Agriculture Ministry okays setting up 100 fodder-centric FPOs in 2022-23

Synopsis The Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying in 2020 had proposed the establishment of fodder-centric FPOs and requested the agriculture ministry to allow such FPOs under the central scheme “Formation and Promotion of 10,000 new FPOs”. The government has finally designated National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) as the implementing agency for setting up […]

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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 […]

Narendra Singh Tomar launches portal on natural farming

Synopsis The Jal Shakti Minister said his ministry has made a roadmap to promote natural farming and identified 75 Sahakar Ganga villages in the first phase by signing an MoU with Sahkar Bharti and training has been given to the farmers. The UP Agriculture Minister said that under the Namami Gange Project, the promotion of […]

Govt’s paddy procurement up 12 pc at 170.53 lakh tonnes till Oct

Synopsis Normally, paddy procurement begins immediately after the withdrawal of the Southwest monsoon from October onwards. However in southern states, especially in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, it begins from September. The government aims to procure 771.25 lakh tonnes of paddy in the 2022-23 kharif marketing season (October-September). The actual procurement stood at record 759.32 lakh […]

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. […]

Potato and Tomato Production Estimated to be Down by 4-5 percent in 2021-22

The government releases production estimates at different stages of plant growth and harvesting. A total of four estimates are released before the final one. According to the agriculture ministry data, potato and tomato production is estimated to have declined by 4-5 percent during the crop year that ended July 2022, while onion output remained higher […]