Covid-19: Centre to fast-track PM-KISAN disbursals for 85 mn farmers

In view of the Covid-19 crisis, the Central government will advance the first installment of PM-KISAN payout for the April-June quarter that will ensure that almost 85 million eligible growers get nearly Rs 16,000 crore by first week of April. Officials said according to their estimates, around 85 million farmers are eligible to get the first installement […]

किसानों को खेती और उपज को बेचने में मदद करेगा ये ऐप, जानिए इसमें क्या हैं खूबियां

Source: ZeebizLink: केंद्रीय सड़क अनुसंधान संस्थान (CSIR-CRRI) ने किसान सभा (Kisan Sabha App) के नाम से नया ऐप लॉन्च किया है. इस ऐप के जरिए देश के दूरदराज इलाकों के किसान सप्लाई चेन (Supply chain) और ट्रांसपोर्ट की सुविधा से जुड़ सकते हैं. इस ऐप की मदद से किसानों की फसल की बिक्री और खाद-बीज […]

[Commentary] Covid-19 and food security: Lessons for Indian Agriculture

Commentary by M.S. Swaminathan (as told to Nitya Rao) on 22 April 2020 Strong agricultural genetic diversity can strengthen food security and in turn reduce vulnerability to infections such as the current pandemic. In this commentary, eminent agricultural scientist M.S. Swaminathan draws on some of his early research on potato, focusing on the spread of pests and […]

With 3% growth this year, India’s agriculture output will be a lone bright spot for economy

Indian economy is headed for a rare annual contraction as 40-day lockdown to prevent coronavirus spread effectively puts a lid on consumption. New Delhi: India’s agriculture output is seen growing faster than expected in the current financial year, emerging as the lone bright spot at a time when the coronavirus pandemic is taking out the economy’s […]

Modi govt to give Rs 15,000 crore to farmers under PM KISAN scheme

This will help farmers support their living during the nationwide lockdown, due to which farmers are not able to sell their produce. The government so far has distributed around Rs 54,000 crore benefiting 87.1 million farmers over four equal instalments, starting from December 2019. NEW DELHI: The Modi government at the Centre is set to […]

Covid-19 impact: State border curbs disrupt farm, food supply chain

Agri markets to remain closed till March 31 The clampdown imposed by the Government in controlling the spread of the dreaded Covid-19 has thrown the agri-supply chain in a state of disarray. The agri-markets have started downing their shutters for trading activities and are expected to stay closed till the end of this month. This […]

After coronavirus, poultry farmers in Karnataka and Kerala hit by bird flu

Farmers in the two states have reportedly begun culling chickens, while the state governments have restricted supply of chicken across their borders After coronavirus hit consumption of chicken and eggs to a multi-year low, poultry farmers in Karnataka and Kerala are facing another problem — bird flu or, formally, the H5N1 virus. The source is migratory birds from the east. Farmers in the […]

India: Windfall for Punjab’s potato farmers as crop hits all-time high prices

It’s a happy time for the potato farmers of Punjab, with their crop hitting the highest rate ever known due to low production in other states because of a delayed monsoon last year. Farmers are currently getting Rs 1,600 per quintal for their table crop, which is currently being harvested. For the past four years, […]