Indian rice exporters contest Madhya Prades’ claim to be included in ‘basmati growing’ area

Our bureau New Delhi, September 4 Indian farmers and traders enjoying premium in the world basmati rice markets due to the geographical indications (GI) status of the aromatic, long-grained cereal have come up against Madhya Pradesh’s  “unjustified bid” to partake in the success. While the Chennai-based GI Registry is shortly[…]


States slow in installing electronic point of sale machines at PDS outlets

Sandip Das New Delhi, Sept 21: Notwithstanding considerable progress in seeding of ration cards with unique identification numbers or aadhaar of the beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) which had lead to weeding out of duplicate cards from the public distribution system, the government is now faced with[…]


India to get ‘above normal’ monsoon rains in next two months, to boost agriculture

Our bureau New Delhi, Aug 1: With most parts of the country getting ‘normal’ or ‘excess’ rainfall during first half of monsoon season (June-July), India Meteorological Department (IMD) today stated that rainfall during second half (August – September) would be ‘above normal’ at 107% of benchmark – Long Period Average[…]

Madhya Pradesh prepares to roll out new crop insurance across 51 districts

Our bureau Vidisha (Madhya Pradesh), June 22: Shambhu Singh, from Sonpur village who has around 46 acre of agricultural land, is quite upbeat and prepared land for kharif soyabean crop, which would be sown shortly with the onset of monsoon. Many farmers like Singh in this village are optimists about[…]


Indian cabinet approves higher support prices for pulses and moderate hike in prices of paddy for farmers

Our bureau New Delhi, Jun 3: The Indian cabinet has approved a moderate hike in the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy by Rs 60 to Rs 1,470 per quintal for the 2016-17 kharif season while deciding to provide a significant rise in MSP for pulses to the farmers mainly[…]


India to get ‘above normal’ monsoon rains after two years of deficient rainfall

Our bureau New Delhi, Jun 3: After two successive years of deficient monsoon (2014 and 2015), the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has reiterated its earlier April prediction by stating that southwest monsoon would be ‘above normal’ rainfall at 106% of the benchmark Long Period Average (LPA), with a model error[…]