• 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

  • 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