AGRICULTURE MINISTRY

  • For first time in Budget, agriculture, farmers got priority: Radha Mohan September 2, 2014

    As the Narendra Modi government completed 100 days in office, each ministry is giving its report card. Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan said for the first time in Budget, agriculture and farmers got priority. He said, "Two important schemes Pradham Mantri Irrigation Plan and Soil Health Cards to be given...
  • Onion prices to shoot up due to strike in wholesale markets June 17, 2014

    New Delhi: After inflation hit a fivemonth high at 6.01 per cent, the onion prices are threatening to shoot up in view of a strike in major wholesale markets including Lasalgaon. The Agriculture Ministry has stepped in to control the situation. Agriculture Ministry sources told CNNIBN that officials have been...
  • Agriculture Ministry closely monitoring rising price of food items June 17, 2014

    New Delhi: The Union Agriculture Ministry is monitoring rising onion prices and other commodities. According to ministry officials, they are in touch with the Finance Ministry. A senior official said, "We are in constant touch with the Finance Ministry and will soon come with some measures to check rising prices. Officials...
  • Twitter buzz: Funniest reactions to onion price hike October 25, 2013

    New Delhi: Even though Food Minister KV Thomas has assured that the onion prices will be controlled in the next 10 days, people are in no mood to take his opinion seriously. That's why social networks continue to be flooded with jokes, caustic remarks and scathing comments against the soaring...
  • People cut down onion consumption as it hits Rs 80 per kg September 17, 2013

    The humble onion is again making the headlines as it touched Rs 80 per kilogram on Tuesday. The rates are likely to remain same for the next two weeks. ...
  • News 360: Onion prices skyrocket, reach Rs 80 per kg September 17, 2013

    The humble onion is again making the headlines as it touched Rs 80 per kilogram on Tuesday. The rates are likely to remain same for the next few days. The Agriculture Ministry has blamed rains and hoarding by the traders for the short supply and the spike in Onion prices. ...
  • Agriculture Ministry blames rains, hoarding for high onion prices September 17, 2013

    New Delhi: The humble onion is again making the headlines as it touched Rs 80 per kilogram on Tuesday. The rates are likely to remain same for the next few days. The Agriculture Ministry has blamed rains and hoarding by the traders for the short supply and the spike in...
  • Delhi HC asks Government to take steps to bring down onion prices August 29, 2013

    The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the central government to take steps to ensure that onion prices fall so that common people do not suffer. Acting Chief Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Vibhu Bakhru disposed of a public interest litigation (PIL) alleging inaction by the government in controlling onion prices. The judges...
  • Pawar resumes office after NCPCongress truce July 26, 2012

    New Delhi: Nearly a week after skipping work over problems with the Congress, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar resumed office on Thursday, a day after NCPCongress announced a truce. The NCP's tiff with the Congress came to an end on Wednesday with both parties agreeing to set up coordination centres. Pawar had...
  • Manmohan forced to take over Pawar's role July 25, 2012

    New Delhi: At a time when drought is looming large over the country and food inflation is going up, it seems Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has gone missing, forcing the Prime Minister's Office to virtually take over the ministry. Pawar, who turned vocal with his ire over "lack of coordination" within...
  • Pawar prepares contingency plan to tackle drought July 3, 2012

    Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar met officials on Tuesday morning to take stock of the situation. ...
  • Drought fears: Agriculture Ministry prepares contingency plan July 3, 2012

    Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar is expected to hold a highlevel meeting on Tuesday to take stock of the droughtlike situation in many states. ...
  • Agri Min pitches for crop loan at 3% in Budget 2012 February 13, 2012

    In its Budget wishlist, the Agriculture Ministry has demanded lowering of interest rate on crop loans to 3% for those farmers who pay in time, from the existing 4%. According to sources, the ministry has suggested an additional one per cent interest subvention (subsidy) on shortterm crop loans of up to...
  • Delhi: onion prices drop, subsidised sale to end January 31, 2011

    New Delhi: With a sharp fall in onion prices in the retail market to Rs 30 per kg, the government on Monday decided to end the subsidised sale of the kitchen staple from Tuesday in the national capital, but it would continue to monitor the situation to prevent the recurrence...
  • Onion farmers in Nashik face hard times December 21, 2010

    Nashik: While onion prices spiral, the onion farmer seems to be struggling with crop loss and even lower yields. In Nashik, the country's onion growing centre, anger and desperation loom large. Subhash Khotwal is an onion farmer in Nashik whose major part of the onion yield turned out be rotten. His...
  • Asked PM to relieve me of food portfolio: Pawar December 17, 2010

    Pune: Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, who until recently drew flak for hike in prices of essential commodities, on Friday said he had proposed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to relieve him of the food portfolio which was vetoed by him. "I had told the Prime Minister...
  • SC raps Pawar, says give rotting grain to poor August 31, 2010

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court has come down heavily on Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and criticised his statements that rotting food grain cannot be distributed to the poor free of cost. "Free of cost distribution of food grain was a part of the order. Tell your Minister that distribution of...
  • Pawar's wings clipped? Agriculture Ministry to be split January 25, 2010

    New Delhi: Union Agriculture Ministry may be divided with sources telling CNNIBN that the Congress is keen to take Consumer Affairs away from Sharad Pawar. Pawar has been under attack from the Congress and Opposition parties for being unable to check rising prices. There is already an existing Administrative Reforms Commission headed...
  • Food prices may fall in 10 days: Sharad Pawar January 13, 2010

    New Delhi: High food price inflation may start moderating in seven to 10 days, following the measures unveiled by the government, said Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Wednesday. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet chief ministers in New Delhi on January 27 to discuss the soaring prices of essential commodities, said...
  • Controversy continues over Bt brinjal approval November 30, 2009

    New Delhi: The controversy over granting approval to Bt brinjal is set to deepen. Questions are being asked about the composition and functioning of the 16 member expert committee that granted approval to Bt brinjal. Chairperson of the Committee Prof Arjula Reddy was reportedly tremendous pressure to clear Bt brinjal...
  • Sharad Pawar faces criticism for rising food prices October 10, 2009

    Pawar's party NCP is having a tough time wooing voters in Maharashtra. ...
  • Poor monsoon may hike prices further: RBI August 18, 2009

    New Delhi: The erratic monsoon may lead to a further rise in prices of essential commodities, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said on Tuesday. "The erratic monsoon may put pressure on inflation and could increase the prices," RBI Deputy Governor KC Chakrabarty told reporters on the sidelines of a conference...
  • Poor fight for right to food, Govt not keeping promises June 20, 2009

    New Delhi: A fact note circulated by the Agriculture Ministry reveals the Governments reluctance to supply subsidised food grain. The Food Ministry has suggested slashing the number of Below Poverty Line (BPL) cards and a reduction in the current allocation of food grains. There are differences between the Centre and...