India Agriculture News

Subsidy to Farmers to make Agriculture Sector Modern and Commercially Viable
Nov 22: The Government is implementing various schemes like Mass Media Support to Agriculture, Kisan Call Centres, etc. for providing information on various schemes/programmes, including provision of subsidies for the development of the agricultural sector. Read Full Story

Substantial Increase in Production of Pulses and Oilseeds
Delhi, 22 Nov: Substantial Increase in Production of Pulses and Oilseeds
Production of pulses has increased from 14.57 million tonne to 18.09 million tonne during 2008-09 to 2010-11. Read Full Story

1761 lakh farmers covered under NAIS: Govt
New Delhi, Oct 28: As per the latest government data available, 1761 lakh farmers have been covered under National Agriculture Insurance Scheme (NAIS) from Rabi 1999-2000 to Rabi 2010-11. Read Full Story

Govt to enhance food grain production
New Delhi, Sept 17 : The two-day National Conference on Agriculture for Rabi Campaign 2011 concluded with a resolve to more production of food grains in the next Rabi season to achieve food grain production target of 245 million tonnes. Read Full Story

"More investments needed for agro productivity "
New Delhi, Sept 14 : Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution K.V. Thomas on Wednesday called for capital investment in agriculture by public and private participations to increase agricultural productivity. Read Full Story

Goa ups agri budget to boost farming
Panaji, June 16 : The agriculture sector which Goa government is intensely advertising to encourage youth into this industry has increased the budget four fold this fiscal year. Read Full Story

"India can easily meet world's protein demand "
New Delhi, June 7 : With the largest livestock population in the world, India can meet the world protein demand very easily. This will improve upon the economic levels of animal breeders,meat workers, processors and exporters, said Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Harish Rawat. Read Full Story

Farmers' unrest reaches Agra, toll at four
Greater Noida, May 8 : The farmers' unrest against land acquisition spread to Agra in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday even as Greater Noida remained tensed and the death toll in the violence on Saturday rose to four. Read Full Story

India records highest ever foodgrain production
New Delhi, Apr 6 : As per the latest estimates, India has produced 235.88 million tonnes offoodgrains during 2010-11 compared to 218.11 million tonnes in the previous year. This is highest ever foodgrains production, surpassing the earlier record of 234.47 million tonnes achieved in 2008-09. Read Full Story

Highest Ever Foodgrain Production: Estimated at 235.88 Mt 3rd Advance Estimates of Crop Production for 2010-11 Released+
Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Minister, Shri Sharad Pawar today released the third advance estimates of crop production for 2010-11. Read Full Story

Paddy Procurement Crosses 284 lakh MTs
Paddy procurement during the current kharif marketing season has reached to 2,84,14,980 MTs as on April 5, 2011. In terms of rice it is 2,52,42,049 MTs. Read Full Story

UN urges greater investment in agriculture for food security
New York, Mar 16 : The head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Tuesday called for greater investment in farming to boost food production, citing the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) investment in date palm cultivation, which has made the country the world's seventh largest producer of dates. Read Full Story

Quality seeds produced by small enterprise to help farmers: UN
New York, Mar 2 : The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday that small seed enterprises are the best way of ensuring the availability and quality of non-hybrid seeds for food and animal feed crops in developing countries. Read Full Story

Bengal to get more agro-storages
Kolkata, Feb 25 : West Bengal Minister-in-charge of Agriculture Marketing and Disaster Management Mortaza Hossain said that more multipurpose food storage units will be opened in the state this year to bring the total number to 100. Read Full Story

Economic Survey calls for second Green Revolution
New Delhi, Feb 25 : Recalling the pioneer work by agriculture scientists and farmers to achieve a breakthrough in the agriculture sector in the 1960s, the Survey observes that the country has not witnessed any big technological breakthrough in agriculture since then. Read Full Story

Agriculture to grow at 5.4pc
New Delhi, Feb 25 : With a relative good monsoon and the agriculture sector is expected to grow at 5.4pc as per the 2010-11 advance estimates (AE), according to the Economic Survey presented in the Lok Sabha on Friday by Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. Read Full Story

FAO creates global warming-mitigation info tool
New York, Feb 16 : The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has initiated a programme to improve global information on greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and accurately assess farming's potential to mitigate global warming. Read Full Story

Cattle plague to be declared officially eradicated by June: UN
New York, Jan 25 : A deadly cattle plague that has brought famine, agricultural havoc and economic ruin to herders for millennia, will officially be declared eradicated in June, a first ever in the battle against animal diseases and a highlight of World Veterinary Year, a senior United Nations official said on Monday. Read Full Story

Dow AgroSciences identifies new lead molecule
New Delhi, Jan 12 : Dow AgroSciences LLC, a top-tier agricultural company, announced on Wednesday that the company has identified a new lead molecule for advancement in its alliance with GVK Biosciences (GVK BIO), Asia's leading Contract Research Organization. Read Full Story

Experts advocate Ayurveda at botanical convention
Kolkata, Dec 26 : Global experts from the world of mainstream and alternative medicine on Sunday said the rich repository of Indian knowledge of herbs and plants with medicinal values should be optimized for cost effective treatments and the country should shun its lethargy on patenting its Ayurvedic resources. Read Full Story

Need more private players in agro: Pawar
New Delhi, Dec 3 : Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar on Friday called for higher investment by the private players in agriculture sector. Read Full Story

Onion export prices raised to boost domestic supply
New Delhi, Nov 15 : To control the spiralling onion prices the agriculture ministry on Monday announced a USD 150-per-ton-increase in the export prices to augment domestic supply. Read Full Story

Govt disburses Rs. 89,000 cr agro credit
New Delhi, Nov 8 : Agriculture credit of Rs. 89, 687 crore has been disbursed to farmers across the country till June 2010 in 2010-11 as against credit flow target of Rs.375,000 crore. Read Full Story

Adopt innovative approach: Ahluwalia to agro varsities
New Delhi, Oct 4 : Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia has asked Agricultural Universities to adopt innovative approach to strengthen agricultural research and education in India. Read Full Story

India, Argentina to develop technical cooperation in agriculture
New Delhi, Aug 2 : India and Argentina on Monday agreed to develop technical and professional cooperation in the agricultural sector and foster the trade of plants and animal products between the two countries. Read Full Story

SB Ganguly joins Magma Fincorp
Kolkata, July 30 : Magma Fincorp Limited, India's leading retail finance company, has announced the joining in their Board as Non Executive Director of SB Ganguly, Chairman Emeritus, Exide Industries Limited. Read Full Story

Foodgrain production in stands at 218.2 mn
New Delhi, July 19 : As per the fourth advance estimates of crop productions released today, total foodgrain production in 2009-10 is likely to be 218.2 million tonne, slightly up from the third advance estimates issued in May. Read Full Story

Rice sowing touches 125 lakh hectare
New Delhi, July 17 : Rice sowing has touched 125 lakh hectre and pulses acreage has gone up by 6.8 lakh hectare, according to government data. Read Full Story

Organic farming significant for food trade: Pawar
New Delhi: July 7 : With a combined effect of farmers' efforts, NGO's work, government interventions and market forces, Indian organic agriculture has reached a stage where it can play a significant role not only in the growing domestic market but also in global organic food trade, said Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Wednesday. Read Full Story

Nkufo: Spain still the favourites
Johannesburg, June 21 : Blaise Nkufo and his Swiss team-mates rocked the 2010 FIFA World Cup to its foundations with their stunning 1-0 win over European champions Spain. The Congolese-born Nkufo talked to FIFA about his return from international exile at 35, Ottmar Hitzfeld's influence as head coach, and the significance of the first FIFA World Cup in Africa. Read Full Story

'Organic farming gives Indian farmers greater financial security''
Hyderabad, June 15 : A Greenpeace report released on Tuesday said the monetary benefits of organic cotton farming are much greater than using the Genetically Engineered variety that makes farmers more vulnerable to financial collapse due to high debts and increased costs of cultivation. Read Full Story

Assam farmers growing 'ghost' chilli
Nagaon, May 26 : Farmers in Assam have found a new crop to spice up their lifestyles. More than 2000 farmers of the northeastern Indian state have started cultivating 'Bhut Jolokia', also known as ghost chilli/ghost pepper, which have been declared as the world's hottest chilli in 2007 by Guinness Book of World Records. Read Full Story

UN calls for agro-investment in developing nations
New York, Apr 27 : Responsible investment in agriculture in developing countries can help them tap the enormous potential in farming in the wake of the recent food crisis, the head of the United Nations trade and development said on Monday, calling for both national and international efforts to ensure domestic economies benefit. Read Full Story

No ban on GM crops: Ramesh
New Delhi, April 21 : There is no ban on genetically modified (GM) agricultural products in the country, said Minister of State for Environment and Forests (independent charge) Jairam Ramesh in a written reply in Lok Sabha on Wednesday. Read Full Story

India can detect Bt DNA of Bt Brinjal: Ramesh
New Delhi, April 21: Several public and private institutions in India have facilities, systems and expertise to detect the Bt technology in brinjal, said Minister of State for Environment and Forests (independent charge) Jairam Ramesh in a written reply in Lok Sabha on Wednesday. Read Full Story

Mega food parks in PPP mode to boost storage
New Delhi, April 16: The Central government is considering for Public Private Partnership (PPP) to reduce the wastage of fruits and vegetables in the country and under the scheme of Infrastructure Development, the Food Processing Ministry is implementing an ambitious scheme for development of Mega Food Parks and Integrated Cold Chain Facilities for the food processing industries. Read Full Story

Centre encourageing food processing units
New Delhi, April 16: The Central Government is providing financial assistance for conducting Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) under Human Resource Development Scheme to various NGOs and different Government organisations with a view to train farmers and prospective entrepreneurs and unemployed youth so as to encourage them to establish food processing industries. Read Full Story

Govt exploring revival of closed fertilizer plants
New Delhi, Mar 5 : The feasibility of revival of the closed public sector fertilizer units of Hindustan Fertilizer Corporation Ltd (HFCL) and Fertilizer Corporation of India Ltd (FCIL), subject to assured availability of natural gas, to meet the emerging demand production gap of urea in the country is being explored. Read Full Story

Bt Brinjal decision not a setback: Pawar
New Delhi, Feb 17 : Minister of Agriculture, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Sharad Pawar has urged agricultural scientists to double their efforts to remove all misgivings regarding GM crops from the minds of policy makers and public. Read Full Story

India halts cultivation of Bt-Brinjal
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Siam Kubota forays into Indian power tiller market
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Bt-Brinjal: Ramesh faces farmers' protest in Hyderabad
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Rice procurement reaches 193.4 lakh tonne
New Delhi: Jan 29 : Government agencies have procured 193.43 lakh tonne of rice in the current marketing season. Read Full Story

Pawar denies saying milk prices would rise
New Delhi, Jan 21 : Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar on Thursday said he never said the price of milk would go up. Read Full Story

Pawar releases Drought Management Manual
New Delhi, Jan 4 : Sharad Pawar, Minister of Agriculture, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution released a Drought Management Manual here Monday. Read Full Story

Neelgais damaging crops in Gengetic region
New Delhi, Dec 16 : The increase in the population of Neelgai is causing severe damage to agricultural crops in the Gangetic region, a government release said Wednesday. Read Full Story

Myanmar to get agricultural boost
New York, Dec 16 : United Nations development officials held talks with Government ministers in Myanmar aimed at boosting the impoverished country's agricultural sector to help it reclaim its status as the rice bowl of Asia. Read Full Story

Seed subsidy increased for wheat
New Delhi, Dec 11 : Seed subsidy has been increased for wheat in the Rabi 2009-10 season, Union agriculture minister K.V. Thomas said at the Rajya Sabha on Friday. Read Full Story

'Involve farmers in solving water problems': PM
New Delhi, Dec 10 : Water-related issues need to be addressed with the full involvement of the local communities and take into account specific local conditions and concerns, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said here on Thursday. Read Full Story

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