Regulations not violated during GM mustard approval: Centre

The Union Environment Ministry on Saturday rebutted the claims made by activists that statutory regulations were violated during the appraisal and approval of GM mustard in India, saying the product was conditionally cleared only after stakeholder consultation. The Coalition of GM-free India, a group of NGOs opposing genetically modified crops, on Friday released a report alleging that no (independent) […]

Safex Chemicals to invest Rs 100 cr in agri-tech segment in next 3-4 years

Synopsis Agrochemicals maker Safex Chemicals Ltd on Tuesday said it plans to invest Rs 100 crore in its new agri-tech arm, AgCare Technologies, in the next 3-4 years for launching an interactive tech platform and for setting up a manufacturing unit. Agrochemicals maker Safex Chemicals Ltd on Tuesday said it plans to invest Rs 100 […]

Weather uncertainties grip agri sector in 2022; food grain supplies, crop prospects look bright

Synopsis If farm laws were the reason for the sector to hog headlines in 2021, this year, a raft of factors dotted the agriculture-food firmament. While rain deficit and heatwaves in winter hit production of a few major crops, Russia-Ukraine conflict pushed higher the prices of many commodities and fertilisers. Wheat and paddy crops withered, […]

India’s Agricultural Products Exports up 16% in 2022-23

For the year 2022-23, an export target of $23.56 billion has been fixed for the agricultural and processed food products basket. India’s agricultural and processed food products exports rose by 16 per cent in the first eight months (April-November) of the current financial year 2022-23 on a yearly basis. The agricultural exports has managed to attain 74 […]

Wheat exports rise 30 pc to USD 1.5 bn in Apr-Nov

Synopsis The ministry said that Basmati rice exports too increased by 39.26 per cent to USD 2.87 billion during April-November 2022, while that of non-basmati rice registered a growth of 5 per to USD 4.2 billion in the same period. “Wheat export has registered an increase of 29.29 per cent in eight months of the […]

Sugar industry investing in improving cane yields

The sugar industry is ramping up investments to improve cane varieties in the country and it believes sugarcane yields can go up substantially based on available products and data collected by the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA). According to ISMA, it is working closely with cane research institutes to develop cane varieties that can yield […]

Basmati, non-basmati rice exports up 7.37 pc in Apr-Oct: Industry data

Synopsis Sethia said non-basmati rice exports were not affected due to the imposition of customs duty. The exports remained robust. The government imposed curbs on rice exports to check prices that flared up due to likely fall in production. As per the first estimate of the agriculture ministry, rice output is estimated to decline to […]

CCFI seeks government’s intervention in restricting agrochemical imports; expects incorporation in Budget 2023-24

Among various issues of the Indian agrochemical industry, the Crop Care Federation of India (CCFI) has raised concerns about imports of agrochemicals in India. The industry body is seeking the Central Government’s intervention for the incorporation of increased customs duty on technical and formulation imports in the Budget 2023-24. In a communication sent last week to […]

PM Kisan, Kisan Credit Card, and 4 other beneficial govt schemes for farmers

Synopsis Kisan Diwas or National Farmers’ Day is observed across the country on December 23 to honour farmers, the backbone country. The central government offers various schemes for farmers and the agricultural sector. Know all about Kisan Credit Card, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi and 3 other beneficial govt schemes […]

India’s rabi crops sowing rises 4.4% led by wheat

Synopsis The increase in crop area is across all crops with the highest in wheat. Out of the 25.99 lakh hectares increase in all rabi crops, the increase in wheat area is 9.65 lakh hectares from 302.61 to 312.26 lakh hectares. ​Though the sowing of rabi crops is still under progress, the area brought under […]