With slow progress of monsoon in the northern region, the ongoing sowing of major Kharif crops in Punjab has remained lower so far as compared to the same period of last year.
Accusing Rajasthan government of working against the interests of farmers, a Congress MLA Saturday alleged irregularities in assessing damage to crops in his constituency in Jalore district during the last Kharif crops season.
Government agencies in drought-hit Bihar have procured less than two percent of paddy in the last two months against the target of 24 lakh tonnes this kharif season, officials said Friday.
Andhra Pradesh Government declared 119 mandals in 7 districts as affected by drought during 2013 kharif season, taking into consideration the deficient rainfall and other parameters like crop loss.
Amid expectations of normal rain, the government approved a hike of Rs 60 in paddy support price (MSP) to Rs 1,310 per quintal in order to encourage farmers to grow more in ongoing kharif season.
Over 39.45 lakh tonnes (LT) of paddy has arrived in Haryana in the kharif marketing season so far this year against 33.46 LT in the corresponding period last fiscal.
More than 34.38 lakh tonnes of paddy has arrived so far at the mandis in Haryana during the current Kharif season.
State Agriculture Minister Narendra said the state government would provide subsidy on diesel in the event of poor rainfall during the coming monsoon.
Sowing operations are going on in full swing in Gujarat in the backdrop of good monsoon rains received by the state so far.
PM acknowledged the severe drought-like situation but assured of adequate supply of food grains.
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August 27, 2014
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