News from India

16-10-2014 01:05 AM
India’s ban on US chicken products overturned by WTO
India today lost a case in the WTO against the US on restrictions it had imposed on poultry imports from America with the dispute panel ruling that Ne...
15-10-2014 05:17 AM
‘Powerless’ farmers seethe in anger
Farmers took to streets in several parts of Telangana on Tuesday protesting severe power cuts and failure of the officials to ensure quality power. ...
13-10-2014 01:20 AM
Create policy to safeguard cattle - Court
With campaigns against cattle slaughter being intensified by some right wing organizations, a trial court has called upon the Centre to create a polic...
06-10-2014 02:40 AM
Farmers oppose mining
Farmers opposed illegal transportation of sand from a rivulet on the outskirts of Padira village of Yellareddypet mandal. They staged a dharna at the ...
29-09-2014 00:46 AM
Vaccination drive for livestock held
With a view to marking the death anniversary of Louis Pasteur, the renowned scientist who propounded the concept of vaccines and vaccination, state an...
26-09-2014 03:17 AM
Are GMOs really behind India's farming success?
No topic seems to inspire more debate than genetically modified organisms. Should genetic modifications be used to makes crops live longer, resist pes...
24-09-2014 02:10 AM
The cotton blow to farmers
With 40 suicides in 100 days, there is an urgent need for farmers to focus on other crops. The scale of finance for cotton is Rs. 24,000 per acre for ...
23-09-2014 02:24 AM
India's farmers beating climate change with technology
It's the end of the monsoon season in India. But it's not been a good year. During the sowing and planting season, when water was needed the most, ...
22-09-2014 02:19 AM
Cane mills fail to make payments to cane farmers
The Central as well as state governments are giving relaxations to sugar mills but sugarcane farmers are still struggling to get the price of their pr...
17-09-2014 01:08 AM
Climate smart farmers get tech savvy to save India's bread basket
Erratic weather, rising temperatures, declining water resources and labor shortages are threatening India's bread basket state of Haryana, forcing far...
15-09-2014 05:02 AM
Too many farmers are committing suicide
Farmers are committing suicide as you read this article. In countries like India, the rate of farmer suicides has become a national crisis. The World ...
12-09-2014 04:48 AM
South Africa shows interest in India’s agriculture
Aiming to boost bilateral trade between the two countries, South Africa, on Thursday, evinced interest in food processing and agriculture sectors in I...
10-09-2014 02:36 AM
State to promote agriculture through district fairs
To promote agriculture, the state government will organise district level agriculture science fairs and exhibitions starting from September 25. The fa...
08-09-2014 04:07 AM
Farmers put up their demands
With the Andhra Pradesh government opting for land pooling to build the new capital, farmers of Mangalagiri region on Sunday extended conditional supp...
05-09-2014 03:33 AM
India’s livestock population declines by 3.33% in 7 years
The latest livestock census, released on Wednesday, records a decline in India’s livestock population by 3.33% between 2005 and 2012, led by falling n...
04-09-2014 03:15 AM
Indian government takes measures to promote agriculture production
With the agriculture and allied sectors contributing approximately 13.9 per cent of India's gross domestic product (GDP) during 2013-14, the governmen...
04-09-2014 03:09 AM
Holy cow! Desi cattle show dip in numbers
The country’s population of indigenous cattle has fallen by 8.94 per cent whereas the population of the exotic or crossbred cattle has gone up by 20.1...
02-09-2014 02:53 AM
Relief in sight from stray cattle menace
Citizens can expect some relief from cattle menace in the coming days. The Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) has intensified its drive to impound str...
27-08-2014 05:01 AM
India's estimated milk demand to be about 155 mn tonnes by 2016-17
India’s estimated demand for milk is likely to be about 155 million tonnes by 2016-17 and around 200 million tonnes in 2021-22, said chairman of Natio...
25-08-2014 03:42 AM
‘Towering’ problem shocks farmers
Mohd Burhan, a small farmer, is faced with a piquant situation. He has to marry off his daughter and all he has is a piece of land to meet the expendi...
21-08-2014 03:37 AM
Agricultural budget will be a permanent feature, says Minister
The budgetary allocation to agriculture and allied sectors, including free power subsidy and loan waiver, would be between Rs.10,000 crore and Rs.20,0...
20-08-2014 04:20 AM
Indian farmers to say no to hybrid paddy
On Tuesday farmers in Kanchikoil village in Erode district pledged not to use hybrid or tissue cultured paddy varieties for crop cultivation. They dec...
19-08-2014 02:11 AM
Separate budget for agriculture sought
The Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam, affiliated to the Communist Party of India, has urged the Centre to come out with a separate budget for agriculture...
13-08-2014 04:24 AM
India cuts monsoon rains forecast but says no drought
India on Tuesday forecast June-September monsoon rainfall to be 87 percent of the long-term average, but saw no evidence of a drought, giving some rea...
13-08-2014 04:23 AM
Noida body to acquire land directly from farmers
The Noida and Greater Noida authorities have decided to buy land directly from farmers for any planned development, including group housing projects. ...
12-08-2014 02:56 AM
Farmers want pending demands to be resolved
Members of a farmers' forum held demonstrations outside the Adivasi Vikas Bhavan here on Monday to raise various demands. Dindori taluka president ...
11-08-2014 01:09 AM
The real shoots of economic revival lie in agriculture
The rains have fallen short. An agrarian crisis is seemingly upon us. The Green Revolution was supposed to take care of everything. It was supposed to...
11-08-2014 01:03 AM
Farmers in Delhi on the edge of existence
Mohammed Abdul Sattar, 55, has been living in 'Delhi' for the past 20 years, but has never been to Connaught Place, which is hardly 8 km from his hou...
07-08-2014 14:37 PM
Indian agrochemical products improve agriculture activity in Nepal
City based Krishi Rasayan Exports has been exporting agrochemicals to Nepal consistently for fructifying development in agriculture. The Krishi Ras...
06-08-2014 13:01 PM
Government to launch second phase of agriculture portal by end of August
The Indian state government is all set to launch the second phase of 'Maatir Katha' — an application to help the farmers in the rural areas of Bengal ...
05-08-2014 11:26 AM
UN body for agriculture backs India’s tough stance at WTO
Supporting India's tough stand at WTO on the food security issue, UN body for development of agriculture IFAD today said ensuring food for its people ...
04-08-2014 09:13 AM
Agriculture minister silent on anti-cow slaughter bill
Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh, who recently launched the national “Gokul” mission, refrained to comment on the demand for anti-cow slau...
30-07-2014 00:30 AM
Field trials of GM crops: No decision yet, says government
Two affiliates of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, or the RSS - Swadeshi Jagaran Manch (SJM) and the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) - today met Environme...
29-07-2014 00:19 AM
Stray cows to be housed in cattle centres
Indigenous breeds of cows will be conserved and stray cows will now have a home. The Centre has decided to provide funds to States for setting up i...
28-07-2014 01:18 AM
Farmers call for harnessing excess flow
With the Cauvery carrying a huge quantum of water from the Kabini and Krishnaraja Sagar reservoirs in Karnataka over the past few days and fast fillin...
24-07-2014 09:24 AM
July rainfall helped agriculture to revive in the country, says Agromet
The ongoing rainfall activity in Maharashtra and adjoining states has not only helped in improving water levels in dams but it has also helped the agr...
22-07-2014 09:56 AM
Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry, study says
Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says. ...
22-07-2014 09:55 AM
Late monsoon starts Indian farmer's "journey to hell"
Indian farmer Asghar Bhura scrapes a living by growing sugarcane, but this year's late monsoon has left his tiny plot parched and he will earn nothing...
21-07-2014 09:31 AM
BKS resists Centre’s nod to GM crops field trials
Various organisations, including RSS—affiliated Bhartiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), have opposed Centre’s decision approving field trials of certain varieties...
21-07-2014 09:28 AM
Many techies leaning towards organic farming
The last few years have witnessed several techies and professionals turning to agriculture. As there is a good demand for organically-grown fruits, ve...
18-07-2014 10:02 AM
Hailstorm damages crops in Kashmir, farmers incur losses
A hailstorm and strong winds, besides heavy rains caused huge damage to crops and vegetable farms in Kashmir, leaving farmers in distress over expecte...
15-07-2014 09:59 AM
Govt approves field trials for varieties of GM crops
The new government has approved field trials for 21 new varieties of genetically modified (GM) crops, including staples such as rice and wheat. The co...
14-07-2014 08:48 AM
Government urged to hold talks with farmers’ groups
Various farmers’ organisations have called upon the Agriculture Department and the State government to hold ‘serious discussions’ on the impact of the...
09-07-2014 09:58 AM
Indian dairy sector set for overhaul
India has the maximum number of cows and buffalos in dairy production: about 300 million. It is also the global leader in milk production: about 135 m...
07-07-2014 09:13 AM
Farmers threaten protest over tubewell connections
Farmers in Bathinda and Mansa have decided to start a protest if the power authorities fail to provide them tubewell connections immediately. The f...
04-07-2014 09:22 AM
Water woes force farmers to ditch crop
Erratic monsoon in catchment areas of the Mullaperiyar dam and dry reservoirs have added to farmers' woes in Madurai district, forcing them to abandon...
04-07-2014 09:14 AM
Govt's move is impractical, say farmers, traders
Farmers, traders and Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs) officials on Thursday said the central government's decision to include onions in E...
03-07-2014 08:48 AM
Farmers must also start marketing their produce
Though natural or organic farming is nothing new in the country, the number of farmers who have started taking it up seriously has seen a positive ris...
02-07-2014 09:59 AM
Goa Dairy milk price hiked from Tuesday
In a surprise move, Goa Dairy has hiked the price of milk by Rs 2 to 3 a litre of all variants with effect from Tuesday. With the new tariff, the ...
02-07-2014 09:56 AM
Farmers await rains after slow start to monsoon
Pramod Patil's 40-acre field in Lasalgaon usually turns green around now with germinated soybean and corn seeds, but this year he has yet to begin pla...