Punjab CM Mann hikes sugarcane price by Rs 11 per quintal to Rs 391

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Friday announced a hike of Rs 11 per quintal in sugarcane price, saying the new rate of Rs 391 a quintal is the highest in the country.However, farmers said the appreciation in cane price is “too meagre” and termed the state government’s move as “betrayal”. The price hike came […]

Fertilizer subsidy crossed 70% of Budget allocation in 7 months of FY24

The government’s fertilizer subsidy bill may exceed ₹2-lakh crore in current fiscal as it has crossed 70 per cent of the Budget allocation of ₹1.75-lakh crore in the last seven months. But with rising subsidy level, the retail prices of non-urea fertilizers are likely to remain stable as the government has assured to take the […]

Rains hit natural rubber production in Kerala

Continuing rains in Kerala have hit natural rubber production, which fell 5-10 per cent during the September-November period compared to a year ago. However, the farming community hopes to restore production over the next four months beginning December with the aid of conducive weather and moderate rains in the production centres. George Valy, president of […]

Coca Cola India in tie-up with Luxmi Group’s Makaibari for iced green tea

In 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented Queen Elizabeth with an award-winning variety from the Makaibari tea estate on his visit to the United Kingdom. It’s the preferred tea of Satyajit Ray’s fictional private investigator, Feluda. Now, Coca Cola India has tied up with the iconic Darjeeling tea estate to launch a ready-to-drink iced green […]

India developing sea protocols for fresh produce to boost ocean exports

india is developing sea protocols for various fresh fruits and vegetables like bananas, mangoes, pomegranates and jackfruit to promote their exports through ocean routes, a senior government official said on Tuesday.  At present, most of these exports are happening by air route because of lower volumes and different ripening periods.   The protocol includes understanding voyage time, […]

IISR develops high-yielding black pepper variety ‘Chandra’

The ICAR-Indian Institute of Spices Research (ICAR-IISR), Kozhikode, has developed a high-yielding variety of black pepper named ‘IISR Chandra’. The institute has also completed the genome sequencing of the variety. The research team behind the variety includes Shivakumar MS, B Sasikumar, KV Saji, Sheeja TE, KS Krishnamurthy, and Sivaranjani. Conventionally, new pepper varieties are created […]

UAS-Bengaluru develops low-cost, eco-friendly raw milk cooling unit

The University of Agricultural Sciences-Bengaluru (UAS-B) has developed a low-cost, eco-friendly mini refrigerator for cooling of raw milk, which can be used by small dairy farmers to maintain the quality of milk before pouring it at the collection centres. CT Ramachandra, Prof and Head, Department of Processing and Food Engineering, UAS-B said the solid-state cooling module […]

Learn about the impacts of fungi on plants and the best fungicides for plants.

Fungi and fungal-like organisms (FLOs) harm food production in ways that cannot get repaired. Both plant health and human nutrition are adversely affected. Fungi and FLOs are the most significant historical food losses, such as the destruction of wheat crops in the middle ages, potato blight in Ireland, loss of grape vineyards in Central Europe, […]

Nanofertilizers in Agriculture: Benefits and Safety Concerns

Nano fertilisers provide benefits over conventional fertilisers. Nano fertilisers are superior to conventional fertilisers because they boost soil fertility, yield, and crop quality criteria, are non-toxic and less hazardous to the environment and humans, and reduce profits. Thus, nano-fertilizers aid in crop production improvement. Because of their higher surface tension than normal surfaces, nanoparticles contain […]

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 […]