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First meeting of committee on Minimum Support Price to be held on August 22 (Photo: Reuters)

First meeting of committee on Minimum Support Price to be held on August 22

Aug 15, 2022

In the first meeting, sources said the committee will introduce members, deliberate on "future strategies" and discuss setting up sub-panels to cover the wide issues mentioned in the terms of reference.

Farmers, farming must be treated with honour: Narendra Singh Tomar

Farmers, farming must be treated with honour: Narendra Singh Tomar

Jul 22, 2022

He also stressed the need to address the existing challenges in the agriculture sector.

 Govt had not assured farmers of panel to provide legal guarantee of MSP: Tomar

Govt had not assured farmers of panel to provide legal guarantee of MSP: Tomar

Jul 19, 2022

While announcing the repeal of the three farm laws in November last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised to set up a committee to discuss various farmers' issues, including the minimum support price (MSP).

Govt receives Rs 23,000 crore proposals under Agriculture Infrastructure Fund

Govt receives Rs 23,000 crore proposals under Agriculture Infrastructure Fund

Jul 15, 2022

AIF with a corpus of Rs 1 lakh crore will be disbursed through loan by 2025-26, ministry officials had said earlier.

Jharkhand's Kharif sowing hampered by scanty monsoon rain

Jharkhand's Kharif sowing hampered by scanty monsoon rain

Jul 07, 2022

Farmers are worried as the overall coverage of kharif crops is only 5.32% against the total target of 28.27 lakh hectares of land till Wednesday.

Govt sets up new approval framework for wheat flour exports (Photo: Reuters)

Govt sets up new approval framework for wheat flour exports

Jul 07, 2022

Exporters of wheat flour would now need approval of the inter-ministerial committee for shipments of atta. The new requirement will be applicable from July 12.

Govt is acting to fix post-production challenges in agri sector, says Tomar

Govt is acting to fix post-production challenges in agri sector, says Tomar

Jul 06, 2022

"Not production, but post-production is definitely a problem today," Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said addressing a conference on 'Getting Agriculture Markets right' organised jointly by National Stock Exchange and ICRIER.

India to become 'aatmanirbhar' in urea production by 2025 end, says Mandaviya

India to become 'aatmanirbhar' in urea production by 2025 end, says Mandaviya

Jul 05, 2022

"As per our estimate, we will be self-sufficient in urea by 2025-end and there will be no import dependence. Our domestic production of conventional urea and nano urea will be more than the demand," the Chemicals and Fertilisers ministers said.

Sowing areas for Kharif crops dropped more than five per cent compared to last year, while rice witnessed a 27 per cent drop as of July 1

Slow monsoon progress in June hurt Kharif sowing: Why July rains are key

Jul 05, 2022

Along with rice, the coverage area of many other Kharif crops, especially oilseeds, has decreased compared to last year, the Agriculture Ministry's latest weekly area coverage data shows.

IFFCO secures 20-year patent for nano urea and nano DAP

IFFCO secures 20-year patent for nano urea and nano DAP

Jul 01, 2022

'This intellectual property of IFFCO Nano Urea and Nano DAP will strengthen Indian economy by reducing input cost to agriculture,'' Iffco Managing Director US Awasthi said.

"This (inflation data) prompted the government to issue an order at midnight" imposing a ban on wheat exports, said a second source

Food export bans from India to Argentina risk fueling inflation

Jun 27, 2022

On May 12, India's Ministry of Commerce & Industry said it was preparing to send delegations to nine countries to export a record 10 million tonnes of wheat this fiscal year - sharply up the previous season. But a barrage of alarming data changed all that.

Mahindra Insurance Brokers, BigHaat to offer financial solutions to farmers

Mahindra Insurance Brokers, BigHaat to offer financial solutions to farmers

Jun 22, 2022

This policy will offer a sum insured of up to Rs 5 lakhs in various combinations (Self/Spouse/Children/Parents). Additionally, hospital cash of daily sum insured of Rs.1,000 for 15 days in a year will also be launched as part of the insurance policy, a joint statement read.

Alibag: 3,000 hectares of coastal land useless for paddy farming, reveals survey (Photo: Reuters)

Alibag: 3,000 hectares of coastal land useless for paddy farming, reveals survey

Jun 14, 2022

Activists allege that the protection wall keeping the seawater out has not been maintained, resulting in water getting in during high tide.

Global wheat prices surged after the decision. 

No immediate plan to lift wheat export ban: Piyush Goyal

May 26, 2022

The world's second biggest producer of wheat banned private overseas sales of the grain on May 14 after a scorching heat wave curtailed output and domestic prices hit a record high.

A sum of Rs 450 crore has been earmarked to provide incentive to farmers for promotion of less water-consuming and cost-effective DSR technology.

Punjab targets 12 lakh hectares of paddy area with DSR technique

May 22, 2022

The DSR needs far less water for irrigation, improves percolation, reduces dependence on farm labour and improves soil health, thus enhancing yield of both paddy and wheat by 5-10 per cent.

India is the only major supplier of wheat at this time of year, and its exports of the grain have surged since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February.

Record 1.4 million tonne wheat sold in April, exports may reach 1.5 MT in May

May 11, 2022

April is the first month of the fiscal year. India, the world's second-biggest wheat producer, exported a record 7 million tonnes of the grain in fiscal 2021-22.

Expecting another record crop, traders and government officials saw an opportunity to export 12 million tonnes in the current 2022-23 fiscal year.

Heatwave threatens India's wheat output, export plans 

May 03, 2022

Cashing in on a rally in global wheat prices after Russia invaded Ukraine, India exported a record 7.85 million tonnes in the fiscal year to March - up 275% from the previous year.

The skyrocketing prices of gas have thrusted the cost of urea production upwards since the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Cabinet gives nod to increase in P&K fertilizer subsidy for kharif season FY23

Apr 27, 2022

The subsidy has been increased to Rs 2,501 per bag which was Rs 1,650 per bag in Rabi-2021-22 and Rs 512 in the year 2020-21, which has now been increased five times to Rs 2,501 per bag, the Fertilizer department tweeted.

Russia and Ukraine figure in the list of top exporters of wheat but supplies were hit after the former attacked the latter.

MP wheat demand shoots up globally amid Russia-Ukraine crisis

Apr 24, 2022

Madhya Pradesh State Agricultural Marketing Board's (MPSAMB) Managing Director Vikas Narwal said that the government procurement of wheat dipped by 30 per cent due to a sharp rise in prices in the open market.

 The present wheat procurement in Uttar Pradesh is 70 per cent less than last year.

UP farmers throng private shops to sell wheat; give procurement centres a miss

Apr 16, 2022

In the light of the current state of affairs in the state, UP government's target to hit record high in wheat procurement by June 15, 2022 looks like an elusive dream.

Niti Aayog member Ramesh Chand

Agri reforms important; repeal of 3 farm laws a setback: Niti Aayog member

Apr 10, 2022

Ramesh Chand suggested starting fresh consultations with the states for resuming the agriculture reform process.