India calls for eliminating north-south divide to reach consensus on issues grappling International Seed Treaty

Synopsis Amid lack of consensus on issues like benefit sharing of germ plasm which will provide access to better quality seeds, India on Monday urged member countries of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) to make headway eliminating the north-south divide. Amid lack of consensus on issues like benefit […]

Total wage rate for tea estate workers in Assam to increase by 9%

Synopsis The wage hike, as per ICRA estimates, would lead to an increase in the cost of production by Rs. 14per kg for bulk tea producers based out of Assam, which contributes 60% and 50% of the North India and all India production respectively. ICRA, in its latest report on bulk tea, has indicated that […]

Andhra Pradesh: Joint struggles being planned for a fair deal to farmers, says AIKS leader

‘Agrarian crisis more severe in State as it stood third in country in terms of farmers’ suicide’ Drawing inspiration from the struggle that forced the Union government to repeal the three controversial farm laws, the farmers’ unions are gearing up for joint struggles to achieve their other major pending demands, which includes statutory backing to […]

Excess output hits onion garlic farmers

Synopsis Onion prices are usually higher in the rainy season in the absence of fresh harvest anywhere in the country. However, currently, the prices of average quality old onion are in the range of Rs 9-13/kg in the largest producer, Maharashtra. Farmers from MP, the largest garlic growing state, are struggling to recover the cost […]

PM Kisan scheme | ‘21 lakh farmers chosen in Uttar Pradesh found ineligible’

Under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme, 21 lakh farmers selected in Uttar Pradesh have been found ineligible in a probe, State Agriculture Minister Surya Pratap Shahi said on September . The amount given to those ineligible farmers so far under the scheme will be recovered from them, the minister added. A total of […]

Nitin Gadkari advices farmers to form their own companies for marketing

Synopsis ​​The government can step in where they can not solve a problem, the Union minister said. He was speaking at an outreach program organised by the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority, a government body, in association with his Agrovision Foundation. Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday advised farmers to form their […]

Delhi govt begins preparations for spraying bio-decomposer in farms to prevent stubble burning

Synopsis “Along with this, a training programme will also be organised in the Delhi Secretariat on Friday regarding the spraying of the free bio-decomposer, during which officials of the development department, the revenue department and the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (PUSA) will also be present,” the minister said. The Delhi government has begun preparations for […]

India may see up to 12 million tonnes slump in rice production, food secretary says

Synopsis There are four affected drought states which have less area of approximately 25 lakh hectares, translating into about 7-8 million tonnes of less output. Total rice sowing is down by 38.06 lakh hectares and loss of production may be about 10 million tonnes. In worst case it can be 12 million tonnes this year […]

Govt to offload about 50,000 tonnes of onions from buffer stock

The government will offload about 50,000 tonnes of onions from its buffer stocks to a few cities like Delhi and Guwahati, where retail prices are a little higher than the all-India average rates. To stabilise onion prices, the Centre is maintaining a buffer stock of 2.5 lakh tonnes of onion. Sources said that the department […]

How precision technologies can help farmers increase crop yields

Synopsis As old solutions- add more fertilisers and pesticides- become obsolete and new agrarian challenges surface, there are also new technologies and sciences to address and overcome these concerns. Among these tech-driven solutions is precision farming, a scientific approach to farm management that leverages high-tech sensors and analytic tools to optimise crop and soil healthy. […]