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Onion output scales new record at 21 million tonnes in 2015-16

Onion output scales new record at 21 million tonnes in 2015-16

Country's onion output is estimated to have touched the 21 million tonne mark -- a new record -- in the crop year ended June 2016, the government said Monday.

Agriculture Ministry demands Rs 11,000 cr more to implement PMFBY this year

Agriculture Ministry demands Rs 11,000 cr more to implement PMFBY this year

The Agriculture Ministry has demanded an additional Rs 11,000 crore to settle crop insurance claims this fiscal under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana.

'Rural credit should be tailored to raise farm income'

'Rural credit should be tailored to raise farm income'

A Parliamentary committee on Wednesday suggested that rural credit dispensation, including crop insurance policies of the government, should be tailored in a manner that will lower the costs of farming, raise farm revenue and thereby increase income of farmers.

Agriculture in 115 Indian districts most at risk from climate change

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As floods ravage eastern and northern India, agriculture in 115 districts across 15 states is "highly vulnerable" to climate change, according to a study published in the Indian Academy of Science journal Current Science.

Report on roadmap to double farmers' income by Sept: Govt

Report on roadmap to double farmers' income by Sept: Govt

An inter-ministerial panel, which has been mandated to recommend a roadmap to double farmers' income by 2020, will submit the report by September, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said Friday.

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.

22% deficit rainfall in Bihar

Contrary to the India Meteorological Department forecast Bihar has recorded a deficit of 22 per cent in rainfall so far.

Eight JMB militants charged with murder of Japanese farmer

Eight militants from Bangladesh's terror group Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) have been charged with the murder of a Japanese farmer who was shot dead in the country last year.

Govt bullish on farm sector growth on hopes of good monsoon

Govt bullish on farm sector growth on hopes of good monsoon

India will "definitely" see higher foodgrain output and overall growth in the agriculture sector in case the IMD prediction of a good monsoon "comes true", Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said Tuesday.

DNA: Analysis of the pitiful conditions of deprived, impoverished farmers - Part II

The what is reality in India for farmers and agriculture is unbelievable. The average monthly income of farmers in India is Rs.6426. Watch complete news story of DNA for getting detailed updates!

Land reforms fail, 5% of India’s farmers control 32% land

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Why it is difficult to reverse more than half-a-century of land-reform failures?

Narendra Modi's rural income promise leaves farmers, experts cold

Narendra Modi may also have to allow farm gate prices to rise fast, agricultural and economic experts said, jeopardising a key policy of his first two years in office: keeping inflation in check to appeal to India`s swelling middle class.

Agri growth may jump to 6% in FY17, says NITI Aayog

Agri growth may jump to 6% in FY17, says NITI Aayog

Due to poor monsoon the agriculture growth was negative in 2014-15 at 0.25 percent and in 2015-16 and it is expected to be at 1.2 percent, Chand added.

Arun Jaitley launches crop insurance schemes

Arun Jaitley launches crop insurance schemes

Terming agriculture as "absolutely critical to the country`s economy," union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday launched the "Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana" and "Unified Package Insurance Scheme".

Maharashtra budget earmarks Rs 25,000 crore for agri sector

As the state is reeling under an unprecedented drought, the BJP-led government in Maharashtra on Friday earmarked Rs 25,000 crore for the farm sector in the Budget for 2016-17, while tweaking certain taxes such as VAT and offering exemptions for the sugarcane industry.

Groundwater levels plunge, contamination rises, crisis grows

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Five years ago, when Ramakant Desai, 55, hired a drilling rig to sink a borewell to irrigate his maize fields, he struck water at 200 ft. Today, the rig must drill more than four times as deep to 900 ft.

Hundreds of acres of agricultural fields damaged as unseasonal rainfall flattens crops in Punjab, Haryana

Hundreds of acres of agricultural fields damaged as unseasonal rainfall flattens crops in Punjab, Haryana

Standing wheat crop was damaged in hundreds of acres of agricultural fields in Punjab and Haryana due to unseasonal rainfall accompanied with high velocity winds over the past 24 hours.

India needs a new green revolution: Anand Mahindra

Cautioning against getting carried away by "glamorous sectors like IT and e-commerce", Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra Thursday said India needs a new green revolution as income from agriculture is declining.

Govt gives Rs 36,000 crore to farm sector; agri-credit at Rs 9 lakh crore

Govt gives Rs 36,000 crore to farm sector; agri-credit at Rs 9 lakh crore

Aiming to double farmers income by 2022, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Monday announced an allocation of nearly Rs 36,000 crore for the farm sector while raising the agri-credit target to Rs 9 lakh crore for the next fiscal.

Indian scientists breed high-yield super arhar variety

The Indian scientists have found a new form of arhar pulse called PADT-16 which takes less time in cultivation than the arhar dal.