This Startup’s Device Runs Water Pumps & Saves Farmer Lives For Just Rs 400!

The ‘Smart Fault Preventer and Irrigation Controller’ lets farmers irrigate their farms automatically, handles high voltage power, and also manages electricity fluctuations – all in one go! “Throughout my life, I have seen how lack of rainfall, crop failure, loans, and debt trap hurt the lives of farmers,” says 24-year-old innovator and entrepreneur, Vikas Jamkhandi. […]

Govt Extends Aadhaar Seeding Date for PM-Kisan Plan till November 30

Under the PM-Kisan scheme, the government is providing annually Rs 6,000 in three equal installments to 14 crore farmers. NEW DELHI: The government on Wednesday extended the Aadhaar seeding date till November 30 to avail Rs 6,000 benefit under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) scheme to help farmers buy farm inputs ahead of rabi sowing […]

Low registration of farmers worry for Odisha government

Secretaries of PACS asked to bring all farmers, who have taken loans for paddy crops, into the registration fold BHUBANESWAR: With only four days left for closure of online registration for sale of surplus paddy to Government agencies under price support system, only 3.16 lakh farmers are reported to have enrolled for 2019-20 kharif marketing season. […]

Startup Street: India’s Agritech Startups Are Booming. But There’s More To Do

This week on Startup Street, we have a report by Nasscom that outlines the emerging trends in India’s agritech startups along with what more is needed. Commerce and industry body Assocham is launching a quick-pitch series for Indian startups. And cab ordering applications have taken another step towards the future of electric and driverless cars. […]

Explained: How Geographical Indication Can Boost Agriculture Exports

An increased thrust on agricultural exports is well documented in the Agriculture Export Policy 2018 and is also visible through alterations in the tariffs and non-tariff measures. India continues to be a net agriculture exporting economy, having a high share of primary commodity exports—rice, shrimp, bovine meat, sugar, tea, and spices. Most of its imports […]

Agri Loan Moratorium Extended Till December 31

Thiruvananthapuram: The moratorium on rescheduled agricultural loans has been extended until December 31. The decision came in a meeting of bank representatives called by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday. A total of 1.31 lakh customers have rescheduled small and medium loans for home, agriculture and education. However, the new deadline will apply only […]

Farmers make a beeline to insure Kharif crops

Farmers who have taken crop loans are automatically covered under the scheme. So far, only 14,000 farmers have availed the kharif loan from banks against a target of 40,000. DHENKANAL: With the district registering scanty rainfall, farmers have been making a beeline for PACS and the agriculture office to pay the premium to insure their […]

Community Farming in Goa Emerges as a Tool Against Land Conversion

Many villagers in Goa have banded together to revive rice cultivation through collective mechanized sowing and transplanting. The success in several villages has now become a catalyst for others, particularly for those who want to resist real estate development. The acreage under paddy cultivation has fallen significantly over the years in Goa. The fallow fields […]

World Bank study on PMGSY: ‘Rural roads scheme triggered shift from farm to non-farm employment’

PMGSY was rolled out in 2000 to provide access to all-weather roads in 1.78 lakh rural habitations across the country. A recent independent World Bank assessment of the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) rural roads programme meant to establish ‘farm to market connectivity’ shows that the PMGSY roads, in fact, “triggered a shift from […]

PM Kisan Enrolments Speed Up, Likely to be 70 Million by July

Under the scheme that became operational on December 1, the Centre gives a cash benefit of Rs 6,000 to eligible farmers in three equal installments to help them fund agricultural input costs. NEW DELHI: Enrolments for the farmers’ income support scheme have picked up the pace with owners of large plots of land joining the […]