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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 203

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 166

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 175

India likely to import 2 MT wheat to boost supplies

NEW DELHI: India is likely to import up to 2 million tonne (MT) wheat in the current fiscal after the customs duty cut on the grain to boost domestic supply and check prices, according to flour millers.   "Imports will increase in the coming months and reduce pressure on the domestic availability," Food Ministry Joint Secretary Prashant Dwivedi told PTI on the sidelines of an AGM of Roller Flour Millers Federation of India (RFMFI) here.   He said the government will not discontinue the sale of FCI wheat to bulk consumers like flour millers. Asked about likely quantity to be imported this fiscal,...

Last Updated: Monday, 26th September, 2016 01:01 PM Visits 159

PM Narendra Modi dedicates 7 new plant species to nation

NEW DELHI: Prime Minsiter Narendra Modion Monday dedicated seven new indigenously developed varieties of plants to the nation and interacted with farmers to mark the 75th anniversary of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).   "No country would progress without the use of science and technology," Modi said at the Vigyan Bhawan here where the CSIR marked its 75th foundation day.   "Your (CSIR) contribution to the country in last 75 years increases our hopes from you. People would only expect from those who can deliever," he said.   The Prime Minster also stressed upon mitigating the gaps between science and research...

Last Updated: Monday, 26th September, 2016 12:59 PM Visits 157

India seeks BRICS' cooperation to meet shortfall of pulses

NEW DELHI: Faced with shortage in production of pulses and oilseeds, India today sought cooperation from BRICSnations to meet the domestic demand. "India would like to seek cooperation from member countries in helping to meet our production shortfall in crops like pulses and oilseeds," Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said addressing the 6th meet of BRICS Agriculture Ministers here. This will offer business opportunities for other BRICS countries, which could be tapped through innovative models such as contract farming, leasing surplus land as well as through stepped up production and conventional trade to meet India's requirements, he said. Stating that BRICS have ample...

Last Updated: Friday, 23rd September, 2016 05:55 PM Visits 183

Kharif foodgrain output seen at record 135 MT, pulses up 57%

NEW DELHI: India's kharif harvest is poised to jump 9% to 135 million tonnes, beating a six-year-old record, the first official estimate said, setting the stage for lower food inflation and higher farm income after two drought years that distressed farmers. Output of pulses is estimated to rise 57% to 8.7 million tonnes, while rice production is likely to increase nearly 3% to 93.9 million tonnes, the first of the four official crop estimates said on Thursday. Domestic cooking oil supply is also expected to rise significantly as oilseeds harvest this year is likely to be 41% bigger than last year....

Last Updated: Thursday, 22nd September, 2016 05:54 PM Visits 231

Seed companies say Monsanto spreading falsehoods on patent rights

NEW DELHI: Indian seed companies have accused US major Monsanto of deliberately spreading falsehoods on patents and claiming patent rights on seeds and plant varieties. "It is very evident that Monsanto has been aware that it does not have any legal right on seeds and plant varieties, yet they continued to falsely represent they have patent rights on seeds and plant varieties before various regulatory authorities functioning under Environment Protection Act, Seeds Act as well as PPVFR Act," National Seed Association of India (NSAI) has alleged in a letter to the joint secretary (seeds) in the agriculture ministry this week. Monsanto's...

Last Updated: Thursday, 22nd September, 2016 05:53 PM Visits 231