FARMER

  • Punjab: Farmers should be given subsidies in a big way, says CM Badal Yesterday

    Chandigarh: Amid facing criticism on giving free power to farmers from several quarters, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday said that the farming sector should be given subsidies "in a big way" for producing sufficient foodgrain to meet country's requirement. Badal also sought cooperation of all the MPs...
  • Former poultry farmer Leah Kalanguka crowned Miss Uganda 2014 4 days ago

    Kampala: A former mushroom and poultry farmer has been crowned Miss Uganda following a major rebranding of the annual beauty pageant, now designed to promote agriculture in the east African nation. Leah Kalanguka, 23, beat off 19 other finalists after a competition that saw the glamour of the catwalk ditched for...
  • India-born scientist Rajaram awarded World Food Prize October 17, 2014

    Washington: India-born Mexican scientist Sanjaya Rajaram has been presented with the prestigious World Food Prize 2014 for his agricultural research that led to a remarkable increase in world wheat production building on the successes of the Green Revolution. "It is a collective achievement, rather than that of a single person," Rajaram...
  • Haryana Basmati rice farmers unhappy as price falls, blame both BJP and Congress October 14, 2014

    Narnaund: Prime Minister Narendra Modi may be a hit amongst the city dwellers but for the farmers in Haryana's Narnaund, he is a man whose 'pro-trader' policies are eating up their only source of income. Ugalan village in Narnaund is predominantly a farming community. As the election fever reaches its peak,...
  • 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...
  • Congress releases manifesto in Haryana; woos farmers, promises growth October 1, 2014

    Chandigarh: Congress, seeking a third term in a row in Haryana, on Wednesday released its election manifesto for the October 15 polls, attempting to woo farmers and other sections, even as Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda promised to put the state on higher growth trajectory. Seeking mandate in the name of...
  • Small farmers to sell directly from new 'Kisan Mandi' in Delhi September 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Small farmers will soon be able to sell fruits and vegetables directly to bulk consumers like organised retailers, hotels and exporters here after Centre on Thursday unveiled an unique 'Kisan Mandi' platform that aims to boost income by eliminating middlemen. With Delhi's daily demand of fruits and vegetables being...
  • Farmers supply 1 crore litre ethanol to IOL, BPCL, says Nitin Gadkari September 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Efforts are on to promote ethanol to cut the huge Rs 6 lakh crore bill on import of crude and farmers have already supplied 1 crore litre of ethanol to Indian Oil and Bharat Petroleum, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said. "Our farmers...
  • PM Modi inaugurates mega food park in Tumkur, Karnataka September 24, 2014

    Tumkur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a mega food park in Tumkur, Karnataka on Wednesday. The park has been developed with the support of the Ministry of Food, state and central governments. Future Group's food park is first of its kind in India with the group investing about Rs 250...
  • SC notice to Centre on farmers' suicide September 22, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the central government on a petition seeking direction to take steps to prevent the increasing number of suicides by the farmer in different parts of the country on account of their difficult financial conditions. There is a suicide by a farmer...
  • Bhupinder Singh Hooda writes to Modi on problems of rice growing farmers September 21, 2014

    Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi drawing his attention to "heavy losses" being suffered by farmers in the state due to the "sudden drop" in the purchase price of rice. In the letter, Hooda pointed out that the scanty rainfall...
  • How an independent Scotland will impact the farmers September 18, 2014

    Farmers in rural Scotland will be heavily impacted either way the votes goes. As CNN's Nic Robertson reports, their livelihoods are also on the line. Watch the video for more. ...
  • Act to protect cane growers comes into effect in Karnataka September 16, 2014

    Bangalore: An Act to protect the interest of sugarcane farmers in Karnataka has come into effect which would also help ensure purchase and supply of cane in a transparent manner, state's Cooperation Minister HS Mahadev Prasad said on Tuesday. "The Karnataka Sugarcane (Regulation of Purchase and Supply) Act, 2013, has already...
  • Punjab: Centre's decision on new paddy norms antifarmer, says Congress September 14, 2014

    Chandigarh: Punjab Congress on Sunday flayed the Centre's decision fixing new norms about paddy procurement and milling as "antifarmer" step. State Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa in a statement strongly opposed to decision of the Centre to bring down the paddy moisture content limit from 15 to 14 per cent,...
  • Onion prices crashes in Karnataka, farmers gets just Rs 510 per kg September 13, 2014

    Bangalore: The price of onion has hit the bottom in Karnataka, the second largest onion growing state in India. The wholesale purchasing rate of the best onion (price the growers get) has gone down to Rs 15 per kg and other midlevel onions are being purchased from the farmers for...
  • West Bengal clears farmerfriendly project to boost irrigation September 13, 2014

    Kolkata: The West Bengal cabinet cleared a farmerfriendly project (SechBandhu Prakalpa) offering 46,000 new pump sets with power connectivity to the farmers to boost irrigation in the state. Announcing this after the cabinet meeting which was chaired by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, state's Higher Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said this...
  • Women Farmers' Day to attract 1,000 attendees from 10 states September 11, 2014

    Hyderabad: About 1,000 women farmers from ten states, including Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, are expected to attend the Women Farmers Day to be hosted by the International Crops Research Institute for SemiArid Tropics (ICRISAT) on Friday. "About 30 women would be given golden awards and another 30 women silver awards as...
  • Deficient rainfall has hit Uttar Pradesh farmers, says Akhilesh Yadav August 29, 2014

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has said that deficient rainfall has hit farmers in the state. He says he will write to the Centre seeking government intervention. ...
  • Nitin Gadkari calls for crop diversification to address poverty August 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Expressing concern over the poor plight of farmers, Rural Development Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday urged them to grow crops other than wheat and rice to come out of poverty. Farmers can earn more if they have diversification in crops that can be used for manufacturing ethanol, electricity,...
  • NASA satellite to help farmers combat drought August 24, 2014

    Washington: NASA scientists, including one of Indianorigin, have developed a new satellite than can predict the severity of droughts worldwide and help farmers maximise crop yield. Currently, there is no ground or satellitebased global network monitoring soil moisture at a local level. Farmers, scientists and resource managers can place sensors...
  • Farmers form cooperative committee for milk production, dairy business August 20, 2014

    Farmers and livestockmen of Chhattisgarh's naxalhit Dantewada district have formed a cooperative committee to take up a project for milk production and dairy business. "In retaliation to the socalled 'red revolution' of naxalites, farmers and stockmen of the tribal district have introduced a unique model 'Kshirsagar Project', which will enhance the...
  • RJD MLA on a hunger strike threatens selfimmolation on Independence Day August 13, 2014

    RJD MLA Dinesh Kumar Singh, who is on a hunger strike for the third day on Wednesday threatened self immolation on Independence Day if Bihar government did not declare drought in the state to help farmers tide over the problems due to scarcity in rainfall. "I will immolate myself on August...
  • Farmers stage protest over nonpayment of cane price arrears August 12, 2014

    Protesting nonpayment of cane price arrears, Bhartiya Kisan Union members today locked the main gates of all industrial units of Modi Group, including Modi Sugar Mill, in Modi Nagar. Led by Rakesh Tikait, the national general secretary of BKU, thousands of farmers from nearby villages shut the entry gates of the...
  • Govt should provide immediate relief to floodhit people: Cong August 7, 2014

    In the wake of heavy downpour in Chhattisgarh during the past week, state Congress has demanded the state government to take immediate steps to provide relief measures to affected people. The government should conduct a survey of the floodaffected regions immediately, and provide compensation to the people there after assessment of...
  • Government announces diesel, seed subsidy in droughthit areas August 7, 2014

    New Delhi: With rainfall deficit still prevalent in most parts of the country, government on Thursday announced a diesel subsidy for irrigation in states where rainfall shortage is more than 50 per cent to protect the standing kharif crops. Besides diesel subsidy, the government has raised the...
  • Uttarakhand govt to launch farmers pension scheme on Aug 15 August 7, 2014

    A pension scheme wherein farmers above the age of 60 years will get a monthly pension of Rs 800 will be launched by the Uttarakhand government on this Independence Day. The scheme has been initiated to encourage people, especially in the hilly areas, to take up farming, Chief Secretary Subhash Kumar...
  • India won't compromise on farmers' interests at WTO: Jaitley August 5, 2014

    New Delhi: BJP on Tuesday asked its MPs to convey to the public the stand taken by the NDA government to protect the interests of farmers at WTO even as it assured that the interests of the farming community would not be compromised at any cost. Giving details of the World...
  • Farmers' body to launch threeday hunger strike from next month August 4, 2014

    National Council of All India Kisan Sabha will hold a threeday hunger strike from September on a charter of its demands including pension and implementation of National Commission on farmers. Addressing a press conference, General Secretary of AIKS, Atul Kumar Anjaan on Monday said AIKS members and leaders would hold sitins,...
  • Rural votes, old traumas drive India's WTO brinkmanship July 30, 2014

    New Delhi: With grain silos spilling over, exports on the rise and an avowed market champion for prime minister, India's threat to trash a global trade deal in the name of food security appears puzzling. But government officials say Prime Minister Narendra Modi is prepared to brazen out global outrage to...
  • Confident that India will see great progress in agriculture sector: Modi July 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that break through in agricultural research must translate into benefits for Indian farmers. Addressing the 86th Indian Council of Agriculture Research Foundation Day and Awards Ceremony, he said that he was confident that India will see great progress in the agriculture...