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Government to use technology to regularise unauthorised cultivation on government lands

BENGALURU: The State Government will use software to deal with applications seeking regularization of unauthorized cultivation on government land.  Revenue Minister R.V. Deshpande told reporters on Friday, that the government will accept requests from persons on regularisation of unauthorized cultivation till March 16, 2019. Such persons, however, have to make their requests in form 57 to the Tahsildar concerned.  “Tahsildars will register all these Form 57 applications in Form 58 according to seniority. Those who have already submitted Form 50 and Form 53, need not apply again. The same is applicable to applications that have been rejected in the past, too” the Minister said.  The move is expected to help thousands...

Last Updated: Friday, 23rd November, 2018 03:06 PM Visits 22

Government procures 16.51 million tons of rice so far; to exceed target

The government has procured 16.51 million tonnes of rice so far in the current 2018-19 marketing year and the total quantity is likely to surpass the target, a senior Food Ministry official said Tuesday.  The rice procurement target set for this year was 37 million tonnes.  The government had procured 38.18 million tonnes during the last marketing year (October-September), exceeding the target of 37.5 million tonnes set for that year.  "Both state agencies and Food Corporation of India (FCI) have procured about 16.51 million tonnes of rice so far. The procurement definitely will exceed the target this year too," the official told PTI.  There...

Last Updated: Tuesday, 20th November, 2018 03:10 PM Visits 18

Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan launches Rs 1000 crore scheme

Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Wednesday launched a Rs 1000 crore start-up scheme to encourage youth to join cooperative business ventures in agriculture and allied sectors.  Apart from a subsidy for the entrepreneur, the scheme also makes available an interest subvention of 2% per annum.  The National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) under the agriculture ministry has come up the Yuva Sahakar-Cooperative Enterprise Support and Innovation Scheme. The scheme will be linked to Rs 1000 crore ‘Cooperative Start-up and Innovation Fund (CSIF) created by the NCDC. It would have more incentives for cooperatives of North Eastern region, aspirational districts and cooperatives with women members, schedule castes, schedule tribes or...

Last Updated: Wednesday, 14th November, 2018 03:09 PM Visits 19

Agriculture ministry gears up to start trade via e-NAM among seven states

NEW DELHI: The agriculture ministry will, in the next two months, run a pilot project for interstate mandi trade through the electronic National Agriculture Market (e-NAM). This will enable a trader with a unified licence from one state to bid online for and procure commodities from another state, government officials said.  Currently, seven states — Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Uttarakhand — are working on the modalities to establish interstate trade.  “Plans are afoot to enable trade among states’ agriculture markets to enhance transparency in the sale and purchase of agricultural output. It enhances competition among the trade and leads to better prices...

Last Updated: Wednesday, 7th November, 2018 03:07 PM Visits 11

India's April-Aug rice exports drop 4.3 pct year on year: govt body

India's rice exports between April and August dropped 4.3 percent from a year earlier to 5.03 million tonnes as leading buyer Bangladesh trimmed purchases due to bumper local harvest, a government body said.  The country's buffalo meat exports during the period edged down 1 percent from a year ago to 499,186 tonnes, the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority said.  Guar gum exports rose 1.8 percent to 222,055 tonnes on robust demand from the United States.  India is the world's biggest exporter of buffalo meat, guar gum and rice.  The country's exports of pulses more than doubled during the period to 144,608 tonnes, while dairy exports surged 29.3 percent...

Last Updated: Monday, 1st October, 2018 10:59 AM Visits 60

Plantation sector in deep crisis: Upasi

KOCHI: The United Planters’ Association of Southern India (Upasi) has said that all plantation crops - tea, coffee, rubber and spices- are currently passing through an unusually difficult phase, with the basic problems of low commodity prices combined with high cost of production owing to low productivity of labour & land, further complicated by climate change .  Upasi outgoing president T Jayaraman said at the 125th annual conference of the association at Connoor that the current tea crop prospects for south India, is not encouraging, with Jan-Aug production being 22 million kg lower than last year. Heavy crop losses are being reported in...

Last Updated: Sunday, 30th September, 2018 10:56 AM Visits 56

Kharif food-grain output to be record high, show initial government estimates

India is likely to post record high food-grain production this kharif season, with monsoonrains being normal in main crop-producing states, the government’s initial estimates show.  Production of rice, sugarcane and oilseed is expected to be higher than last year, show the first advance estimate of the agriculture ministry, released on Wednesday. Coarse cereals, pulses and cotton are expected to see a fall in output.  Production of kharif crops that are cultivated during the rainy season is expected to be 141.59 million tonnes in 2018-19, which is 0.61%, or 0.86 million tonnes, more than last year’s 140.73 million tonnes, which is the highest so far. This...

Last Updated: Wednesday, 26th September, 2018 10:33 AM Visits 60

Heavy rains hit paddy, cotton crops hard

CHANDIGARH/NEW DELHI: Torrential rains at the end of the monsoon season have severely damaged paddy, cotton as well as vegetable crops in Punjab and Haryana, the key suppliers of grain in the country, dampening prospects of a record harvest that the agriculture ministry expects.  Farmers and traders said long spells of rain in the past few days have led to heavy losses in the early-sown varieties of paddy and cotton as some of it was being harvested or was ready for the harvest. Punjab and Haryana are the worst affected states.  Farmers said the yield loss was up to 30% for widely-used ‘Pusa 1509’ variety of basmati, and up to...

Last Updated: Monday, 24th September, 2018 10:54 AM Visits 61