• Govt vows to make farmers economically stable by 2022

    New Delhi: Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh has said that the various development and welfare schemes launched by the Government in the last three years have helped farmers reap a record production of food grains during 2016-17. Inaugurating the four-day Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Centenary Krishi Unnati

  • Govt move to monetise farmers’ produce stocked in warehouses

    New Delhi: In a way to reduce farmers’ dependency on moneylenders, the government has decided to monetise their agricultural produce stocked in government-managed warehouses. As per the new move, the government would issue an electronic receipt to farmers with the total value of the product stored in warehouses, which can

  • Government woos Saurashtra farmers

    AHMEDABAD: On Sunday, at a quickly convened meeting, the Gujarat government announced the procurement of groundnut at Rs 900 per 20 kg (or maund), to woo Saurashtra groundnut farmers in poll-bound Gujarat.Chief minister Vijay Rupani said the new procurement price will be beneficial for farmers as the government expects a robust kharif groundnut crop.


    Farmers in Garhwa district are a worried lot as their crops face threat due to insufficient rain this year. Due to deficient rainfall the paddy, maize and oil crops face a serious threat as the availability of water is grossly insufficient to meet the requirements. The deficient rainfall has taken

  • Kharif rice output may dip by 1.9 mn ton; pulses down 70000 ton

    India’s rice output is likely to fall by 1.9 million tonnes (MT) to 94.48 MT in kharif season this year on account of poor rain as well as floods, official sources said.The production of pulses and coarse cereals is estimated to have fallen, dragging the overall foodgrains output in kharif

  • Myth of a normal monsoon: Deficient rainfall has farmers staring at loss

    Ompal Singh Aanchal’s two-acre farm in Kurar Ibrahimpur village of Haryana’s Sonipat is a sight every farmer dreads — a partially-withered crop of sorghum, locally called jowar.“My jowar has dried up,” he says, cursing no one in particular.“This time we got good rain in the beginning but the last good

  • Indian agriculture lacks a vision. Why this is a bigger problem than floods and droughts

    It has often been suggested that whatever is said about India, the opposite may also be true. If there is one area where this paradox applies, it is in India’s monsoon behaviour, which directly impacts our agricultural growth story year after year. Thus, even as the India Meteorological Department (IMD)

  • Organic farming: Real challenge that India is facing is lack of policy

    The Indian government has been undertaking measures to promote organic farming with the aim to improve soil fertility and help to double the farmers’ incomes by the year 2022. The Prime Minister had visited Sikkim—which is India’s first organic state—and encouraged other states to replicate the “Sikkim model”. Some of

  • In charts: Farmers across India are sowing more cotton, less oilseeds and pulses

    As September comes around with the promise of the first harvests in a few weeks, data released by the Ministry of Agriculture on Friday indicate that the overall kharif season sowing acreage as of the end of August is 0.5% less than the previous year. This year, farmers across India