Ban on sugarcane juice for ethanol: Food Ministry shifts ball to OMCs court

Amid widespread criticism over the abrupt and sudden order to stop using sugarcane juice for ethanol, the food ministry has announced that oil marketing companies would allocate the quantity of ethanol they intend to purchase from each distillery mentioning how much the biofuel is to be made from which feedstock. However, there is no mention of lifting the ban […]

CNH signs MoU with ICAR Institute to develop apple harvesting technology

Farm equipment maker CNH Industrial has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research – Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture (ICAR-CITH), Srinagar to collaborate on fruit harvesting technology in India. The partnership will focus on enhancing the mechanization of fruit harvesting, specifically apples, integrating cutting-edge techniques. It will also foster the development […]

Farm Output Likely to Grow by More Than 3% in FY24

Farm output is expected to grow by more than 3% in FY24 despite initial concerns about the adverse impact of an erratic monsoon, NITI Aayog member Ramesh Chand said, signaling the El Niño weather pattern may have had a more moderate effect than earlier anticipated. Chand, however, acknowledged that the uneven southwest monsoon would have […]

Govt says number of beneficiaries under PM-KISAN has crossed 10 crore

Synopsis The definition of family for the scheme is husband, wife and minor children. The state government or the UT administration concerned identifies the farmer families which are eligible for support as per the scheme guidelines. Certain categories of higher economic status are excluded from the scheme. The ministry described the ambitious scheme as one […]

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The agriculture industry, valued at US$370 billion, continues to be the primary source of income for more than 40% of the population and provides 19.9% of the national GDP. Despite its contribution, the sector remains mired in structural weaknesses that hinder growth and productivity. To address these difficulties and increase farmer incomes, Indian agriculture requires […]

IARI trying higher yield in short-duration rice varieties to stop stubble burning in Punjab

Synopsis Stubble burning by farmers in Punjab and other parts significantly contributes to air pollution in north India during winters. To prevent stubble burning in Punjab, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) on Monday said it is trying in the breeding programme to get higher yield in the short-duration rice varieties to help farmers can easily […]

Tea estates in Assam may start growing rubber as well

Synopsis The Assam government in August allowed up to 5% of the total land of tea gardens to be used for promotion of eco-friendly tea tourism, cultivation of agriculture crops, green power and animal husbandry. With the Assam government allowing diversion of tea land for non-tea purposes, the Rubber Board is looking to promote rubber […]

Farmers backbone of rising India; industry driving agriculture into new trajectory: VP Jagdeep Dhankhar

Synopsis Bharat is on the rise as never before. It is a global recognition. And in this rise, farmers are the backbone,” he said in his inaugural address at the 15th edition of the agriculture and food technology fair organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here. Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar on Friday said […]

Wheat sown in 54,000 hectares, increase of 59% from last year: Govt data

Synopsis Wheat has been sown on 54,000 hectares so far in the current rabi (winter) season of the 2022–23 crop year, which is an increase of 59% over 34,000 hectares in the comparable period last year, government data issued on Friday revealed. Wheat has been sown on 54,000 hectares so far in the current rabi […]

Stubble burning: Punjab govt suspends four agriculture officers for dereliction of duty

Synopsis According to Punjab Remote Sensing Centre data, 1,761 farm fires were reported in Punjab on Sunday. Of these, Sangrur recorded the highest number of farm fires at 323, followed by 249 in Patiala, 122 in Fatehgarh Sahib, 114 in Bathinda, 110 in Tarn Taran, 107 in Ferozepur and 100 in Ludhiana, the data showed. […]