Narendra Modi Speech Highlights: Farmers, Taxpayers Behind COVID Welfare Schemes’ Success, Says PM

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday gave credit to the farmers and taxpayers for enabling the Centre to provide free foodgrains during the COVID-19 phase to the poor and needy in the country. “If the government today is able to provide free grains to the poor and needy today then the credit goes to […]

PM Modi announces extension of free ration scheme for the poor till november end

Says Government is working on ‘one nation, one ration card’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced extension of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY), a free ration scheme, for 80 crore people across the country till end of November. In a televised address to the nation, Modi also said the government was […]

Will India’s Contract Farming Ordinance Be a Corporate Lifeline for Agriculture?

Even though India has had a few relatively successful models, contract farming has failed to take off in a meaningful manner. Of the three agriculture-related ordinances promulgated on June 5, 2020, the most predictable was ‘The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance, 2020’. Put simply, it provides a legal […]

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 […]

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 […]

Farm workers, agriculture companies exempted from lockdown: Home Ministry

The government has notified procurement agencies like Food Corporation of India, Nafed and other state agencies that buy foodgrains and pulses from farmers at minimum support price under goods and services exempted under the Disaster Management Act to ensure smooth procurement operations ahead of the fresh harvest season. New Delhi: The Union home ministry has […]

Modi announces Rs 20-lakh crore package to revive economy and a ‘new look’ lockdown 4

PM Modi said the package would be part of a movement for self-reliant India, and said rules for the new lockdown would be drawn up after consulting with states. New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that a “new lockdown” will continue beyond the end of the current phase on 17 May, but that the […]

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 […]

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 […]