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International Experts to Covnene in Ludiana to Discuss Climate Resilience and Maize Productivity

Ahead of the three day, 13th Asian Maize Conference that kick starts in Ludhiana, on October 8, the joint conference organizers, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), the ICAR-Indian Institute of Maize Research (ICAR-IIMR), Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), the CGIAR Research Program on Maize (MAIZE) and the Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) held a media briefing at Punjab Agricultural University.

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PAU Advisory for Rice Growers

During the survey of rice crop conducted by scientists of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) in different districts of Punjab, incidence of planthoppers above economic threshold level (5 or more hoppers per hill) has been noticed at some locations, informed Dr G.S. Mangat, Head, Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics.

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PJTSAU University Signs Mou with Drone Maker AEGIS

Prof Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU) has signed a memorandam of understanding (MoU) with Bengaluru-based drone manufactuer AEGIS, to promote awareness and utility of drone technology in agriculture operations .

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Odisha to Launch Fasal Surakshya Abhiyan

The state government has planned to launch Fasal Surakshya Abhiyan on October 1 as part of which qualified professional will be deployed in vulnerable areas, amid preliminary reports of pest attack to paddy crops in various districts.

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Fall Armyworm has reached the Indian Subcontinent

The Fall Armyworm, (Spodoptera frugiperda) (FAW), has been detected for the first time on the Indian subcontinent in mid-May this year in maize fields at the College of Agriculture, University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences (UAHS)

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Spawn and mushroom producing entrepreneur in Nagaland

Mushroom, a wonderful human diet for all age group people because of its nutritional and medicinal properties. Nagaland has great scope of commercial mushroom cultivation by recycling paddy waste for higher income generation.

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Seed Availability and Stubble Management Machinery Demonstrations to Continue at Agri Varsity

Farmers continued to throng the Punjab Agricultural University campus on the third day of the Kisan Mela, even though forecast of rain was came three days ago.

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PAU Organizes Training Course on Mushroom Cultivation

A two-day training course on “Mushroom Cultivation” has been jointly organized by the Directorate of Extension Education and the Department of Microbiology, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) for the farmers and farm women.

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Agricultural Secretary Stresses on Use of Innovative Farm Technologies

Agriculture Secretary S K Pattanayak stressed on the use of innovative technologies to boost output and prosperity of the farming community.

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Karnataka Seeks Partnership with Israel in Agriculture

To introduce and adopt latest Israeli model of agriculture practices in water conservation and post-harvest technology, Karnataka government has begun the ground work.

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To the Banana Cultivation, Tamil Nadu has Contributed Significantly

Praising Tamil Nadu for its significant contribution to the banana cultivation in the country, Chhabilendra Roul, special secretary of department of agriculture research and education (DARE) and secretary of Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) asked the farmers to produce banana to suit the need of the market.

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Options for Rice Residue Management Discussed at PAMETI

Needless to mention that crop residue burning in north-west India is one of the major concerns for researcher, changes agent, policy planners, farmers and civil society not only in farming but also for “one-health”; soil, plant, human animal & environments.

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Agri Varsity to Hold Workshop on Crop Residue Management

The Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, under the aegis of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS, will organize a Brainstorming Workshop on Crop Residue Management on September 6, 2018 from 10 A.M. onwards in Pal Auditorium.

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Approval for Support Price for Green Gram in Karnataka

The Union Ministry of Agriculture approved Karnataka's appeal to implement Price Support Scheme (PSS) for procurement of green gram during the Kharif season 2018-19.

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ICAR preparing a development index for sustainable agriculture

For the first time in the country, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is preparing a development index for sustainable agriculture.

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To Learn New Techniques, Jharkhand Farmers Visiting Israel

To learn new techniques in farming from Israel, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das sent off a group of 26 farmers, accompanied by state government officials, to Israel.

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Awareness Camp on the "Crop Residue Management" at Village Sanghura

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Langroya, Distt. Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar organised an Awareness camp on the “Crop Residue Management” under the guidance of Dr. Manoj Sharma Associate Director, (Training) for the farmers on 21-8-2018 at village Sanghura.

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Former Union Agri Minister Advice Grape Growers to Boost Europe Exports

Former Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar told grape growers in the Maharashtra to meet commerce minister Suresh Prabhu and discuss plans to boost the fruit’s export to new markets in southeast Asia and Europe.

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Ramanathapuram Farmers to Get Neem-Coated Urea

For the first time this year as the Agriculture department are set to commence paddy cultivation on 1.25 lakh hectares in the district next month, ahead of the north east monsoon, they would be distributing ‘neem coated urea’ in 45 kg bags to farmers.

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Agro-Processing Complex Comes up in Ludhiana with PAU's Technical Support

Keeping in view the significance of agro-processing plants, a processing complex “Samrat Flour Mill” has been established in the village Huzra, near Sidhwan Bet, Tehsil Jagraon, district Ludhiana, with the technical assistance from PAU under the aegis of All India Coordinated Research Project on Post Harvest Engineering and Technology.

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Regular Surveillance for Effective Management of Sucking Insect Pests in Cotton

Extensive surveys for sucking insect pests like whitefly, jassid and thrips are being conducted by the PAU and State Department of Agriculture in the cotton belt of Punjab.

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Government Asked Seed Companies to Pay Rs. 93 Crore as Compensation to Farmers

In its first order after last year’s pest strikes across Maharashtra, for the losses farmers suffered on account of the pink bollworm attacks, the state agriculture department has asked cotton seed companies to pay Rs93 crore as compensation to farmers.

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To Study Best Practices, Tamil Nadu Sugarcane Farmers Touring Maharashtra

Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) and Perambalur Farmers’ Training Centre have sent 20 sugarcane farmers from four districts to study best practices being followed in Maharashtra, with an objective to increase the yield as well as acreage of sugarcane in the delta districts.

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To Manage Green Waste, SDMC Going to Start 10 News Centres

South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) is going to start 10 new green waste management centres in the next eight months.

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HAU Come Up with Crop Residue Management

To check environment pollution owing to burning of crop residues, the Haryana Agricultural University (HAU) has come up with a action plan to deal with the issue that has been a cause of worry for the government.

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Training Course on Rabi Crops Begins at PAU

A two-day training course on “Technological Gaps in Rabi Crops” began at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) under the aegis of Directorate of Extension Education, PAU.

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Farming Activities in Tamil Nadu are being affected by Climate Change

To sensitize farmers on climate change and need to focus on water conservation, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has begun a marathon exercise across Tamil Nadu.

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Protected Cultivation Practices in Madhya Pradesh

Protected cultivation practices are gaining momentum in Madhya Pradesh due to combined efforts of Government of India, Madhya Pradesh State Horticulture Mission and Precision Farming Development Centre (PFDC) established at ICAR-Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Bhopal.

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PAU Advisory for Cotton Growers

Extensive surveys for sucking insect pests like whitefly, jassid and thrips are being carried out by the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and the State Department of Agriculture in the cotton belt of Punjab.

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On Decaying Soil, Karnataka's Farmers are Toiling

The creeping danger for agriculture may not be from the clouds above or the water levels in reservoirs, but from the slow death of the soil the farmer tills.

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MoU signed between ICAR and BEE to make Indian Agriculture energy efficient

An MoU was signed between the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Ministry of Power, Govt. of India

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PAU and Bayer Organized Cotton Field Days in Villages

The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and Bayer Crop Science (BCS) jointly organized cotton field days in the villages Mankhera (Mansa), Sukhladhi (Bathinda), Dhrangwala (Fazilka) and Daula (Sri Muktsar Sahib) during the last week of July.

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PAU Organizes Apiculture Training Course

A seven-day vocational apiculture training course for beginners was organized at PAU’s Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Moga, under the aegis of National Bee Board.

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Launch of ICAR-CPCRI developed ‘Frozen Coconut Delicacy’

Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare launched a non-dairy vegan product “Frozen coconut delicacy” developed by ICAR-Central Plantation Crops Research Institute

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Karnataka's MP Calls For Quick Crop Loss Compensation Payment to Farmers

Karadi Sanganna, MP for Koppal and chairman of the District Development Coordination and Monitoring Committee, expressing concern about the delay in farmers receiving crop loss compensation under the Prime Minister’s Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY).

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Agricultural Policy Should be Nutrition-Sensitive

At the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu said, “We must make agriculture nutrition-sensitive and it is critical that we explicitly make this vital connection.”

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Bagalkot Pomegranate Farmers Soon Get Israeli Lessons to Increase Yield

Chitradurga district is located in the Central Dry Zone of Karnataka with average rainfall of 450-500 mm. The major crops of the district are finger millet, maize, pigeonpea, groundnut, cotton, onion, coconut, banana, arecanut and millets.

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Onion Seed Production for Self Reliance

Chitradurga district is located in the Central Dry Zone of Karnataka with average rainfall of 450-500 mm. The major crops of the district are finger millet, maize, pigeonpea, groundnut, cotton, onion, coconut, banana, arecanut and millets.

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To Boost Productivity, Rwanda-India Agricultural Pact

Local dairy farmers have identified areas they would like the Agriculture cooperation agreement signed between Rwanda and India to address.

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Under CDP, 15% of Land Tobacco Cultivation Moved to Other Crops

In the last three years under the government’s crop diversification programme (CDP), about 15% of the land under tobacco cultivation in India has been shifted to other crops.

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Agri Varsity Launches Awareness Drive for Suicide Prevention

The Punjab Agricultural University today launched an awareness drive for suicide prevention in the state.

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To Help Small Farmers, Bayer-led Global Alliance Ties Up with Big Basket.

To help small farmers in India raise their income by providing them knowledge to use inputs efficiently and timely as well as access to markets to sell produce, a global alliance led by Bayer and IFC announced partnership with e-commerce firm Big Basket.

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Awareness Camp on Crop Residue Management Technologies Organized by KVK, Samrala

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Samrala under the guidance of Dr. S.C. Sharma (Associate Director, Training) organized awareness campaign on crop residue management technologies for the farmers and rural youth on 20-7-2018 at village Gosalan.

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JKEDI trains 47 women aspiring entrepreneurs in Kashmir

The first women exclusive batch of 47 aspiring entrepreneurs passed out of the Centre for Women Entrepreneurship, Kashmir (CWE-K), a program vertical of Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI)

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NABARD to promote 5000 farmer producer organizations

Applauding NABARD’s initiatives in promotion of farmer producer organisations (FPOs) in line with Centre’s call for doubling farm income by 2022

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Plan to Distribute Rs 100 Cr for Co-operative Farming Scheme

Agriculture and animal husbandry minister R Doraikkannu unveiled the government’s plan to distribute Rs 100.42 crore to 2,000 farmers producers groups under the integrated co-operative farming scheme this year.

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To Doubling Farmers' Income, Crop Protection is Measures Key

According to a knowledge paper prepared by industry body Ficci and advisory firm Tata Strategic Management Group,inadequate crop protection measures and storage and transportation facilities are taking a heavy toll on the income realisation efforts of Indian farmers.

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Farmers to Partially Benefit from MSP Fixed at 1.5x of Production Cost

India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) said that, the current problem faced by farmers is essentially an agricultural distress and not a generalised rural distress, and farmers’ distress is essentially emanating from shrinking agricultural margins.

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Ag-Food Start-Ups in Punjab to Get Govt Support

Punjab is indeed a leader in primary agriculture, with nearly 20% of India’s wheat and 12% of rice production to its credit.

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New Committee of Agri Scientists to Weigh MP’s Claim to GI Basmati Tag

The tussle over Madhya Pradesh’s seeking geographical indication (GI) certification for basmati paddy grown in the state has taken a new turn.

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Walnut Propagation Centre at CITH, Srinagar

Dr Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR), inaugurated Walnut Propagation Centre at ICAR-Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture (CITH), Srinagar on 10 June 2018.

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Market linkage was a Challenge in The Sustain of Agri Prices in Maharashtra

Market linkage was a challenge in the sustainability of agricultural prices in the state and while all the warehouses are full, the state lacked the expertise to sell the produce, said Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.

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In Five Years, BASF to Launch 20 Agri-Chemicals in India

German chemical company BASF plans to launch 20 new agricultural chemical protection products in India, a fifth of the total 100 such products it has lined up for rolling out in Asia-Pacific region in the next five years

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ICAR-DCFR Demonstrated Rainbow Trout Farming at Munsyari

ICAR-Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries Research, Bhimtal demonstrated culture of rainbow trout in the remote tribal village Sarmoli in Munsyari, Distt. Pithoragarh, Uttarakhandtoday to establish rainbow trout farming for the first time in the region for the underprivileged tribal farmers.

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Pushing 'Double Income' Policy for Farm Labourers

The Maharashtra state government is taking steps, including use of emerging technology, to increase the income of agriculture labourers under its project to double farm production and income of farmers by 2022.

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This Year NFL to Market 50 Lakh Tonne Fertilizers

This financial year, National Fertilizers Limited (NFL) has fixed a target of distributing 50 lakh tonne of fertilizers in market. NFL chairman-cum-managing director (CMD) Manoj Mishra said that the PSU aimed to cross a turnover of Rs 10,000 crore.

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Krishi Kalyan Abhiyan being implemented in 25 villages

The Ministry of Agriculture and farmers’ welfare in line with the Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of doubling farmers’ income by 2022 has launched the Krishi kalyan Abhiyaan from 1st June, 2018 till 31st July, 2018

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OUAT to Help Odisha in Drought Management

By analyzing dry spell, rainfall and moisture conditions at appropriate times, the Odisha University of Agriculture Technology (OUAT) will now guide the State Government in drought management.

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Farming is Not Less Than Any Business

To earn more money by selling dairy products is an excellent way for farmers. Maharashtra minister for animal husbandry and poultry, Mahadev Jankar said, Vidarbha and Marathwada which alone produce more than 1.90 lakh litres of milk can become dairy business hub if the opportunities are properly utilized.

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Roadmap to make agriculture a profitable business

Chief Minister Pema Khandu said the state government is preparing a roadmap to make agriculture a profitable business for farmers.

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Developing new seeds, plants compatible with changing climatic patterns

Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra suggested all agriculture universities in the hill states to collaborate in developing new seeds and plants compatible with the changing climatic patterns in the country.

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This Year Early Monsoon to Help Telangana Farmers Reap Quality Yield

News of an early onset of southwest monsoon comes as a boon for the farming community in Telangana with the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Hyderabad, forecasting 97% average rainfall between June and September.

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J&K CM for Bridging Lab-Field Gap to Get Optimum Results in Agriculture

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti stressed on the need to bridge the gap between research laboratories and agriculture fields to attain optimum results in the farming sector.

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Vice President calls for increased investments in agriculture

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said the country's farmers should be provided with knowledge and essential resources to make farming viable and attractive.

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86 Agri Feeders in Place in Bihar

The state energy department has speeded up the work of constructing agricultural feeders across the state as envisaged under the third phase of agriculture road map (2017-22) of the Nitish Kumar government and the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) of the Centre.

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The One Day Agri and Food Conclave Held at PAU

To be a part of Haryana's growth story, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has invited Israeli investors, as he sought to deepen the state's collaboration with Israel in agriculture, water management besides exploring the use of Israeli technology in policing and rescue operations.

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Haryana's Chief Minister Seeks Israeli Investments in Haryana

To be a part of Haryana's growth story, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has invited Israeli investors, as he sought to deepen the state's collaboration with Israel in agriculture, water management besides exploring the use of Israeli technology in policing and rescue operations.

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Collaboration between Goa & Maharashtra to take agri-tourism ahead

Agriculture minister Vijai Sardesai called for collaboration between Goa and Maharashtra to tap the huge potential in agro tourism sector especially in the Konkan region.

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Training Camp on Importance of Maize Cultivation

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Moga organized a one day training programme on Cultivation Practices of Kharif Maize.

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Global Agriculture Summit to Organized in Jharkhand This Year

Chief Minister Raghubar Das made announcement that, Jharkhand state government would organise Global Agriculture Summit this year.

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KVK Scientists Participate in Kisan Kalyan Karyashala

The scientists from Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Fatehgarh Sahib participated in block level programme Kisan Kalyan Karyashala under the guidance of Dr. S.C. Sharma, Associate Director (Training).

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Kerala Startups Shying Away from Agriculture

Kerala has a robust startup community but its presence in agriculture sector is abysmally low, opined Dr Archana Mukherjee, director of ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (ICAR-CTCRI).

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Five aspects For doubling farmers’ income

Establishment of retail agriculture markets to enable small and marginal farmers transact in a more efficient manner, broad-based procurement system for all agriculture produce and an Act on contract farming are among the key recommendations expected to find place in the final report of the Committee on Doubling Farmers’ Income.

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Cabinet approves restructured National Bamboo Mission

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi today has approvedCentrally Sponsored Scheme of National Bamboo Mission (NBM) under National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA) during remaining period of Fourteenth Finance Commission (2018-19 & 2019-20).

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Maharashtra Government initiatives on sustainable bracksihwater aquaculture

The Minister in his interaction with scientists stressed the need for working together of Maharashtra state government and research institution such as CIBA in the development of brackishwater aquaculture sector in the state of Maharashtra.

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Only state govts can enact law regarding taxation on agriculture income

Responding to a petition seeking directions to exclude rich and affluent farmers from the benefit of income tax exemption, the central government has clarified that tax on agricultural income falls under purview of state governments and only state governments are competent to enact any law imposing tax on agriculture income.

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Farmers Choose Market-Oriented Agriculture

For the first time at Chokkikulam Uzhavar Sandhai, farmers from five blocks in Madurai district began selling coconuts, raw banana and small millets through their Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs).

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NABARD's Integrated Farming Model to Help Farmers

To help farmers in distress and reduce farmer suicides, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) in collaboration with Bengaluru and Dharwad centres of University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) has come up with an integrated farming model wherein farmers can get regular income even during drought.

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Tambdi Bhaji is Likely to be Named State Vagetable

Agriculture minister Vijai Sardesai said that, the red amaranth, locally known as ‘tambdi bhaji’, is likely to be named state vegetable.

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India Likely to Provide Financial Support to Cane Farmers

Two government sources said that, India is likely to provide financial support to cane farmers for produce sold to sugar mills, in a rare move to subsidise the industry which is reeling under a glut and struggling to export because of low global prices.

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ADB Predicts, India to Grow 7.3% this Fiscal, 7.6% in 2019-20

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said that, India’s economic growth is expected to rebound to 7.3 per cent this fiscal and further to 7.6 per cent in 2019-20 with increased productivity post GST and investment revival due to banking reform.

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20 Youths Enroll For Agri-Extension Course

The much-awaited Agriculture Extension Service Provider Training course was officially launched at the Krishi Vignyan Kendra in Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra.

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Agreement to conduct training programs for agriculture and allied sectors

The ministries of agriculture and skill development signed an agreement to conduct training programs for agriculture and allied sectors at 690 Krishi Vigyan Kendras across the country.

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Government allows export of 2 million tonne of sugar

The government has allowed export of two million tonne of sugar until the end of 2017-18 marketing year, in order to clear surplus stocks and improve cash flow to millers for making payment to sugarcane farmers.

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May Soon Steel Slag be Used as Fertilizer for Soil

An unavoidable by-product in iron and steel production is steel slag, now it may soon finds its way into agricultural land as soil nutrient, potentially cutting down India’s dependence on fertilizer imports.

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Punjab Governor Inaugurates Bathinda Kisan Mela

The Kisan Mela of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) held at the Regional Research Station, Bathinda, witnessed a heavy footfall. Farmers from Bathinda and neighboring areas thronged the one-day fair.

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Kisan Goshti Organized on the Occasion of World Water Day

KVK Samrala, under the guidance of Associate Director Dr. S. C. Sharma, organized a Kisan Goshti in adopted village Gharkhana on the occasion of World Water Day in which 25 farmers participated.

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Adopt ‘Move Out, Move Up’ Approach To Tackle Farm Crisis

The head of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) said, Indians must adopt policies that facilitate sections of farmers to ‘move out’ of rural areas to urban areas and the remaining ones to ‘move up’ in the farming sector to tackle the current agrarian crisis.

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Ministries of Agri and Skill Development Sign Training Pact

To conduct training programmes for agriculture and allied sectors at 690 Krishi Vigyan Kendras across the country, the ministries of agriculture and skill development signed an agreement.

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Skill development training on tea cultivation and vermicompost

Forty rural farmers, including small tea growers and commercial horticulturists from different villages of the Siang belt took part in month-long skill development training on tea cultivation and vermicompost, conducted by the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE)

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Tamil Nadu Making Farmers Entrepreneurs in Farm Production Activities

Minister for Tamil Official Language and Tamil Culture, K Pandiarajan said, “Tamilnadu government is committed to improving the economic independence of farmers by making them entrepreneurs in farm production activities."

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Tamil Nadu Moves to Increase Farmer Earning

To revamp the agricultural sector and increase farmer earnings, the Tamil Nadu state government has announced a slew of measures.

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e-NAM Integrates Central Farmer Database to Increase The Efficiency

The Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh today launched six new features of National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) Platform to make it more users friendly.Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Union Minister of State for Agriculture was also present at the event.

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89th Annual General Meeting of the ICAR Society

Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and President of the ICAR highlighted the recent achievements of ICAR, particularly regarding development of new technologies, integrated farming models, diversification in agriculture and development of skilled human resources to boost up productivity and profitability in agriculture.

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National Banana Festival focused on Genetic engineering and molecular breeding

Genetic engineering, molecular breeding and organic farming hogged the discussions during the five-day National Banana Festival, the first ever of its kind to be held, that drew to a close in rural Thiruvananthapuram.

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RICH to Set Up Agricultural Park

To provide farmers with specialised training in farming techniques collated from various government research organisations, Telangana government-promoted Research and Innovation circle of Hyderabad (RICH) is looking to set up an agriculture technology park in the city.

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Five Day Krushi Mahotsav Begins at Nashik

In an attempt to bring buyers and sellers together and increase the popularity of farmers groups selling agriculture products in urban areas, the agriculture department is hosting a five-day Krushi Mahotsav from Wednesday(21st Feb 2018) at Golf Club Ground. The fair will be held from 11am to 7pm every day.

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Indian Farmers Need Different Solutions

President Ram Nath Kovind said that, farmers in different parts of the country need different solutions and that the quality of farm products should be of international standards.

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PM Calls Meeting with Experts to Solve Agriculture Crisis

To identify ways in which the government can quickly address the ongoing agrarian crisis and work towards doubling the income of farmers according to a government official familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for a brainstorming session with experts, including economists and academics, and policymakers.

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A Subsidiary Occupation for Increasing Mushroom Farm Income

Under the guidance of Dr. S.C. Sharma, ADT, KVK Samrala, five days vocational training on mushroom cultivation started at KVK Samrala on 7-Feb-2018 in which 14 trainees participated.

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Cluster Frontline Demonstrations on Pulses and Oilseeds

A 3-day Workshop-cum-Training on Cluster Front Line Demonstrations on Pulses and Oilseeds for 30 KVKs of Gujarat was jointly organized by ICAR-ATARI, Pune and NAU, Navsari during 29-31 January, 2018.

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Farmers Selected For Sericulture Study

The Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) of Department of Agriculture is taking several initiatives in the district to promote sericulture.

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Agriculture Industry Sees 'Feminisation'

According to the Economic Survey 2017-18 released there is ‘feminisation’ of agriculture sector, as the number of women in multiple roles such as cultivators, entrepreneurs and labourers is increasing with a rise seen in migration of men from rural to urban areas.

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Survey Calls for Focus on Agriculture

To sustain the economic growth trajectory, India Inc pitched for focus on rapidly improving human capital and agricultural productivity, while cheering the GDP growth projection of 7-7.5 per cent in 2018-19 laid out by the Economic Survey.

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Small Farmers Turning Towards Organic Farming

Data from the first impact study of the Modi government’s Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) shows that, small and marginal farmers, who can’t afford costly agricultural inputs, are turning a new leaf by going organic because of lower costs and higher margins.

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Use of Cooperative Federalism Tech of GST Council to Raise Farmers Incomes

Economic Survey 2017-18 has projected that to further agricultural reforms and durably raise farmers' incomes, the climate change can reduce annual agricultural income of farmers by upto 25% in unirrigated areas and called use of cooperative federalism "technology" of the GST Council that brings together the Center and States.

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Odisha Govt has emphasized on Increasing Official Farmer Interface

To improve farm productivity, the Odisha State Government has emphasized on deployment of Village Agriculture Workers (VAWS), Horticulture Extension Worker (HEW), Soil Conservation Extension Worker (SCEW) and Agriculture Overseers (AOs) in gram panchayats.

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Promoting Registering IPR on Local Crop Varieties

Chairman of the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Authority (PPV&FRA) B. Rajender has said, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh States are lagging behind in registering for their intellectual property rights on plant (crop) varieties, either improved or newly developed, and there is need to create awareness among farmers on the issue.

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The Agriculture Ministry’s Data Shows A Drop in Crop Acreages

As compare to previous year, the country, on the whole, received more rainfall in 2017, spread over the winter, pre-monsoon, monsoon and post-monsoon seasons. Yet, the Central Statistics Office expects agricultural growth during 2017-18 to be only 2.1 per cent, as against last year’s 4.9 per cent.

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Budget 2018 Must Stimulate Agri Sector

Report says that, the forthcoming Budget should provide several policy measures to give a stimulus to the troubled agricultural sector, which in turn would help the cash-straved fertiliser companies.

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PJTSAU is planning to establish Agriculture Incubation Centre

Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU) is planning to establish Agriculture Incubation Centre to promote agriculture entrepreneurship skills among undergraduate students of the university.

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Collective Farming would Help Small and Marginal Farmers

At a two-day capacity building training on collective farming, speakers observed that, collective farming would help small and marginal farmers overcome constraints in mobilizing credit, adopting latest technologies and adding value to their produce.

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Conference on Improving Income of Farmers through Agriculture and Aquaculture

The National Conference “Improving Income of Farmers through Agriculture and Aquaculture through Development Interventions” was jointly organized by Society of Krishi Vigyan, Punjab, Association of Aquaculturists and ICARCentral Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture from 5-7 January, 2018.

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Next Fiscal, Dhanuka Agritech Plans to Launch Two Fungicides

Dhanuka Agritech's chairman R G Agarwal said that, agro-chemical maker Dhanuka Agritech is planning to launch two fungicides in the 2018-19 fiscal to help control the plant disease in grapes and other horticulture crops.

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Study Says Fertilizer Overuse in Bengal Agriculture

An IIT Kharagpur study has found a more-than-50% overuse of fertilisers in Bengal, which could be exposing the population to a host of serious ailments, even cancer, apart from taking a heavy toll on the environment.

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Agri Department Awaring Farmers Against Yellow Rust Attack

The Agriculture department has asked farmers to monitor their fields on a regular basis as there is every possibility of yellow rust attack because of cloudy weather conditions and drop in temperature.

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Bihar setting up silk farming centre in Kishanganj

Bihar will soon have an advanced centre on sericulture (silk farming) in Kishanganj, around 400km northeast from here.

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Fertilizer Overuse Reduced by Soil Health Cards

Indian farmers are being slowly nudged away from the dangerous practice, resulting in productivity gains, a study of the national soil-health-card scheme has shown, because they commonly overuse fertilisers in almost everything they grow.

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International workshop to help farmers

The State government is preparing to give a big push to processing and value addition of agricultural crops and promotion of organic produce.

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India Need to Simplify New Fertilizers Registration Process

To attend the Fertilizer Association of India annual conference, Terje Knutsen, EVP, Crop Nutrition of the Oslo-based specialty fertilizer major Yara International ASA, was here.

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Climate Change Affected the Agri Sector

Agriculture sector is playing every important role in India, on which almost 70 per cent of the population is dependent, and now this sector is the worst affected sector due to climate change.

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MoU between India and Italy for Cooperation in Agriculture

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Italy for cooperation in Agriculture and Phytosanitary issues.

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To Promote Farming, Farmers Set Up Company

Vakiya (Amreli): Collective effort and a little use of technology have shown positive results in a remote Gujarat village where farmers have more than doubled the produce and improved their income.

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Innovative Projects for Making Farming Easy

At the science fair for higher secondary students held as part of the Kerala School Science Fair in Kozhikode, the apparent lack of interest in agriculture among the younger generation in Kerala seems to have disappeared, or so it seems from the considerably large number of innovations and projects related to agriculture presented.

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Indian Women Farmers Need Policy Attention

Indian women have made significant contributions to agriculture. The current situation of rural transformation has brought to light women’s roles in agriculture.

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Natural Farming Practices Helps Farmers

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, who sat through the session, assured the farmers of building a knowledge bank collecting the best practices, bringing technology and finding the best markets in the world.

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India and Philippines Ink Deal on Agriculture

Four agreements were signed between the India and Philippines, which covered areas of defence, agriculture, small and medium enterprises and tie-up between think-tanks.

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Bamboo to Change Destiny of Vidarbha Farmers.

In a presentation at a workshop on bamboo as part of Agrovision farm expo, Farmers shares their experience that how bamboo changed their destiny.

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1.10 Lakh Hectares Pest-Damage in Odisha

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Philippines in the field of agriculture and related fields.

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MoU between India & Philippines on Agriculture

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Philippines in the field of agriculture and related fields.

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Agri Dept Get Demand for 4,600 Quintals Subsidised Seed.

The Agriculture Department had invited applications from farmers till November 3 for providing subsidised seeds, with the onset of wheat sowing season that begins usually from the second week of November.

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A Conference on Fruits & Vegetables, Dairy, Poultry & Fisheries

While addressing a conference on Fruits & Vegetables, Dairy, Poultry & Fisheries - Leveraging the Diverse India Opportunity at World Food India 2017 in New Delhi, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Shri Radha Mohan Singh said that, the unprecedented and multi-faceted development of Indian agriculture post-independence is unparalleled and the world is eager to study and adapt our growth strategy.

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Kharif Output is Expected To Be Healthy.

As last year was a bumper year in terms of acreage and output, the summer crop output is expected to be “healthy”, despite the government estimating a lower kharif production due to uneven distribution of rains.

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National Seed Corporation has distributed Dividend of Rs. 12.03 Crores for 2016-17

National Seeds Corporation Limited (NSC) has paid ever highest Dividend of Rs. 12.03 Crores to the Government of India which is 30 % of the effective Profit After Tax (PAT).

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CM of Andhra Meets Agri Experts in US

To meet agriculture experts at Iowa State University Seed Park in the US, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N Chandrababu Naidu, skipped Diwali celebrations this year. With agriculture as the prime focus, Naidu concluded the US leg of his three-nation tour on October 20.

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State aims to hike agricultural production by Direct Sowing

The Department of Agriculture plans to bring more than five lakh acres of cultivable land under direct sowing of paddy during the ongoing samba season to tide over long term water requirement. At the same time, the aim was to produce 125 lakh tonnes of food grains this year and retain the top slot the State had achieved on that score in the last two years.

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Due to Late Rains, India Set for Good Rabi Season.

Agriculture secretary Shobhana K Pattanayak has said that, the country is headed for good rabi season despite below normal monsoon rains, thanks to a surge of rainfall in the last week of September that replenished soil moisture.

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Due to Late Rains, India Set for Good Rabi Season.

Agriculture secretary Shobhana K Pattanayak has said that, the country is headed for good rabi season despite below normal monsoon rains, thanks to a surge of rainfall in the last week of September that replenished soil moisture.

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Burning of All Kinds of Crop Residue is Banned in Punjab

The Punjab government has come out with an elaborate action plan to curb the deadly menace of stubble burning in the state that includes facilitating its industrial use and energy conversion.

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Agenda for Agricultural Reform

In India, land fragmentation has resulted in poor yields and productivity, making the sector unviable for small farmers and Private sector is yet to harness the business potential of agriculture and allied sectors. Solving this crisis and reforming the sector will involve re-organisation of key factors of farm production like land, labour, capital and technology.

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Shri Radha Mohan Singh inaugurates Krishi Unnati Mela in Mathura

Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh said that the various development and welfare schemes launched by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in the last three years helped farmers reap a record production of food grains during 2016-17.

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Pledge to Double Farmers Income by 2022

In order to improve the economic condition of the farmers, Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has set up an ambitious target in front of the nation. The goal is to double the income of the farmers by 2022.

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Project by KVK To Increase the Farmer's Income

Many new initiatives have been introduced in Kannur district as well with the technical support from Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Kannur, in tune with the 'New India Movement' introduced in the country to double the income of farmers by 2022.

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Government Report Says Agriculture Needed Additional Investment

In latest report by government committee said, to enable doubling of farmers' real income by 2022-23, an additional investment of Rs 6,399 billion is required from both public and private sectors.

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Developing Environment Friendly Farming Practices

To reduce stubble burning, a major cause of air pollution in the national capital during the autumn and winter months, the Delhi High Court has directed the Centre to develop environment friendly farming practices.

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Monthly Training Camp hold by PAU Kisan Club

The monthly training camp of PAU Kisan Club was held at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) in which more than 400 farmers and 80 rural women participated.

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Haryana government providing incentives to promote micro irrigation

Haryana government has decided to extensively promote micro irrigation by providing incentives to the farmers, to check over-exploitation of water in the dark zone areas of the state.

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Varieties Developed for Onion at IARI

Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI) has made significant contributions in the development of improved cultivars and their relevant production, protection and processing technologies mandated crops like onion.

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Varieties Developed for Onion at IARI

Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI) has made significant contributions in the development of improved cultivars and their relevant production, protection and processing technologies mandated crops like onion.

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PM Ask To Focus on Water Conservation and Irrigation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked states to focusing on water conservation, irrigation and rural job schemes to prepare for a drought-like situation, with the country witnessing a warmer summer already.

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Government Works for Development and Upliftment of Farmers.

Development and upliftment of farmers is the first priority of the government and to achieve it, the government aim is to double the income of farmers by 2022, said Shri Radha Mohan Singh, The Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, on the inauguration of 3 days Krishi Unati Mela being held in Indian Institute of Agriculture Research.

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To Push Agriculture Growth, 5% Hike in Research Funding

Junagadh: To achieve additional 1% growth in Total Factor Productivity (TFP) in agriculture sector, the first-of-its-kind study has recommended 5% annual increase in funds for agricultural research.
The study 'Total Factor Productivity (TFP) of major crops and contribution of research investment to agricultural growth in Gujarat' conducted by

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PAU Unveils Basmati, Paddy, Moong and Sugarcane Varieties

The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has released one variety of rice, one of spring/summer mung bean, three of basmati and three of sugarcane for general cultivation in Punjab. These include PR 126 of rice; TMB 37 of spring/summer mung bean; CSR 30, Punjab Basmati 4 and Punjab Basmati 5 of basmati; CoPb 92, CoPb 93 and CoPb 94 of sugarcane.

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Agriculture and Allied Sector Budget Hiked by 19% in Haryana

The Haryana government has announced an increase of 19% in the budget allocation for agriculture and allied sector, to give a boost to the farm sector. Against Rs 2,699crore in revised estimates for 2016-17, an outlay of Rs 3,206 crore has been proposed in 2017-18.

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Government of Maharashtra to Focus on Smart Agriculture

To improve lives of farmers is likely to get greater impetus in the forthcoming state budget, climate resilient agricultural practices coupled with greater thrust on promoting investments in food processing sector.

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Government Hikes Agri Labourer's Minimum Wage

Barely six months after a significant increase in minimum wages for non-agricultural labourer, Bandaru Dattatreya-led labour ministry has nearly doubled the minimum wage for agriculture labourer including those hired on contract.

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Israeli Expertise to Help Indian Agriculture

Israel is in the process of setting one or two Centres of Excellence in agriculture development in Telangana and two Centres of Excellence in agriculture development in Andhra Pradesh.

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Production of Food Grain Grown by 8.1% in India

The ministry of agriculture & farmer welfare released their 2nd advance estimation of Foodgrain production. As per the 2nd advance estimates, Foodgrain production in India has grown by 8.1 per cent to 271.98 million tonnes in 2016-17.

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Training Programme on Aromatic and Spice Crops Production at ARS, Sansoli

One day training programme on “Aromatic and Spice Crops Production” was organised at Farm Technology Training Centre-Nenpur under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) renamed as Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) in the immense presence of agricultural scientists and farmers on 6th of February, 2017.

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Agricultural Innovation Hub Set Up by ICRISAT

At the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), an innovation Hub (iHub) was inaugurated. To innovate cutting edge ideas across the whole agriculture value chain for smallholder farmers, at this innovation Hub (iHub), agricultural tech entrepreneurs, scientists and technology experts can collaborate.

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The Agriculture Credit Has Increased By 11%

Nashik: In the Union budget for the financial year 2017-18, the agriculture credit target of Rs 10 lakh crore and experts feel that this budget will provide boost to the agricultural sector in Nashik.

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Record Sowing of Wheat and Pulses

According to the preliminary reports received from the States, as on 3rd February 2017, the total area sown under Rabi crops stands at 645.12 lakh hectares as compared to 610.44 lakh hectare this time in 2016.

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Promoting Hydroponic Farming Projects

Visakhapatnam: To promote hydroponic farming projects in the district, the agriculture department in Vizianagaram district is collaborating with experts from NG Ranga Agriculture University.

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Seminar Organized on 'Agriculture Trends and Technologies'

Ludhiana, Punjab: A two-day national seminar on “Agriculture Trends and Technologies” was organized by The Department of Economics, Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College. This seminar was sponsored by the India Council of Social Science and Research (ICSSR), New Delhi.

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The Setting Up of KVKs in Mungeli and Bemtara under 12th Plan

The regular organization of agriculture fairs in large numbers across the country has invigorated farmers with new energy and to reach the farmers directly, agriculture fairs play important role, said Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

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Training Programme on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)

Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) are the practices which enables the plant to respond for input use. In fact, GAPs ensure economic and social sustainability for onfarm processes and result in safe and quality food and non-food agricultural products.

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G-20 Agriculture Ministers’ meeting at Berlin, Germany

The G-20 Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting at Berlin, Germany was addressed by Union Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh. India will continue to extend their support in early implementation of past commitments made at the G20

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Cabinet approves MOU between India & UAE for Agriculture

Approval for Signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and United Arab Emirates in the field of agriculture and allied sectors, given by The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

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Green Signal for Establishment of IARI, Jharkhand

The 12th Plan Proposal of the DARE/ICAR Plan Scheme of the 'Establishment of Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI)-Jharkhand' got an approval by the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

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India's Participation in the Global Forum for Food & Agriculture in Germany.

For participation in the Global Forum for Food & Agriculture from 19-21 January,2017 and G-20 Agriculture Ministers Meeting on 22nd January,2017 in Berlin, Germany, Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh to lead a five member delegation to Germany.

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Training on Celery Cultivation Organized by KVK Amritsar

A training programme on Celery Cultivation in collaboration with Spice Board of India, Chandigarh organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Amritsar on 12th January, 2017.

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India and Israel Committed to Enhance the Relations in Agri Field

To discuss issues relating to bilateral cooperation in agriculture between India and Israel, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh met Israeli delegation led by the Agriculture and Rural Development Minister of Israel, Shri Uri Ariel.

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National Workshop on Skill Development in Agriculture

Due to the sophisticated development in agriculture sector, employment opportunities have been generated for the skilled youth in the fields of agri-warehousing in agriculture, cold chains, supply chains, dairy, poultry, meat, fisheries, horticulture, agricultural mechanization as well as micro-irrigation, said Shri Radha Mohan Singh.

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Cabinet approves MoU between India and Kenya for Agriculture Sector

On bilateral cooperation in the field of agriculture and allied sectors, the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Kenya.

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Time to Adopting Cost-Effective Farming Technology

Aurangabad: By adopting modern technology and supportive professions, the farming community to make maximum use of the farm land available with them, said Haribhau Bagade, The state assembly speaker.

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Need to promote hybrid seeds of improved varieties

To sort out the problems emerging due to global climate change, it is imperative to develop hybrid seeds of improved variety for the areas of varied agricultural climate, said Shri Radha Mohan Singh, the Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare.

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Export of rubber from India has picked up momentum

The Rubber Board says, owing to price advantage, export of rubber from the India has picked up momentum.

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CPCRI Promotes Cocoa as Inter-Crop

According to the Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI), to meet the steady rise in demand for the produce in the global market and to effectively tide over adverse market fluctuations faced by cultivators, there is the need to go for extensive cultivation of cocoa as an inter-crop in the vast stretches of coconut, areca nut, and oil palm groves in the country.

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The Procurement Preponed by Agri Processing Firms

New Delhi: As the prices of agriculture commodities have crashed after the demonetisation, agriculture processing firms, which had entered into procurement contracts with farmers at higher prices earlier, are under pressure, the demonetisation move forcing them to prepone their procurement season.

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Agriculture Department will Impart Training to Officials

Jaipur: During the global Rajasthan agri-tech meet (GRAM), state agriculture department will impart training to its officials on procedures related to setting up of industries for the effective implementation of memorandum of understanding (MoUs).

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Government Organizing the Campaign for Soil Health Awareness.

To keep their soil healthy, the government is doing every possible effort, the farmers owe their income to the yield in the field, said Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of the Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

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Applications for Innovative Farmer Award 2017 are invited by PAU.

Ludhiana: Applications from the farmers of the state for the “Innovative Farmer Awards 2017” are invited by the Directorate of Extension Education of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU).

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Sufficient Availability of Fertilizers in the Country

Government taken some steps to ensure availability of fertilizers: -
1. Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare (DAC&FW), after consultation with all the State Governments, before the commencement of each cropping season, assesses the requirement of fertilizers.

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Uttarakhand Needs to Focus on Hill Farming

Dehradun: According to a ASSOCHAM-RNCOS joint study released, Uttarakhand has little agriculture productivity despite the fact that three-fourths of its population is engaged in the agriculture sector, so state needs to promote a separate hill farming policy.

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Workshop was Organised on Agro Techniques.

Jalandhar: At the Centre of Excellence for Vegetable, Kartarpur a two-day seminar and cross cluster vegetable workshop was organised – an Indo-Israel project established by the Department of Horticulture.

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The Agriculture Department Conducting the Soil Test.

Mysuru: Zinc and boron are very essential for plant growth and the soil across large tracts of land is deficient in micronutrients. The Agriculture Department conducted the soil test for a year now and during this soil test deficiency of micronutrients was found.

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Government Providing Assistance to Farmers for Crop Loss.

From Kharif 2016 season, the National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (NAIS) & Modified National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (MNAIS) are replaced by yield based Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), which is Government of India is implementing.

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Awareness Camp for Farm Women at PAU.

An awareness campaign on safe drinking water and a training programme on income generation activities for rural women in village Boparai, district Ludhiana organized by the department of Extension Education and Communication Management.

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In Rajasthan, Farmers Income May Double by 2022.

Rajasthan has been much ahead in the policy related decisions for last 2 years, said Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, while addressing the closing ceremony of Global Rajasthan Agritech Conference in Jaipur, Rajasthan. By the year 2022, this state would be successful to make the farmers income double.

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Organic Veggies of Durg are in International Demand.

Raipur: The 958 farmers from Durg district's embraced organic farming and they have expanded their cultivable fields to around 1,050 hectares. They are now directly attracting vegetable vendors from metro cities like Delhi and Bengaluru to their farms. Farm output of their is also being exported to Israel, Gulf nations and other countries.

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Rise in Tea Production in India by 18.74%.

Due to favourable ambient temperature as well as sufficient and good distribution of rainfall, The estimate tea production during the month of September stood at 184.60 million kgs, an increase of 29.14 million kgs (18.74%) over the corresponding period.

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Insufficient Rains Turns Maize Crop to Fodder

Trichy: In Kunnam and Veppanthattai taluks in Perambalur district, Maize crops raised in 1.20 lakh acres. District have failed to yield for want of sufficient water, forcing farmers to cut down the crops to use as fodder for their cattle.

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Making Paddy Straw Useful for Farmers

New Delhi: agriculture scientist and father of the green revolution, M S Swaminathan noted that with stubble-burning in farms of neighbouring states aggravating air pollution in the Capital and other cities in the NCR. He had suggested to Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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Rs.10 Lakh for each mandi for setting up Waste Management Plants

Union Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh informed that as per the directions of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, the Swachhta Pakhwada was observed this year from 16th to 31st October, 2016 in all the three Departments under the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare

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Government Going to Initiate Integrated Farming on 100 KVKs

The Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) set up throughout the country play very important role to enhance the income of the farmers and promote agriculture, said Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh.

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70% Hike in India’s Groundnut Production in 2016-17

According to the estimate of industry body Solvent Extractors Association (SEA), production of the kharif groundnut crop is estimated at 54.80 lakh tonnes in this year 2016-17 against 32.30 lakh tonnes in 2015-16 which is up by 70%.

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PKVY and OVCDNER Schemes to Promote Organic Farming

While keeping in view the immediate menace of climate change, the importance of organic farming has increased manifolds. This is the reason that the Government of India has launched a Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojna (PKVY) and Organic Value Added Development (OVCDNER) schemes under National Sustained Agriculture Mission to promote organic farming in the country.

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250 Markets Connected to e-Nam Platform

Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh today announced successfully completion of e-NAM first phase and launched e-NAM Mobile App in New Delhi.

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Launches Rice-Based Products Launched by PhilRice Midsayap

During The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) in Midsayap, North Cotabato annual farmers’ field day, it launched new projects and rice-based value-adding enterprises on Sept. 20.

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Genetically Engineered Crops Safe to Grow and Eat, says NAS Report

EL BATAN, MEXICO (CIMMYT): According to a study released by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) earlier this month, Genetically Engineered (GE) crops are as safe to eat as conventionally bred crops and have benefited the environment and ecosystem diversity by reducing pesticide use.

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Horticulture Department Promoting Drip Irrigation

The Department of Horticulture and Plantation Crops has set its focus on expanding utility of drip irrigation scheme and popularising protected cultivation methods.Small farmers are given 100 per cent subsidy and others are entitled to 75 per cent subsidy for promoting drip irrigation.

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India Working to Improve Income of Farmers

For developing and sharing models for sustainable agriculture, the BRICS Agriculture Ministers meeting in New Delhi has agreed to set up a platform. The aim of this platform is to promote food security, sustainable agricultural development and poverty alleviation through cooperation amongst the members.

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BRICS Meeting to Strengthen Mutual Cooperation for Advancement of Agriculture

In New Delhi the 6th meeting of BRICS on Agriculture and Agrarian Development begins on 22nd September, 2016 with an official level meeting to be followed by a Ministerial meeting the next day.

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Request of Funds for Krishi Bhagya Scheme

Minister for Agriculture, Krishna Byregowda, has said that his ministry has asked the Union government to grant funds for the project, considering the success of the ambitious Krishi Bhagya scheme.

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eKutir Global Named as Finalist in the MIT IDE Inclusive Innovation Competition

The MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) has announced that eKutir Global, a part of eKutir India Social Enterprise Group is a finalist for the Inclusive Innovation Competition (IIC).

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Bayer and Monsanto Together will create a global leader in Agriculture

Bayer and Monsanto today announced that they signed a definitive merger agreement under which Bayer will acquire Monsanto for USD 128 per share in an all-cash transaction.

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Government to Promote Newer Paddy and Pulse Varieties

The central government is on now to promote newer high-yielding varieties of pulses and paddy. Also it slowly phase out older varieties across the country. To promote newer varieties Government also offering several facilities such as discounts on seeds of the new varieties

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Agri Firms Having Income Above 1 Crore are Under Scrutiny of The I-T Department

Nashik: The Income Tax (I-T) department is in the process of investigating agricultural income above Rs 1 crore filed by tax payers during their annual returns.

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Use Micro irrigation for Agriculture to Save Water

At the ICAR-Indian Institute of Water Management (IIWM), while discussing on 'Minimizing water use in agriculture' topic, scientists emphasized on use of less water for agriculture. They expressed concern over declining per capita availability of surface and groundwater resources in India.

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Boosting Agriculture by Exchanging Ideas of Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan Farmers

Farmers from Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh will exchange experiences based on new experiments being done in the field of farming in both the states to promote innovation in agriculture sector.

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Agricultural Updates: Plan to Set Up Indian Council for Fertilizers Research

A “3 A” approach towards fertilizers in the country has advocated by Shri Ananth Kumar, who is the Union Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs. These "3 A" means authenticity (Quality), availability and affordability.

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Agricultural Updates: Plant Genome Savior Community Award for 2012-13

Plant Genome Savior Community Award (2012-13), Plant Genome Saviour Farmer Rewards 2013 and Plant Genome Saviour Farmers’ Recognition 2013 function organized by the PPV&FR Authority, New Delhi on Wednesday 24th August, 2016 at 15:00 hrs onwards at A.P. Shinde Symposium Hall, NASC Complex, DPS Marg, New Delhi.

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Agriculture Updates:'Ease of Doing Agriculture' Policy for Agriculture Field

Ahmedabad: Now Gujarat is planning for 'Ease of Doing Agriculture' policy. The main idea and aim of this policy is to address the issues faced by the farmers and develop an integrated framework to make agriculture a much easier.

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Agriculture Updates: Government Focus on Crop Diversification and Allied Activities

To divert the area of water guzzling paddy to alternate crops like pulses, oilseeds, maize, cotton and agro forestry system, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare (DAC&FW) is implementing Crop Diversification Programme in Original Green Revolution States of Punjab, Haryana and Western Uttar Pradesh as a sub scheme of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) since 2013-14.

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Agriculture: Fourth Advance Production Estimates of Major Crops During 2015-16

The Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare released the 4th Advance Estimates of production of major crops for 2015-16.

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Agriculture: Production of Apple Increases by About 36% in 2015-16

According to Information given by the Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Shri Parshottam Rupala given the information about Apple production in 2015-16 in the Rajya Sabha.

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Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh Started Using Cluster Approach for Organic Farming

India is now looking at a "cluster" approach to increase the area under chemical free farming in other states, after turning Sikkim into a fully organic state. Maharashtra already started earmarking exclusive organic farming zones, it leading the pack, with 932 exclusive clusters..

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Marigold: Guidelines for Marigold Cultivation by ICAR-CIARI

Because of easy culture, wide adaptability, attractive colour, shape, size and good keeping quality, the Marigold gained popularity amongst farmer and flower dealers.

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Agriculture News: Total Sowing Area in Kharif Crosses 406 Lakh Hectare

As per reports received from States, the total sown area as on 8th July, 2016, stands at 406.27 lakh hectare as compared to 431.82 lakh hectare at this time last year.

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Agriculture News: Maharashtra Government to Use Solar Power for Agriculture

To make agriculture and industries financially sustainable, the Maharashtra government is working on a draft proposal to segregate and shift agriculture feeders from coal-based power to solar energy.

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Agri News: Consumers go for cheaper pulses due to rising in tur dal prices

Prices of tur (arhar) dal keep rising so that consumers are driving to newer and cheaper varieties of pulses such as dun peas, green lentils and yellow peas.

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Agriculture News: ATMA Organized an 'Integrated Crop Management' Awareness Programme.

Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) - SSEPERS (Support to State Extension program for Extension Reform Scheme) organised an awareness programme on ‘Integrated crop management – pulses’ at Velidupatti near Vilathikulam on 29th June 2016.

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Agriculture News: PAU Says, This Year Green Gram Yields Good.

The cultivation of summer moong has been very successful during 2016, says Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). Summer moong was cultivated on a nearly 60,000 hectares of area in Punjab. Summer moong gave a good yield because of the protection from unseasonal rains in May and June.

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Agriculture News: Training Sessions for Agricultural Input Dealers

Rourkela: In Sundargarh district, a 48-week-long educative programme was launched to train agricultural input dealers in becoming para-extension professionals, in order to give a boost to agricultural extension services.

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Agriculture News :For General Cultivation, PAU Releases 11 New Crop Varieties

11 new varieties or hybrids of vegetable and flower crops are released by the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) for general cultivation in the Punjab state. These include two pumpkin varieties, one of pea, two of brinjal, one of gladiolus and five of sweet pea.

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Agriculture News : Target of Food Grains Production is 270.10 Million Tonnes

The Target Production Prescribed for Different Crops for the Year 2016-17, approved by Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister. Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh said that the India will have record production of food grains during 2016-17.

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Agriculture News : Subsidy on Maize Seeds through NFSM by Government.

Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh said that despite two successive droughts, the gross production of maize in Kharif and Rabi is estimated at 21.02 million tones, for the year 2015-16.

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Agriculture News : MoA between ICRISAT and UAS-R for Agripreneurship Development

A Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) has been signed between University of Agricultural Sciences Raichur (UAS-R) and city-based International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) to give new dimensions to agripreneurship development.

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NRRI, Cuttack have developed CR Paddy 310 for the first time in the World

Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh said that agriculture scientists are working hard to improve the conditions of farming and farmers in the country.
He further added that the scientists of NRRI, Cuttack have developed CR Paddy 310 for the first time in the world which contains 11% protein while other species of rice generally contain protein only 6-7%.

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Agriculture News : Prime Minister Inaugurated ‘Krishi Unnati Mela’

Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated ‘Krishi Unnati Mela’- the National Level Agriculture Fair-cum- Exhibition in New Delhi today. On inauguration day, the prestigious National level ‘Krishi Karman Awards’ for the Best performing States of the year 2014-15 were presented to 8 State Governments, which were received by the Chief Minister of respective states.

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Agriculture News : Uncomfortable Weather Condition Affecting Assam Tea Production.

Guwahati: In Assam, Incessant rainfall accompanied by hailstorm has severely affected tea bushes. Assam is the India's largest tea producer state. Tea producers and planters are worried that this will affect production of premium variety second flush tea.

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Agriculture News : Novel Method for Prediction of Indian Monsoon Early

Scientists has developed novel prediction method for early forecasting of Indian monsoon's yearly onset and withdrawal. The method is based on a network analysis of regional weather data.

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Agriculture News : Centre has Sanctioned Two Irrigation Projects in Punjab

Centre has sanctioned two projects in the Punjab State under ‘Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojna’ which will bring an additional 1.74 lakh hectares under irrigation.

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Agriculture News : E-Trading Portal Connecting 21 Mandis from 8 States

Union Agriculture and farmers Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh said that the Government of India approved the National Agriculture Market (NAM) Scheme on 1st July 2015 with the objective to usher much needed agri-marketing reforms in order that farmers produce may fetch the best prices.

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Agriculture News : According to NITI Aayog, This Year Agriculture Sector can Grow 6%

According to the government's premier think tank NITI Aayog, if the country receives normal monsoon rainfall this year, India's agriculture sector can grow 6% in 2016-17.

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Agriculture News : TNAU Suggested Farmers to Sell Coriander immediately Upon Harvest

Coriander is one among the major spices grown in India. Coriander is mainly grown in Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka. In 2013-14, Ramanathapuram, Virudhunagar, Krishnagiri and Thoothukudi districts of Tamil Nadu accounted for 85 percent of total coriander area in the state.

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Agriculture News : India will Receive Normal Monsoon during the June-September

According to the Private firm Weather Risk Management Services, India will receive normal rainfall during the June-September monsoon season.

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Agriculture News : Vegetables Prices will be Stable during April - May 2016

To advise the farmers on Carrot and Beet root price, the Back Office of Agro Marketing Intelligence and Business Promotion Centre (AMI &BPC) Tamil Nadu Agricultural University has analysed the past 10 year prices and conducted the trader survey in Mettupalayam vegetable commission wholesale market to give forecast

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Agriculture News: Inauguration of Centre of Excellence for Fruits under Indo-Israel Work Plan

On the occasion of inauguration of Centre of Excellence (CoE) for fruits, Ladwa, Haryana under Indo-Israel work plan, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh today said that the centre is an outcome of the MOU signed between the two countries in May, 2006.

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Agriculture News: Apni mandies for Farmers by State Agricultural Marketing Board

Deputy Commissioner –cum Secretary, State Agricultural Marketing Board, U.T. Chandigarh decided to open Apni mandies at the existing venues of Punjab Mandi Board but on different days. These mandies will be held on all week days in different Sectors as per the schedule.

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Agriculture News : Government Targeting to bring 50% Farmers under PMFBY

Government is targeting to double the insurance coverage under crop insurance through Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) in a few years.

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Agriculture News: Opening of Valagro Subsidiary at New Ag in Beijing.

Atessa: Valagro, a global leader in the production and commercialization of biostimulants and specialty nutrients, has today announced the opening of its Chinese subsidiary.

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Agriculture News: Prices Agriculture Commodities Gained Substantially in Volatile Trade

The turnover of MCX was up eight per cent at Rs. 2.63 lakh crore in the financial year ended March 2016, which was Rs. 2.44 lakh crore recorded in the same period last year.

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Agriculture News : Farmers will get Good Prices for Potato during May to June 2016

The potato is world's favourite root vegetable. In India, potato is cultivated in an area of 20.69 lakhs hectares with a production of 480 lakhs tonnes in 2014-15. Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Gujarat, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Assam states accounted for 85 per cent share in total area.

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Agriculture News : Genetic Improvement Programme in Malpura Sheep at ICAR-CSWRI

At ICAR-Central Sheep and Wool Research Institute doing genetic improvement programme in Malpura sheep in the Animal Genetics & Breeding Division (ICAR-CSWRI). This programme will help for improvement of growth characteristics.

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Agriculture News : Soil Mapping Project in Goa between ICAR-NBSS and LUP

A MoU has been signed between ICAR-National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning and Directorate of Agriculture, Government of Goa on Characterization and mapping of land resources of Goa State under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) scheme.

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Agriculture Information : “Growing Smart Together” Online Platform by IFA

The International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) launched “Growing Smart Together,” an online platform that features a collage of video interviews of various stakeholders who share their ideas and views on topical agricultural issues.

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Agriculture News : Organic Farming Needs to be Promoted

Union Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh addressed the National Symposium on Organic Farming for Farmers’ Prosperity, organized by CRIDA and NIRD, Hyderabad.

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Best Crop Science LLP Announces the Acquisition of an Agrochemicals Manufacturing Facility

Best Crop Science LLP, part of the Best Agro Group, announced that it has successfully completed the acquisition of an agrochemicals manufacturing facility located in Gajraula (Uttar Pradesh) from Chemtura Chemicals India Private Limited

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Agriculture News : GADVASU Developed New Value Added Products to Help Farmers

College of Dairy Science and Technology has developed good quality functional low fat dahi by adding 'generally recognized as safe’ (GRAS) grade additive i.e. beta glucan.

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Agriculture Events : A National Level Agriculture Fair-cum-Exhibition ‘Krishi Unnati Mela'.

Jointly by the Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India and Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI), Pusa, New Delhi at Indian Agriculture Research Institute Organized ‘Krishi Unnati Mela’ a National Level Agriculture Fair-cum-Exhibition, from March 19-21, 2016.

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Agriculture News : Two Days 'Pashu Palan Mela' from 18th March 2016 in Punjab

Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana has organized Pashu Palan Mela from 18 March and 19 March, 2016. Diversification is the core issue now a days in agriculture and farmers will get aware and encourage to adopt livestock on scientific lines through this mela.

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Agriculture Information : Monitoring of Agriculture Residue Burning Using Satellite

Agriculture residue burning is commonly practiced in the Indian in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal primarily to clear the waste after harvesting and for preparing the field for the next cropping cycle in a short time.

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Agriculture News : Government has Taken Steps for Promotion of Micro Irrigation

The Micro Irrigation technologies (both Drip and Sprinkler) are quite popular amongst the farmers and adoption rate is also high.
The National Mission on Micro Irrigation programme in the country was subsumed under National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA)

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Agriculture News : New Plan for Development of Rajasthan & Sirhind Feeder Canals

The Punjab Government has prepared a comprehensive plan for the changing of Rajasthan & Sirhind feeder canals to provide irrigation services in a better way to the farming community of state. Under the plan, 196 kilometres long canals would ssbe realigned.

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Sri Biotech Laboratories India Limited integrated with Italian Group Valagro

Italian Group Valagro, a global leader in the production and commercialization of biostimulants and specialty nutrients, has completed the acquisition and begun the process of integration of Sri Biotech Laboratories India Limited.

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Agriculture News : Coconut Prices will Increase in Summer Season

Recently markets in Kerala show that there is no glut in the market and some area experiences a shortage for coconut and copra. As summer is coming up, the tender nut market is getting brighter now.

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Agriculture News : Promotion of Soil Test Based Balanced Use of Fertilizers

To maintain soil health and its productivity, The Government is promoting soil test based balanced and judicious use of chemical fertilizers, bio-fertilizers and locally available organic manures like Farm Yard Manure, compost, Vermi Compost and Green manure.

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Agriculture News : CCS Haryana Agricultural University Organized Kharif Krishi Mela-2016

The CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar is going to organize Krishi Mela from 09 March to 10, 2016. This is one of the most important extension education activities of the University for transfer of technology to the potential users/farmers.

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Agriculture News : Farmers will get Good Prices for Sesame during March to April 2016

Sesame or Gingelly is one of the most significant oilseed crops. Sesame is grown primarily for its oil-rich seeds. Seeds were primarily used for oil and also appreciated for their ability to add nutty flavour or garnish foods.

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Agriculture News : Brainstorming Session on Fruit Farms for Higher Productivity and Profits

Digital India initiative of the Government of India has the potential to make development in agriculture sector.Digital linking of Fruit Farms to make them smarter with higher productivity and profits is an important

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Agriculture News : Digital Farm Market Platform will be Launched on April 14

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a digital platform for enabling farmers to sell their produce at a better rate anywhere in the country will be launched on April 14. It ensures doubling of the farmers' income by 2022.

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Agriculture News : Launch of ‘Kalparasa’ Fresh and Hygienic Energy Drink at Goa

Dr. N.K. Krishna Kumar, DDG (Hort. Sci.), ICAR had launched ‘Kalparasa’ a fresh, hygienic and unfermented energy drink from coconut inflorescence at Goa in a function jointly organized by CPCRI, Kasaragod and Krishna Enterprises, Goa.

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Agriculture News : Inauguration of First Mega Food Park in Punjab

Union Minister of Food Processing Industries Mrs Harsimrat Kaur Badal said that the 'mega food park' projects being setup in the states are providing better prices to the farmers besides adding value to agricultural produce.

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Agriculture Information : Geospatial Technology For Estimation Of Natural Rubber by NRSC

India produces almost enough natural rubber to meet its entire industrial requirement. Presently, the production of NR and its consumption almost match in the country, but in future it may be not balanced.

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Ultra Modern Hi-Tech Centre of Excellence for Cattle Breeding in Punjab

Punjab government has set up hi-tech a centre of Excellence for cattle breeding farm at a cost of Rs. 42.19 crore. The Centre is equipped with hi-tech scientific infrastructure under National Agriculture Development Plan.

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Agriculture News : Social Security Schemes for Farmers by Government

The Government is implementing a number of schemes to help the farmers in increasing their productivity by reducing cost of cultivation, achieving higher yield per unit and by realizing remunerative prices.

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Agriculture News : ICAR-CSWRI Released Prolific Breed Cross ‘AVISHAAN’

ICAR-Central Sheep & Wool Research Institute, Avikanagar released a high performing prolific three breed cross developed by it. The prolific cross is a composite cross having 12.5% Garole, 37.5% Malpura and 50% Patanwadi blood.

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High Yielding Sugarcane Variety

Sugarcane is an important cash crop of the country cultivated over about 5 million ha area including both sub-tropical and tropical regions. Co 0238 (Karan 4) is a high yielding and high sugar content variety, derived from the cross Co LK 8102 x Co 775. This variety was evolved at the Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Regional Centre, Karnal.

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