• Farmer fair price, MRPs could be new way forward

    There is a need for new thinking in the management of prices of agricultural produce beyond the minimum support price and the tweaking of import/export prices/permits, which also is limited to some commodities and not entirely satisfactory in outcomes. Every manufacturer has the right to ask for a reasonable return.

  • Experts for tech pill to boost pulse production

    Bhubaneswar: Technological intervention to increase the production of pulses in a scientific manner is the need of the hour, felt scientists. More than 30 experts from various agriculture universities and research institutions under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and the central department of biotechnology, attended a meeting organised by the

  • Select pulses slide on low demand

    New Delhi, Oct 25 Weak conditions prevailed at the wholesale pulses market today as select pulses led by urad and gram drifted lower by up to Rs 300 per quintal owing to slackened demand against adequate stocks position. Traders said besides easing demand from retailers, ample stocks position on increased

  • Minimum Support Price is passe, but Narendra Modi government is unwilling to move on

    Given the distress in rural India, exacerbated by demonetisation, it is not surprising the government has announced a slightly bigger hike in the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for wheat, of 6.8% compared with a 6.6% increase in FY17. While it is the drop in prices of horticulture—now bigger than agriculture—that

  • Rabi MSP hike not enough to cover costs, say farmers

    BENGALURU, OCTOBER 24:   The Centre on Tuesday announced an increase in minimum support prices ranging from 6.4 per cent to 10.8 per cent for the forthcoming rabi season over the previous year. For wheat, the main rabi cereal crop, the MSP has been hiked by 6.8 per cent or ₹110

  • Area under agriculture crops up

    Data compiled for the just-ended kharif season show that the area coverage of agriculture crops has gone up significantly in the district, compared to the corresponding period last year, giving a strong reason for cheer among different stakeholders. The changes in fortune were attributed to heavy rain , which turned

  • BS Agri Round Table: GST, note ban helped trace agriculture income flow

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s target of doubling farmers’ income in six years is achievable, provided farm policies and practices are modified, according to senior government officials and agriculture experts. Speaking at the Business Standard Agriculture Round Table, 2017, Agriculture Secretary S K Pattanayak said on Tuesday that 55 per cent of farmland was dependent on the monsoon and that

  • Support prices of wheat, pulses up

    New Delhi: The government on Tuesday increased the minimum support price (MSP) for wheat by Rs 110 and for pulses by Rs 200 to encourage farmers to increase the production of these crops. The cabinet committee on economic affairs hiked the wheat MSP to Rs 1,735 per quintal (per 100 kg)

  • Govt hikes wheat MSP by Rs 110/qtl; pulses by up to Rs 400/qtl

    New Delhi, Oct 24 () The government today hiked the minimum support price (MSP) of wheat by Rs 110 to Rs 1,735 a quintal and of pulses by up to Rs 400 per quintal to encourage farmers to boost area and production of these crops. The Cabinet Committee on Economic

  • India to be self-sufficient in pulses in 2 years: Radha Mohan Singh

    NEW DELHI: India will not need to import pulses in the next two years and the country will be self sufficient to meet domestic demand, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh today said. The production of pulses stood at record 22.95 million tonnes in the 2016-17 crop year (July-June) as against