• Kharif sowing picks up pace

    Bearish prices in oilseeds have discouraged farmers from increasing groundnut and soyabean cultivation in the current kharif season so far even though the area under other crops showed a positive trend, sowing data released by the Agriculture Ministry indicated on Friday.   Read More

  • How UP govt financed farm loan waiver

    When the newly elected Uttar Pradesh government announced a loan waiver for small and marginal farmers, economists wondered how a cash-short administration would fund this. However, the state government’s recently unveiled Budget has managed to not only provide for the waiver but kept its fiscal deficit under the prescribed limit

  • Government encourages farmers to go for non-paddy crops

    Guntur: Farmers in Nagarjunasagar ayacut area of Guntur district are in a dilemma on whether the government will provide them water for kharif or not.Farmers under N S Canal ayacut area in Guntur district cultivate paddy in 6.74 lakh acres.    Read More

  • Maharashtra govt plans Rs 4,000-crore projects to boost farmers’ income: Devendra Fadnavis

    Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Sunday said the state government would invest Rs 4,000 crore in 15 drought-hit districts of Maharashtra to boost agriculture production and provide higher remuneration to farmers. The government also plans to lower the interest rate on crop loans provided by financial institutions to farmers.   Read More

  • 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