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 govt differs decision to grant nod for commercial cultivation of Genetically Modified mustard

Our bureau New Delhi, Feb 7: India’s Genetically Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC), under the environment ministry has differed its decision to grant nod for the commercial cultivation of Genetically Modified (GM) mustard seed developed by the Delhi University’s Centre for Genetic Manipulation of Crop Plants. “We do not want to[…]

Indian government to announce new crop insurance scheme early 2016

Our bureau New Delhi, Dec 23: The Indian government would bring out a new crop insurance scheme by early next year in which the farmers would have to pay lower premium while the settlement of insurance claim would lesser time, agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh today said. “Often in the[…]

Twenty Indian states / UTs roll out food security act so far, many states not prepared

Our bureau New Delhi, Nov 4: With Odisha which has a substantial number of poor families rolling out National Food Security Act (NFSA) earlier this week in 14 districts of the state, the total number of states and union territories (UT) commencing implementation of mega social sector scheme has gone[…]

2014: Indian agriculture saw record production of many crops

Our bureau New Delhi, Jan 2: Living up to its traditional image of being a land of farmers, India has achieved a record production for a number of crops including wheat, rice, pulses and cotton in 2014, but agriculture sector may not be able to repeat this performance in new year due to[…]

Govt to bring in more farmers under crop insurance, ropes in pvt sector

Our bureau New Delhi, Dec 22: The government has roped in 10 private insurance companies along with state-run Agriculture Insurance Company of India (AIC) to bring more farmers under crop insurance schemes and create competition. So far, the state-run AIC has been offering yield-based and weather-based crop insurance programs. “Ten[…]

FCI paid Rs 7500 crore as taxes to states on grain procurement

Our Bureau New Delhi, Dec 22: The Food Corporation of India (FCI) has paid more than Rs 7500 crore in the last fiscal to states as taxes or levies on the grain procurement. According to a statement submitted in Lok Sabh by the food minster Ram Vilas Pawan recently, the[…]

Indian govt proposes changes in job guarantee scheme for increasing investment in agriculture

Our bureau New Delhi, June 19: The Indian government has decided to bring broad changes in the rural job guarantee scheme launched by UPA by proposing at least Rs 25,000 crore of investment into agriculture alone. The Rural Development Ministry has proposed to bring amendment to the Schedule I of[…]

India to set up agri-colleges in north-east

Our bureau New Delhi, Jun 19: The Indian government on Thursday said it will consider the demand of setting up six new agricultural colleges as well as upgrading the infrastructure of existing ones in north eastern states. The assurance was given by Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh to a delegation[…]

India’ new agriculture minister moots launching two mega scheme for increasing irrigation and insurance coverage for small farmers

India’s new agri minister moots launching two mega scheme for increasing irrigation and insurance coverage for small farmers Our bureau New Delhi, May 29: The Indian government on Wednesday mooted launching of two mega schemes focussing on creating additional irrigation potential and providing insurance cover for protecting small and marginal[…]

Small farmers agri-business consortium to help PPP model

Our bureau New Delhi, Feb 13 Small Farmers’ Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC) has been designated as a national level agency for promoting projects under Private Public Partnership (PPP) model. The consortium acts as a facilitator for linking the project promoter to the concerned state government. The role of SFAC is, however,[…]