AGRICULTURE

  • 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...
  • Block Agriculture Officer held for taking bribe July 15, 2014

    A Block Agriculture Officer of Sadar block was on Tuesday caught redhanded 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 redhanded 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 agriculturerelated 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 201314: Survey July 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Agricultural exports, including marine, increased by 5.1 per cent to US dollar 37.29 billion in 201314, on account of jump in exports of rice. Exports of agriculture and allied products in 201112 accounted for 9.08 per cent of India's total exports as against 6.9 per cent in 201011, says...
  • India @ 9 with Bhupendra Chaubey July 1, 2014

    Catch the day's top stories with Bhupendra Chaubey on India @ 9. ...
  • 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 droughtlike situation in the country July 1, 2014

    New Delhi: In what could spell more trouble for the newlyelected Narendra Modi government, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Tuesday warned of a droughtlike 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 hardworking" 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,...