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GM mustard may be stalled indefinitely

Even though transgenic mustard (GM mustard) may have been declared safe by a government sub-committee, it may yet remain in the can for an indefinite period. On Friday, the Supreme Court is expected to hear a petition by anti-GMO (genetically modified organism) campaigner Aruna Rodrigues, who argues that the Centre’s preliminary clearance to GM mustard, named Dhara Mustard Hybrid-11 (DMH-11), contravenes a 2013 report by a Supreme Court-appointed technical expert committee. This committee had said, among other things, that herbicide-tolerant crops ought not be permitted in India. One of the genes in DMH-11, developed by researchers at the Delhi University under a...

Last Updated: Friday, 7th October, 2016 04:14 PM Visits 181

250 mandis in 10 states linked with e-agri market in 1st phase

NEW DELHI: Government has integrated 250 mandis in ten states with the electronic national agriculture market (e-NAM) in the first phase, on which commodities worth Rs 421 crore have been traded, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said today.   He also launched mobile App to access information related to prices of commodities traded on the e-NAM platform so that to encourage more farmers to take advantage of this new initiative.   In April, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the e-NAM on a pilot basis with 22 mandis in eight states. The target was to integrate 200 mandis by September this year and...

Last Updated: Thursday, 6th October, 2016 04:14 PM Visits 128

Mumbai to get 17 weekly markets run by farmers

PUNE: Maharashtra government has approved the proposals to set up weekly farmer markets at 17 places in Mumbai and at 70 places in rest of the state under the new policy of de-regulating fruits and vegetables from the APMC rules. The state plans to now de-regulate the trade of grains.   There are 37 farmers markets already running in the state. The inspecting the 60 spaces offered by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board finalised 17 locations as suitable for starting markets. These markets will be open once a week for four hours.   The marketing reforms in...

Last Updated: Wednesday, 5th October, 2016 04:13 PM Visits 149

Government procures 3740.47 metric tonne pulses till October 2

KOLKATA: The government agencies have procured 3740.47 metric tonne pulses as on October 2 during ongoing KharifMarketing Season (KMS).   The Central government has directed FCI and NAFED to procure kharif pulses from the farmers to ensure MSP for their crops. The agencies have set up 417 procurement centres in pulses producing states to ensure their reach to the farm gates for procurement of Moong and Urad. More centres will be set up if required on the arrival of Tur crop.   So far, FCI has procured 1075.34 metric tonne and NAFED 2665.13 metric tonne pulses since the arrival of kharif pulses during...

Last Updated: Tuesday, 4th October, 2016 04:11 PM Visits 141

Rs 475/quintal hike recommended for pulses MSP in rabi season

NEW DELHI: To boost production and check prices of lentils, government's advisory body on farm pricing CACP has recommended a sharp hike of up to Rs 475 per quintal in the minimum support price ofpulses for winter season.   The body has suggested a hike of Rs 100 in wheat MSP (minimum support price) to Rs 1,625 per quintal the rabi crop (winter) against Rs 1,525 per quintal in the last year, sources said.   The CACP has submitted the MSP proposals for wheat and other winter crops for 2016-17 rabi season to the Agriculture Ministry. The MSP is the rate at which...

Last Updated: Sunday, 2nd October, 2016 04:09 PM Visits 134

Your eating habits too are keeping pulse prices high

DELHI: Why have pulses become so expensive over the past two years? The easy answer is scarcity. Two consecutive dry years hit production in India and eroded stocks while bad weather in the other major producers--Canada, Australia, Africa and Myanmar--reduced room for imports in 2015-16.   But equally, the price hike is a result of our palate. You cannot make sambhar with chana nor eat bhatura with tur dal.Even if our favourite dal becomes scarce and unaffordable, we don't substitute it with a cheaper option.   There are regional preferences: Uttar Pradesh likes sabut masoor and Punjab loves sabut urad, while the rest...

Last Updated: Friday, 30th September, 2016 01:05 PM Visits 151

Mahindra Univeg announces minority shareholding in MeraKisan

PUNE: Mahindra Univeg Pvt. Ltd., a 60:40 joint venture between Mahindra AgriSolutions Ltd. and Univeg (Greenyard Foods), today announced a minority shareholding in MeraKisan Pvt. Ltd.   MeraKisan Pvt. Ltd. shall operate in sourcing fruits, vegetables and other agricultural produce directly from farmers and sell to customers, facilitated by a digital technology platform namely www.shopping.merakisan.com.   Prashanth Patil from the founding family of MeraKisan is now the majority stakeholder of MeraKisan Pvt Ltd and will be the CEO of the company, responsible for running its operations. Speaking on the tie-up, Ashok Sharma, MD & CEO- Mahindra Agri Solutions Ltd. said, “Given our Rise...

Last Updated: Wednesday, 28th September, 2016 01:05 PM Visits 128

ICAR to train 24 lakh agri-workers by 2022

NEW DELHI: Amid shortage of skilled agri- workers, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has decided to train 24 lakh farmers by 2022 in areas like polyhouse construction, biogas and vermi compost.   "There are 14 crore farmers in the country, but we hardly have skilled workers who can support them in constructing polyhouses, making beekeeping boxes, establish the structure for mushroom cultivation and other allied agricultural activities," ICAR Deputy Director General (Extension) A K Singh said at Farm Innovators Meet here.   The ICAR has decided to train 24 lakh agri-workers in such activities as per the standards of the Ministry of Skill...

Last Updated: Tuesday, 27th September, 2016 12:41 PM Visits 129