Crops

  • Over Rs 1,000 crore damage to apple crop in J&K floods: Assocham Yesterday

    New Delhi: Over Rs 1,000 crore worth of apple crop has been damaged in Jammu and Kashmir because of devastating floods, and consumers across the country should be prepared to pay high prices during the coming festival season, said an Assocham study. "Floods have washed out Kashmir apple's crop worth Rs...
  • Heavy rains threaten paddy, cotton crops in Punjab September 6, 2014

    Chandigarh: Large tracts of paddy and cotton fields are affected by floods in various parts of Punjab, raising a fear of heavy loss to crops. The Punjab government has ordered for an early assessment of damage to crops due to heavy rains lashing various parts of the state. Among the...
  • 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 CNN-IBN that these extreme variations in...
  • 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,...
  • GM crops are not for consumption till field trials declare them safe: Prakash Javadekar August 7, 2014

    In an interview to CNN-IBN, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday said that the genetically modified crops are not for consumption till field trials declare them safe. "Precautions must be taken for such trials," said the Minister. ...
  • Can't ignore science: Minister Prakash Javadekar on opposition to GM crops August 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Even as some Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh-linked groups had asked for a ban on genetically modified food, the Centre has hinted that it might allow the field trials. Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister of State Prakash Javadekar said that no one can ignore science. ""Yesterday somebody asked me about...
  • China to punish those growing or selling genetically modified crops July 31, 2014

    Beijing: In a move to prevent illegal sales and growing of genetically modified (GM) crops, which are prohibited in the country, Chinese authorities have vowed zero tolerance and harsh punishment against offenders. The step came following a media expose of GM rice being available on sale at a supermarket in central...
  • RSS linked groups demand ban on GM crops, Centre denies any pressure July 31, 2014

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government is facing pressure from its ally, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in the ongoing GM crop debate. In a recent development, two RSS linked outfits have now demanded a ban on field trials of genetically modified (GM) crops. The government has however, claimed that there...
  • Modi Sarkar vs RSS: Will India never have GM crops? July 30, 2014

    The Narendra Modi government is coming under pressure from its ally, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, as two outfits linked to the Sangh have now demanded that the Centre put a ban on field trials of genetically modified crops. Sources said that the outfits have been assured that the government will...
  • India @ 9 with Bhupendra Chaubey July 30, 2014

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  • Field trial of GM crops a suggestion, not decision: Javadekar July 30, 2014

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government is coming under pressure from its ally, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, as two outfits linked to the Sangh have now demanded that the Centre put a ban on field trials of genetically modified crops. Sources said that the outfits have been assured that the...
  • India @ 9 with Bhupendra Chaubey July 29, 2014

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  • Haryana: Deficient rainfall causes damage to standing crop, farmers worried July 15, 2014

    Pulwal: Delayed monsoon remains a top concern as it is the peak of the kharif season, but deficient rainfall has caused damage to standing crop in Haryana. Farmers who have taken land on lease for cultivation are now staring at an uncertain future. There's an acre of yellowing paddy in...
  • Crop loans worth Rs 1,000 crore disbursed in the state June 23, 2014

    Crop loans of over Rs 1,000 crore have been disbursed in Chhattisgarh during the ongoing kharif season so far. The Chhattisgarh State Cooperative Bank has set a target to disburse Rs 2,450 crore short-term crop loans through its primary agriculture cooperative committees to farmers this kharif season, an official statement said. Sums...
  • With first spell of monsoon showers, sowing operations begin June 21, 2014

    With the onset of monsoon, farmers in Chhattisgarh have embarked on the kharif sowing operations in the state. However, while the state government claimed that it was well-stocked with the seeds and fertilisers for the season, the Opposition Congress alleged that it was not prepared to provide assistance to farmers. "The Agriculture...
  • Shivraj Singh Chouhan urges Narendra Modi to continue National Crop Insurance Scheme June 14, 2014

    Madhya Pradesh Chief Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to continue the National Crop Insurance Scheme in the interest of farmers till new arrangement is made and also sought early release of Rs 3,500 crore grant for Simhastha fair in 2016. In a letter to the Prime Minister...
  • 2,869 villages declared scarcity hit in Rajasthan May 23, 2014

    The Government of Rajasthan on Friday declared 2,869 villages in 21 districts as scarcity hit in view of Rabi crop-2014 assessment in the state, an official said in Jaipur. Jhalawar district has the most villages at 869, followed by Dausa 106, and Alwar 100, the official said. Land revenue tax in...
  • Bumper litchi crop this year, 20 per cent more harvest expected in Bihar May 1, 2014

    Bihar is expecting a bumper Shahi (royal) litchi crop this year - at least 20 per cent more compared to last year. It's good news for lovers of this sweet and juicy summer fruit. "Thanks to favourable temperature, we expect more litchi this time," said Vishal Nath, director of the Muzaffarpur-based National...
  • Farmers fear crop damage as rains, dust storm hit UP April 18, 2014

    A change in weather with intermittent showers since early Friday morning has set farmers worrying in this region as they are yet to finish harvesting wheat crop. "The bundles of harvested wheat lying open in the fields could get damaged. In areas where the crop is still to be harvested the...
  • EGoM okays Rs 352 cr relief for 4 states to replant horti crops March 31, 2014

    New Delhi: The Centre will provide Rs 352 crore assistance to farmers for replanting horticultural crops that were hit by untimely rains and hailstorms early this month in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Rajasthan, a government source said on Monday. That apart, the Centre has decided to release Rs 92 crore...
  • Two Maoists held, poppy crop demolished March 26, 2014

    The security forces arrested two hardcore Maoists and destroyed poppy crop under a forest area in Bihar's Jamui district, on Wednesday, the police said. Carrying out a combing-cum-search operation in Gurmaha forest, the security forces nabbed two ultras, one of whom was identified as Madan Koda, the Deputy Inspector General of...
  • As Pawar denies crop damage, 2 Maharashtra farmers commit suicide March 19, 2014

    Mumbai: Two farmers reportedly committed suicide in the Beed and Parbhani districts of Maharashtra on Wednesday. The suicides came on a day when Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, in an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN, downplayed the issue of crop damage - the prime reason behind the suicides. "Entire India is not affected...
  • Rains paralyse normal life in India, damage crops worth crores March 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Rains, hailstorm and snowfall across the country have paralysed normal life and destroyed crops worth crores. In Jammu and Kashmir, 10 people have been killed due to avalanches. Srinagar highway has been closed down due to heavy snowfall. It received more than one feet of snow affecting water...
  • Central team to assess crop damage caused by hailstorm March 12, 2014

    A central team will arrive on a three-day visit from tomorrow to assess the extensive damage caused to crops due to unseasonal rains and hailstorm in Madhya Pradesh, official sources said on Wednesday. In view of the central team's visit from March 13-15,State Chief Secretary, Antony DeSa held discussions with all...
  • No respite for farmers, unseasonal rains to continue for 2 more days March 12, 2014

    New Delhi/Mumbai: Inclement weather conditions continue to wreak havoc across the country. Unseasonal rains have destroyed crops worth Rs 13,000 crore in Madhya Pradesh so far. In Maharashtra, 8 lakh hectares of crops have been hit in the Marathwada region alone by hailstorms and similar conditions are likely to prevail...
  • MP: Two farmers commit suicide in Damoh due to crop damage March 12, 2014

    Damoh: Two farmers have committed suicide in Damoh district of madhya Pradesh after they incurred severe loss to their crops by the unseasonal rain. So far, six farmers have tried to end their life in the district after the loss. Till now, crops worth 13,000 crores have been destroyed in...
  • India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai March 11, 2014

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  • Unseasonal rains spell doom for Maharashtra farmers, drive them to commit suicide March 11, 2014

    Mumbai: Unseasonal rain and hailstorm in the last fortnight has destroyed crops across lakhs of hectares of land in Maharashtra and left behind hapless farmers wading through ruined crops and facing huge losses. "Everything is gone, I had taken so much care of my crops but nothing is left," said a...
  • Does India really care for its farmers? March 11, 2014

    A nationwide Lokniti-CSDS survey has revealed the state of the Indian farmer. The 70 per cent of India lives in the countryside and yet, less than one per cent of news tracks the Indian farmer. The survey comes at a time when Indian farmer faces another crisis by freak weather;...
  • More trouble for farmers: Hailstorms, unseasonal rains hit crops March 11, 2014

    Unseasonal rains and sudden hailstorms have destroyed crops in lakhs of acres of farmland in some states including Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Punjab posing a threat to expected yields besides causing huge losses to farmers. Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Haryana and Andhra Pradesh were also affected even as state governments sought relief...