Agriculture Set To Cushion Impact Of Covid-19 On Economy In 2020-21: Government

Impact of COVID-19: Farming activities were exempted from the nationwide lockdown to facilitate uninterrupted harvesting of rabi crops and sowing of kharif crops. The Indian economy has taken a huge hit from the coronavirus pandemic and resultant lockdowns. The International Monetary Fund expects the global output to contract by 4.9 per cent in 2020 and […]

Rope in private players for boosting farm exports: Finance Commission panel

The Finance Commission said it will look into all the recommendations made by the panel for finalising its own report to the Central government for revenue sharing with states for the five years from FY22 to FY26 Private sector players should be roped in for anchoring specific schemes to scale up farm exports from India […]

Centre launches pilot project to reduce emissions from agriculture

The project will be implemented in Mizoram, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Uttarakhand The Union government on July 28, 2020, launched the Green-Ag Project in Mizoram, to reduce emissions from agriculture and ensure sustainable agricultural practices. Mizoram is one of the five states where the project will be implemented. Other states include Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and […]

India can be among top-5 agri goods exporters with effective policies: Report

By shifting its focus on cultivation and effectively handholding farmers, the country can be among the top-five exporters of agro commodities, according to a report by the World Trade Centre By shifting its focus on cultivation and effectively handholding farmers, the country can be among the top-five exporters of agro commodities, according to a report […]

Share Home SECTORS Agriculture Story Kharif sowing gets leg-up from favourable rains, coverage area grows 18%

Sowing data of major kharif crops such as paddy, pulses, coarse cereals and oilseeds on July 24 showed that a total of 799.95 lakh hectare have been covered this year, compared to 675.07 lakh hectare in the last Kharif season Riding on favourable rainfall in the third week of July, the area of major kharif […]

Water crisis is becoming a problem for Centre

Although Modi’s BJP dominates parliament after a big win in last year’s election, he needs to tread a fine balance between shifting to less water-intensive crops and ensuring his government produces enough food to feed the poor. On a scorching summer day in northern India, Ajay Singh sat next to his water pump and scanned his 10 […]

In seed-potato belt, farmers produced less for planting in new season

Punjab produces just over 5% of India’s potatoes. But the state’s Doaba region — covering the four districts of Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur and Nawanshahr — supplies practically the entire potatoes that farmers across the country use as fresh “seed”. Gurminder Singh Sangha harvested 41,000 50-kg “packets” of potatoes from his 2019-20 crop, as against the […]

Policymakers still talk of ‘food security’, it’s time to plan for ‘nutritional self-reliance’

Farmers will need to be supported in perpetuity; they can never become atmanirbhar. The question is how best to support farmers such that India may become nutrition self-reliant Imagine, while constructing a multi-storey building the contractors discover the building foundation has begun to sink. It is scary, but wait. Now, imagine that even though the […]

State intervention is needed to make farming economically and ecologically viable

Instead of further liberalisation of agriculture, state intervention for better pricing, investments in water harvesting and an agroecological transition could ensure a more resilient system to weather shocks like the current one. In rural India, the COVID-related economic crisis should be addressed as a priority, not only because of its social dimension but also because […]

Admin expense 3 times more than expenses of research in ICAR: Tomar

He added that till resource allocation improves, agriculture scientists need to think about how to produce best results in the current circumstances. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Thursday pointed out that salary and other administrative expenditure of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is three times more than the actual expenses of research. He […]