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 […]

Government to offer interest sops even if farmers fail to repay till May 31

The government said that farmers will get the 3% concession on interest rate on crop loans even if they fail to repay loans till May 31. This is sync with Reserve Bank of India’s three-month moratorium scheme for stressed borrowers. Farmers get a 3% concession on crop loan interest for prompt repayment. Loans up to […]

Farmers didn’t gain from rise in onion prices

The onino price rise has left citizens teary-eyed as the onion prices in wholesale markets have touched Rs 100 per Kg and the prices are expected to soar till February. Retail price of onions nearing Rs 100 per kilogram in some states. (Photo: PTI) The onino price rise has left citizens teary-eyed as the onion […]

Odisha Releases Draft Agricultural Policy-2019, KALIA To Remain Flagship Scheme For Next 5 Yrs

Bhubaneswar: Aiming to actualize the vast untapped potential of the State’s agriculture, strengthen the economic and social well-being of farmers, sharecroppers and landless labourers while ensuring the growth process environmentally, economically and technologically inclusive, scalable and sustainable, the Draft Agricultural Policy of Odisha-2019 was released today. Introduction of the Draft mentions, “Odisha Agricultural Policy 2019 is […]