• India will become self sufficient in pulses, oil seeds: Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh

    India imports over 5 million tonnes of pulses and about 14.5 million tonnes of vegetable oils (comprising edible and non-edible oils) every year to meet domestic demand. Radha Mohan Singh said the government is not only focusing on increasing production but taking steps to make agriculture “income-centric”   Read More

  • India trade deficit narrows to $13 billion in June

    India’s merchandise exports grew marginally year-on-year in June, signalling tepid global demand. Data released by commerce ministry on Friday showed that exports grew by 4.39% in June to $23.56 billion and imports rose by 19.01% to $36.52 billion from the same month last year. Read More

  • Kenya falls short of India pulses export quota deal

    Kenya has failed to meet the Indian market demand for pulses two years after the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the supply of beans, peas and green grams. In the MoU signed in 2015, India had given Kenya a quota of four million metric tonnes. Read More

  • 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