India Agriculture News

More efficient use of sunlight can improve crop yields
Bengaluru, Nov 28 : Researchers in the US, led by one of Indian origin, have developed a genetic manipulation technique that results in more efficient use of sunlight in photosynthesis by plants. They say the findings observed in tobacco plants could potentially be used to increase the yield of food crops like wheat and rice. Read Full Story

Agriculture market in India's richest state crumbles
A week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes -- 86 per cent of India's currency notes by value -- business in the agricultural market of Pathardi, 350 km east of Mumbai, fell by 60 per cent, indicating how the rural economy of India's richest state, Maharashtra, recovering from two years of drought, is slowing down. Read Full Story

Agriculture minister launches pashuhaat portal
New Delhi, Nov 26 : Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Saturday launched e-pashuhaat portal ( on the occasion of National Milk Day. Read Full Story

Need to boost agriculture mechanisation: Minister
New Delhi, Nov 25 : There is a need to boost agriculture mechanisation to enhance crop productivity to feed the growing population, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said on Friday. Read Full Story

Bengal to get Rs 900-1,000 cr from Nabard for rabi crop
Kolkata, Nov 25 : West Bengal will get Rs 900-1000 crore out of the additional sum of Rs 21,000 crore sanctioned by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) for helping cash-starved farmers, a top official said on Friday. Read Full Story

People in India deeply concerned about welfare of dairy animals
New Delhi [India], Nov 25 : A new survey commissioned by World Animal Protection has shown the cruel treatment of animals in local dairies in India is unacceptable to almost 90 percent of people who responded; highlighting strong support for better protection of dairy animals across the country. Read Full Story

Agriculture Minister to launch coffee table book
New Delhi [India], Nov.24 (ANI): Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh will launch a coffee table book agri-mechanization for Make in India on Friday. Read Full Story

Cash crunch hits Himachal potato growers
Una (Himachal Pradesh), Nov 22 : Hardly any trader is buying potatoes in this Himachal Pradesh town this season owing to the cash crunch after demonetisation of high-value currency notes. Normally, potatoes here sell like hot cakes. Read Full Story

Rice farming long-held culture in India
Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 21 (ANI): A study found that rice production in India was a long-held culture during the Indus civilization. Read Full Story

Reducing tobacco consumption, and giving growers an alternative crop
New Delhi, Nov 20 : India aims to reduce tobacco consumption by 30 per cent in the next three years, but it also needs to quickly promote the farming of alternate crops by tobacco growers, whose exports annually bring in Rs 10,000 crore ($1.5 billion) . Read Full Story

Jaitley calls for hi-tech services for farmers to increase price benefits
New Delhi [India], Nov. 19 : Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said that in order to ensure future increases in agriculture output and double the farmers' income by 2022, focus should be on higher agriculture productivity especially in view of the limitation on expanding crop area. Read Full Story

Proper water and quality feed increases Trout fish production in Kashmir
Kashmir (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Nov. 19 (ANI): proper water flow and quality feeding has increased the production of trout fish at the Laribal fish farm in Dachigam. Read Full Story

Top UK firms bring most advanced technologies in agriculture
New Delhi [India], Nov.18 : The Department for International Trade (DIT) is leading a delegation of 6 British Agri-Tech companies at Agro-Tech trade show in Chandigarh from 19-22 November. Read Full Story

Tea production grows 18.74% in September
Kolkata, Nov 14 : Tea production in September grew by 18.74 per cent to 184.6 million kg as compared to 155.46 million kg produced in the corresponding month last year, the Tea Board of India said on Monday. Read Full Story

Weeds can be beneficial for crops: Study
Washington D.C [USA], Nov. 12 : Weeds will no longer be harmful for crops, suggests a study. Read Full Story

Land preparation of tulip garden on in full swing in Kashmir Valley
Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Nov.9 (ANI): The land preparation of the tulip garden is on full swing, with new designs aimed to make the next tulip show successful in the Kashmir Valley. Read Full Story

Rajasthan to host global agri meet
Jaipur (Rajasthan), Nov. 9 (ANI): A three-day international event of 'Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM)' for farmers will begin here today which will showcase best global practices and technologies suitable to farmers. Read Full Story

WHO FCTC denies observer status to farmers' group, 12 NGOs
Greater Noida, Nov 8 : The World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) has rejected the applications for observer status by 13 NGOs, including the Federation of All India Farmers Association (FAIFA). Read Full Story

Incessant rains hit crops, normal life in northeast
Agartala/Aizawl/Silchar, Nov 7 : At least one person was killed and crops were damaged in incessant rains caused by a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal in Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur and southern Assam over te past three days, officials said on Monday. Read Full Story

J-K Govt. committed to boost sericulture industry in Kashmir
Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Nov. 5 (ANI): The Jammu and Kashmir Government has taken an initiative to boost the age old traditional sericulture industry. Read Full Story

Three day 'GRAM' begins in Jaipur; to expose farmers to latest farm technologies
New Delhi [India], Nov 4 : The three-day Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM) 2016 gets under way in Jaipur on November 9, 2016. GRAM 2016 will expose the farming communities to the technological advancements and global best practices and showcase investment opportunities in the state to agri-business communities across the world. Read Full Story

Crop procurement facilities bring cheer to Punjab farmers
Amritsar (Punjab)[India], Nov.4 : Punjab, which is rightly termed the 'Food Bowl of India', continues to grow a variety of crops, fruits and vegetables, making the nation self-sufficient. Read Full Story

Farmers benefit from Kargil's new soil testing laboratory
Kargil (Jammu and Kashmir)[India], Nov.4 : A new soil testing laboratory in Kargil is helping farmers. This laboratory has an assistant soil chemist, who is supported by a research assistant and laboratory attendant. Read Full Story

10th agricultural census begins, final report in 2018
Agartala, Nov 1 : As part of a nationwide programme, the tenth Agricultural Census with reference year 2015-16 began in Tripura on Tuesday, officials said. Read Full Story

Improved variety of Arhar seeds from next Kharif season: Minister
New Delhi, Oct 31 : Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Monday said a new variety of Arhar (Pigeon Pea) seeds with shorter maturity period will be available to farmers from the Kharif season in June next year. Read Full Story

Government procures 34546 MT of pulses from farmers during Kharif season
New Delhi , Oct.26 : The government agencies have procured 34546.69 MT pulses- Moong and Urad as on 25.10.2016 during ongoing Kharif Marketing Season (KMS). Read Full Story

Deficit rains hit Kharif crop output in Karnataka
Bengaluru, Oct 25 : Deficit monsoon rain has affected Kharif production in 25 of the 30 districts across Karnataka, resulting in an estimated crop loss worth Rs 11,000 crore in this fiscal (2016-17), said an official on Tuesday. Read Full Story

Farmers' unions call for nod to GM Mustard for arid regions
New Delhi, Oct 19 : Farmers from 16 states in a signed petition to Prime Minster Narendra Modi have urged him to commercialise the Genetically Modified (GM) Mustard in dry areas, claiming that it would give direct benefit of Rs 1,800 crore to them. Read Full Story

Yamaha develops FAZER R, an unmanned helicopter for agriculture sector
Iwata [Japan], Oct.11 : Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. announced today that it has developed a new unmanned helicopter, the FAZER R. on sale from November 2016, this high-end industrial unmanned aircraft (commonly known as "drones") model is designed for the agricultural sector. Read Full Story

IIM Calcutta graduate turns dairy farmer
Ajmer (Rajasthan), Oct. 9 : Ankita Kumawat, an Indian Institute of Management Calcutta post graduate has turned into a dairy farmer in Ajmer. Ankita looks after the Maatratav Dairy and Organic Food Company . Read Full Story

Centre to promote yogic farming: Minister
New Delhi, Oct 7 : Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Friday said the Centre will promote yogic farming to help increase the country's farm production. Read Full Story

'GM crops safe but not ultimate solution'
New Delhi, Oct 7 : Refuting claims that genetically-modified (GM) crops are hazardous or would be monopolised by multinational companies, scientists say the "controversial crops" are perfectly fine as well as a need of the hour. Read Full Story

250 mandis linked with e-agriculture market
New Delhi , Oct 07 : In an endeavour to help farmers get a better price for their products, the Centre has integrated 250 mandis in ten states with the electronic national agriculture market (e-NAM) in the first phase. Read Full Story

BSF helps distraught farmers to grow crops amid tension on border
Ataari (Punjab) , Oct. 4 : Even as the situation in the border areas remain highly tensed, the Border Security Forces yesterday allowed the farmers in the border areas to cross the fencing to harvest their crop. Read Full Story

SKUAST playing vital role to boost agriculture in Kashmir
Srinagar, (J-K) , Sept. 29 : Amidst the ongoing tension in the Kashmir Valley post the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani on July 8, the Sher e-Kashmir University of Agriculture Science and Technology (SKUAST) is playing a vital role in giving a boost to the agriculture sector in the valley. Read Full Story

Coffee plantations in Western Ghats support high bird diversity
Kolkata, Sep 24 : In one of the largest field-based assessments of bird species, researchers have found coffee, rubber and areca agroforests in India's Western Ghats support 204 bird species. Read Full Story

Cashew body urges Centre to help arrest falling exports
Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 22 : The Cashew Export Promotion Council of India (CEPCI) on Thursday urged the central government to initiate immediate steps to arrest the slide in the fortunes of the cashew industry in particular and exports in general. Read Full Story

'Tweaking genes could help extend shelf-life of mangoes, boost exports'
Kolkata, Sep 18 : Wastage of mangoes cultivated in India, the world's top producer, due to flawed post-harvest practices can be countered by tweaking certain genes in the "King of Fruits", say Indian researchers who have identified the ones most prominently involved in ripening of the juicy 'dashehri' variety. Read Full Story

'GM mustard generates more yield, benefits farmers'
New Delhi, Sep 6 : Genetically modified mustard is not only safe but also beneficial for farmers as it is more high-yielding, say experts Read Full Story

Nirmall brings Vortex Technology to farmers of India
New Delhi , Aug 31 : They are privileged to share a frame with Prime Minister who is committed to improve the Agriculture Sector and in which Nirmal contributes with its technology. Read Full Story

Indian scientists capable of meeting demands of our farmers: Minister
New Delhi, Aug 29 : Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave on Monday said that Indian agriculture scientists are capable enough for meeting the demands of farmers. Read Full Story

Affected by hail, Himachal apples await better days
By Vishal Gulati, Shimla, Aug 29 : Small and less succulent, the apples from Himachal Pradesh this year have been quite a disappointment. Experts, however, say that things will change for the better after the mid-September harvest. Read Full Story

Human urine: Organic alternative to chemical fertilisers
By K.S. Jayaraman, Bengaluru, Aug 28 : Convinced about its medicinal values, Indian scientists had taken a patent on cow urine in 2002. Now, researchers at the International Centre for Ecological Engineering of Kalyani University near Kolkata report that human urine can be used as safe fertiliser "after eight months of storage under closed conditions." Read Full Story

No decision yet on GM mustard: Environment Ministry
New Delhi, Aug 25 : Denying reports on genetically modified (GM) mustard, the government on Thursday said it has not taken a final call on whether to allow its cultivation, and added it will seek public comments before moving ahead. Read Full Story

Farmers approach 22 CMs for GM crops, 'right to technology'
New Delhi, Aug 24 : Demanding the right to technology, the Rashtriya Kisan Progressive Association (RKPA) has written to the Chief Ministers of 22 states to pressurise the Centre to clear the introduction of GM mustard. Read Full Story

Apple cultivation in south India a game-changer: Expert
Shimla, Aug 18 : Apple cultivation, long associated with the Himalayan foothills, is headed south to the tropics in an experiment that, if successful, could see the country's output jump several-fold. Read Full Story

India's farm-produce losses at Rs 92,000 cr, thrice the agriculture budget
Harvest and post-harvest loss of India's major agricultural produce is estimated at Rs 92,651 crore (USD 13 billion), according to data published by the ministry of food processing industries. Read Full Story

These rice crops can help farmers cut pollution, costs
Washington D.C, Aug 1 : With pollution taking its toll on our lives, a team of researchers has turned to rice crops to find a way to put an end to the world's biggest killer. Read Full Story

Rice crops that can help farmers cut costs and reduce pollution
Toronto, July 30 : A team of Canadian and Chinese researchers has identified "superstar" varieties of rice that can reduce fertiliser loss, thereby helping farmers cut costs and reduce environmental pollution in the process. Read Full Story

Coffee production to dip due to deficient rains: Sitharaman
New Delhi, July 25 : Union Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said due to "lack of timely rain", there will be a drop in the production of coffee even as she maintained that consumption of Indian varieties of coffee has gone up. Read Full Story

Agriculture barely gives subsistence to farmers, says Jaitley
Hyderabad, July 24 : Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Sunday said the agriculture in India barely give subsistence earnings to farmers and this was leading to inequality. Read Full Story

Himachal veggie growers get optimum crop, record prices
Shimla, July 20 : Tomato, capsicum, cucumber and cabbage growers in Himachal Pradesh, a prominent veggie bowl of the country, are getting record prices in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi where rainfall remains largely weak, affecting the crop, experts say. Read Full Story

Bengal to help women manage fish farming scientifically
Kolkata, July 19 : The West Bengal government is drafting a proposal to help women in the Sundarbans mangroves scientifically manage fish farming and become self-sufficient, a minister said on Tuesday. Read Full Story

Five-day long pineapple festival organised in Imphal to promote growers
Imphal (Manipur), July 14 : The ninth state pineapple festival cum seller and buyer meet and youth festival was held recently at Yairipok Thambalnu Market in Manipur. Read Full Story

Centre promoting pulses cultivation, says agriculture minister
New Delhi, July 14 : The BJP-led NDA government has taken a number of steps since taking office to boost the production of pulses, such as expanding the National Food Security Mission (NFSM) from 16 to 29 states, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said on Thursday. Read Full Story

Cabinet approves interest subvention scheme for farmers
New Delhi, July 5 : The union cabinet which met here on Tuesday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the chair approved the interest subvention scheme for farmers for 2016-17. Read Full Story

Himachal to increase vegetable cultivation area
Shimla, June 29 : Nearly 10 percent of cropped area is under vegetable cultivation in Himachal Pradesh and the government is committed to bring 4,000 more hectares under off-season vegetables cultivation, an official said on Wednesday. Read Full Story

Procurement of Rabi pulses reaches 68,000 MT
New Delhi, June 28 : Procurement of rabi pulses has reached 68,000 MT as on June 27, a Union Food Ministry source said on Tuesday. Read Full Story

Cabinet approves MoU with Taiwan for agricultural cooperation
New Delhi, June 15 : The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved an MoU between Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre in India and India Taipei Association in Taipei, for cooperation in the field of agriculture and allied sectors. Read Full Story

Gadkari calls for conservation of water to help farmers
New Delhi, June 14 : Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday called for conservation of water to improve the economic condition of farmers in the country. Read Full Story

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