• 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.


    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)