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India | 11 February 2016
Natural agriculture: The man behind ‘zero-budget spiritual farming’

Subhash Palekar got to know that he was selected for the Padma Shri, while watching TV at a hotel room in Kakinada last month. The 66-year-old agriculturalist from Belora village of Amravati district ...


India | 10 February 2016
Smallest Indian wheat crop in six years to spur imports

India may harvest its smallest wheat crop in six years after two successive years of below-average monsoon rainfall stresses crops, potentially opening its doors to more imports. Production is set ...


India | 8 February 2016
Agriculture Ministry seeks animal health card scheme

Aiming to control animal diseases and boost milk output, the Agriculture Ministry has sought measures like a new scheme on animal health card, e-market platform for bovine germplasm and increase in al...


India | 5 February 2016
India may decide on GM food as China makes big leap with Syngenta buy

Officials may decide on Friday whether to allow what could be India's first genetically modified (GM) food crop, mustard, spurred by food security concerns and as China makes a big bet on the technolo...


India | 26 January 2016
Coca-Cola to enter dairy drinks segment in India

Beverages major Coca-Cola on Monday announced its foray into value-added dairy drinks segment in the Indian market with Vio brand, which will make its debut across the country next month. The compa...


India | 26 January 2016
Use technology for sustainable agriculture, says Icrisat official

Director General of ICRISAT, David J. Bergvinson, on Monday underscored the significance of deploying technology tools in agriculture. “Mechanisation can address just one of the many risks… to miti...


India | 25 January 2016
Vaccine hope in battle against poultry deaths

A new oral pellet vaccine against the fatal Ranikhet disease has yielded overwhelming results in trials over two years in Khurda district, provided a ray of hope for those battling to avert mass backy...


India | 25 January 2016
Farmers lift protest on third day

After protesting for three consecutive days outside the office of the Amritsar deputy commissioner for the fulfillment of their demands, the farmers and farm labourers lifted their protest on Sunday e...


India | 21 January 2016
Declare suicide prone areas as organic farming zones

In the backdrop of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pitch for expansion of organic farming across the country, a prominent farm activist has urged Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to ban the use of chem...


India | 20 January 2016
Farmers demand cover for crop damage by wild animals

Farmer groups have demanded that the recently announced Prime Minister Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) should cover the risks and crop losses inflicted by wild animals, such as elephants and wild boars, amo...


India | 18 January 2016
Panel to revisit national policy on farmers

An expert committee will be set up to re-examine the National Policy for Farmers (NPF) amidst growing number of suicides by farmers, the government has told the Supreme Court. The Agriculture Minis...


India | 18 January 2016
Agriculture production doubles in 15 years

The chief secretary said agriculture production has more than doubled in the last 15 years in our state. "Adoption of modern technology, continuously improving seed replacement ratio along with bet...


India | 14 January 2016
Thousands of farmer suicides prompt India to set up $1.3bn crop insurance scheme

India’s government has approved a $1.3bn insurance scheme for farmers to protect against crop failures, saying it was intended to put a halt to a spate of suicides. Two successive years of drought ...


India | 12 January 2016
Indian agriculture needs smart investment

Veteran farmer leader Sharad Joshi, founder of the Shetkari Sanghatana, who passed away last month, swam against the tide for much of his career. A proponent of free markets, leveraging technology and...


India | 5 January 2016
Growing economy, failing agriculture: why this is a disastrous mix for India

India has witnessed four droughts in the past six years. But instead of being alarmed, the Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian gleefully tweeted on 1 January that India has emerged as the world'...


India | 31 December 2015
Global economy, pvt investment, agriculture main challenges: Jaitley

Subdued global economy and moderate private sector investment will continue to pose challenge in the next year, finance minister Arun Jaitley said. “As I speak at the end of the year, the current e...


India | 31 December 2015
Agriculture dept alert on yellow rust on wheat crop

The state Agriculture Department has sounded an alert on yellow rust on the wheat crop. The department has told district agricultural officers to constitute special surveillance teams to keep tabs ...


India | 30 December 2015
Farmers worried over pest attack

Though Tirupur district still holds the second largest acreage under coconut among all districts in the State, the coconut farmers here are facing many a hurdles to maintain that position. One amon...


India | 29 December 2015
Interest in organic farming growing

Of the 11,000 hectares of agricultural land in Puducherry, around 22 hectares of certified organic farms might appear to be small in comparison. However, not only is the area under organic farming slo...


India | 29 December 2015
Blazing an aesthetic trail in organic farming

A group of farmers in Choornikkara panchayat is blazing a new trail in vegetable marketing using the aesthetic appeal of crop design to woo customers to their farms and selling them fresh, hand-picked...


India | 28 December 2015
Fishermen reap rich dividends in lobster farming

A small group of fishermen from Sippikulam in the district, who had adopted sea-cage technique for lobster farming with the technical guidance of Tuticorin Research Centre of Central Marine Fisheries ...


India | 28 December 2015
Showing the way in organic farming

Way Farm, a farmer producer company sponsored by NABARD in Wayanad district, has set a model in producing pesticide-free vegetables and providing it to the public at an affordable price. Way Farm w...


India | 22 December 2015
Godrej Agrovet acquires majority stake in Creamline Dairy

Godrej Agrovet, India's largest animal feed manufacturing company, has acquired a majority stake in Hyderabad-based Creamline Dairy, making its foray into the country's Rs 4 lakh crore dairy business....


India | 16 December 2015
Livestock causes 15% of all emissions worldwide: Scientists

Everybody knows that burning of fossil fuels is the biggest of climate change. But, another important factor that is often brushed under the carpet is meat consumption. Scientists have estimated that ...


India | 15 December 2015
Agriculture outperforms industry in Q2

Despite scanty rainfall this season, the agriculture and allied sector continued to dominate the growth rate in the State during second quarter. The agriculture sector registered growth rate of 47.10 ...


India | 14 December 2015
Kin contradict govt. version on farmers’ suicides

Seventeen-year-old Ghasiram Bhoi from Tureikela block in Odisha’s Bolangir district thought his father had committed suicide to evade the liability of repaying farm loan following crop loss in prevail...


India | 7 December 2015
Drought-hit farmers switching to poultry

Drought-hit farmers in Guntakal Assembly constituency who have suffered losses on account of crop failure are looking at alternative means of livelihood, like poultry farming and farm-related activiti...


India | 19 November 2015
Govt asks banks for 100% insurance of rabi crops

To protect farmers from losses due to natural calamities during the rabi season, the state government on Wednesday asked all banks to ensure 100% insurance of the crops. Deficient rainfall during khar...


India | 17 November 2015
Continue ban on GM crops, activists urge Bengal Govt.

Alleging that the Centre is going to approve the commercial cultivation of a “genetically modified (GM) mustard seed” under the guise of “hybrid mustard”, Coalition for a GM-Free India urged the State...


India | 5 November 2015
Govt calls for tying farming with industry

A robust food processing sector will soothe farm distress, a central minister said on Wednesday, while the chief minister of Maharashtra, the epicentre of farmer suicides in India, called for farm-ind...