Agriculture

  • Good news for mango lovers, coming soon a seedless variety of 'Aam' 12 hours 34 minutes ago

    Scientists have developed what could be the ultimate delicacy - a seedless mango which is finely textured and juicy, with a rich, sweet and distinctive flavour when mature. "We have developed a seedless mango variety from hybrids of mango varieties Ratna and Alphonso," VB Patel,chairman of the horticulture department at the...
  • Partial drought-like situation in Bihar, admits government Yesterday

    Observing that a partial drought-like situation has gripped Bihar, the state government on Friday said a slew of measures have been taken to tackle the calamity, including provisioning for Rs 776 crore to provide diesel subsidy to farmers for irrigation. "We are of the view that a partial drought-like situation has...
  • Post-election activity in India to pick up gradually, says IMF Yesterday

    Washington: Stating that growth appears to have bottomed out in India, International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday said activity is projected to pick up gradually after the post-election recovery in business sentiment, neutralising the effect of weak monsoon on agriculture. "In India, growth appears to have bottomed out, and activity is...
  • Monsoon revival keeps rain above average Yesterday

    New Delhi: India's parched rice, soybean, cotton growing areas will receive more rainfall next week as the monsoon is expected to continue its wet revival phase. Rains in the northwest India grain bowl as well as in soybean belts of western-central parts are expected speed up summer planting activities. India's farm sector...
  • Rural development: Rs 155 cr grant for construction of ponds, tanks 4 days ago

    Rajasthan government on Monday announced a grant of Rs 155.50 crore to farmers for construction of ponds and tanks for better water management. Rajasthan Agriculture Minister Prabhu Lal Saini made several other announcements in the Legislative Assembly including allocation of Rs 2.14 crore for the promotion of organic farming in the...
  • Block Agriculture Officer held for taking bribe July 15, 2014

    A Block Agriculture Officer of Sadar block was on Tuesday caught red-handed by the vigilance sleuths while accepting bribe from a man in his chamber. A vigilance team raided the chamber of Bindeshwari Mishra and caught him red-handed accepting Rs 2000 bribe from one Rampati Jhora for releasing an instalment of...
  • Agriculture department to solve farmers' query by SMS July 15, 2014

    With monsoon arriving in full swing in the state, the agriculture department officials have been directed to coordinate with farmers and help them with agriculture-related suggestions through mobile SMS. Fresh spate of rainfall in the last couple of days has expedited the agricultural activities across the state and department has been...
  • Agricultural exports up 5.1% to US dollar 37.29 billion in 2013-14: Survey July 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Agricultural exports, including marine, increased by 5.1 per cent to US dollar 37.29 billion in 2013-14, on account of jump in exports of rice. Exports of agriculture and allied products in 2011-12 accounted for 9.08 per cent of India's total exports as against 6.9 per cent in 2010-11, says...
  • India @ 9 with Bhupendra Chaubey July 1, 2014

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  • News 360: Tapas Pal apologises for his rape remark July 1, 2014

    Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal, whose controversial remarks against women sparked outrage, on Tuesday tendered an unconditional apology saying that in making such comments he has let down his constituents and the people of Bengal. ...
  • Agriculture Minister warns of a drought-like situation in the country July 1, 2014

    New Delhi: In what could spell more trouble for the newly-elected Narendra Modi government, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Tuesday warned of a drought-like situation in some parts of the country. Singh said that the deficient monsoon could lead up to one of India's worst droughts in recent years. "If...
  • Agriculture Department conducts drive to check sale of poor quality seeds and fertilisers June 29, 2014

    To curb sale of poor quality seeds and fertilisers, Madhya Pradesh Agriculture Department conducted a drive to check quality of the two farming products and also took punitive measures against companies. "The drive was launched to check quality of seeds and fertilisers and the department took punitive measures including registration of...
  • Agricultural institutes should lead next farm revolution: Pranab Mukherjee June 28, 2014

    President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday called on "committed, capable and hard-working" professionals of the country's agricultural institutes to lead the next farm revolution. "We require committed, capable and hardworking professionals from our agricultural institutions to spearhead the next farm revolution," Mukherjee said at the golden jubilee convocation of the Jawaharlal Nehru...
  • Monsoon rains to improve after July 7: Agricultural Minister June 26, 2014

    New Delhi: The monsoon is expected to improve after July 7 but the government is fully prepared to tackle the situation in case of poor rainfall, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said on Thursday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting to review the monsoon situation and implementation of the...
  • PM meets Finance, Agriculture, Food Ministers to discuss inflation June 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday called a meeting with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan to discuss inflation. Sources say the agenda is to prepare the contingency plans in case of a monsoon deficit. The monsoon's progress has weakened,...
  • Chhattisgarh government sanctions Rs 1200 crore for bonus to paddy farmers June 25, 2014

    The BJP government in Chhattisgarh has sanctioned about Rs 1,200 crore to disburse a bonus of Rs 300 per quintal to farmers against their paddy, thereby fulfilling its poll promise. To implement the election manifesto promise, the state government on Tuesday formally directed disbursal of bonus of Rs 300 per quintal...
  • Maharashtra: MPCC delegation meets CM, seeks 24-hour power for agriculture purpose June 23, 2014

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) members on Monday asked Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to make a provision to ensure the 24-hour electricity supply for agriculture purpose in the state. The MPCC office-bearers under its president Manikrao Thakre also demanded that seeds, fertilisers, medicines etc. be made available to farmers...
  • Monsoon covers most of Jharkhand June 20, 2014

    Monsoon has covered 3/4th of Jharkhand on Thursday and the entire state will be covered by Friday. "Jamshedpur had pre-monsoon rainfall on Wednesday night while the monsoon entered Jharkhand on Thursday through Pakur and Sahibganj districts," Weather Scientist of Birsa Agriculture University A Wadood said in Ranchi. "India Meteorological Department's prediction up to...
  • Onion prices to shoot up due to strike in wholesale markets June 17, 2014

    New Delhi: After inflation hit a five-month 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 CNN-IBN 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...
  • Expect agricultural reforms from the Modi government, says Arun Shourie June 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Arun Shourie has said that one can expect major agriculture reforms from the Narendra Modi government. In an exclusive interview to CNBC-TV18, Shourie talked about what he expects from Modi's government in the field of economy. He said that Modi government has to put...
  • Take results of agriculture-based researches to cultivators: Akhilesh Yadav June 15, 2014

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday stressed on taking the results of agriculture-based research works to the cultivators, saying the real goal of such works would be achieved only when it will benefit farmers. "The goal of research works would be achieved only when it benefits the farmers," the...
  • Three of a family electrocuted in agricultural field, die on the spot June 14, 2014

    Three members of a family were electrocuted in an agricultural field in Khajura village of the district, police said on Friday. A middle-aged farmer couple and their 16-year-old daughter were electrocuted in an agricultural field in Khajura village of Karwar police station area yesterday, they said. The incident took place when the...
  • Centre braces up for poor monsoon, chalks out plans to tackle poor rainfall June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: With India staring at a below normal monsoon, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Union Cabinet has sprung into action. Modi on Friday met Union Agriculture Minister Radha Rammohan Singh and in a meeting that stretched well over 2.5 hours to discuss the possible scenarios, sources tell CNN-IBN that...
  • Rain revives litchi crop in Bihar, raises hopes of farmers June 5, 2014

    Widespread rain in the past few days in Bihar has saved the litchi crop from withering, reviving hopes of a normal supply of the succulent fruit to the rest of the country. Bihar contributes 255 metric tonnes, or 45 per cent, to the national output of around 575 metric tonnes of...
  • MP registers record agri growth at 24.99% in 2013-14 June 1, 2014

    Madhya Pradesh registered a record growth at 24.99 per cent in FY 2013-14 in the agriculture sector, including animal husbandry. The agriculture growth rate was 20.16 per cent in 2012-13 and 19.85 per cent in 2011-12 in the state, according to an official release issued on Sunday. "Madhya Pradesh has created...
  • Two government officials arrested on graft charges May 30, 2014

    Two government officials were on Friday arrested for allegedly accepting bribe of Rs 15,000 from a contractor in Bhilwara, police said. Jitendra Singh, Secretary, Krishi Upaj Mandi Samiti of the Rajasthan State Agricultural Marketing Board and Jagdish Bhadra, clerk at the Samiti were arrested for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs...
  • Haryana: Rs 52.11 crore approved under food security mission May 26, 2014

    Chandigarh: Haryana government has approved Rs 52.11 crore for state food security mission for 2014-15 to encourage cultivation of food grains and cereals in the state. This initiative would help encourage production and subsidisation of wheat, pulses, coarse cereals and commercial crops like sugarcane and cotton, an official spokesman said. Training...
  • Maharashtra government sets up probe into falling mango prices May 14, 2014

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Government has set up a five-member committee to probe the reasons behind plummeting prices of mango this season. According to the state government, the reason cannot be the recent ban on mango exports imposed by the European Union. "The state's share in the exports is very less and hence...
  • Uttarakhand government to spend Rs 161 crore for livelihood creation April 3, 2014

    Uttarakhand government will spend Rs 161 crore for creation of livelihood opportunities and improvement of agricultural produce in the calamity hit areas of Uttarakhand to help affected people back on their feet. The amount will be spent under Integrated Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Integrated Livelihood Support Project (ILSP) with...