• IPGA seeks inclusion of pulses in PDS to help farmers

    New Delhi, Oct 20 () Pulses industry body IPGA has demanded that the government should supply pulses through ration shops to provide better price realisation to farmers and ensure the country’s nutritional security. India Pulses and Grains Association (IPGA) has written a letter to Consumer Affairs Ministry seeking inclusion of pulses in the Public Distribution System (PDS) as this would have a beneficial impact on India’s farm sector and economy. Under the National Food Security Law, the Centre provides 5 kg of highly subsidised wheat and rice per month at Rs 2-3 per kg to over 80 crore people, costing exchequer about Rs 1.4 lakh crore annually.Read more  


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  • Women can propel India to second green revolution: Agriculture Minister

    Women can propel India towards second green revolution provided they get opportunities and adequate facilities, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said today. He said that the government through its various policies is providing opportunities to women such as organic farming, self-employment scheme and Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana. Women play an important role in the agri sector through labour supervision and participation in post-harvest operations, Singh said at the Rashtriya Mahila Kisan Diwas celebrations here.READ MORE


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  • Venkaiah Naidu pitches for more investment in agriculture

    New Delhi: Vice-president M. Venkaiah Naidu has pitched for more governmental investment in agriculture, as he bemoaned that “not enough” was being done by the Parliament, politicians and the press to address the issues related to farmers. India is still an agriculture-dominated country but even after 70 years of Independence, about 18,000 villages do not have electricity, he said while addressing a huge gathering of farmers from Outer Delhi villages in the gardens of his sprawling residence here on Saturday evening. “It is true people are drifting away from agriculture as it is not proving profitable, weather due to vagaries of the nature, i.e., sometimes less rain, sometimes excess rain. And, so the biggest challenge today is how can farming be made profitable,” Mr Naidu said.Read more


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  • Will bumper yield of pulses derail India’s deal with Mozambique?

    New Delhi: A bumper crop should ordinarily mean good news but a record harvest of pulses in India last year has led to a problem of plenty. So much so that India seems unable to keep a commitment it made to Mozambique last year to import pigeon peas—a popular pulse variety locally known as arhar—prompting a visit by Mozambican officials to New Delhi to seek clarity on the matter. The MoU or pact signed with Mozambique to buy arhar grown there was seen as the centrepiece of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the East African country in last July. It followed consecutive years of drought in India with production dipping to 16 million tonnes in 2015-16, the lowest in six years.Read more


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  • Select pulses remain weak on muted demand

    New Delhi, Oct 12 () Select pulses led by gram drifted further down by up to Rs 200 per quintal at the wholesale pulses market today on sluggish demand. Traders said easing demand from retailers against adequate stocks position on increased supplies from growing regions mainly kept pressure on gram and other pulses prices. In the national capital, gram, gramdal local and best quality were down by Rs 200 each to Rs 5,250-5,550, Rs 5,800- 6,200 and Rs 6,200-6,300 per quintal respectively. Kabuli gram small variety shed Rs 100 to Rs 9,200-10,400 per quintal. Arhar and its dal dara also declined by Rs 50 and Rs 100 to Rs 3,750 and Rs 5,700-7,600 per quintal respectively.Read more


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  • The case for a rural stimulus

    The fact that the economy is on a downward slide is no longer a matter of debate. It is neither a technical issue nor is it a transient blip which will go away on its own. However, matters are complicated as far as the reasons for the slide are concerned. The real debate is whether it is due to the structural issues leading to a supply shock or it is due to demand deflation in the economy. Any effort at recovery will depend on the correct diagnosis of the problem. Although demonetisation and unpreparedness of the government for the goods and service tax (GST) roll-out contributed to the deceleration in growth rates, the symptoms have been evident for much longer.Read More


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  • Purchase of pulses begins across 101 centres in Rajasthan

    Purchase of moong, urad and soybean has started in 101 purchase centres in the state and efforts are being made to seek the government’s permission for purchasing groundnuts, cooperative minister Ajay Singh Kilak said. Till now, 52,000 farmers have registered themselves online of which 20,000 farmers have been allotted the date and quantity of produce for selling. The value of the produce has been transferred online in the account of 27 farmers on an experimental basis and the officers have been directed to transfer the amount soon in the account of the farmers.Read More


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  • Farmers sell pulses at a loss as wholesale prices dip below MSP

     Wholesale prices of just harvested kharif pulses have dropped below the government’s minimum support prices (MSP) despite a lower crop output, forcing farmers to sell their produce at a loss in states such as Rajasthan. For instance, price data from wholesale markets available on the Agmarket website showed that on Monday, farmers in Ajmer sold moong (green gram) at an average price of Rs4,050 per quintal, 27% lower than the government announced minimum support price (MSP) of Rs5,575 per quintal. Further, wholesale prices of moong are also 29% lower than the costs of production (including imputed rent and interest costs on owned land and capital) at Rs5,700 per quintal calculated by the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) under the agriculture ministry.Read more


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  • Festive season cheer for common man; Pulses give pleasant surprise, prices fail to rise this year

    With the prices of soybean and pulses ruling below minimum support prices (MSP), procurement of these commodities at MSP under the Centre’s price support scheme ( PSS) will begin from October 16 in Maharashtra by NAFED.Read More


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  • Gram, arhar fall on sluggish demand

    Prices of gram and arhar drifted lower by up to Rs 100 per quintal at the wholesale pulses market today on subdued demand from retailers. However, masoor and its dal edged up on scattered enquiries. Traders said muted demand from retailers against adequate stocks position mainly led to decline in gram and arhar prices. In the national capital, gram, gramdal local and best quality were down by Rs 100 each to Rs 5,700-6,150, Rs 6,500- 6,900 and Rs 6,900-7,000 per quintal respectively. Kabuli gram small variety also traded lower by a similar margin to Rs 9,500-10,700 per quintal.Read more  


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