AGRICULTURE

  • Amit Shah ticks off Haryana minister on farmer suicide remarks 5 days ago

    New Delhi: BJP President Amit Shah on Thursday disapproved of the controversial remarks of Haryana Agriculture Minister OP Dhankar who had said farmers who commit suicide were "cowards" and asked party leaders to refrain from making such comments. "I don't agree with the remarks at all. I...
  • Farmer suicide's due to crop failure on the rise April 23, 2015

    Unseasonal rainfall and hailstorms have destroyed millions of acres of farmland, causing heartache for debt-ridden farmers, and leading dozens to kill themselves. In Madhya Pradesh alone fifteen farmers have committed suicide in the last one month. ...
  • Government assures of all help in case of poor monsoon April 22, 2015

    New Delhi: Faced with the possibility of a below-average monsoon this year, the government on Wednesday assured farmers that all necessary steps would be taken to mitigate the impact of any shortfall in rains on crops. "We are competent to handle any variation in normal monsoon....
  • No amendment of the Land Bill is against the farmer: Nitin Gadkari April 22, 2015

    Nitin Gadkari said that not even a single amendment of the land acquisition bill is against the farmers. "I always challenge people who oppose the bill. This is totally in the interest of the rural, agriculture people," said Gadkari. ...
  • The Citizen Journalist Show April 20, 2015

    This Citizen Journalist Show talks not only about the harsh impact of land acquisition on the farmers but also the harassment by builders of high rise apartments in the urban areas who have failed to deliver what they promised. @meghamamgain, @tweetyvandy , @akanshapradeep, @runjhunsharmas, @swativashishtha...
  • My Land My Right April 20, 2015

    Pratap Singh Rathore turns a Citizen Journalist to speak out against the forceful acquisition of land by the government for the Kishangarh Airport project and to continue the three year old battle that he and the other farmers are fighting. The injustice that they face continues as they do not...
  • Farmers Against Land Acquisition: Video Volunteer Report April 20, 2015

    From Ramgarh in Jharkhand to Godda in Odisha, farmers speak out against delay in compensation and the forceful acquisition of their land in the name of industrialization and development. Video volunteer community correspondents get us these reports. ...
  • Government would protect interests of agriculture: M Venkaiah Naidu April 16, 2015

    Hyderabad: Dismissing the opposition's charge that the NDA government had adopted anti-farmer policies, BJP leader and Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said the BJP-led government would not do anything that hurts the interests of agriculture. Addressing a meeting with farmers' associations in Hyderabad, he said the Land Acquisition Bill...
  • TN engineer suicide: SS Krishnamoorthy's close aide detained by CB-CID April 12, 2015

    Chennai: Sources say former Agricultural Minister SS Krishnamoorthy's close aide has been detained by the CB-CID for questioning in connection with the suicide of agricultural engineer Muthukumarasamy. Investigators say his questioning could unravel the chain of events leading to the engineer's death. Venkatesan was part of the group that allegedly demanded...
  • Smriti Irani asks women to be Lord Krishna on BJP's chariot April 5, 2015

    Patna: Union Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani on Sunday appealed to women to play a key role in the Assembly polls due later this year like Lord Krishna did in Maharabharata. "I have no doubt that all of you (women) will play a decisive role in Bihar Assembly polls later...
  • UP: Over 100 farmers commit suicide as unseasonal rains destroy several hectares of crops April 3, 2015

    As PM Modi was speaking at an RBI conference in Mumbai, 1200 kms away in Ferozabad an old father was mourning the death of his 25 year old son. Bhupender singh had taken 20 acres of land on lease and a loan of 5 lakh rupees to...
  • Tamil Nadu: AAP seeks CBI probe on engineer's suicide over bribery April 2, 2015

    Chennai: After the suicide of Tamil Nadu engineer S Muthukumarasamy sparked a political firestorm for the ruling AIADMK government, the state unit of the Aam Aadmi Party has joined the clamour demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation probe. The party will submit a petition to the Governor demanding a CBI...
  • Centre to send a team to Himachal to assess crop damage in the state April 1, 2015

    Shimla: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan held a review meeting on the extent of crop damage in the state on Tuesday evening. The review meeting was attended by the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, State Cabinet Ministers and the Union Health Minister. During the meeting, the Union Agricultural Minister assured...
  • Unseasonal rains leave crops of mangoes, wheat, tobacco destroyed in Bihar April 1, 2015

    Patna: The unseasonal rains have caused havoc across the country especially for farmers in Bihar where large range of crops have been destroyed. From crops of mangoes, wheat to tobacco everything has been devastated. Dina Patel's last and futile attempt to save his tobacco crop was to dry them out in...
  • Have protection for farmers like crop insurance system: Agriculture expert March 21, 2015

    Agriculture expert MS Swaminathan said that it had rather been a sad year for the farmers. "Towards harvest time we have this unfortunate event of unseasonal rains and hailstorms which do more damage. We don't have enough protection for farmers like a crop insurance system which can insulate them from...
  • Centre gives nod to Maharashtra's cow-shelter village scheme March 17, 2015

    Mumbai: Following the President's assent for Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, 1995, which bans slaughter of cows, bulls and bullocks, the state government on Tuesday said the Centre had given a go-ahead to its cow shelter villages scheme too. The state will receive Rs 90 crore...
  • Agriculture Minister to attend BRICS farm meet in Brazil next week March 7, 2015

    New Delhi: Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh will participate in the meeting of the BRICS' agriculture ministers to be held on March 11-13 in Brazil. The 4th meeting of the 'BRICS Ministers of Agriculture and Agrarian Development' will be held in Brasilia in Brazil, said a statement issued by the Agriculture...
  • Agrarian crisis deepens in Marathwada, 93 farmer suicides reported in 2015 March 3, 2015

    Mumbai: The agrarian crisis in the arid Marathwada region of Maharashtra is deepening and as many as 93 farmers have reportedly committed suicide since January 1, 2015. Successive droughts, hailstorm in 2014 and faulty agriculture policy are all contributing to the crisis. In February, 40-year-old Shamrao Rambhau Parde owning less than...
  • Siraj Hussain takes charge as new Agriculture Secretary March 2, 2015

    New Delhi: New Agriculture Secretary Siraj Hussain as well as Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Secretary Ashok Kumar Angurana have taken charges of their respective departments. Both the secretaries assumed charge on February 28, an official statement said. Hussain, an IAS officer from 1979 batch of Uttar Pradesh cadre, succeeded Ashish...
  • Government raises farm credit target to Rs 8.5 lakh crore for 2015-16 February 28, 2015

    New Delhi: In a bonanza for farmers, the government on Saturday raised agriculture credit target by Rs 50,000 crore to Rs 8.5 lakh crore for 2015-16 fiscal and also announced financial support to enhance irrigation and soil health to achieve higher agriculture productivity. "Farm credit underpins the efforts our hardworking farmers...
  • How drones could play a key role in food supply January 26, 2015

    Washington: Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal's temperature. Applying pesticides. When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union. This month, the Federal Aviation Administration issued the first permit for agricultural use of...
  • Over 50 per cent of farming households indebted: Survey December 19, 2014

    New Delhi: More than 50 per cent of the families engaged in farm activities were indebted in 2012-13 crop year (July-June), a survey said. "About 52 per cent of the agricultural households in the country were estimated to be indebted. Among the major states, Andhra Pradesh had the highest share...
  • Unsung heroes of Indian agriculture November 24, 2014

    Crystal National Agri awards 2014 is a unique initiative that honours people who have made a significant difference to the agriculture ecosystem in India. ...
  • Punjab government to spend Rs 120 crore for harvesting rainwater November 9, 2014

    Chandigarh: Punjab government said it has earmarked Rs 120 Crore on the development of Underground Pipeline System (UGPS), seeking to harvest rainwater to solve various water problems in the state. Punjab's Agriculture Minister Tota Singh said in a statement today that "the funds will be used this fiscal for the...
  • Israel, Australia lend support to India's 'Second Green Revolution' quest November 7, 2014

    New Delhi: India's agricultural sector contributes 16 per cent of total GDP & 10 per cent of export earnings in the economy. Despite being largely self-sufficient in food production, Indian agriculture currently faces a slew of problems its growth is much slower than other sectors of the economy; productivity is...
  • Devendra Fadnavis reviews status of key departments in Maharashtra November 1, 2014

    Mumbai: A day after taking charge as the 27th Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday got down to the job, reviewing the status of key departments. Fadnavis chaired a meeting of the state Cabinet at the government's Sahyadri guest house in south Mumbai. The Chief Minister reviewed presentations of finance,...
  • MGNREGA scheme improved status of women: Study October 23, 2014

    Kerala: Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme had helped women improve their social and economic status, according to a study by a university. The study by the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS) showed that 97.3% of workers under the scheme are women. Conducted as part of a project...
  • Abdul Kalam hopes for better foodgrains output despite poor rains October 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Former President APJ Abdul Kalam on Wednesday hoped that the country's overall foodgrains production would be better this year despite rainfall deficit. Deficit rains have affected kharif (summer) crops in the 2013-14 crop year, forcing the government to keep kharif foodgrains output estimate...
  • Madhya Pradesh could soon be country's ideal state: Piyush Goyal September 30, 2014

    Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh could emerge as an ideal state because of its growth in sectors like energy, agriculture and IT, Union Minister Piyush Goyal said on Tuesday. "The way Madhya Pradesh under the leadership of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is progressing in the field of energy, agriculture, tourism and IT...
  • Pact on food security, trade facilitation to go hand-in-hand: PM Modi September 30, 2014

    New York: Ahead of his meeting with US President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday made it clear that agreement on food security and trade facilitation will have to go hand-in-hand. "Agreement on food security and trade facilitation will have to go hand-in-hand," Modi said while addressing the Council...