India Agriculture News

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

Wheat procurement crosses 350 lakh tonne
New Delhi, June 4 : Wheat procurement in Ravi Marketing Season, 2012-13 has crossed the mark of 350 lakh tonne. Read Full Story

Bihar tops in pulses cultivation
New Delhi, June 2 : According to reports received from the states, pulses have been sown in 15.11 lakh hectares in the current sowing season so far. Read Full Story

Wheat, rice stock over 544 lakh tonnes
New Delhi, May 28: Foodgrains stock in India with the government procurement agencies as on March 1 was 544.33.lakh tonnes comprising 331.78 lakh tonnes of rice and 212.55 tonnes of wheat, an official statement said on Monday. Read Full Story

Agriculture credit increased to Rs. 5,75,000 cr
New Delhi, Mar 16 : Union Finance Minister PranabMukherjee has proposed to raise the target for agricultural credit in 2012-13 to Rs. 5,75,000 crore. Read Full Story

Rice procurement crosses 270 lakh tonne
New Delhi, Mar 12 : Rice procurement in the Kharif marketing season 2011-12 (October-September) has crossed the mark of 270 lakh tonne. Read Full Story

Wheat production set to be second highest on record this year: UN
New York, Mar 9 : Global production of wheat this year will be the second highest on record at 690 million tons, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organizations (FAO) announced on Thursday. Read Full Story

Rice procurement crosses 258 lakh tonne
New Delhi, Feb 29 : Rice procurement in the Kharif marketing season 2011-12 (October-September) has crossed the mark of 258 lakh tonne. Read Full Story

PM's address at Golden Jubilee of Indian Agricultural Research Institute
New Delhi, Feb 20 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressed the Golden Jubilee of Indian Agricultural Research Institute in Delhi on Monday. Read Full Story

Horticulture export earned Rs.14,000 cr: Pawar
New Delhi, Feb 17 : Minister of Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Sharad Pawar on Friday complimented farmers and all those associated with the development of horticulture in the country for achieving an all time record production of over 240 million tonne of horticulture produce. Read Full Story

Food secretaries to review wheat procurement
New Delhi, Feb 16: Food Secretaries from wheat procuring states will meet in Delhi on Feburaru 21 to discuss the arrangements for procurement of wheat for Rabi Marketing Season (RMS) 2012-13. Read Full Story

PM's speech at Workshop on Agriculture
New Delhi, Feb 15 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressed the workshop on "Policy initiatives for promoting partnership between stakeholders in agriculture with particular reference to rainfed/dryland farming" at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday. Read Full Story

Rice procurement crosses 236 lakh tonne
New Delhi, Feb 14 : Rice procurement in the Kharif marketing season 2011-12 (October-September) has crossed the mark of 236 lakh tonne. Read Full Story

India committed to control FMD of cattle: Rawat
New Delhi, Feb 13: India is committed to control the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) to increase the productivity of livestock sector, said Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Harish Rawat here on Monday. Read Full Story

Rs 300 crores released for east India agriculture
New Delhi, Jan 30 : The Government of India said it has released Rs 332.87 crore to seven states for extending green revolution to east India in the current financial year (2011-12) on Monday. Read Full Story

Wheat sown in 294.07 lakh hectares
New Delhi, Jan 20 : According to the latest information, wheat has been shown in 294.07 lakh hectare against 290.98 lakh hectare last year on this date. Read Full Story

Pepsico initiative boosts Bengal potato growers
Kolkata, Jan 20 : While reports of farmers' suicides in West Bengal rattle the new government, there is a silver lining in the commitment of a giant multinational to procure more potatoes from its growers in the state. Read Full Story

Rice procurement crosses 196 lakh tonne
New Delhi, Jan 19 : Rice procurement in the Kharif Marketing Season 2011-12 (October-September) has crossed the mark of more than 196 lakh tonne. Read Full Story

Fertilizer production increases in India
New Delhi, Jan 5 : In November, 2011 production of Urea had been more than the target by 0.26 lakh MT, the government said on Thursday. Read Full Story


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