News from India

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...
24-03-2014 01:55 AM
Officialdom killing Indian dairy industry?
The Indian government's tightened norms on importing high milk yielding cattle breeds have forced many large businesses to either shelve, defer or sca...
24-03-2014 01:50 AM
Indian farmers driven to suicide as hail ruins crops
Unseasonal rains and hailstorms this month have damaged the winter-sown crops of millions of Indian farmers, but Ms Rekha Garole lost more than others...
18-03-2014 01:02 AM
Crop loss figure goes up to Rs 10,000 crore
The state government is finding it extremely difficult to meet the enormous challenge of compensating the farmers affected by hailstorm, with the late...
17-03-2014 05:30 AM
2,100 cattle dead, aid only for owners of 581
The hailstorms and unseasonal rain have so far claimed lives of more than 2,100 cattle in the Nashik division. Officials said compensation is likel...
12-03-2014 02:52 AM
61% farmers ready to quit and take up city jobs
Faced with inadequate returns, a significant chunk of farmers in the country are ready to quit farming if they get alternative job opportunities in ur...
12-03-2014 02:35 AM
Unseasonal rain wreaks havoc on horticulture crops
Unseasonal rain and hail has destroyed huge tracts of horticulture crops, standing rabi mustard and gram crops in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Raja...
11-03-2014 03:35 AM
Storms batter half of India, damage farms and crops
Parts of north India, including Delhi, could experience an extended winter, as a cluster of stormy weather systems known as “western disturbances” has...
07-03-2014 01:45 AM
Farmers seek minimum income guarantee in manifestos
Although the time for freebies is over as Lok Sabha elections have been announced and the model code of conduct is in place, more than 20 lakh farmers...
06-03-2014 01:19 AM
Let farmers decide about GM crops, not governments
Governments must 'do' as little as possible to be considered legitimate. People must 'do', not governments. When the latter 'do' anything at all, they...
04-03-2014 03:36 AM
Drought forces farmers to sell cattle, says KJK
Prevailing drought conditions and the resultant fodder scarcity were forcing farmers to sell their cattle to traders in Kerala for the purpose of meat...
24-02-2014 03:52 AM
Cattle in Avadi electrocuted by fence on private land
The carcasses of three cows and a bull have been found at Kannapallyam village near Avadi. According to Blue Cross officials, the cattle could have be...
21-02-2014 08:50 AM
Indian potato farmers hold rally, protest sliding prices
Nearly 300 potato farmers gathered and dumped their unsold produce on the street in a protest against the falling prices. The farmers criticised the g...
20-02-2014 01:40 AM
Gov't will not acquire land till Lok Sabha elections
For the next couple of months from now, the Mamata Banerjee government will not acquire any land from farmers even if it is required for government pr...
18-02-2014 01:30 AM
Dairy product enrichment discussed at agri summit
How about mixing your staple buffalo milk with milk from cattle, buffaloes, sheep, goats and camels to get the right amount of nutrients? Experts at P...
17-02-2014 03:19 AM
Non-Congress CMs criticise agriculture policy
If their speeches at the inauguration of the four-day Progressive Punjab Agriculture Summit (PPAS) on Sunday are any indicator, parties from at least ...
04-02-2014 02:35 AM
PM indicates change in Centre’s stand on GM crops
In a remark which may cheer agriculture scientists and farmers across the country and signal a change in stance, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Mond...
03-02-2014 04:54 AM
Crop insurance to cover monsoon failure
Crop insurance scheme is being implemented as modified national agricultural insurance scheme in all the 13 blocks in Pudukottai district during 2013-...
27-01-2014 01:29 AM
Unseasonal rains wreak havoc in farms
Rabi crops worth lakhs of rupees were flattened due to the unseasonal rains that lashed Aurangabad, Jalna and some other districts of Marathwada recen...
22-01-2014 01:30 AM
Corruption case against Goa dairy officials
The anti corruption branch (ACB) of the directorate of vigilance on Tuesday registered a case against Navjivan dudha utpadak sahakari saunstha maryadi...
20-01-2014 00:30 AM
Crash in tomato prices comes as a shock to farmers
Farmers in Gubbi, Kunigal and Tumkur taluks decided to sow tomatoes in large tracts of land considering the skyrocketing vegetable prices. The three-a...
20-01-2014 00:24 AM
Cattle farmers upset as milch cows fail to produce enough milk
Cattle farmers in Trichy and neighbouring districts are a worried lot as they rue that their cows are not producing enough milk. This, they claim is b...
13-01-2014 12:46 PM
Farmers’ suicides drop by 50%: Pawar
Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said here on Sunday that farmers’ suicides in the country had dropped by 50 per cent according to recent stati...
13-01-2014 12:43 PM
Govt expects record wheat harvest this year
India's wheat production this year is likely to surpass the previous record of 94.88 million tonne on better coverage and good weather conditions, Min...
23-12-2013 10:37 AM
Genetically modified crops hold the key to food security
In the debate over whether India should go for transgenic or genetically modified (GM) crops or not, there is a viewpoint that supports its ability to...
23-12-2013 10:32 AM
Farmers block roads demanding water
As the demand for immediate release of water from Vaigai dam did not elicit positive response at the recent farmers' grievance meet in Madurai, more t...
18-12-2013 10:01 AM
FMD continues to pose threat to dairy sector
While officials of the Animal Husbandry Department claim that the disease is under control, dairy sector representatives maintain that the disease con...
18-12-2013 09:56 AM
Foot-and-mouth disease claims 2,800 cattle in Kerala
About 2,800 heads of cattle have died and more than 33,000 bovines have been affected in Kerala with the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), which spread ac...
10-12-2013 12:51 PM
Water allocated for agriculture diverted to industries
Recent revelations have indicated that the water originally allocated for the state's agriculture, is being snatched by, and used for big industries a...
09-12-2013 11:06 AM
Fear over FMD resurfaces with cattle deaths
A slew of cattle deaths at Moolimangalam in the district over the past fortnight have injected fear among farmers and disquiet among Animal Husbandry ...
09-12-2013 10:55 AM
Lack of causeway hits farmers at Karumanchi
Farming in India, as economists put it is a gamble with monsoon. It is riskier preposition for the farmers of this remote village in Tangutur manda...
29-11-2013 09:25 AM
Failure to vaccinate leads to cattle deaths
Thousands of cows which recently died in the state due to foot and mouth disease were denied their regular annual vaccinations by farmers who feared l...
29-11-2013 09:19 AM
Temple festival in Bandipur amid cattle disease scare
Although serious concerns remain over the possibility that the epidemic of foot-and-mouth disease among cattle could soon hit wildlife, Bandipur Tiger...
21-11-2013 05:47 AM
75% farmers default on paying power bills
As many as 75% of the farmers in Nashik zone have defaulted in payment of power bills, and the total outstanding amount is Rs 542.5 crore from 4.78 la...
19-11-2013 02:16 AM
Wheat exports tender gets bids higher than floor price
Buyers in Singapore and Dubai have placed the highest bids for export of Indian wheat through State agencies — STC, MMTC and PEC Ltd — for which tende...
18-11-2013 01:15 AM
Farmers urge PM to reject developed nations' WTO plans
Farmer groups have urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to stand up against developed nations including the US and EU and reject any proposal that will...
13-11-2013 03:06 AM
Agri graduates come to aid of farmers with hi-tech products
With heavy rains having a devastating impact on crops this year, young agricultural researchers are finding ways to improve traditional farming with t...
12-11-2013 04:12 AM
Interest-free loan scheme to boost organic farming
In a bid to provide pesticide-free food products to consumers and utilize more fallow land, the Kudumbashree Mission is embarking on a major project t...
12-11-2013 04:06 AM
Climate change impacts on small scale farmers
Climate change is exacting a heavy price on worldwide agricultural production and smallholder farmers in developing countries are one of the most vuln...
12-11-2013 04:05 AM
Officials exhort farmers to adopt organic farming
In a fresh attempt to motivate farmers and ordinary folk towards adopting organic farming, officials of the district horticulture department are propa...
05-11-2013 01:11 AM
Contract expiry hits dairy sector
The state's plan to boost development of the dairy sector in the state hit a roadblock after the expiry of its agreement with the National Dairy Devel...
01-11-2013 08:31 AM
Farmer killed for onions?
In a tragic twist to the skyrocketing prices of onions, a farmer, Yellaiah, was allegedly stoned to death by miscreants who eyed his treasure-- a bagf...
31-10-2013 02:20 AM
Farmers urged to drain out excess water from fields
Scientists of the Horticultural Research Station (HRS), Lam Farm, advised the chilli farmers to lift the fallen saplings in the fields and spray ferti...
28-10-2013 00:28 AM
India set for bumper crops in the wake of good rains
India looks set for bumper harvests of winter crops such as wheat, chickpeas and rapeseed in the wake of a strong monsoon that has left the soil moist...
28-10-2013 00:14 AM
FMD claims 33 head of cattle in Dharwad
Foot and mouth disease (FMD) in the district has claimed 33 head of cattle so far, officials of the Department of Animal Husbandry said at a review me...