With 34% rise in direct sowing of rice this year, Punjab farmers save Rs 600 cr, 30% ground water

The pandemic has pushed Punjab’s paddy producing farmers to embrace ‘Direct Seeding of Rice’ (DSR) technique like never before. While bringing record 20 per cent of the total targeted rice area (27 lakh hectares) in the state under DSR, Punjab has increased its DSR area by 34 per cent compared to the cumulative area under the technique […]

“Kisan Pakhwada” Director Agriculture inaugurates Kisan Mela at Akhnoor

Jammu: Director Agriculture Jammu, Inder Jeet today inaugurated a day long Kisan Mela cum Awareness Camp as a part of “Kisan Pakhwada” at Higher Secondary School, Akhnoor.SDM Akhnoor, Gopal Singh, BDC Chairman, Baldev Raj, local farmers and others attended the camp amid observance of all necessary preventive protocols regarding COVID-19.Director Agriculture impressed upon the officers […]

Sowing growth: Incentivising agri-reforms in the states

Incentivising states for better performance in the agriculture sector with a transparent implementation and monitoring system is important. The Fifteenth Finance Commission (FC-XV) has, in its interim report for the year 2020-21, recommended implementation of a specific set of agricultural reforms by the states for liberalising agricultural markets, provide for seamless trading and catalyse private […]

Water in agriculture: Revisiting priorities in times of COVID-19

Currently, 600 million Indians face high to extreme water stress and about 2,00,000 people die every year due to inadequate access to safe water. In the current environment, it is near impossible to look at any sector or scenario without applying the COVID lens. The scale of the problem as well as lessons from nations […]

Agriculture Machine to Machine (M2M) Market Extensive Growth Opportunities to Be Witnessed by 2019-2025

Global “Agriculture Machine to Machine (M2M) market”- Report defines the vital growth factors, opportunities and market segment of top players during the forecast period from 2019 to 2025. The report Agriculture Machine to Machine (M2M) offers a complete market outlook and development rate during the past, present, and the forecast period, with concise study, Agriculture […]

Aatmanirbhar in agriculture will require incentives for export of high-value agri-produce

On the agri-imports front, the biggest item is edible oils — worth about $10 billion (more than 15 mt). This is where there is a need to create “aatma nirbharta”, not by levying high import duties, but by creating a competitive advantage through augmenting productivity and increasing the recovery ratio of oil from oilseeds. With […]

Kharif sowing 88% higher than last year; here’s why this season is faring better than last one

Amid all the mayhem due to coronavirus pandemic, kharif crop sowing so far has beaten last year’s figures with the total acreage as of 3rd July 2020 being 88% higher than the comparable period last year. Amid all the mayhem due to coronavirus pandemic, kharif crop sowing so far has beaten last year’s figures with […]

PM pitches for need to promote start-ups to ensure innovation in agriculture sector

ew Delhi, Jul 4 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday reviewed the progress of agriculture research, extension and education in India and pitched for promoting start-ups and agri-entrepreneurs to ensure innovation and use of technology in farming and allied sectors. He underlined the need for developing forward and backward linkages to assure better returns […]

Teji Mandi: As monsoon arrives in India, agriculture sector likely to improve

Market has moved on. Who can say this is the same market that was tipped to go as low as 3,000 a couple of months back. The recovery has several threats attached to it but in today’s edition, we are just celebrating the green shoots that are appearing. Indian market is looking up and running […]

India-Israel project seeks to help farmers use water and energy more efficiently

According to experts, subsidised electricity in the agricultural sector has often led to over utilisation of groundwater as farmers avoid metering their pumps. In a bid to prevent depletion of the water table during agriculture, the governments of Israel and India, along with Pune-based BAIF Development and Research Foundation (BDRF) and other educational and research […]