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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[…]


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[…]


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[…]


States were largely unprepared for implementation of National Food Security Act: CAG

Our bureau New Delhi, May 3: The states were largely ‘unprepared’ for handling more foodgrains prior to the implementation of National Food Security Act, 2013 which envisages providing highly subsidised foodgrains to two third of the country’s population, the Controller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has said in a[…]


India’s second green revolution to come from eastern states: Prime Minister

Our Bureau New Delhi, Mar 19: Stating that first green revolution took place on the strength of availability of water in northern region, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that second green revolution in agriculture would come from eastern states through using modern technology and better farming practices. “First green[…]

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Budget focusses on creating irrigation infra, higher agri credit flow & soil health card for farmers

Our bureau New Delhi, Feb 29: Aiming at doubling farmers’ income by 2022, finance minister Arjun Jaitely today announced series of measures including higher allocation for Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojna (PMKSY), creation of Long Term Irrigation Fund under Nabard, providing soil health cards to 14 crore farmers and increasing[…]