Promoting Startups in Agriculture

Agriculture in India has shown an increase in its average agricultural output (per hectare), in last 60 years and thisis adding to the growth in total output.The increase in agricultural productivity is directly related to India’s green revolution mission, developed infrastructure of road and power generation, management of Agri-inputs and supply chain, knowledge of Agri-processes […]

Review farm sector-related ordinances: Punjab CM to Modi

NEW DELHI: Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighting the need to review three farm sector-related ordinances cleared by the Union Cabinet this month. Singh has said the review should be made on the grounds of interests of farmers and in the ‘spirit’ of cooperative federalism where states […]

Punjab looks at crop diversification, mechanisation to boost agriculture

NEW DELHI: Amid labour shortage caused by the coronavirus-related curbs, Punjab plans to focus on crop diversification and have more mechanisation options including use of technology as sowing of kharif crops has started in the northern state . The state’s push for crop diversification – not only to deal with labour shortage but to improve […]

Move to ban 27 pesticides will hand over Rs 12,000-cr market to China: Indian manufacturers

New Delhi: Pesticide manufacturers have threatened to take the government to court if it goes through with banning the manufacturing and export of 27 pesticides in India. The Ministry of Agriculture had issued a draft notification on 14 May, intending to ban the chemicals for being harmful to humans and animals, many of them are widely […]

Modi govt’s three rushed ordinances can help agriculture, but not farmers

Text Size: My friend Ajay Vir Jakhar, who runs Bharat Krishak Samaj and is currently the Chair of Punjab Farmers’ Commission, has tweeted a mischievous request asking for names and contact details of those farmer organisations that support the three “historic” ordinances passed recently for the agriculture sector. He asks this question even as he […]

All about Agridex, India’s first agricultural index to trade in commodities market

Agridex was launched on 25 May by the National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX). It comprises 10 liquid commodities traded on NCDEX. New Delhi: The National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX) last month launched the country’s first agricultural futures trading index — ‘Agridex’ — with four contracts expiring in June, July, September and December.  This […]

Farmers liberated today, claims Modi govt; ‘One Nation, One Market’, other agri reforms announced

With the latest move, commodities such as cereals, edible oils, oilseeds, pulses, onions, and potato are likely to get deregulated as no stock limit will be applicable to processors or traders. The Union Cabinet today approved the amendment to the decades-old Essential Commodities Act, following up on Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’ economic […]

Centre’s Economic Package Addresses Long Term Issues, Not Immediate Concerns of Farmers

Millions of agricultural labourers are currently under stress due to the ongoing lockdown which has led to a loss in income, loss of jobs for migrant labour and a disruption in the supply chain. Following the stress on the agricultural sector by the COVID-19 related lockdown, the central Government has announced medium to long term […]

Covid-19 and climate action in India’s provinces

The collective efforts to contain the Covid-19 pandemic in India offer vital lessons that could inform science-based climate action strategies in various states India’s lockdown to contain the coronavirus epidemic emptied roads in cities, leading to a marked decrease in air pollution (Photo by Pixabay) The year 2020 is an important milestone to enhance global […]


NEW DELHI, May 28 (Reuters) – Monsoon rains are likely to enter India through the southern coast around June 1, the state-run weather office said on Thursday, marking the start of the four-month rainy season that is crucial for the country’s farm-dependent economy. Weather conditions are “very likely to become favourable from June 1, 2020” […]