Union Agriculture Minister inaugurates NDDB’s honey testing laboratory

Bhubaneswar: Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Hon’ble Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, inaugurated NDDB’s hi-tech honey testing laboratory and beekeeping training programme for dairy farmers at National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), Anand on 24 July 2020 in the presence of Guest of Honour Shri Giriraj Singh, Hon’ble Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & […]

In seed-potato belt, farmers produced less for planting in new season

Punjab produces just over 5% of India’s potatoes. But the state’s Doaba region — covering the four districts of Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur and Nawanshahr — supplies practically the entire potatoes that farmers across the country use as fresh “seed”. Gurminder Singh Sangha harvested 41,000 50-kg “packets” of potatoes from his 2019-20 crop, as against the […]

State intervention is needed to make farming economically and ecologically viable

Instead of further liberalisation of agriculture, state intervention for better pricing, investments in water harvesting and an agroecological transition could ensure a more resilient system to weather shocks like the current one. In rural India, the COVID-related economic crisis should be addressed as a priority, not only because of its social dimension but also because […]

RCF ensures availability of top brand fertilizers to farming community

Even in the most challenging times of COVID-19, RCF has ensured the availability of its top brand Fertilizers like ‘Ujjwala’ Urea and ‘Suphala’to the farming community for Kharif sowing season. Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers Limited (RCF), a CPSE under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, is committed to the well being of India’s farming sector. […]

Tractor sales in June may see double-digit growth

MUMBAI: Domestic tractor sales will likely clock double-digit year-on-year growth in June given the strong recovery in demand following dismal performance in April because of the lockdown, said three people aware of the development. The surge in sales has been attributed to a robust rabi harvest, timely arrival of the monsoon to aid kharif sowing, […]

Small Farmers, Big Crisis, and SMS is no Solution, Say Farm Leaders

The lockdown has got the government talking about agri ‘reforms’ again, but the exploitation of India’s weakest farmers continues unchecked. It is a cruel irony that in the sixth week of the nationwide lockdown, the government is talking up omnibus agriculture “reforms” as if they can mitigate the growing distress in rural India. Reforms, no doubt, implies stricter compliance with online registration and payment rules, more focus on market-based pricing, and other such changes, […]

Govt plans major agricultural reforms post-coronavirus

The PM suggested these reforms at a high-level review meeting on the agricultural sector, which was also attended by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, home minister Amit Shah, agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar, and senior officials. Outlining an ambitious post-pandemic agenda for agricultural reform, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked his top ministers and bureaucrats […]

In PM’s push for farm reforms, a role for Kisan credit cards, PM-KISAN scheme

The government’s focus is on making strategic interventions in the existing marketing eco-system for the farm sector and bringing appropriate reforms in the context of rapid agricultural development. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday held a meeting with ministers and government officials to discuss ways to boost the agriculture sector in India as the country […]

Govt disburses ₹15,841 cr to 7.92 cr farmers under PM-KISAN during lockdown

NEW DELHI : The government has disbursed the first instalment of ₹15,841 crore to 7.92 crore farmers under the PM-KISAN scheme, since March 24, the day lockdown was announced to curb COVID-19. Under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme, the Centre transfers an amount of ₹6,000 per year, in three equal instalments, directly into the bank […]

Coronavirus Lockdown V: Three ways govt can help farmers, migrant workers overcome the current crisis

Three quick policy measures can be taken to ensure income and credit flows: direct procurement, direct cash transfers to farmers as well as landless labourers and interest subvention through cash transfers and in KCC mode The COVID-19 infection may have travelled deep into India’s interiors with the exodus of migrant workers. About 5,00,000-6,00,000 people walked ‘barefoot’, out of […]