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India: Construction of cold storages (165)  2019-12-10
Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare is implementing Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) for holistic development of Horticulture in the country, which includes assistance for development of Post Harvest Management (PHM) including setting up of cold stor..
India: Data bank of farmers (165)  2019-12-10
The Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare has constituted a Task Force to develop a comprehensive Farmers’ Database for better planning, monitoring, strategy formulation and smooth implementation of schemes for the entire country. This Centralised Farmers Database shall..
India: Assistance to female farmers (160)  2019-12-03
The Department of Rural Development, Ministry of Rural Development is implementing Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP) to empower women in agriculture by making systematic investments to enhance their participation and productivity, as also to create and sustain their agriculture-based live..
India: Over 18 Lakh Farmers registered under PM KISAN MAAN DHAN YOJANA (295)  2019-11-19
With a view to provide social security net for the Small and Marginal Farmers (SMF) as they have minimal or no savings to provide for old age and to support them in the event of consequent loss of livelihood, the Government has launched a new Central Sector Scheme, namely, the Pradhan Mantri Kisan M..
India: Pilot study on Zero Budget Natural Farming initiated at 4 locations: Shri Narendra Singh Tomar (188)  2019-11-19
Government has been promoting organic farming under the dedicated scheme of Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) which encourages all kinds of chemical free farming systems including Zero budget Natural Farming. The budget allocation for PKVY for 2019-20 is Rs. 325 crores. Indian Council of Ag..
India: Government extends relaxed fumigation norms for onion imports till December 31 (234)  2019-11-13
The Agriculture Ministry on Wednesday extended relaxed fumigation norms for imported onions up to December 31, in a bid to improve domestic supply and check prices that have skyrocketed up to Rs 100 per kg. On November 6, the ministry had liberalised fumigation provisions under the Plant Quaranti..
India: Why Punjab farms continue to burn — and choke Delhi (181)  2019-11-02
On the outskirts of Patiala, much of a five-acre patch is about to go up in smoke. Within minutes, Karnail Singh’s golden field is blanketed in fumes that release trace gases and particulate matter. In village after village of Punjab, the scene is repeated as farmers set their fields on fire, ..
India: Turkish import seeds a poppy war in India (190)  2019-11-01
Poppy war, or perhaps poppy skirmish. India’s heavily regulated poppy economy – the milky white fluid from seeds, called latex, is the mainstay of illegal drugs trade around the world – is witnessing a small but intense conflict over the Central Board of Narcotics (CBN) decision to..
India: Two day Brainstorming Session on Technological Innovations and Strategies for Farmers’ Prosperity in Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh begins in New Delhi (341)  2019-08-26
Urging every farmer of the country to be a progressive farmer Union Agriculture Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar said that farmers should adopt new technologies and advancements in the field and must have frequent engagements with ascientists and local Krishi Vigyan Kendras. Inaugurating the tw..
India: 41% reduction in stubble burning incidents in 2018 over 2016; Over 4500 villages of Haryana & Punjab declared as Zero Stubble Burning Villages: Director General ICAR (343)  2019-08-13
Highlighting the considerable reduction in crop residue burning incidents in 2018, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research & Education (DARE) & Director General, ICAR said that India has demonstrated through coordinated public and private efforts such challeng..
India: Budget 2019: To help marginal cultivators government proposes 10,000 farmer producer organisations (402)  2019-07-09
The government plans to form 10,000 farmer producer organisations (FPOs) in the next five years.  This is expected to help small and marginal cultivators team up to get lower rates for inputs and sell produce at higher rates.  FPOs will ensure economies of scale, said finance ministe..
India: Government plans to nurture agri-entrepreneurs (390)  2019-07-09
The government plans to nurture agri-entrepreneurs to give an impetus to farming in the country.  “Agriculture is no less than industry and we consider every farmer as entrepreneurs. For a sustainable growth in agriculture, fresh ideas need to be sown and youth should be encouraged..
Deep chill brings delight in Bengal Tea belt (764)  2019-01-02
Planters in Bengal tea belt are expecting bright post winter high value first flush output for the consecutive second year due to prevailing favorable weather conditions.  Entire tea belt in Bengal has taken submergence deep under chill. While the mercury at in TeraiNSE 0.00 % and Dooars tea..
JBA launches India Crop catastrophe model (760)  2018-11-15
JBA Risk Management (JBA), global leader in risk management, has launched a new India Crop catastrophe model for the insurance market JBA has collaborated with Chaucer through its platform in Singapore to develop a new probabilistic crop model for the Indian agriculture insurance market. The m..
Maharashtra launches website and app to analyse drought situation (1039)  2018-10-06
The Maharashtra government has launched a website and an application for collectively analysing the rainfall, crop situation and underground water level using modern technology. Speaking after the inauguration of the website, Maha madat here on Friday, Rehabilitation and Relief Minister Chandraka..
India urges China to drop rapeseed meal import ban amid US-China trade row (912)  2018-09-20
India has urged China to drop a years-long ban on rapeseed meal imports from the South Asian nation at a meeting with government officials and feedmakers as it aims to boost sales of critical farm goods amid growing US-China trade tensions. The meeting was held at India's embassy in Beijing o..
Government approves proposal to increase MSP of rabi crops for 2018-19 (987)  2018-09-13
The union cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday approved a proposal to increase minimum support price (MSP) of rabi crops for 2018-19 season. MSP is the price at which the government purchases crops from the farmers. The decision will help farmers earn an additional in..
Agriculture budget doubled to help double farm income by 2022: PM Modi (1105)  2018-06-21
Reaching out to farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today showcased his government's "unprecedented" work in the agriculture sector, including doubling of the budget to Rs 2.12 lakh crore. Modi also reiterated that his government is working to double farm income by 2022. Contin..
Farmers' protests spotlight worsening agrarian crisis in India (996)  2018-06-12
Thousands of farmers across eight Indian states, mostly ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), began their 10-day protest last Friday to press demands such as farm loan waivers and higher prices for produce such as cereals, oilseeds and milk. The farmers have als..
India: Centre urges states to adopt model act on contract farming (1116)  2018-05-29
Amid estimates of record production of agricultural and horticultural produce this year, the Centre on Tuesday released a model act on contract farming and asked states to adopt it to save farmers from price volatility. The proposed model law - State/UT Agricultural Produce and Livestock Contract..
India's enterprising farmers process, market agriculture products (1089)  2018-05-28
MUKTSAR: A group of enterprising farmers in Muktsar have formed farming clubs to make agriculture more profitable by processing and marketing their produce. Now with the support from National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard), 40 local farmers have come together under the..