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.
By Jaideep Sarin, Moga (Punjab), April 24 : Devinder Singh, a farmer, stands proudly at the entrance of a milk collection centre at Kaonke Kalan village near this dusty Punjab town as officials of the global food, nutrition and wellness giant Nestle arrive to inspect it.
By M. Rajaque Rahman : The diktat to make it mandatory for domestic fertiliser producers to 'neem-coat' at least 75 percent of their urea production would qualify as one of the most holistic decisions ever taken by any Indian government.
Chandigarh, April 23 : Haryana and Punjab have procured nearly 40 lakh tonnes of wheat this season, food and supplies department officials said here on Thursday.
By Saumya Tewari : The land available for farming in India, already under decline, is feared to drop further with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government trying to push through a controversial bill that is being criticised in the present format by a host of opposition parties, led by the Congress.
By Mohit Dubey, Lucknow, April 19 : 'Aam' or the mango - the summer delight for millions across India - might finally be a 'VIP' this season. This, as unseasonal rains have wreaked havoc on the harvest and production is likely to dip by over 30 percent. While heavy and gutsy winds have brought down most of the 'baur' (mango flower), much of the remaining has been hit by fungal attack due to moisture.
New Delhi, Apr 14 : Untimely rains and hailstorms in March, 2015 have widely damaged wheat crop in Haryana also.
Chandigarh, April 9 : Procurement of wheat in Punjab and Haryana will commence officially on Friday (April 10) even though the arrival of wheat grains in bulk quantity could take place only after one week.
Chandigarh, April 7 : Harvesting of wheat was affected in several parts of Haryana and Punjab on Tuesday after both states experienced more rain since morning.
New Delhi, Apr 7 : The Centre has asked Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh Governments to test samples of wheat jointly with FCI immediately on its arrival so that appropriate relaxation in quality norms can be considered for the procurement.
Mathura, April 6 : Hundreds of farmers have been protesting here in Uttar Pradesh against nature's fury that has destroyed their crops, causing them financial ruin.
Washington, Mar 20 : A new study has estimated the annual average consumption of antimicrobial compounds used to raise food animals in 228 countries worldwide.
New Delhi, March 19 : The government has set up special teams to assess the agricultural loss suffered by states due to unseasonal rain and hail, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday.
Farrukhabad/ Jalpaiguri, March 17 : Farmers cultivating potatoes in India have a harrowing time with unseasonal rains playing havoc on standing crops.
New Delhi, Mar.17 : Have you ever thought of growing apples in Kerala, Karnataka or Andhra Pradesh?
By Aparajita Gupta, New Delhi, March 15 : Move over Krishi Darshan! Nearly 50 years after one of the longest-running programmes on public broadcaster Doordarshan, the government will start beaming a 24/7 dedicated channel for farmers from April 14 that coincides with Baisakhi or the harvest festival.
ArrayGurgaon, March 13 : The Haryana government on Friday launched brand 'Haryana Fresh' to help farmers of the state to sell their farm produce directly.