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  • Govt must act as fall in prices hurts farmers

    The fall in both wholesale and consumer price indices in June is good news for the consumer and those who track inflation, but it should ring alarm bells at the Prime Minister’s Office. Agriculture is crying out loud for a fair policy for farmers and the sector. T   Read

  • NCDEX’s chana contracts do Rs 91-cr turnover in day 1 of re-launch

    The National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange Ltd (NCDEX), India's leading commodity exchange, received an overwhelming response from value-chain participants on the first day of the re-launch of chana(pulses) contracts.  Read More

  • Paddy sowing area up 4.5%; pulses rises 24% in kharif season

    Sowing area under paddy has gone up by 4.5 per cent to 126 lakh hectares, while pulses acreage has risen 24 per cent to 74.61 lakh hectares so far in the kharif season, the Agriculture Ministry said today.   Read More

  • Southwest Monsoon update: Rainfall likely to increase over west coast, intensity in North East may reduce

    The Southwest Monsoon is likely to intensify over the country's west coast, including Mumbai, central Maharashtra, Vidarbha and Telangana. The monsoons are likely to prevail over parts of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, according to a Skymet weather forecast. Read More

  • Kharif crop planting on target, next 10 days crucial: Agriculture Secretary

    India’s kharif crop outlook remains good despite weak rainfall in the past week, but monsoon activity in the next 10 days will be crucial, top agriculture ministry officials said.  Read More

  • Govt plans to set up fund for stabilising crop prices

    Agricultural reforms will be discussed during the Cabinet meeting, scheduled for July 25, with focus on the creation of a Price Stabilisation Fund.The fund is aimed at promoting crop diversification.   Read More

  • 80 % kharif sowing completed in Kalaburagi

    Continuous rainfall since June has helped farmers take up brisk sowing during this kharif season. The rainfall during the monsoon has been satisfactory, with Kalaburagi district recording 228.2mm rainfall against the normal average of 160.5 mm from June 1 to July 12. Read More

  • Food price-led benign inflation set to reverse

    The continued slide of the new series of the consumer price index to its new historic low of 1.54 per cent in June was mostly driven by benign food prices, principally tomatoes, potato and pulses, all of which fell between 20 per cent and 40 per cent compared to the

  • Rs 1,402,680,000,000: India’s agrarian import bill for 2015-16

    India is swiftly changing its policy of self-reliance in food production. Despite claiming a bumper production in recent years, the government has encouraged import of agricultural produces. More importantly, it has allowed import of cereals like wheat, maize and non-basmati rice.   Read More

  • Lift ban on export of pulses

    AFTER skyrocketing to new highs last year, the prices of pulses have nosedived on account of excess supply in the wholesale market. The prices of pulses like moong, mogar, urad and tur dal are selling below the Minimum Support Price (MSP) set by the Government. Read More