• Southwest monsoon’s retreat begins after three week’s delay: IMD

    After a three-week delay, the southwest monsoon has started withdrawing from the northern parts of the country, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Wednesday. There is an overall shortfall of 5 per cent in rain till now. The retreat of the rains usually starts in the first week of September. Till Wednesday, almost 34

  • Distress sale of pulses hits Maharashtra; state rushes off team to Centre for relief

    Even as the government of Maharashtra is sending its top officials to the national capital to follow up on its proposal to the Centre for the procurement of moong and urad under the government’s Minimum Support Price ( MSP) scheme, farmers have begun distress sales. Maharashtra cooperation minister Subhash Deshmukh

  • Signals from sowing

    Hopes that India’s agricultural output for FY18 will match last year’s record performance are now waning. The agriculture ministry’s first advance estimates released this week project a 134.6 million tonne foodgrain harvest for the ongoing kharif season which translates into a 2.8 per cent decline over last year’s output. More

  • Pulses export policy change to take time to fructify

    A year after Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian pressed for lifting ban on export of pulses, the government ended the 10-year-old ban on September 18. This comes in conjunction with the import restriction on tur dal (pigeon pea) to 0.2 million tonnes, and on urad dal (split black gram) and moong dal (split green gram) together to 0.3 million tonnes

  • India’s Ag Ministry Releases 1st Advance Estimates

    India's Agriculture Ministry just released their 1st Advance Estimates for the 2017/18 Kharif or summer crop. The country's foodgrain production is estimated at 134.67 million metric tons, down 3.86 mmt in size from last year's record Kharif crop, but 6.43 mmt or 4.9% higher than the previous five-year average. As

  • Govt pegs 2.78% drop in kharif foodgrain output at 134.67 mt

    The country’s kharif foodgrain production is estimated to decline by 2.78 per cent to 134.67 million tonnes (mt), mainly because of patchy monsoon in parts of central India along with floods in parts of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Assam. This year’s kharif production would still be higher than

  • 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.