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Punjab, Haryana order Girdawari to assess damage to crops

CHANDIGARH: Even though special girdawari has been today ordered by government in Punjab and Haryana in wake of the unexpected rains and hailstorm in some areas, experts maintain that damage is restricted to a few places.   Rains and strong winds in the last 48-hours have worried farmers who are on threshold of wheat harvesting. But the officials in the states denied reports of serious damage to overall crops in the two states. "More rains and strong winds in coming days could affect quality of wheat in some areas," a senior official of Punjab agriculture department said.   Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder...

Last Updated: Thursday, 6th April, 2017 05:31 PM Visits 169

Indian farmers switch crops as lentil prices plunge

LATUR/NEW DELHI: Millions of Indian farmers look set to switch from growing pulses and oilseeds after a government campaign to boost output became a victim of its own success by flooding markets with the crops, used in everything from fragrant curries to sticky desserts.  Storehouses are overflowing with commodities such as lentils and soybeans after waves of farmers answered Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call last summer to ramp up local production to cut a hefty import bill, driving prices sharply lower.  A shift to planting crops such as sugarcane and wheat could drag on global prices in those markets as supply swells, while raising the spectre of a swing to a shortage...

Last Updated: Tuesday, 21st March, 2017 10:54 AM Visits 2887

After Kharif, India set to reap record rabi crops: NCAER

NEW DELHI: A good monsoon in 2016 helped in achieving record Kharif crops output, and India is set to replicate the performance in Rabi or winter sown crops too, said a study by economic think-tank NCAER.   As per the NCAER's report on the short-term agricultural outlook for the 2017 Rabi season, Gross Value Added (GVA) in agriculture and allied sector registered a significant 3.3 per cent year-on-year growth in the second quarter of 2016-17 as compared to 1.8 per cent growth in the previous quarter.   Overall, a robust growth of 4.1 per cent is estimated for the agriculture sector in 2016-17...

Last Updated: Thursday, 9th March, 2017 10:29 AM Visits 188

Seed, contract farming solution to protect potato farmers: Experts

KOLKATA: West Bengal needs to produce its own variety of potato seeds and adopt contract farming, which can be the solution to farmers who often face distress sale owing to price volatility, experts today said.   "Such a situation cannot be avoided unless the state starts generating its own potato seeds to check input cost. It constitutes 40 per cent of the production cost as we import majority of seeds from Punjab and others states," Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswa Vidyalaya Vice-Chancellor D D Patra said at an event organised by the ICC here today.   In the current crop season, there have been complaints...

Last Updated: Thursday, 9th March, 2017 10:28 AM Visits 182

Spend 30% of agri-fund on women farmers: Centre to states

NEW DELHI: The Centre has directed states to spend 30 per cent of funds allocated towards farm schemes for empowering women farmers, whose share is significant in the country's agri workforce, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said today.   He, however, expressed concern over negligible number of women cooperatives in India and emphasised on the need to strengthen by providing financial help to them.   The government has decided to celebrate October 15 as 'Female Farmers Day' to recognise their contribution.   "About 60 per cent of the country's population is dependent on agriculture. Out of which, women are 30 per cent. We have...

Last Updated: Wednesday, 8th March, 2017 10:31 AM Visits 163

Spend 30% of agri-fund on women farmers: Centre to states

NEW DELHI: The Centre has directed states to spend 30 per cent of funds allocated towards farm schemes for empowering women farmers, whose share is significant in the country's agri workforce, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said today.   He, however, expressed concern over negligible number of women cooperatives in India and emphasised on the need to strengthen by providing financial help to them.   The government has decided to celebrate October 15 as 'Female Farmers Day' to recognise their contribution.   "About 60 per cent of the country's population is dependent on agriculture. Out of which, women are 30 per cent. We have...

Last Updated: Wednesday, 8th March, 2017 10:30 AM Visits 165

Soybean meal exports increases during February

KOLKATA: The export of soybean meal and its other value added products during February 2017 is pegged at 2,07,977 tonnes compared to 29,951 tonnes in February 2016 showing an increase of 594.40 per cent over the same period of last year, according to a release issued by Soybean Processors Association of India (SOPA) on Monday.   On a financial year basis, the export during April’2016 to February’2017 is 8,09,271 tonnes as compared to 3,60,652 tonnes in the same period of previous year showing an increase of 124.39 per cent.   During current oil year (October – September), total exports during October 2016 to...

Last Updated: Monday, 6th March, 2017 10:32 AM Visits 154

Cotton output for 2016-17 expected at 341 lakh bales

MUMBAI: The cotton output is estimated at 341 lakh bales for 2016-17, an industry association said in its January projection.  Cotton production stood at 337.75 lakh bales last year, Cotton Association Of India (CAI) said in a release here.  The CAI, however, increased cotton consumption for the ongoing crop year to 295 lakh bales against its previous estimate of 290 lakh bales.  The projected balance sheet drawn by the CAI estimated total cotton supply for the cotton season 2016-17 to be at 405 lakh bales.  Considering the domestic consumption of 295 lakh bales, total available surplus for the season works out at 110 lakh bales.  CAI said the pace of arrivals...

Last Updated: Monday, 20th February, 2017 03:41 PM Visits 495