India’s Agricultural Products Exports up 16% in 2022-23

For the year 2022-23, an export target of $23.56 billion has been fixed for the agricultural and processed food products basket. India’s agricultural and processed food products exports rose by 16 per cent in the first eight months (April-November) of the current financial year 2022-23 on a yearly basis. The agricultural exports has managed to attain 74 […]

Basmati, non-basmati rice exports up 7.37 pc in Apr-Oct: Industry data

Synopsis Sethia said non-basmati rice exports were not affected due to the imposition of customs duty. The exports remained robust. The government imposed curbs on rice exports to check prices that flared up due to likely fall in production. As per the first estimate of the agriculture ministry, rice output is estimated to decline to […]

CCFI seeks government’s intervention in restricting agrochemical imports; expects incorporation in Budget 2023-24

Among various issues of the Indian agrochemical industry, the Crop Care Federation of India (CCFI) has raised concerns about imports of agrochemicals in India. The industry body is seeking the Central Government’s intervention for the incorporation of increased customs duty on technical and formulation imports in the Budget 2023-24. In a communication sent last week to […]

Commerce ministry may engage with Niti Aayog to rework draft bills on tea, coffee, 3 others

Synopsis Niti Aayog has given its views on the drafts of Spices (Promotion and Development) Bill, 2022; Rubber (Promotion and Development) Bill, 2022; Coffee (Promotion and Development) Bill, 2022; Tea (Promotion and Development) Bill, 2022 and Tobacco Board (Amendment) Bill, 2022. The ministry had earlier also conducted stakeholder consultations on these drafts to address their […]

Two committees set up to reduce delay in crop loss, damage estimation: Jitendra Singh

The committees will have representation from Maharashtra, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan government along with the experts from different departments and agencies of the central government. New Delhi: Union minister Jitendra Singh on Wednesday said that the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare (MoA&FW) has set up two committees to reduce the delay in crop […]

Wheat sowing up 25 pc so far this rabi season at 255.76 lakh hectares; oilseeds acreage up 9 pc

Synopsis Higher area has been reported from Uttar Pradesh (20.09 lakh hectares), Madhya Pradesh (13.48 lakh hectares), Rajasthan (5.32 lakh hectares), Gujarat (2.61 lakh hectares), Maharashtra (2.43 lakh hectares), Bihar (2.24 lakh hectares), Punjab (1.32 lakh hectares) and Haryana (1.28 lakh hectares). Wheat acreage has increased by 25 per cent so far in the ongoing […]

India’s cotton exports stall as farmers delay sales hoping for higher prices

Synopsis “Harvesting of the new crop started last month, but many farmers are not willing to sell. They are holding crop hoping prices would rise like the last season,” said Atul Ganatra, president of the Cotton Association of India (CAI). Indian traders are struggling to export cotton despite higher production as farmers are delaying sale […]

Agriculture Ministry okays setting up 100 fodder-centric FPOs in 2022-23

Synopsis The Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying in 2020 had proposed the establishment of fodder-centric FPOs and requested the agriculture ministry to allow such FPOs under the central scheme “Formation and Promotion of 10,000 new FPOs”. The government has finally designated National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) as the implementing agency for setting up […]

Narendra Singh Tomar launches portal on natural farming

Synopsis The Jal Shakti Minister said his ministry has made a roadmap to promote natural farming and identified 75 Sahakar Ganga villages in the first phase by signing an MoU with Sahkar Bharti and training has been given to the farmers. The UP Agriculture Minister said that under the Namami Gange Project, the promotion of […]

Stubble burning: Punjab govt suspends four agriculture officers for dereliction of duty

Synopsis According to Punjab Remote Sensing Centre data, 1,761 farm fires were reported in Punjab on Sunday. Of these, Sangrur recorded the highest number of farm fires at 323, followed by 249 in Patiala, 122 in Fatehgarh Sahib, 114 in Bathinda, 110 in Tarn Taran, 107 in Ferozepur and 100 in Ludhiana, the data showed. […]