Farming sector remains intact even during Corona-virus pandemic: Agriculture minister

The country farm industry has been functioning quite smoothly and it will continue to be that way and not be impacted by the pandemic situation caused in wake of COVID-19 said Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Wednesday. Agriculture and allied sector growth stood at 3.7% during the pandemic. The agriculture sector has managed to […]

Himachal’s exotic vegetable success story suffers a hault amid COVID-19 lockdown

Exotic vegetables success story in Himachal Pradesh is facing a major recession due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown. The demand for the produce has plummeted, forcing most farmers to throw away the crops or feed them to cattle. Till a few months ago, vegetables such broccoli, red and yellow capsicum, lettuce and red […]

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh calls on PM to seek withdrawal of value cut on shriveled wheat

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh urged for an immediate withdrawal of the value cut imposed by the center on farmers also allowing relaxations in specific relation to shrivelled grains and lustre loss due to unseasonal rains in the state. While notifying the PM, the chief minister expressed grief as well as shock that even […]

FSII members pledge INR 9 crores for COVID 19 relief measures

Federation of Seed Industry of India (FSII) along with its members have pledge now pledged donations of over Rs 9 cr towards PM Cares Fund, Chief Minister relief funds for fighting COVID19, also known as Corona virus. The donations will be used for measures like PPE, Safety measures, Food distribution and Awareness programmes. FSII has […]

Rabi, Kharif crop output to get disturbed due to labour migration.

An exodus of labour is looming over the ongoing Rabi marketing season and expected to spillover into the Kharif season as the bulk of migrants in Haryana and Punjab, eager to return to native places, await the opening up of the nationwide lockdown. To tackle acute shortage of labour, government procurement agencies in the cereal […]

PM-KISAN: One more year exemption from Aadhaar to be given to Assam, Meghalaya, J-K, Ladakh

The Centre on Wednesday extended till March 2021 the relaxation given to Assam, Meghalaya, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh from the mandatory requirement of Aadhaar seeding of data of beneficiaries under the PM-KISAN scheme. The decision was taken in the meeting of the union cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Under the Pradhan Mantri […]

Govt cuts subsidy for non-urea fertilisers, to cost ₹22,186.55 crore for FY21

The Centre on Wednesday slashed the subsidy on non-urea fertilisers, a move that would reduce the burden on the exchequer to ₹22,186.55 crore in this fiscal amid the COVID-19 outbreak. A decision in this regard was taken at the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “The CCEA […]

COVID-19: Delayed wheat harvest has Bihar worried over seeds

A delay in harvesting of wheat crops in the wake of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic could result in 25-30 per cent fall in seed production, according to state’s agricultural scientists. The Bihar Agriculture University (BAU), Bhagalpur, planted breeder seeds in 26 hectares to produce 650 quintals of wheat. Foundation seeds were planted in 94.5 […]

Govt sanctions INR 17,800 Cr loans, clears INR 2424 Cr under PMFBY insurance claim

Under the Kisan Credit Card (KCC) saturation drive has been initiated by DAC&FW in collaboration with the Department of Financial Services to cover all PM- KISAN beneficiaries. So far  83 lakh applications received out of which 18.26 lakh applications have been sanctioned for loans worth INR 17,800 cr. Under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana […]

Indian agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar launches an agri transport call centre

The union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar, on Wednesday, launched the All India Agri Transport Call Centre. This will facilitate inter-state movement of perishables in the current situation of lockdown due to the COVID-19 threat. This round the clock Agri Transport Call Centre is an initiative of the union agriculture ministry for coordination between States […]