The NSO survey said the average monthly income per agricultural household during agricultural year 2018-19 was at Rs 10,218

Over 50% agricultural households in debt with average loan of Rs 74,000 in 2019: NSO survey

Sep 11, 2021

The survey points out that only 69.6% of the outstanding loans were taken from institutional sources like banks, cooperative societies and government agencies, while 20.5% of loans were from professional money lenders

Paddy procurement has reached at all-time high level, surpassing previous high of 773.45 lakh tonnes in KMS 2019-20

Govt procures record 890 lakh tonne paddy so far this marketing year

Sep 06, 2021

Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been protesting for more than nine months over their demand for repeal of three new farm laws and a legal guarantee for minimum support price (MSP)

China's scarce land has been under increasing pressure as a result of rapid urbanisation and growing demands of its industrial and agricultural economy

China's total arable land shrinks nearly 6% from 2009-2019

Aug 27, 2021

The number - amounting to 13% of China's total area - is higher than the state target, which aimed to keep 1.24 million sq km of arable land off limits to urban encroachment by the end of 2020, the Ministry of Natural Resources said in a briefing

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

PM to release next instalment of financial benefit under PM-KISAN scheme today

Aug 09, 2021

Under the PM-KISAN scheme, an annual financial benefit of Rs 6,000 is provided to eligible beneficiary farmer families, payable in three equal four-monthly installments of Rs 2000 each

Sitharaman said that the basic customs duty has been reduced from 10 per cent to nil on lentils (masur dal) originated in or exported from countries other than the US

Govt cuts import duty on masur dal to zero; halves agriculture infra cess to 10%

Jul 26, 2021

A notification in this regard was tabled in both houses of Parliament by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The reduced customs duty and cess will come into effect from Tuesday

SJM submitted its suggestions before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture, which is looking at PMB Bill 2020 at the moment

RSS affiliate wants stringent provisions to promote domestic production of pesticides

Jul 15, 2021

SJM submitted its suggestions before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture, which is looking at PMB Bill 2020 at the moment. The Bill, once enacted, will replace the Insecticide Act 1968

Somanathan made these comments with a disclaimer that the views expressed were personal and not of the government (Source: PTI)

Need food, farm subsidy reforms for fiscal position improvement: Finance Secy

Jul 14, 2021

Somnathan, who is Expenditure Secretary, further said that farm, food and fertilizer reforms are administratively easy but politically difficult in view of the ramifications.

India had exported 208 million kg of tea out of the total production of 1,255.60 million kg in 2020

COVID-19 impact: India's tea exports likely to go down by 15% in 2021

Jul 12, 2021

For the period between January to March this year, exports fell by 13.23 per cent as against the corresponding period a year ago, and by 29.03 per cent compared to 2019, as per Tea Board India data

Farmer leaders said that AIF is merely a new head under which loans can be accessed from banks

Farmer unions say tweaks to Rs 1 lakh cr Agriculture Infra Scheme ‘insignificant’

Jul 09, 2021

Samyukta Kisan Morcha accused Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar of showcasing "minor and insignificant changes" to allow APMCs also to access a financing facility under AIF

 Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar assuaged farmers' fears that APMCs will not be scrapped after the implementation of farm laws

APMCs can access Rs 1 lakh cr agri fund, says Tomar; urges farmers to end protest

Jul 09, 2021

Appealing to the farmers to stop their protest, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar stated that APMCs will be eligible to avail financial assistance from the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund (AIF)

The central government has allocated 1,81,950 MT more foodgrains to Delhi for the next five months

FCI buys record 5,954 tonne wheat at MSP from 760 farmers in Delhi

Jul 05, 2021

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Food Corporation of India (FCI) had procured 27.6 MT of wheat at MSP from farmers in Delhi last year, it said