AGRICULTURAL

  • Agrarian crisis deepens in Marathwada, 93 farmer suicides reported in 2015 Yesterday

    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 2 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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...
  • India to support Israeli firms to set up dairy firms on PPP September 18, 2014

    New Delhi: India on Thursday said that it will extend all cooperation to Israeli companies keen to work in the dairy sector here under the publicprivatepartnership mode. This issue was discussed at a meeting between the Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and Israeli ambassador HE Daniel Carmon, an official statement...
  • 'Concerted policy push to add 69 million nonagriculture, 11 million manufacturing jobs' September 11, 2014

    Mumbai: Although the new government has undertaken measures that generate employment, a comprehensive 'projobs policy' will help add 69 million nonagriculture and 11 million manufacturing jobs by 2020, credit rating agency Crisil said on Thursday. "The government needs to take more steps towards projobs policy to structurally alter the country's...
  • First medicinal marijuana farm approved in Chile September 9, 2014

    Santiago: The Chilean authorities have approved the first marijuana farm in the capital city of Santiago, but only for medicinal and research purposes. The initiative, presented May 23 before Chile's Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG), was to produce cannabis oil for use in the treatment of cancer patients. In Chile, marijuana use...
  • Monsoon picks up but threat of poor agriculture produce remains: Agriculture Minister September 6, 2014

    New Delhi: A late surge in the monsoon has improved this year's overall rainfall deficiency from 18 per cent to 14 per cent. However, many states are still struggling with rainfall deficiency of over 30 per cent. Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh told CNNIBN that these extreme variations in...
  • 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...
  • Change India: Ideas on curbing food inflation, helping agriculture August 24, 2014

    In this edition of the 'Change India: What India Wants' series, we discuss how can we curb food inflation and increase agricultural productivity. ...
  • Body of a 12yearold girl found lying naked in fields, police suspect murder after rape August 8, 2014

    The naked body of a 12yearold girl was found lying in a field in a village in Bijnor, police said on Thursday. The girl had gone out into the fields in search of her brother on Thursday morning in Mundala village. When she did not return after long, relatives began a...
  • 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...
  • Heavy rainfall continues in Nashik July 30, 2014

    Nashik: Normal life was hit as incessant rains continued to lash the city for the third consecutive day, with the district recording 862.70 mm rainfall in last 24hours. Nashik recorded 70.2 mm rain during last 30hours ended on Tuesday evening, while 58 mm rain was recorded in catchment areas of Gangapur...
  • LabtoLand, PM's slogan for increasing agriculture production July 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Pitching for greater use of research for boosting the agriculture sector, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday gave the slogan 'LabtoLand', saying that farmers should be able to enhance production to increase their income and feed the country as well as the world. He pressed for the use of...
  • 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...
  • Centre rules out droughtlike conditions, says no SOS from states July 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Amidst speculations of scanty rainfall across the country, the Centre has ruled out any possibility of a droughtlike situation. With the MeT department predicting good rainfall in the days to come, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Monday assured that the state governments have adequate funds to handle...
  • Good news for mango lovers, coming soon a seedless variety of 'Aam' July 26, 2014

    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 droughtlike situation in Bihar, admits government July 25, 2014

    Observing that a partial droughtlike 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 droughtlike situation has...
  • Postelection activity in India to pick up gradually, says IMF July 25, 2014

    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 postelection 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 July 25, 2014

    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 westerncentral parts are expected speed up summer planting activities. India's farm sector...
  • Rural development: Rs 155 cr grant for construction of ponds, tanks July 22, 2014

    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...