Agriculture

Uttarakhand farmers to get wheat bonus; CM Rawat announces extra Rs 20 on per quintal

Farmers in Uttarakhand will get a bonus of Rs 20 on per quintal of wheat sold. Directives to this effect were issued by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Tuesday...

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ARI played important role in strengthening the economy and enhancing the lives of farmers: Union Minister Radha Mohan Singh

“last four and half years, the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare has taken several steps and started various schemes to transform Indian agriculture”, said Union Minister Radha Mohan Singh at the 57th convocation ceremony of Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI) today...

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Export incentives for onion farmers double to 10%

Government has doubled the export incentives for onion farmers from existing 5 per cent to 10 percent...

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Following footsteps of U’Khand, Himachal Pradesh can legalize Marijuana plantation

After Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh can be the next Indian state to legalize the cultivation of marijuana. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Monday said that the state could very well be considered legalizing weed but only after ensuring the legality of the same...

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Securing farmers, insurance companies to pay 12% interest for delay in settlement claims under revised PMFBY

Chalking out more beneficiaries to the farmers, the government has decided to incorporate provisions of penalties for state and insurance companies for delay in settlement of insurance claims under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana. The new operational guidelines come at the onset of the rabi season, which starts from 1st of October...

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So far 27 States/UTs has opted Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana after its inception in April 2016

At least 27 States/UTs has opted Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) after its inception in April 2016. This was said by Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Parshottam Rupala on Tuesday. In a written reply to Rajya Sabha, Minister Parshottam Rupala said, “Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) was introduced from Kharif 2016 season in the country. The scheme is optional for the States/ Union Territories (UTs) and so far, the scheme has been opted for implementation by 27 States/UTs..

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Another feather added to farmers benefit, NABARD to promote 5000 FPOs in next 2 years

Along with increasing the MSP for the farmers, the government is paying special attentions towards improving rural infrastructure. Addressing the foundation day event of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), Union Minister Arun Jaitley stressed on the various initiatives undertaken to level up the grounds for the farmers. ..

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Farmers! Your kharif crop this year will be sold 1.5 times price hiked; Modi govt knows true value of your sweat and soil

PM Modi’s dream to double the nation’s farmer income by 2022 is getting its shape as today’s Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs took a decision that is to increase in the Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for all kharif crops for 2018-19 Season...

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Farming with Vedic Mantra, a new experiment in Goa

In this new technique the farmer is required to sit in meditation and concentrate on chanting “Om rom jum sah” for at least 20 minutes in his field daily to boost the quality and production...

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Connecting chords with an outspoken approach, PM Modi credits a significant boost of income to sugarcane farmers

Friendly as he is, the expressions he assorts and communication with the people is how Prime Minister Narendra Modi wins million hearts. A ground level interaction to understand the needs and requirements of the people, PM Modi this time interacted with the farmers. The candid meeting with farmers credited on to notify a significant boost in their income...

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Jharkhand’s new partner in trade development: 'Sweden'

Now soon Jharkhand will have a new partner in its trade development that is Sweden. In this regard, CM Raghubar Das on Friday spoke to the delegation of Swedish company IKEA in Jharkhand...

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Benefiting farmers, RBI notifies ‘Short-term subsidized crop loan via DBT mode’

In a new move, the Reserve Bank of India has notified that interest subsidy scheme on short-term crop loans of up to 3 lakh rupees will be implemented through the direct benefit transfer mode from the current financial year...

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Determining benefits to the farmers, “Krishi kalyan Abhiyaan” chalks out various farming techniques and increase income

With the aim of increasing the income of the farmers the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers welfare has initiated a mission ‘Krishi kalyan Abhiyaan from 1st June, 2018 till 31st July, 2018 so as to aid, assist and advice farmers on how to improve their farming techniques and raise their incomes...

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Maha CM pitches for ‘financing farmers’ as bankers plan to lend Rs 85,464 Cr for agriculture

Emphasizing the agriculture sector and prioritizing the farmers’ income, around Rs 85,464 Crores will be lent to the farm sector. On Thursday, bankers decided to lend the sum to boost the agricultural activity in state...

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Agriculture and farmers’ welfare has always been our priority; committed to double the income by 2022: PM Modi

Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare has always been our priority, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Karnataka’s Kisan Morcha Karyakartas woke up today to the glad interaction of PM Narendra Modi. Calling himself lucky enough to interact with Kisan Morcha Karyakartas, PM Modi thanked the people of Karnataka for pouring in love...

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Restructured ‘National Bamboo Mission’ gets cheerful nod with an aim to ensure surplus productivity and employment

In a wake to boost ‘Bamboo’, today the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) gave a nod to increase in Minimum Support Prices for Raw Jute for 2018-19 season and restructured ‘National Bamboo Mission’ scheme. The mission aims to ensure holistic development of the bamboo sector by addressing complete value chain and establishing effective linkage of producers (farmers) with industry...

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Farmers who could not repay loans availed between 2001-2009, now eligible for Maha Loan Waiver scheme

Big relief to farmers of Maharashtra, as Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced a fresh ‘loan waiver’ package for the farmers who could not repay their farm loans availed between 2001 and 2009. These farmers will now be eligible to avail benefits of loan waiver package- Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Shetkari Sanman Yojana...

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World Bank-Maharashtra mutually nod to increase climate resilient practices in farming for agricultural boost

Today the World Bank and Maharashtra joined hands to financially back agriculture and farmers by adopting increasing climate resilient practices. With this new project, Maharashtra farmers will benefit by adopting efficient practices for farming...

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Boosting the ease of farm exports, Suresh Prabhu flagged off three new digital Portals

Ushering ease in export of goods, many digital initiatives have been initiated. The digital platform has given a major boost to India’s potential in agriculture and export of food products. Taking a major step towards digital India in export trade helping in efficient assessment, quality monitoring and traceability, Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu launched digital initiatives for ease of exports...

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With booming records India's Sugar production hits 281.82 lakh tonnes

India pushing ahead the ‘Make in India’ mission with dedicated efforts, equally is reaping the successful outputs. India produced 281.82 lakh tonnes (45% higher than last year) of sugar during October-March 2017-2018, the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) said...

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Govt okays continuation of nutrient-based subsidy for doubling farmers' income

For sustained agricultural growth and to promote balanced nutrient application, Cabinet Committee, chaired PM Modi on Wednesday has approved continuation of Nutrient Based Subsidy and City Compost Scheme till 2019-20...

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Something Sweet & Productive! Rashtrapati Bhavan harvests first crop of Honey

KVIC Chairman V K Saxena said the beekeeping program would be covering the 16,000 flowers and plants in the Rashtrapati Bhavan premises which remained untapped till now. He added that with abundant trees, the premise is suitable for pollination which will massively increase the yield of the crops in the neighbouring areas. ..

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With a heavy heart New Zealand will adopt ‘mass cattle kill’ to eradicate Mbovis diseases

With an aim to totally eradicate Mycoplasma bovis, New Zealand has plans to slaughter around more than 20000 cows that are infected. "This is a very significant cull. It's the first time it's happened in New Zealand agriculture. We hope we don't have to do this again," said Damien O'Connor, Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister...

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Ensuring nutrition security, 2018 to be termed as ‘National Year of Millets’

Modi Government has decided to declare 2018 as National Year of Millets to boost the cultivation of millets like ragi and jowar on a mission mode to achieve nutritional security...

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Radha Mohan Singh lauds PM Modi’s efforts taken for farmers’ welfare

Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said that the developments in the field of agriculture and the efforts for the betterment of farmers made under the guidance of PM Modi are bearing fruits. The efforts of the last 3 years have brought about a qualitative change in the life of farmers...

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Indian agricultural sector shows path to whole world; committed towards farmers’ welfare: PM Modi at Krishi Unnati Mela

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today visited the Krishi Unnati Mela at the IARI Mela Ground, Pusa Campus. He laid the Foundation Stone for 25 Krishi VIgyan Kendras. He said farmers and scientists have to work together to transform agriculture...

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Mobile plays a key role in establishing direct connection between govt-farmers: Radha Mohan Singh

Inaugurating the Krishi Unnati Mela 2018, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said, government is committed to the welfare of farmers and strengthening the rural livelihood. He said India is moving towards Digital and Mobile revolution and even far-flung villages have access to mobile phones...

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Govt okays continuation of Urea subsidy by 2020 to boost farmers' incomes

For sustained agricultural growth and to promote balanced nutrient application, Cabinet Committee on Wednesday has approved continuation of the Urea Subsidy Scheme from 2017 to 2020. The estimated cost on the scheme will be around one lakh 65 thousand crore rupees...

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Exporting bamboo production! India can become an International player

By exploring the natural resources of bamboo, which is estimated 3.23 million tons, India has the potential to become a significant player in international bamboo export. In this regard, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, said, India has led research and training institutes and can become a hub for bamboo and use of rattan for making Furniture in South Asia...

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Workshop on ‘Use of Large Diameter Pipes for Mega Water Conveyance Systems’ pitches for better water maintenance

Workshop on “Use of Large Diameter Pipes for Mega Water Conveyance Systems” was opened up by Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari. The workshop focuses on planning, design, materials to be used, construction aspects, operation and maintenance and other related issues pertaining to the use of large diameter pipelines for water conveyance...

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Maharashtra to release Rs 313 Cr for farmers affected due to unseasonal rains and hailstorms

Maharashtra to release around Rs 313 Crores to help the farmers who were affected due to unseasonal rains and hailstorms. According to Revenue Department, standing crops on 2,93,289 hectares of land, spread over 19 districts, were affected by the last month's unseasonal rains and hailstorms...

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Maharashtra gets its very own 1st ever Mega Food Park in Satara

Maharashtra got its own 1st ever Mega Food Park in Satara on Thursday. Satara Mega Food Park Pvt. Ltd was inaugurated at Village Degaon in Satara district. Minister of Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal unveiled the Satara Mega Food Park in the presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis...

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With 275 million tonnes bumper production, food grain break all records this year

The Green Revolution gave India self-reliance in food production. Government has estimated that the foodgrain production will touch a new record of 277.49 million tonnes in 2017-18 crop year as against 275.11 million tonnes last year...

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PM Modi elaborated blueprint for doubling farmers income by 2022

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, attends the final session of the two-day national conference being organised by the agriculture ministry, spoke about the ‘Operation Greens’ announced in the Union Budget this year...

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Maharashtra extends financial aid of around Rs 200 Cr to help farmers affected by hailstorms

Maharashtra extends financial aid of Rs 200 Crores to help farmers whose crops were damaged due to hailstorm. Crops over 190,000 hectares were damaged in Vidarbha, Marathwada and North Maharashtra...

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Import Duty on sugar doubled to 100% to boost domestic cane farming

The government has doubled import duty on sugar to 100 percent and raised duty on chana to 40 percent to protect domestic farmers. At present, customs duty or import tax on sugar is 50 percent and on chana is 30 percent...

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Now get professional degree in 9 Agriculture courses

After receiving clearances from Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), the Maharashtra government has announced that nine agricultural courses will be recognized as professional courses and the admissions will be based on the CET...

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NHRC issues notice to Centre, Punjab govt over pesticides use

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the Centre and Punjab Government over reported high incidence of serious diseases in the Malwa region of the state due to excessive use of pesticides and insecticides...

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Operation Green: #Budget2018 plants ‘agricultural’ seeds for ‘doubling’ farmers’ income by 2022

Empowering farmers and rural economy is the main plot of #Budget2018. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced the budget today stressing on various fields like agriculture, health, farmer’s welfare, women, business etc. Budget2018 is packed with policies and schemes with an aim to boost agricultural sector in every aspect...

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Fishes under detection scanner to curb adulteration

With the aim of curbing adulteration in fishes, the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare launched a Rapid Detection Kits for Adulterants in Fresh Fish in New Delhi which has been developed by Central Institute of Fisheries Technology in Kochi...

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Bumper boost in coconut production as its export reaches to Rs 2000 Cr in FY17

Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said that India is leading in the global coconut production and productivity. In the year 2016-17, coconut products worth of Rs.2084 crore were exported...

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Jute Year a goodwill for farmers: Packing food grains, sugar products in ‘Jute’ material is mandatory

From now onwards it is compulsory to pack 90% of food grains and 205 of sugar products in jute material for the Jute Year 2017-2018. This move aims to up the demand for the jute sector and also support the livelihood of the workers and farmers. The Jute Year 2017-18 period is from 1st July 2017 to 30th June, 2018...

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NABARD sanctions Rs. 10,000 Cr loan for Odisha’s agriculture and rural infrastructural development

To up the finance for farmers and agriculture, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned financial assistance of Rs 10,000 Crores to Odisha. Assistance has also been given by the NABARD for the creation of rural infrastructures such as roads and bridges, lift irrigation projects, rural piped drinking water project, warehousing and irrigation structures...

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Faster yet Healthier: NASA inspired ‘Speed breeding’ to yield wheat production into multiple times

Global Warming, Cyclones, Corruption, Sexual Abuse …wait increasing population is also another threat to the globe. How do you feed so many? While some of the rural corners are affected badly by scarcity of food. To tackle this, researchers are now reporting an advance in a NASA-inspired field known as "speed breeding" that relies on intense lighting regimes to raise crops several times faster, and boost their health at the same time. The research was published in the journal Nature Plants...

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World Bank join hands with Tamil Nadu to bring up ‘Climate Resilient Agriculture’ into mainstream for supporting farmers

While Cyclone Ockhi destroyed many families in Tamil Nadu, to provide relief the many initiatives has been taking up lead in these days. Also Tamil Nadu is a state which faces water scarcity issues. Around $318 Million loan agreement was inked with World Bank to back and support ‘Climate Resilient Agriculture’ in Tamil Nadu...

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India reaches 2nd position on horticultural crops, fruits production list leaving others behind

Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said research and development projects in horticulture crops have yielded encouraging results, as a result, the production of horticulture crops have been more than food grains irrespective of adverse climatic conditions. After China, India is the second largest producer of horticultural crops and fruits...

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Only for Farmers: Telangana Govt set to bear financial burden of 24X7 power supply scheme

Telangana government earlier rolled out the 24X7 power supply especially for farmers, now set to bear all the financial burden of the scheme by incurring it into the fiscal budget. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao assured the power utilities that the government would bear the expenditure incurred by them for 24-hour power supply to the farm sector. Separate allocation for it will be made from the next budget, he said...

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Rabi Crops Sowing Crosess 442 Lakh Hectare in the year 2017

As per preliminary reports received from the States, the total area sown under Rabi crops as on December 8, 2017 stands at 442.29 lakh hectares as compared to 448.48 lakh hectare this time in 2016...

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Cabinet okays treaty on agriculture and phytosanitary issues with Italy

To strengthen the cooperation in the field of Agriculture and Phytosanitary issues, today, Union Cabinet chaired by PM Modi has approved pact between India and Italy. The MoU provides for cooperation in the fields of Phytosanitary issues, agricultural production and a wide range of other sectors including animal husbandry, agricultural research, food processing and other additional fields as may be mutually decided by both the sides...

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Rajya Sabha MP Suresh Gopi meets Chandrababu Naidu; invites for National banana festival

Veteran actor and Rajya Sabha MP Suresh Gopi Called on Andra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and invited him to the National banana festival. The 5th edition of the mega-festival will be held at Thiruvananthapuram from February 17 to 21...

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Agricultural Financer NCDC surpasses annual target in just first 6 months

For planning, promoting and financing Agricultural products, the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) was set up under the Agricultural Ministry which has performed excellently during the current financial year 2017-18. NCDC also registered a record by surpassing its annual target in first 6 months...

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Telangana Govt’s experiment of rolling out 24-hour power supply to boost agriculture ‘successful’

Remember Telangana government planned to roll out 24-hour power supply to boost the agriculture sector? This initiative taken by the government turned out to be successful, said the Telangana government. ..

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Government aims to double the income of farmers by 2022: Trivendra Singh Rawat

The government is committed to doubling the income of farmers by 2022 said the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat in the inaugural session of IAS Week in the secretariat on Thursday. He further added that for this, the district officials and the concerned departmental officers will have to work with full commitment...

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Andhra Pradesh Agtech Summit 2017 kicks off; Aims to bring up ‘Smart Farming’

Andhra Pradesh government and the Bill Gates Foundation join hands to relieve farmers by implementing a ‘digital innovation programme’. Andhra Pradesh Agtech Summit 2017 inaugurated by Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu in order to promote inclusive growth and happiness for farmers...

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Combination of IT and agricultural technology will improve agricultural sector: Venkaiah Naidu

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu has called upon the scientists, technology experts and policy makers as well as the programme implementers to come up with a strategy that will bring a significant, sustainable change in the agriculture landscape of Andhra Pradesh and India...

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107 irrigation projects worth Rs 10,686 Cr in Maharashtra to combat drought and suicides in Vidarbha, Marathwada

Maharashtra government got approval for 107 irrigation projections that costs around Rs. 10,686 Crores in Vidarbha, Marathwada and other drought affected and suicide-prone regions of state...

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NGT directed Delhi govt and four northern states to take strict measures against pollution

To control the pollution the National Green Tribunal has directed the Delhi government and the states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to take strict measures to deal with this serious biennial threat. As these four states contribute to increasing environmental pollution levels by burning the crop residue...

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Vizag to host first international agriculture hackathon from November 15

The Coastal city is all set to host the first ever agriculture hackathon being organized by Andhra Pradesh government. The three-day conclave will begin from November 15 where farmers, agriculture experts, and several stakeholders will participate in the deliberations...

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Participate in India-Israel Innovation Challenge now! Feed with your innovative ideas for water technology

India-Israel relations not only define emotional connections but extend ‘innovative’ shoulders to each other. To come up with innovative solutions for agriculture, water technology and healthcare sector, India-Israel Global Innovation Challenge is on! Hurry up if you think you can contribute in helping with different ideas...

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Import Duty on wheat doubled to 20 percent

The Import duty on wheat has been doubled to 20 percent by the government so that the cheap shipments should be curbed down and in the ongoing Rabi season positive price signal will be given to the farmers in which they will be benefited...

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To boost agriculture, Telangana set to get 24x7 power supply from today midnight

From today midnight onwards Telangana set to provide 24x7 power supply in order to boost farm sector. On Sunday the state government decided to take this initiative by supplying 'quality' and 'uninterrupted' power on an experimental basis in the entire state to the agricultural sector...

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Maha Govt to provide uninterrupted electricity for farmers through ‘Solar Feeders’

Maharashtra farmers soon will be provided with uninterrupted electricity with the help of solar feeders under 'Mukhyamantri Agricultural Solar Feeder Scheme'. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis laid the foundation stone for 1st solar project under the ‘Mukhyamantri Agricultural Solar Feeder’ scheme at Ralegan Siddhi...

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Govt okays continuation of ‘Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana’; gets Rs 15722 crore for 3 years

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the continuation of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana for three years. Its continuation will be as Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana-Remunerative Approaches for Agriculture and Allied sector Rejuvenation (RKVY-RAFTAAR)...

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Russia, EU conflict regarding Nord Stream gas pipeline not going to see a quick end

The long-term conflict among Russia and the European Union regarding Nord-Stream 2 is not going to end soon. Russia is not at all interested to negotiate with the EU on the Nord Stream-2. Despite various Russia does not want EU interference in the issue as this area is out of EU’s competence...

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900 cubic feet of water to be released for irrigation purpose in TN

For irrigation purposes, the release of 900 cubic feet of water per day for four months has been ordered by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy. The monsoon from North East is strongly headed towards Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The water will be released from the Vaigai dam on 1st of next month...

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Agriculture Ministry receives dividend of 12.03 Cr from NSC for 2016-17

The supreme level of Government Company in manufacture and marketing seeds, National Seed Corporation (NSC) paid a highest ever dividend of 12.03 Cr to the Minister of Agriculture and Farmers welfare Radha Mohan Singh on Wednesday. This dividend was paid for the financial year 2016-17..

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30% of funds in agri schemes being earmarked for women farmers: Radha Mohan

Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said, government is giving preference to woman Farmer under various policies such as organic farming and self-employment scheme. Singh further said that apart from this, at least 30% of the funds are being earmarked for women under various schemes and development related activities...

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Use technology to transform the agriculture sector : Chandrababu Naidu

Underlining the importance of technology in the agriculture sector, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said that state administration will take all possible steps to strengthen the agro-based market...

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Agriculture is topmost priority of Govt, to allocates Rs 62,376 Cr fund: Radha Mohan Singh

Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said that considering its importance, the Government has accorded top priority to the agriculture sector and Finance Ministry announced Rs 62,376 crore fund allocation for the sector in 2017-18...

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Centre to double Farmer's Income by 2022

With the goal of doubling the income of the farmers by 2022, Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) had organised ceremonies in 562 districts of the country between August 19 to September 11, 2017, in which 47,08,47 farmers and agricultural workers have participated...

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Govt is trying to ensure women participation in mainstream agriculture: Radha Mohan Singh

Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said that through its mandate, goals and objectives, the Ministry is trying to ensure that women become part of the mainstream agriculture, reap the benefit of every penny spent on agriculture and contribute to agricultural productivity and production and in doubling the income of their families...

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New India's dream to be fulfilled with the prosperity of the farmers: Radha Mohan

Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh addressed a gathering at the Sankalp Se Siddhi program at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. He said that Sankalp Se Siddhi campaign has become a Mass Movement in the country. After Prime Minister Narendra Modi's clarion call, people have come forward to build a New India...

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Odisha and United Nations Environment Programme join hands to promote sustainable organic agriculture

Odisha and United Nations Environment Programme UNEP come together to promote organic farming. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that there is a lot of scope for organic farming in Odisha for which the state government is interested in sustainable and climate resilient organic agriculture...

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Farmers will now get Incentives for cultivating medicinal plants

Modi government is making every effort to ensure doubling the income of farmer by 2022. Now Ministry of Ayurveda under Scheme of National AYUSH Mission (NAM) is providing financial assistance as subsidy to farmers to encourage cultivation of herbs and medicinal plants throughout the country...

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Strategy ready for next 3-year actions in agriculture sector!

Chalking out 3-years action plan for the agricultural sector, NITI Ayog has stressed on remunerative prices for farmers and raising productivity in the sector. The committee has planned for an increase in production of pulses, use of wasteland, seed village program and model contract farming. Including agriculture, NITI Ayog has drafted a plan for other sectors also...

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Agri business to boom again! 2nd Agri UDAAN accelerator program launched in New Delhi for more investments

India ranks second in the world’s farm output. In 2013, India exported $39 billion worth of agricultural products. To elevate the foreign investments for the agricultural startups and export business, India is taking some serious actions towards extensive development. In an attempt to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in agriculture, Government launched 2nd AGRI-UDAAN programme in New Delhi. It will mentor startups and help them connect with potential investors. ..

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Cabinet nods for India-BRICS countries pact for Agriculture Research Platform

The Union Cabinet chaired by the PM Modi on Wednesday has given its approval for signing a MoU for establishment of the BRICS Agriculture Research Platform (BRICS-ARP). The signing of the propsed MoU will enhance bilateral cooperation between the India and BRICs countries in the areas of Agriculture...

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Integrated plan developed for farmer welfare

New Delhi, August 2: As agriculture is the base of Indian economy, an integrated development has been planned. The government of India is developing various schemes for farmer’s welfare. For a holistic development of horticulture, Government is implementing Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture. The scheme also includes post-harvest management. Ministry of agriculture has drafted a model the Agricultural Produce and Livestock Marketing for progressive agricultural marketing reforms. ..

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Boon for farmers: Maharashtra will develop cold storage of perishable goods in order to reduce spoilage

Indian Railways’ PSU Container Corporation of India Ltd. CONCOR aims to develop the cold store for storage of onions and other perishable produce. Ministry of Railways and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis laid the foundation stone for the cold storage at Lasalgaon in Nashik. Maharashtra being 33% contributor to the national onion production needs quality storage options...

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Good News! Chemical fertilizers consumption dropped by 8 to 10% in country

Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said the development work in agriculture sector along with the improvement in the economic condition of farmers have been accelerated at the grass root level. Also he informed that the Chemical fertilisers consumption dropped by 8 to 10 percent during the year 2016-17 as compared to 2015-16. Overall production increased by 10 to 12 percent in country...

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Lessons from Israel: Now ‘Drip Irrigation’ compulsory to cultivate sugarcane in Maha

Maharashtra government made ‘drip irrigation’ mandatory in all the irrigation command areas across the Maharashtra for the cultivation of sugarcane crops. Hence from now onwards sugar cane will not be allowed to be cultivated if the fields do not have drip irrigation. The drip irrigation is mandatory for both cooperative and private sugar mills. ..

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#GreenRevolution: With 273 million metric tonnes production, food grain break all records

The Green Revolution gave India self-reliance in food production. But, the trend is changing as government is promoting import of agricultural produce. It has allowed import of staple cereals like wheat, maize and non-basmati rice. As per the Third Advance Estimates food grain production in the country has increased to 273 MT in 2016-17...

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Maha Govt to invest Rs.4000 Cr with the help of World Bank to boost agriculture production

In order to boost agriculture production and provide higher remuneration to the Maharashtra farmers, the government plans to invest Rs.4,000 Crores in 15-drought hit districts of Maharashtra, said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis while talking over the show ‘Mi Mukhyamantri Boltoy.’..

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Cooperatives strengthen 40 Cr farmers by fulfilling farming needs: Radha Mohan

Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said that the Indian cooperative movement has sustained itself as one of the biggest cooperative movements in the world. The reach of cooperative in India is from village to national level...

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Maharashtra need Rs 68,000 Cr to complete ongoing irrigation projects: Water Plan report

The Godavari river basin located in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha and Marathwada needs Rs 68,000 Crore to complete ongoing irrigation projects says the water plan report submitted to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The state has five river basins with the Godavari basin being the largest, contributing to 48% of the state’s water resource...

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Govt aims to bring markets closer to farmers with storage, grading facilities

The government is working to strengthen market systems to reduce post-harvest losses and to enable farmers to get better returns, stated Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and asserted “Our farmer welfare centric programs and policies are related to food security and price security”...

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Import duty on sugar hiked by 10% to boost domestic cane farming

Government increases import duty on sugar to 50 percent to support domestic prices on Wednesday. Food Ministry had proposed increase in import duty on the grounds that fall in local prices will affect millers' capacity to pay cane dues to growers...

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Kisan Sampada Yojana- initiative to make every farmer a food processor

Food Processing Industry Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Friday laid the foundation stone for First Maize based Mega Food Park in Kapurthala, Punjab. Highlighting the new flagship scheme “KISAN SAMPADA YOJANA” on this occasion Minister said that with the aim of making every farmer a Food Processor also. This scheme has been designed where farmers can also set up big or small food processing units and marketing units...

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Production cost, variation, market regulation are pillars of doubling farmer’s income: Radha Mohan

Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said that PM Modi’s dream is to double farmers’ income by 2022 and that farmers should realise their contribution in the mainstream development. To achieve this, the Central Government and all the State Governments need to make multi-faceted joint efforts...

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9 Crore Soil Health Cards issued to boost farm produce

With aim to doubling the income of farmers, so far 9 crore soil health cards have been distributed to farmers in all the States of the country. Also 455 markets from 13 States have been integrated to the national web based portal of e-NAM with the registration of over 47 lakh farmers and 91,000 traders...

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Ensuring availability of adequate farm power for small farms to be a big challenge: Radha Mohan

Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said agricultural mechanisation is one of the important factors for sustainable development of the agricultural sector which helps in increasing production through agricultural works, reducing the deficit, reducing the cost of various agricultural works through the better management of costly inputs, increasing the productivity of natural resources and help reduce the difficulties related to various agricultural activities. He also added that ensuring availability ..

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Telangana plans separate agriculture budget for farmers

In is a first time that Telangana plans a budget for farmers. It is time to empower the farmers through more initiatives and make agriculture profitable, said Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao. The Telangana government in a major boost to the agriculture sector has decided to introduce separate agriculture budget for the state with an allotment of huge funds from the next financial year. ..

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Achhe Din for farmers: GST regime to deliver 1261 crores benefit

Under the new GST rates announced by the Council, farmers would benefit to the tune of Rs. 1261 crores. Union Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister Ananthkumar said that it was decided to reduce the GST rate of fertilizers from the existing 12% to 5%. This decision was primarily taken in the interests of the farmers...

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Govt. approves Interest Subvention on Short-Term crop loan bringing relief to farmers

New Delhi, June 14: Farmers who are the main source of our food often don’t get proper meals. Due to natural calamities like drought, flood they ever face loss in an agricultural year. To help farmers, Cabinet has approved Interest Subvention to banks on Short-Term crop loan to farmers. Farmers will get short term crop loan up to Rs. 3 lakh payable within one year at only 4% per annum. The Central Government will provide approximately Rs. 20,339 crore as interest subvention for 2017-18. In order ..

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India Palestine sign MoU with an aim to strengthen mutual agricultural cooperation

Today, the Cabinet gave ex-post facto approval to India and Palestine agreement in agriculture. India and Palestine signed a memorandum of understanding MoU which will also strengthen mutual ties and achieve smooth cooperation in agriculture between both...

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New technologies, natural farming should play equal role in Tribal areas, Radha Mohan Singh advises

Agriculture plays a very important role in Indian Economy, empowerment of farmers that is why equally important. “National Workshop on Empowerment of Farmers of Tribal Areas” was held yesterday in Delhi. Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Radha Mohan Singh and Minister of Tribal Affairs, Jual Oram were present in the occasion. Agriculture Minister said that Tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties through KVKs for registration at Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Rights ..

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Kick to Maha ‘Milk Revolution’ CM Fadnavis inaugurated ‘Nagpur Dairy’ said ‘farmers’ interest is top 'priority’

Bringing out the ‘White Revolution’ into the limelight, inauguration of ‘Nagpur Dairy’ and ‘Mother Dairy’ booth kicked off in the presence of Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Radha Mohan Singh who highlighted the importance of milk production in Maharashtra saying that “Maharashtra has tremendous potential in becoming the milk bowl of the country.”..

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At least 8 crore farmers are being benefitted from Soil Health Card; productivity increased

Soil Health Card, a revolutionary scheme, was initiated for farmers and it has made a huge difference to farming and farm produce and it has benefitted to crores of farmers till now. At least 14 crores Soil Health Cards are being created by the State Governments and till May 31 it has been distributed among 8 crore farmers. ..

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At least 4,000 villages to start water harvesting in Rajasthan under MJSA

With an aim to strengthen the economy of state farmers and development of Rajasthan government has taken several huge and effective steps which provided the better lifestyle to the people. Over 4000 villages will start water harvesting to meet its daily and agricultural requirement in the second phase of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s ambitious project Makhyamantri Jal Swavalamban Abhiyan (MJSA) by the end of this year...

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Bihar retains the position of highest litchi producing state in the country

Litchi is a very famous sub-tropical fruit in India. Not only for its taste but also for trade, litchi is important in India, especially in Bihar. Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh has today inaugurated a Litchi Processing Plant in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. In the occasion, he has depicted their focus on research to develop new varieties and techniques of litchi farming to increase its production. He has declared Bihar is the top litchi producing State in the country. In Bihar, ..

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