new crop insurance scheme for a sum insured of Rs 1.37 lakh crore during the 2016 kharif sowing season, government said today.   "As per tentative data available, during kharif 2016 about 326 lakh farmers have been insured covering an area of 380 lakh hectare for sum insured of Rs 1,37,535 crore as compared to 309 lakh farmers during kharif 2015 season covering an area of 339 lakh hectare for sum insured of Rs 69,307 crore," Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said in Lok Sabha.   He said there is an increase...

Last Updated: Tuesday, 29th November, 2016 10:55 AM Visits 161