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Agriculture Ministry readies 7 point strategy to double farmers income

NEW DELHI: The agriculture ministry has drawn up a 7-point strategy to double farmers’ income in the country.  The plan includes improving irrigation efficiency, reducing input cost thereby increasing production, increasing investment in warehouses and food processing, and introducing reforms in agriculture marketing, the ministry said on Friday.  The ministry is also working to address concerns of farmers on crop loss and giving a push to allied activities such as encouraging horticulture, dairying, fisheries, poultry and beekeeping among others, it said.  “It is important to improve irrigation efficiency to increase production,” the agriculture ministry said in a press statement. “Hence, pending medium and large projects have...

Last Updated: Friday, 8th September, 2017 05:18 PM Visits 176

Agriculture advance estimate pegs grain output higher at 275.68 mt

NEW DELHI: The government raised its estimate on food grain output for the crop year ended June, with good rains allowing farmers to have a record harvest of wheat, rice, coarse cereals and pulses.  The agriculture ministry's fourth advance estimates of major crops pegged food grain production at 275.68 million tonnes, 0.84% higher than the third advance estimate. That would also be 4.01% more than the previous record, set in 2013-14.  The first advance estimate was issued in September 2016, followed by the second in February this year and the third in May. The ministry's fifth and final estimate for the 2016-17 crop will be announced in December...

Last Updated: Thursday, 17th August, 2017 10:30 AM Visits 130

Government revises up 2016-17 grain output to record 275.68 million ton

NEW DELHI: The government today revised upward the country's overall foodgrain production by 2.3 million tonnes to a record 275.68 million tonnes in 2016-17 crop year that ended in June.  Record output has been achieved in rice, wheat, coarse cereals and pulses on the back of good rains in the said period.  Foodgrain production had declined to 251.57 million tonnes in 2015-16 crop year (July-June). The previous record of 265.04 million tonnes was achieved in 2013-14 crop year.  "As a result of very good rainfall during monsoon 2016 and various policy initiatives taken by the government, the country has witnessed record foodgrain production in the...

Last Updated: Wednesday, 16th August, 2017 10:29 AM Visits 135

Area under Kharif crops up by 7.43 per cent despite less rain

NEW DELHI: Despite weak rains in the past one week, acreage under kharif cropsincreased by 7.43 per cent, boosting hopes of a good harvest this year. Till Friday, planting had been done on 94.35 million hectares, or 89 per cent of the total arable land. It is 0.69 per cent higher than the acreage achieved a year ago. While acreage under paddy, sugarcane and cotton has risen from the previous year, that under pulses, coarse cereals and oilseeds has fallen. According to the weather department, total rainfall since June 1 was 3 per cent below normal.  Rising prices in the domestic market have prompted farmers to...

Last Updated: Saturday, 12th August, 2017 10:31 AM Visits 142

India set for record kharif crop harvest

NEW DELHI: Foodgrain output in the ongoing 2017-18 kharif season is likely to surpass last year's record of 138.04 million tonnes due to higher acreage and good monsoon for the second straight year, Agriculture Secretary Shobhana K Pattanayak said today.  So far, more than 80 per cent of the sowing of kharif crops -- paddy, pulses, oilseeds, cotton, sugarcane and jute -- has been completed and the planting will continue in some parts till next month, Pattanayak told PTI in an interview.  About 19 lakh hectare of crop area has been affected by floods across the country and farmers are likely to take up other kharif crops once the water...

Last Updated: Sunday, 6th August, 2017 11:53 AM Visits 147

Onion prices jump 75 per cent in two days, imports likely to happen

PUNE: A staggering 75% jump in average onion prices within two days at the Lasalgaonwholesale market on Thursday has raised expectations that India may resort to imports to tame rising prices.  Onion prices at the benchmark market in Nashik shot up to a minimum of Rs 8 per kg and maximum of Rs 26.31 per kg on Thursday, up from Rs 5 per kg and Rs 19 per kg respectively a day before, and Rs 5 per kg and Rs 15 per kg on Tuesday.  “The present wholesale prices in Lasalgaon are higher than that in Delhi. Traders increase prices on a daily basis so that by...

Last Updated: Saturday, 5th August, 2017 11:48 AM Visits 135

Vegetables get 40 per cent costlier in West Bengal, Jharkhand and Odisha

KOLKATA: Vegetable prices have shot up by 20% 40% in eastern states of West Bengal, Jharkhand and Odisha in last one week as heavy rains accompanied by release of water by Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) have inundated large tracts of land resulting in crop loss. Prices of common vegetables like brinjal, pointed gourd, cauliflower, ridged gourd have become expensive is last one week as traders say that vegetables have been destroyed due to heavy rains as well as by release of water by DVC resulting in decreased supply. Prices of tomato has touched Rs 100 per kg in all these states. In...

Last Updated: Friday, 4th August, 2017 11:49 AM Visits 168

Tomato prices likely to decline in next 15 days: ICAR official

NEW DELHI: Tomato prices, which have skyrocketed up to Rs 100/kg, are more likely to decline over the next fortnight as supplies from southern and other growing states are expected to improve, said a senior ICAR official.  Retail tomato prices have gone through the roof for more than a month now in most parts of the country and are still ruling high up to 100 per kg, as per the data maintained by the consumer affairs ministry.  Tomato prices in metros were ruling at Rs 95/kg in Kolkata, Rs 92/kg in Delhi, Rs 80/kg in Mumbai and Rs 55/kg in Chennai on June 29, as per...

Last Updated: Sunday, 30th July, 2017 11:47 AM Visits 126