• 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

  • Agriculture ministry finds it hard to dispose of pulses’ stock

    The disposal of pulses, which were procured from foreign destinations as well as domestic procurement, to bring down the skyrocketing prices, is proving to be a major challenge for the official of Ministry of Consumer Affairs. Read More

  • Pulses fumigation allowed at Indian ports for three countries

    NEW DELHI : The government has exempted pulses imported from Canada, France, and the US from mandatory fumigation at port of origin, a senior government official said on Wednesday. These countries have been allowed to fumigate pulses cargoes at Indian ports by paying only the fumigation fee, the official said.

  • Maharashtra: Banks meet only 27% of kharif credit target in Q1

    Mumbai: Institutional lenders have met only 27% of their total crop credit target in Maharashtra for the current kharif season, data released by the Pune-based State Level Bankers’ Committee (SLBC) says.   Read More

  • Settlement of claims under crop insurance plan delayed by states: Radha Mohan Singh

    New Delhi: Due to states delaying assessment of crop loss, settlement of claims under the centre’s flagship crop insurance scheme is getting delayed, agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh said on Wednesday.   Read More

  • Dry spell in state may affect crops on 20 lakh hectares

    MUMBAI: A long, dry spell in July in many parts of Maharashtra has raised concerns about kharif crop spread over more than 20 lakh hectares. Read More

  • Farmers urged not to take up cultivation of paddy

    In wake of low water storage in Bhadra reservoir this year owing to scanty rain in catchment areas, the Bhadra Command Area Development Authority (CADA) has requested farmers not to take up the cultivation of paddy, a water-intensive crop and instead opt for the cultivation of less-water intensive crops such

  • Farmers plump for NPRC’s new blackgram varieties

    TRICHY: 'VBN 6 and 8', the new high yield varieties of black gram developed by National Pulses Research Centre (NPRC), Vamban in Pudukkottai district, have been received well by the farming community   Read More