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Govt non-committal on granting nationwide farm loan waiver

The government on Friday remained non-committal on whether to follow the erstwhile UPA dispensation's decision to grant a farm loan waiver across the country, after the Congress made the demand in Rajya Sabha.

India to support implementation of past commitments at G20

Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Sunday said India was for the early implementation of past commitments made at the G20 agriculture ministers` meetings.

Speed up transferring of agri tech to land from lab: Agriculture Minister

Speed up transferring of agri tech to land from lab: Agriculture Minister

Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Saturday called upon farm scientists to speed up efforts to transfer technologies from the lab to the grassroots level in an effort to double farmers' income in the next five years.

Ahluwalia says will focus on farmers' welfare

 The government will work towards farmers' welfare and make Indian agriculture globally competitive, new Minister of State for Agriculture, S S Ahluwalia on Wednesday said.

Govt won't allow Monsanto exploit farmers; will continue to regulate cotton prices: Agriculture Minister

Govt won't allow Monsanto exploit farmers; will continue to regulate cotton prices: Agriculture Minister

India will not allow seed companies such as Monsanto to exploit farmers and will keep regulating seed prices, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh told reporters on Monday.

Agriculture Minister clarifies government stand on GM crops

The government will "abide by Supreme Court directions" on allowing Genetically Modified crops in the country, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh today said while clarifying Centre's stand on the controversial issue.

Rabi crop output may fall marginally: Minister

Rabi sowing starts from October, while harvesting begins from March.

Ministries told to expedite budgetary process: Agriculture Minister

We have been told in our Department to start the process now so that funds for crucial schemes are released within 15 days after the Budget is passed in February," he said.

Govt mulls diesel subsidy for irrigation if monsoon is poor

During the drought years in 2009 and 2012, the previous United Progressive Alliance government had announced a 50 percent diesel subsidy for farmers in rainfall deficit areas.

Implementing GST to benefit food processing industry: Pawar

Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Thursday said the processed food industry is facing problems due to the existing tax regime and hoped the implementation of the proposed GST would benefit the sector.

Onion price touches Rs100/kg; to remain high for 2-3 weeks

Refusing to ban export of onion, the Centre asked state governments to invoke Essential Commodities Act to crackdown on hoarders.

Kharif foodgrain output may surpass last year's level: Pawar

India's foodgrain production is projected to increase marginally in the kharif (summer) season this year to 129.32 million tonnes after more than half the country received normal monsoon rains.

Pawar pitches for more FCI wheat export to ease storage crisis

Anticipating storage problems during the peak wheat procurement season, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar Monday said there is scope for exporting more wheat from FCI godowns to clear space for new crop.

Agri Min can't probe IFFCO gifting property to MD, says Pawar

Amid controversy over IFFCO gifting its top executive prime properties in South Delhi, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar Monday said his Ministry cannot take action against the fertiliser cooperative as the government does not have any equity in it.

GoM members object to MoEF report on "inviolate" areas

The Environment Ministry's report on identifying "inviolate" forest areas has met with strong objections from most of the members of the Agriculture Minister-headed inter-ministerial panel saying that it would restrict many more areas for coal mining.

Pawar sees 'tight budget' next month, no farm freebies

Amid tight fiscal situation, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar Wednesday said he does not expect big freebies like cheap crop loans in the forthcoming Budget for 2013-14 which is likely to be "a tight budget".

Pawar-led team to visit 4 drought-affected states from today

The Agriculture Minister will first visit Maharashtra on Wednesday and later Karnataka on Thursday. He will hold meetings in Gujarat and Rajasthan on Friday, the official said.

Keeping my fingers crossed on prices of pulses, oilseeds: Pawar

Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar Tuesday said rice and wheat situation is comfortable and he is keeping his fingers crossed on the pulses and oilseeds front.

All-time high 252 million ton food grain production in 2011-12

India will have a all-time high foodgrain production of over 252 million tons in 2011-12 with a record output of wheat, rice and cotton, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said on Friday.

No differences in govt on cotton, sugar exports: Pawar

Days after complaining to the Prime Minister that food and textile ministries are following anti-farmer export policies, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar Monday said there are no differences within the government on the issue.