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Punjab, Haryana get widespread rain, farmers happy

Chandigarh, Dec 14 : Most parts of Punjab and Haryana have experience intermittent rainfall over the past over 24 hours but the minimum temperature showing a rise, Met officials said Sunday.


Technology-based information service to aid Bengal farmers

Kolkata, Nov 26 : The West Bengal government will extend 'Matir Katha', an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) based service providing expert advice to farmers, to the entire state by February, a government official said here Wednesday.


Indian scientists use nanoparticle-treated seeds to raise yields

By Sahana Ghosh, Kolkata, Nov 23 : In a dramatic breakthrough, Indian scientists have found that synthetically engineered nanoparticles comprising iron and sulfur and modelled on the natural ones that sustain life at the bottom of oceans can boost crop yields and be the future of sustainable and eco-friendly agriculture. Nanoparticles are thousands of times smaller than the width of a human hair.


A bumpy ride for Himachal's apples

By Vishal Gulati, Shimla, Nov 23 : A World Bank-funded multi-million road project in Himachal Pradesh, earlier awarded to a Chinese firm but which missed its deadline following which an Indian contractor was hired, is caught in a political slugfest.


Revived traditional irrigation brings joy to Assam farmers (Agriculture Feature)

Guwahati, Nov 22 : The gurgling water flowing fast through a traditional canal system that has been revived in water-scarce parts of Assam has brought cheer to farmers who now look forward to a bumper harvest.


Punjab, Haryana procure over 150 lakh tonnes paddy

Chandigarh, Nov 12 : Food grain states Punjab and Haryana have procured over 150 lakh tonnes of paddy this season, food and supplies officials in both states said Wednesday.


Punjab procures over 111 lakh tonnes paddy

Chandigarh, Nov 11 : Over 111 lakh tonnes of paddy has been procured in Punjab this season, food and supplies department officials said Tuesday.


CJI cautions govt.to make minimum corporate use of agriculture land

Ahmedabad, Nov.9 : Supreme Court Chief Justice H.L.Dattu has cautioned the government to make minimum corporate use of agriculture land.


Kerala tea industry in crisis

Munnar (Kerala), Nov 6 : The tea industry in Kerala is in crisis due to falling prices, increase in wages and high cost of fertilisers, said B.P. Kariappa, chairman of the Kanan Devan Planters' Association.


Commercial Bt-Brinjal seeds 'infiltrating' Bengal from Bangladesh

Mohanpur (West Bengal), Nov 5 : The West Bengal government Wednesday claimed it has received information regarding "infiltration" of commercial seeds of Bt-Brinjal, a genetically modified (GM) food crop, from Bangladesh.


India's aromatic rice to go global

Mohanpur (West Bengal), Nov 5 : West Bengal's indigenous aromatic rice varieties are all set to tickle taste buds globally with outlets being planned in major cities of the world.


Punjab procures nearly 97 lakh tonnes of paddy

Chandigarh, Nov 4 : Nearly 97 lakh tonnes of paddy has been procured this year in Punjab, food and supplies department officials said Tuesday.


Combining gene variants to help double tomato production

New York, Nov 3 : Farmers can double their tomato yield by combining gene variants from a new set of genes, discovered by scientists at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) in the US.


'Rubber cultivation in northeast vital to meet demand'

Agartala, Oct 30 : The Rubber Board has decided to expand cultivation of rubber in non-traditional areas of northeastern region to meet the increasing demand, an official said Thursday.


25 million boxes of apples sold in Himachal

Shimla, Oct 24 : The apple season in Himachal Pradesh -- the fruit bowl of the country -- is almost over, with over 25 million boxes sold out, an official said Friday.


Himachal's cold desert seed potatoes tingle palates

By Vishal Gulati, Manali, Oct 22 : Virus-free potatoes grown only in Himachal Pradesh's cold desert, which mainly find a market for plantation, are much sought after these days owing to the shortage of table potatoes in the country, trade representatives said.


Mushroom farming to be promoted in urban areas: NHB

New Delhi, Oct 21 : To promote mushroom farming in urban and peri-urban residential areas, the National Horticulture Board (NHB) Tuesday said it is working out on a feasibility study to permit mushroom crops on roof tops.


RBI governor promises KCR to look into fresh farm loans

Hyderabad, Oct 15 : Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan Wednesday assured the Telangana government that he will soon sort out the issue relating to banks not pushing fresh farm loans to farmers.


Asia's biggest paddy procurement begins in Punjab, Haryana

Chandigarh, Oct 1 : The biggest ever paddy procurement exercise in Asia began across Punjab and Haryana Wednesday, food and supplies officials of both states said.


Punjab to begin paddy procurement Oct 1, eyes 140 lakh tonnes

Chandigarh, Sep 28 : Paddy procurement in Punjab will begin Wednesday (Oct 1) with the state eyeing a target of 140 lakh tonnes this season.


Crops worth Rs.3,675 crore damaged in Kashmir floods

Srinagar, Sep 24 : Crops worth Rs.3,675 crore have been damaged by floods in the Kashmir valley, officials said here Wednesday.


Modern farming techniques changing lives in Ladakh (Agriculture Feature)

By Anjali Ojha, Leh, Sep 21 : For Tsetan Punchok, a 50-something farmer from the distant village of Partapur in Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir, life was difficult in the 3,000-metre highlands where summer lasts barely four months and for long, he could only grow potatoes and turnips.


Namibian envoy calls on Agriculture Minister

New Delhi, Sept.18 : Namibian High Commissioner to India, Pius Dunaiski, called on Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh here.


Factory Farming: Threat to human health, animals, environment

By Rupesh Dutta, Jaipur, Sep 16 : Persuaded by the increase and success of factory farms in Brazil during his two-year stay there as a taxi driver, 35-year-old Ajaz Katiyar returned to Jaipur and set up four farms - two for poultry and one each for cows and pig.


How corn plants defend against pathogen attack

Washington, Sep 14 : Researchers from the North Carolina State University have identified crucial genes and cellular processes that appear to control the so-called hyper-sensitive defence response (HR) in corn.


Climate change to increase pests in coffee crops: Expert

Bogota, Sep 13 : Pests and diseases such as coffee berry borer, coffee rust and leaf spot disease could make a strong comeback due to drastic climate change, a scientist has warned.


Heavy rains, pest brew trouble for coffee planters

By Fakir Balaji, Coonoor (Tamil Nadu), Sep 10 : Prolonged dry days, followed by heavy rains and pest attack during a belated monsoon are brewing production crisis for coffee planters in Karnataka, which accounts for 69 percent of the country's bean production.


Plantation schemes await cabinet nod for implementation

By Fakir Balaji, Coonoor (Tamil Nadu), Sep 9 : Development schemes for the plantation sector are waiting for cabinet approval for implementation by the commodity boards and other stakeholders, a top official said here Tuesday.


'Need to change laws to benefit plantation sector'

By Fakir Balaji, Coonoor (Tamil Nadu), Sep 9 : There is an urgent need to amend laws pertaining to the commodities' plantation sector, which plays a vital role in the country's economy, a top official of its representative body said Tuesday.


Rubber planters want anti-dumping duty on imports

By Fakir Balaji, Coonoor (Tamil Nadu), Sep 8 : Natural rubber planters, especially small growers from Kerala, have petitioned the union government to impose anti-dumping duty or increase import tariff to protect them from falling prices in the domestic market.


Erratic weather impacts tea production in India

By Fakir Balaji, Coonoor (Tamil Nadu), Sep 8 : Erratic weather, scanty rains and high temperatures this summer have impacted tea production in India, as evident from 18 million kg (average) lower yield during the first six months of 2014.


Agrochem industry body to sue Greenpeace on toxic tea report

New Delhi, Sep 4 : The agrochemicals industry association Crop Care Federation of India (CCFI), Thursday said it has decided to file a defamation suit seeking Rs.50 crore (USD 8 million) in damages from Greenpeace India for claiming that leading brands of tea sold in the country contain pesticides.


Solar micro irrigation system for farmers unveiled

Bangalore, Sep 4 : Jain Irrigation Limited Wednesday unveiled its integrated solar powered micro irrigation system for small farmers at the World Water Week 2014 being held in Stockholm, Sweden.


Poultry industry misleading people: CSE

New Delhi, Aug 28 : The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) Thursday rubbished claims made by the poultry industry that antibiotic residues found in Indian chicken were lower than the EU standard and accused it of "misleading" the people.


Israeli expert helps in increasing pomegranate production

New Delhi, Aug 28 : To help Indian farmers in achieving healthy yield in pomegranate production, Israeli experts visited India to update scientists and farmers on the new technologies available to increase the production of fruit, an official with the embassy said Thursday.


Budget 2014-15 first not to sideline agriculture: Minister

New Delhi Aug 27 : The union budget presented last month is the first since India's independence that has accorded agriculture its rightful place in the country's economic scheme of things, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said Wednesday.


HPMC to procure 89,496 tonnes of apples

Shimla, Aug 24 : The state-run Himachal Pradesh Horticultural Produce Marketing and Processing Corporation (HPMC), which is mainly into marketing apple juice concentrate, will procure 89,496 tonnes of apples this year, an official said here Sunday.


Now, a nutrition expert for plants (Agriculture Feature)

By Vishal Gulati, Shimla, Aug 21 : Move over nutritionists for men and women. Here comes a nutrition expert for fruit-bearing plants who helps growers in Himachal Pradesh reap bumper high quality harvests.


Genetically edited fruits a reality soon

London, Aug 14 : Soon eat apples that do not get brown when cut or have super bananas that produce more vitamin A. With genetic engineering, 'smart' fruits are coming at a grocery store near you.


Indian agrochemical products improve agriculture activity in Nepal

New Delhi, Aug 7 : City based Krishi Rasayan Exports has been exporting agrochemicals to Nepal consistently for fructifying development in agriculture.


Adani to procure 30,000 tonnes of Himachal apple

Shimla, Aug 5 : Adani Agrifresh plans to procure 30,000 tonnes of apples in Himachal Pradesh this year, an official of the agro-commodities trading house said Tuesday.


India should follow Gujarat model in farming: Economist

New Delhi, Aug 4 : India should follow the Gujarat model on agriculture to achieve food security, says noted farm sector economist Ashok Gulati, adding this state alone has managed to log three times the nation's growth in this crucial sector.


Scientists oppose experiments on GM crops

New Delhi, Aug 1 : A group of scientists Friday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi protesting the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee's decision to carry on experiments on GM crops as these adversely impact the environment.


Congress demands special package for drought-hit farmers

New Delhi, July 31 : The Congress Thursday sought a special package for farmers affected by floods and drought in the country.


Luscious, crunchy, Himachal apples tastier but costlier

By Vishal Gulati, Shimla, July 30 : Big, crunchy and luscious apples from Himachal Pradesh are tastier this time, but they are going to pinch your wallet more.


India needs to increase farm output, says Modi

New Delhi, July 29 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said India needs to increase its per hectare productivity of crops to meet the growing demand.


Temperature rise affecting India's wheat production: Study

London, July 23 : The recent rise in temperatures is taking a toll on India's wheat production, an alarming study by geographers at the University of Southampton in Britain said.


World's hottest chilli becomes a profitable business for farmers in Manipur

Imphal, July 18 : It is widely known as 'Bhut jolokia' in Assam, 'Raja mirchi' in Nagaland and 'U-morok' in Manipur - the world's hottest chilli grown in different parts of the northeast has become a hot business for the locals in Manipur.


Health benefits of organic farming revealed

Washington, July 12 : A new study has recently documented the advantages of organic food and crops over their conventional counterparts.


How spider toxin can protect crops from insects

New York, July 11 : In a discovery that offers new ways to protect crops from insects, researchers have found that insecticides can be designed to target specific pests without harming beneficial species like bees.


Organic farming, connectivity among budget steps for northeast

New Delhi/Agartala/Guwahati, July 10 : Organic farming, agricultural research, surface connectivity, sports and entertainment are set to get a boost in northeast India with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's first budget allocating funds for these purposes.


Price Stabilisation Fund for farmers

New Delhi, July 10 : The government will set up a Price Stabilisation Fund of Rs.500 crore to help farmers, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced Thursday while presenting the 2014-15 budget.


Kisan TV to provide real time information on agriculture

New Delhi, July 10 : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Thursday said that a kisan (farmer) TV would be launched in 2014 to provide real time information on various issues related to farming and agriculture.


Agriculture minister calls for rapid development of dairy sector

New Delhi, July 3 : Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Thursday has called for the rapid development of the dairy sector to meet the future demand of the country.


El Nino could hit Indian agriculture this monsoon

By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar, Panaji, July 2 : Factors as innocuous as the humble grain-carrying sack to the mighty El Nino could have a varying impact on grain production and delivery this year, experts suggest.


Agriculture ministry prepares plan to tackle possible drought in Western India

New Delhi, July 1 : Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Tuesday said that his ministry is planning to submit a proposal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the predicted drought situation in western India.


Now, instant payment to Punjab sugarcane growers too

Chandigarh, June 29 : The Punjab government Sunday announced that sugarcane growers in the state will get instant payment for their produce on the lines of wheat and paddy growing farmers.


Bengal launches seed mission

Kolkata, June 27 : The West Bengal government has launched a "State Seed Mission" to cater to 65 per cent of the state's seed demand in the next five years.


Agriculture minister to ICRISAT: Need to take research to farmers doorsteps

New Delhi, June 25 : Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh has exhorted the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid-Tropics (ICRISAT) to take research and technology to the doorstep of farmers.


Govt. to develop new aquaculture growth policy

Hyderabad, June 23 : The government is planning to develop a policy for aquaculture growth in the country.


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