Aurangabad, Dec.30 : Harsh weather conditions ruined pomegranate harvest in Maharashtra, landing farmers in huge losses.
New York, Dec 26 : Supplemental light-emitting diode (LED) lighting treatment can help greenhouse tomato growers reduce energy cost without affecting fruit quality attributes, new research suggests. The findings suggest that energy-saving LEDs could be a feasible alternative to high-pressure sodium lamps (HPS) in greenhouse operations.
Imphal, Dec. 18 : Climatic conditions in the northeast are favourable for horticulture. Manipur's Tamenglong District, which is known as the "Orange Bowl" of the state, hosts an annual festival to demonstrate the variety of oranges it produces.
Pune, Dec. 12 : Expressing grief over the demise of farmers' leader Sharad Joshi, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday said it is a big setback for the agriculture sector of the country.
Bhopal, Nov 27 : Drought-hit farmers in Madhya Pradesh can claim Rs.25,000 as government aid if they marry off their daughters under the Chief Minister Kanyadaan Yojana.
Chandigarh, Nov 26 : Paddy arrival in Haryana has crossed the 55 lakh tonnes mark this year against a projected target of around 36 lakh tonnes, a state food and supplies department official said on Thursday.
Shimla, Nov 25 : The Himachal Pradesh government is partnering with New Zealand in a World Bank-funded project to boost apple production, having already begun to import the rootstock from the island country.
Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 18 : Genetic engineering in the near future will create hens which are resistant to avian flu, eminent American virologist Robert G. Webster, a WHO expert on influenza, said here on Wednesday.
New Delhi, Nov 18 : Concerned over arrears to cane growers from sugar factories amounting to more than Rs.21,000 crore (over USD 3 billion) in the last season, the government on Wednesday fixed a subsidy of Rs.4.50 per quintal crushed, which will be payable directly to farmers.
Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 13 : Indian women are withdrawing from agricultural work, the Centre for Women's Development Studies (CWDS) has said in a report.
Chandigarh, Nov 4 : In just over a month after the paddy procurement process began in both states, Punjab and Haryana have procured over 156 lakh tonnes, officials said on Wednesday.
Chandigarh, Nov 3 : The arrival and procurement of paddy crop in Haryana is much higher this year, officials of the state's food and supplies department said on Tuesday.
Chandigarh, Nov 2 : Punjab has recorded higher paddy procurement this year compared to last year, food and supplies department officials said here on Monday.
Ranchi, Oct 31 : Jharkhand's farmers, facing a drought situation, suffered another setback as a hailstorm on Thursday and Friday hit their vegetable and standing crops.
New Delhi, Oct 9 : Kharif crops have been sown on a total area of 1037.15 lakh hectares as on October 9, official data showed on Friday.
Chandigarh, Oct 8 : The Haryana government will reward farmers with tractors, motorcycles, laptops and more to promote agriculture, a minister said on Thursday.
New Delhi, Oct 1 : Kharif crops have been sown on a total area of 1,031.37 lakh hectares as on October 1, official data showed on Thursday.
Bhubaneswar, Sep 30 : To achieve self sufficiency in egg and meat production, the Odisha cabinet on Wednesday approved a poultry policy which aims to ensure daily production of one crore eggs and one lakh metric tonne of poultry meat annually by 2020.
Kochi, Sep 28 : The Coconut Development Board (CDB) on Monday asked farmers and coconut producing companies to go in for value addition to beat all the present shortfalls in the sector.
Bhubaneswar, Sep 24 : Odisha, which depends on potato import on neighbour West Bengal, has set a target of growing potato in 20,000 hectares during the Rabi season this year, officials said on Thursday.
Chandigarh, Sep 24 : Following the approval from the central government, the Haryana government started paddy procurement in the state from Thursday itself, an official said.
New Delhi, Sep 19 : The agriculture ministry will organise a two-day national conference beginning on September 22 to review the Kharif season production and formulate strategies for the ensuing Rabi season in the backdrop of a rainfall deficit.
New Delhi, Sep 18 : Sowing of Kharif crops accelerated by 1.6 percent to 1,021.86 lakh hectares as on September 18, showed official data released by the agriculture ministry on Friday.
New Delhi, Sep 11 : A surge of 1.8 percent was recorded in sowing of Kharif crops which stood at 1,012.01 lakh hectares as on September 11, an official said on Friday.
Bhubaneswar, Sep 10 : Even as the Odisha government talks about its commitment to the agriculture sector, it is witnessing a surprising trend in which large tracts of agricultural land have remained uncultivated for the past several years, a state government report says.
Chandigarh, Sep 9 : With paddy harvesting likely to begin from next month, the Punjab government on Wednesday announced that paddy harvesting has been banned during night hours.
Kolkata, Sep 5 : The West Bengal agriculture marketing department is planning to set up cold-storages in the premises of all 'kisan mandis' or marketplaces where farmers sell their produce directly to buyers.
Shimla, Sep 3 : To promote tourism in Himachal Pradesh, the authorities will organise apple festivals in Manali and Shimla, an official said on Thursday.
New Delhi, Sep 2 : The ministry of agriculture on Wednesday extended the period of crop insurance for non-loanee farmers to September 15 under the National Agricultural Insurance Scheme.
Aizawl, Sep 1 : The Mizoram government's flagship farming scheme that aims to benefit over 125,000 tribal families in the state has attracted international funding and global agencies' support, Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla said here.
New Delhi, Aug 28 : After brisk sowing in the initial weeks of the current kharif season, there appears to be a slowdown, with just a 1.14 percent increase in the crops sown till Friday.
Pune, Aug 24 : Amid the rainfall deficit which has adversely hit agricultural output across India, the government on Monday pitched for conceiving new ways of irrigation.
Mumbai, Aug 24 : The Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swavlamban Mission (VNSSM), set up by the Maharashtra government, proposes to provide new crop loans to all farmers in 14 districts in a bid to arrest suicides, its chairman said on Monday.
Shimla, Aug 19 : The apple of your eye has turned smaller in Himachal Pradesh!
Ahmedabad, Aug 16 : An Agriculture Centre of Excellence was inaugurated in Gujarat's Sabarkantha district on Sunday under the Indo-Israel Agriculture Cooperation Project for providing new technologies and opportunities to the farmers.
New Delhi, Aug 8 : The government has plans to provide free fodder to the owners of cows which have stopped yielding milk to prevent them from turning into a burden, union minster Prakash Javadekar said here on Saturday.
New Delhi, Aug 7 : A number of initiatives have been taken by the government in the last one year to make farming competitive and profitable, parliament was told on Friday.
New Delhi, Aug 7 : All farmers growing "notified crops" in the "notified areas" can avail group insurance under crop insurance schemes, parliament was told on Friday.
Chennai, July 27 : The difference between commercial agriculture and farming to erase hunger and malnutrition should be understood at the 10th ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organisation, a top agricultural scientist has said.
New York, July 23 : People who lived on the shore of the Sea of Galilee in present day Israel made the first attempt at agriculture around 23,000 years ago, much earlier than previously thought, new research shows.
New Delhi, July 22 : The production of pulses in India declined due to adverse weather conditions and the government will import 5,000 tonnes of 'tur dal' (pigeon peas) to augment domestic availability, a union minister said on Wednesday.
New Delhi, July 22 : The agriculture ministry has claimed that in the first year of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's term, it launched several new initiatives, such as soil-fertility boosting neem-coated urea and soil-health cards, Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY), Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) and Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGY).
Mumbai/Nagpur, July 22 : In an embarrassment to the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena combine in Maharashtra, the central government has written to the state asking it to desist from compelling banks to extend farm credit, official sources here said on Wednesday.
Shimla, July 19 : The vegetable cultivation in Himachal Pradesh, especially off-season, has increased the state's annual production to 14.60 lakh tonnes, and taken the state's annual revenue well over Rs.2,500 crore, an official said here on Sunday.
New Delhi, Jul 13 : Land leasing laws relating to rural agricultural land in Indian states were overwhelmingly enacted during decades immediately following the independence. At the time, the abolition of Zamindari and redistribution of land to the tiller were the highest policy priorities.
New Delhi, July 10 : In what should cheer policymakers and the agrarian economy, India's sown crop area during the ensuing season, called Kharif, was up over 60 percent as on July 10 over the like day of the previous year, official data showed on Friday.
Kochi, June 20 : Encouraging results of trial farming of an exotic shrimp variety, launched by Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS), has proved that the white-leg shrimp can be cultured successfully in Kerala's brackish water ecosystem.
New Delhi/Mumbai/Chandigarh/Kolkata, June 17 : The central government on Wednesday raised the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of crops by varied degrees, ranging from a sharp Rs.275 for some pulses to a moderate Rs.50 in case of paddy and a small Rs.15 for maize for this year's kharif season.
Nagpur, June 17 : The Rs.50 per quintal raise in the Minimum Support Prices (MSP) for cotton was labeled as another "jumla" -- mere words -- by a prominent farmers' group on Wednesday.
New Delhi, June 17 : The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday gave its approval for Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops during this year's kharif season.
New Delhi, June 17 : The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday gave its approval for the continuation and strengthening of Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) and setting up new ones with an outlay of Rs.3,900 crore.
Chandigarh, June 15 : Paddy transplantation has started in food grain states Punjab and Haryana, agriculture department officials in both states said on Monday.
Chandigarh, June 11 : Haryana has set a target to sow oil-seed crops in about 10,000 hectares during the kharif season, Agriculture Minister O.P. Dhankar said on Thursday.
New Delhi, June 8 : In a year when the monsoon is expected to be below average, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday called for creating more farm ponds across the country.
New Delhi, June 4 : Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said even if the monsoon turns out to be a little deficient as per prediction, it will not affect food production.
new Delhi, June 4 : India's agriculture growth dropped to 0.02pc in the last quarter of 2014-15, according to the latest government data, compounding predictions of a bad monsoon ahead.
Chandigarh, May 14 : Food grain state Punjab has procured over 100 lakh tonnes of wheat this season, while neighbouring Haryana has surpassed its procurement target for the season by procuring 66.53 lakh tonnes, food and supplies officials of both states said here on Thursday.
New Delhi, May 11 : Spending nights at a farm, one can hear the stillness, smell the freshness in the air and marvel at the clear skies. City folk thus romanticise rural life. They feel it is relaxed, slow-paced, with days spent in the midst of natural beauty.
Chandigarh, May 2 : Despite concerns due to the damage to standing crop following erratic weather, rainfall and hailstorms in March and April, Haryana's wheat procurement is higher than last year, an official said here on Saturday.
By Max Martin : The unseasonal rain and erratic weather -- which are unsettling the Indian farmer and the nation's agriculture, economy and politics -- are no aberrations, according to global studies. Extreme rainfall in central India, the core of the monsoon system, are increasing and moderate rainfall is decreasing, as part of complex changes in local and world weather.