News from India

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...
27-06-2014 14:22 PM
'Agriculture varsities should spearhead next farm revolution'
Citing growth of agriculture sector as an effective tool to fight poverty, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee today stressed on re-orientation of agric...
26-06-2014 15:06 PM
Monsoon rains to improve after July 7: Agriculture Minister
The monsoon is expected to improve after July 7 but the government is fully prepared to tackle the situation in case of poor rainfall, Agriculture Min...
26-06-2014 15:05 PM
Assocham suggests measures to boost agriculture growth
Stating agriculture has the potential to take India's growth to 8% and create millions of jobs in rural areas, Assocham has suggested a slew of measur...
25-06-2014 11:01 AM
Beleaguered Indian farmers favour debt waiver
Mangalagiri, Andhra Pradesh - A political pledge to waive the debts of hard-pressed farmers who need credit to survive has proved popular among rural ...
24-06-2014 03:52 AM
Young farmers find greener pastures
Muslim youths of Basua village in Gumla have emerged as green entrepreneurs bidding adieu to past hardships as children from poor families. Sitting...
23-06-2014 01:20 AM
Rescued cattle block road for hours
A section of Vikas Marg in east Delhi was blocked by cattle for several hours from Saturday night to Sunday morning when activists from an animal welf...
19-06-2014 01:07 AM
Soaring mercury takes a toll on poultry units
The poultry industry in East and West Godavari district has come under a threat with the day temperature remaining high this summer. The mortality ...
17-06-2014 02:19 AM
Indian farmers find pesticide-free way to grow
Angrejo Devi had a bumper yield of cotton and wheat for the sixth consecutive harvest last season. It wasn't always that way in Haryana's Jind dis...
16-06-2014 02:37 AM
Agriculture activists slam IB report, say it's not intelligent
The controversial Intelligence Bureau (IB) report that accuses foreign funded NGOs to be a threat to India's economic security is being thrashed by ac...
03-06-2014 03:48 AM
Soil turns acerbic, hits yield of plantation crops
The yield of plantation crops like coconut, banana, cashew, pepper, arecanut and rubber in the state has dipped by 10-15% last year, and is expected t...
03-06-2014 03:22 AM
Farmers remind Modi of campaign promises over tea
Hundreds of farmers and farm widows from Western Vidarbha participated in 'Kisano ki chai pe chintan' programme at Maregaon, 70km from Yavatmal, on Mo...
02-06-2014 00:50 AM
Government to assess crop loss
The state government on Saturday asked all district collectors to assess damage to different crops during the recent unseasonal rainfall and submit th...
02-06-2014 00:38 AM
Can India reform its agriculture?
Over the last decade, India’s official position in global climate negotiations has been one of opposition to agricultural mitigation. At Doha (COP18),...
29-05-2014 01:48 AM
Govt moots insurance scheme for farmers, use of GM technology to increase yield
Agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh is open to the idea of using genetically modified (GM) technology to increase farm productivity, saying the gov...
27-05-2014 01:38 AM
Fall in prices of tea leaves puts farmers in a quandary
The sudden fall in the prices of green tea leaves has put small-scale tea growers in a crisis in the prime season beginning with the summer rain. T...
26-05-2014 00:13 AM
Two elephants damage crops in Chittoor
Panic gripped farmers of Dandikuppam and Thotakanuma villages of V. Kota mandal in the district when two elephants damaged crops in the early hours of...
23-05-2014 02:54 AM
Indian farmers could plant record soybean area as prices rally
Farmers in India are likely to boost the amount of land devoted to growing soybeans by up to 4 per cent in the crop year that begins in July, as they ...
22-05-2014 01:28 AM
Goa dairy officials deny plans to hike milk prices
Goa dairy officials have categorically denied having plans to increase prices of milk in the near future. It was speculated that following the milk pr...
16-05-2014 01:41 AM
Indian rice farmer's miracle yield
An Indian farmer has set a state and possibly a national record for growing rice using a neglected method of cultivation that has been dismissed by ac...
15-05-2014 01:05 AM
India needs hybrid seeds to increase rice production
Taste is one of the main reasons Indian farmers are not taking to cultivation of high-yield hybrid rice varieties developed by scientists and research...
09-05-2014 02:13 AM
Why farmers in Punjab are upset despite bumper crop
A bumper wheat crop should have brought smiles on the faces of Punjab's hard-working farmers but a variety of adverse circumstances, including the wea...
08-05-2014 00:36 AM
Verdict will secure livelihood of farmers, says Jayalalithaa
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said on Wednesday that the Supreme Court’s “historic” verdict in the Mullaperiyar dam case safeguarded the live...
06-05-2014 00:20 AM
Sleuths uncover malpractice in sale of dairy products
Legal metrology officials on Monday conducted surprise checks on dairy product processing and packaging units across the state and registered 24 cases...
01-05-2014 00:53 AM
Women’s group ensures payments in dairy farming
“I have to get back my payment of Rs. 22,000 for supplying which is pending from my earlier milk vendor. Even after two years he is not ready to pay. ...
29-04-2014 02:00 AM
Heat takes its toll on livestock in Dindigul district
The prevailing drought conditions are taking their toll on the livestock in Dindigul district as four buffaloes belonging to two farmers fell down dea...
28-04-2014 00:51 AM
Helpline for cattle farmers yet to get good response
Call it a side effect of the Lok Sabha elections, especially the model code of conduct. The exclusive helpline for cattle farmers, launched in Februar...
17-04-2014 00:47 AM
W. Asia, China will drive farm exports
Agricultural exports, particularly spices, fruits and marine products, are likely to increase along with foodgrains as demand from West Asia and China...
10-04-2014 00:56 AM
Annual growth rate in agriculture plateaus
The state's annual growth rate in agriculture has remained static at 4.9% since 2005-06, as lack of labour and its high costs combined with a few othe...
07-04-2014 02:21 AM
Farming should be made profitable to attract youth
Technology and high revenue could make agriculture attractive to the younger generation, said Ajay Parida, executive director of M S Swaminathan Found...
03-04-2014 02:50 AM
State aid arrives for hail-affected farmers
The agriculture department here expects all the funds received from state government for compensation of farmers affected by the recent spell of rain ...
02-04-2014 05:55 AM
Gloomy picture for Indian agriculture, says UN panel
India stares at an agriculture loss worth Rs 42,000 crore ($7 billion) by 2030, due to the dangerous consequences of climate change, says the United N...
31-03-2014 07:22 AM
Poor harvest and EU ban on Indian mangoes worry farmers
The season of the king of fruits — Alphonso mangoes — has finally arrived, but not with a bang. This year, varying weather conditions have led to a lo...