Tomato prices surge as rains damage crop

Synopsis “Tomato supply to Azadpur mandi has dwindled as rains have damaged the crop. At the wholesale level, prices have appreciated from ₹20 per kg to ₹28 per kg. Prices will remain firm for some time now, till the new crop comes,” said Ashok Kaushik, president, Tomato Traders Association, Asia’s largest Mandi in Azadpur said […]

World’s food supply faces new threat from lack of rain in India

Synopsis The threat to India’s rice production comes at a time when countries are grappling with soaring food costs and rampant inflation. Total rice planted area has declined 13% so far this season due to a lack of rainfall in some areas, including West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh, which account for a quarter of India’s […]

India’s natural farming policy should recognise women’s new role

Their participation in natural farming will not just ensure the sustaining and scaling of the practice, but also promote economic well-being, equity and support the nation’s sustainable development agenda. Tribal women at Kharegoan village in Thane. a social security blanket is essential to ensure that women have a robust support system to juggle household responsibilities, […]

Ministry to soon seek Cabinet nod for allowing more projects access agri fund: Narendra Singh Tomar

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Saturday said his ministry will soon seek the Cabinet nod for a proposal to allow emerging technology-based farm projects like hydroponics access the Rs 1 lakh crore Agriculture Infrastructure Fund. Set up in 2020, the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund (AIF) provides financing facility for setting up of post harvest infra […]