India Agriculture News

PM Modi visits Organic Products' Exhibition
Gantok, Jan. 19 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Organic Products' Exhibition on Tuesday. Read Full Story

Rats can cause health threats to poultry, humans: Study
Washington D.C., Jan. 18 : A new study has revealed that rats can absorb disease agents from their local environment and spread them. Read Full Story

PM Modi to declare Sikkim as the first organic state
New Delhi, Jan. 18 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the valedictory session of the ongoing National Conference on Sustainable Agriculture and Farmers in Gangtok on Monday and he is expected to formally declare Sikkim as the first organic state of the nation. Read Full Story

Centre urges Manipur farmers to take up organic farming for a healthy society
Imphal, Jan. 15 : Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Mohanbhai Kundariya has urged farmers in Manipur to take up organic farming if they are keen on having a good and healthy society. Read Full Story

Indian agriculture needs to increase productivity by leveraging technology: Jaitley
New Delhi, Jan 4 : Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday said that the key challenges faced by the Indian agriculture are the need to increase productivity by leveraging technology-especially for high yielding and resistant variety seeds and efficient utilization of water, adapt latest IT to increase resilience to nature by phasing sowing, watering and harvesting and to increase the price benefits to the farmer by providing timely market information. Read Full Story

Farmers bear the brunt of harsh winters in western India
Aurangabad, Dec.30 : Harsh weather conditions ruined pomegranate harvest in Maharashtra, landing farmers in huge losses. Read Full Story

Manipur's potential in horticulture showcased at Orange Festival
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. Read Full Story

Sharad Joshi demise a big setback for the agriculture sector: Gadkari
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. Read Full Story

Jaitley says monsoon deficit won't affect food production
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. Read Full Story

Wheat procurement norms for Haryana relaxed
New Delhi, Apr 14 : Untimely rains and hailstorms in March, 2015 have widely damaged wheat crop in Haryana also. Read Full Story

Centre to relax quality norms for procurement of wheat
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. Read Full Story

India among top consumers of antimicrobials for livestock production
Washington, Mar 20 : A new study has estimated the annual average consumption of antimicrobial compounds used to raise food animals in 228 countries worldwide. Read Full Story

Potato farmers incur heavy losses due to untimely rains (with Video)
Farrukhabad/ Jalpaiguri, March 17 : Farmers cultivating potatoes in India have a harrowing time with unseasonal rains playing havoc on standing crops. Read Full Story

In a first, Himachal farmer develops new tropical climate apple
New Delhi, Mar.17 : Have you ever thought of growing apples in Kerala, Karnataka or Andhra Pradesh? Read Full Story

Agriculture minister urges students and scientists to adopt one village
New Delhi, Jan.16 : Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Thursday underlined the importance of fundamentals of agricultural growth for the development of country. Read Full Story

Australia-India agriculture opportunities in sight
New Delhi, Jan. 13 : Senator Richard Colbeck, Australia's Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture said on Tuesday that greater agriculture trade opportunities are in sight for the Australian producers in India. Read Full Story

Israel to open centres of excellence for farmers in India
Gandhinagar, Jan. 12 : Israel's Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir has announced that his country will open centres of excellence for farmers in India to encourage research in agriculture sector. Read Full Story

Israel to participate in Vibrant Gujarat 2015
New Delhi, Jan 6 : Israel's Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir will lead the Israeli delegation to the seventh edition of the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat Summit, a statement by Israel Embassy said. Read Full Story

Role of education paramount in growth of agriculture: Radha Mohan Singh
New Delhi, Jan.1 : Agricultural growth is not possible without education, said Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh. Read Full Story

Karnataka organic farming experts meet Agriculture Minister
New Delhi, June 16 : Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Monday held detailed discussions with a team of experts from Karnataka on organic farming, to understand the salient features of successful experiments in the state in organic farming. Read Full Story

Budget: Agro credit target at Rs 8 lakh cr
New Delhi, Feb 17 : Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Monday set a target of Rs 8 lakh crore of agriculture credit for the year 2014-15. Read Full Story

Sharad Pawar for livestock, dairy cooperatives in NE
Gangtok, Nov 29 : Union Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Minister Sharad Pawar on Friday strongly advocated supporting animal husbandry sector in the north eastern region of the country. Read Full Story

Off-seasonal vegetable production takes off in Himachal
New Delhi, Oct 30 : Vegetable cultivation is quickly gaining popularity among farmers in Himachal Pradesh, which has become a 'natural glass house' for production of off season vegetables in the region, the state government said. Read Full Story

Tea production likely to grow at 5pc
Kolkata, Oct 16 : Tea production in India in 2013 is expected to grow by around 5pc this year and likely to end above 1,180 million kgs due to adequate rains, according to Tea Board of India. Read Full Story

Kharif sowing nears 750 lakh hectare mark
New Delhi, July 26 : The government on Friday said sowing of kharif crops has picked up further in this week. Read Full Story

Foodgrain production estimated at 255.36 MT
New Delhi, July 22 : The government on Monday released the 4th advance estimates of foodgrain production for 2012-13. Read Full Story

Pranab calls on scientists to aid agriculture
New Delhi, July 16 : President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday called upon the country's researchers to find technological solutions to challenges being faced by Indian agriculture and aid millions of small and marginal farmers. Read Full Story

Develop agricultural practices: Scientist to youths
Guwahati, July 11: Padma Bhushan awardee scientist Asis Dutta has urged youths from the north-eastern (NE) region of India to work towards the development of agriculture and farm products to make their state attend development. Read Full Story

Rice sown in 2.4 lakh hectare so far
New Delhi, May 17 : As per data available from different States, rice has so far been planted in 2.4 lakh hectare. Read Full Story

Over 243 lakh tonne wheat procured
New Delhi, May 17 : During ongoing Rabi Marketing Season, the Government agencies have procured more than 243 lakh tonne wheat. Read Full Story

Over 234 lakh tonne wheat procured
New Delhi, May 10 : During ongoing Rabi Marketing Season, the government agencies have procured more than 234 lakh tonne wheat. Read Full Story

97pc Indians against GM crops: Greenpeace
New Delhi: Apr 8 : Greenpeace volunteers dressed as vegetables went to the Agriculture Ministry Monday and submitted the results of an online poll which they claimed is reflective of India's rejection of GM crops and demanded that Sharad Pawar, the minister concerned, should stop promoting GM crops "under the false argument that it is needed for food security." Read Full Story

Rabi crops area crosses 631 lakh hectares
New Delhi, Mar 1 : The Crop Weather Watch Group of Agriculture Ministry on Friday released the sowing figures for major rabi crops. Read Full Story

Budget: Rs. 27,049 cr outlay for Ministry of Agriculture
New Delhi, Feb 28 : Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday proposed an outlay of Rs. 27,049 crore for the Ministry of Agriculture in the Union Budget 2013-14. Read Full Story

Rabi crops area crosses 629 lakh hectares
New Delhi, Feb 22 : The Crop Weather Watch Group of Agriculture Ministry on Friday released the final sowing figures for major rabi crops. The rabi crops have been sown in 629 lakh hectare as compared to 627.5 lakh hectare last year and 619.9 lakh hectare sown on average in the last five years. While wheat has been sown in approximately the same area as last year, there has been improvement in area under coarse cereals, pulses and oilseeds. Read Full Story

Over 262 lakh tonne rice procured
New Delhi, Feb 21 : The government agencies have procured 2,62,62,355 lakh tonne rice till Thursday during ongoing Kharif Marketing Season (KMS). Read Full Story

Pawar calls for technology thrust in agriculture
New Delhi, Feb 18 : Union Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Minister Sharad Pawar on Monday called for greater technical thrust in agricultural sector. Read Full Story

Rabi sown area crosses 616 lakh hectare
New Delhi, Feb 8 : As per reports received from different States, sowing of rabi crops is progressing well in different parts of the country. Read Full Story

Foodgrains production likely to cross 250 MT
New Delhi, Feb 8 : India is likely to produce 250.14 million tonnes of foodgrains during 2012-13 (includes kharif 2012 and rabi crops in the field at present), said the government on Friday. Read Full Story

Utilize 25pc RKVY funds on livestock, fishery: Pawar
New Delhi, Feb 6 : Union Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Minister Sharad Pawar on Wednesday called upon States to allocate at least 25pc of resources available under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) for livestock and fisheries sector. States are allocating around 18pc of RKVY funds to this sector at present. Read Full Story

Governmemt may intervene to cool onion prices
New Delhi, Feb 1 : The government is mulling re-introducing a Minimum Export Price (MEP) to discourage exports of onion after the prices shot up 57 percent in just one month across the country, reports said. Read Full Story

Cabinet fixes sugarcane price for 2013-14
New Delhi, Jan 31 : The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the fair and remunerative price of sugarcane payable by sugar mills for 2013-14 sugar season to be fixed at Rs.210 per quintal. Read Full Story

Pawar stresses on farm mechanization
New Delhi, Jan 30 : Union Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Minister Sharad Pawar on Wednesday informed Members of Parliament (MPs) that in order to attain the projected demand of 280 million tonnes of food grains by the year 2020-21, farm power availability in the country has to be scaled up to at least 2.0 Kw/ha by the end of XIIth Plan. Read Full Story

"Agro sector needs more investments in research "
There is a need for more investments in research and technology along with greater usage of natural resources to get things going on the agriculture front in India, said Planning Commission member Abhijit Sen in New Delhi on Tuesday. Read Full Story

Over 177 lakh tonne rice procured
The government agencies have procured 177,18,657 lakh tonne rice during ongoing Kharif Marketing Season (KMS), 2012-13. Read Full Story

Egg production may cross 9,500 cr in next 3 yrs
Egg production in India is likely to surge from the current level of about 7,500 crore to about 9,500 crore by 2015, apex industry body ASSOCHAM said. Read Full Story

Small farmers share in farm loans grows to 45pc
The agriculture credit flow during the year 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 was Rs. 3,84,514 crore, Rs.4,68,291 crore and Rs. 5,11,029 crore respectively. Read Full Story

Farmers turning entrepreneurs: Sharad Pawar
Union Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Minister Sharad Pawar on Wednesday said food processing is growing more than agri and manufacturing sectors, turning farmers into entrepreneurs. Read Full Story

30pc funds for women farmers: Sharad Pawar
Union Minister of Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Sharad Pawar on Wednesday informed Members of Parliament (MPs) that 30pc of scheme funds are allocated for women farmers. Read Full Story

States advised to go for early sowing
The two-day 'National Conference on Agriculture For Rabi Campaign 2012' began here on Monday with the call to maximise Rabi production by making the best use of available soil moisture. Read Full Story

Need adequate water for farm productivity: Pawar
Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Wednesday said that one cannot hope to increase farm production and productivity if the challenge to provide adequate and timely water to farmers is not addressed. Read Full Story

No subsidy reduction for fertilizers: Govt
There is no proposal to reduce the subsidy on fertilizers, said Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers Srikant Kumar Jena on Friday. Read Full Story

Rs. 45 cr released for fodder development
The Centre has released Rs. 45 crore for enhancing availability of fodder to five States. Read Full Story

Focus on fodder production: Pawar
New Delhi, July 18 : Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has directed the Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Department to make modifications in various schemes to impart greater focus on fodder production. Read Full Story

Rice sown in 96.79 lakh hectare
New Delhi, July 13 : Rice sowing has picked up in India, revealed government figures on Friday. Read Full Story

Pawar worried over poor rains
New Delhi, July 11 : Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Wednesday voiced his concern over poor rainfall in Karnataka and central Maharashtra. Read Full Story

Monsoon to pick up in July-Aug: Pawar
New Delhi, July 3 : Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Tuesday said the delay in the south-west monsoon has affected sowing of some crops in some parts of the country. Read Full Story

Wheat procurement crosses 370 lakh tonne
New Delhi, June 22 : Wheat procurement during current, Ravi Marketing Season 2012-13, has crossed the mark of 370 lakh tonne. Read Full Story

Adequate seeds for Kharif season available
New Delhi, June 21 : For the present Kharif season 141.8 lakh quintals of quality seeds of major crops is available in the country, said a government statement on Thursday. Read Full Story

Sowing of Kharif oilseeds begins
New Delhi, June 8 : Preliminary reports received by the government from fields suggest that sowing of Kharif oilseeds has commenced. Read Full Story


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