Kerala seeks to continue additional food allocation

The Kerala government has requested the Centre to continue the additional monthly allocation of 30,000 metric tonnes of foodgrains to the state.

Bioprocessed grains may be soon used as medicine

The rice and wheat you eat may soon also be used as a medicine if scientists are successful in changing the carbohydrate profile of foodgrains.

Squad to check quality, quantity of food grains in J&K

 The Consumer affairs and public distribution (CA&PD) ministry of Jammu and Kashmir has called for constituting a 'checking squad' to examine the quality, quantity and timely distribution of food grains in the state.

Arun Jaitley allays monsoon fears, says govt has enough food stocks

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday dismissed the ongoing speculation on Monsoon as misplaced and stressed that there is no need to panic.

Foodgrain output to fall by 5% to 251 MT in 2014-15

The country had registered a record foodgrain production of 265.04 million tonnes in 2013-14 crop year (July-June). Wheat, rice, coarse cereals and pulses are part of foodgrain basket.

Members in Lok Sabha for speedy aid, loan waiver to help farmers

Cutting across party lines, members in the Lok Sabha on Friday voiced concern over losses caused by unseasonal rains and hailstorms to the farm sector and demanded expeditious assistance to farmers in distress and a loan waiver scheme to help them.

Centre extends food law deadline by 6 months

The Centre has given six months' more time to the states for rolling out the National Food Security Act (NFSA), Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said Friday.

Agri output hits new high in 2014; repeat performance unlikely

While output may fall for foodgrains and some other crops, there are also fears that prices of farm items could decline in 2015 on global cues and affect farmers' income.

Kalam hopes for better foodgrains output despite poor rains

Former President A P J Abdul Kalam Thursday hoped that the country's overall foodgrains production would be better this year despite rainfall deficit.

FCI to invite suggestions on its restructuring

The high level committee, set up to recommend ways to restructure state-run FCI, Monday decided to invite suggestions from public and stakeholders, including private sector firms, on management of foodgrains.

18 lakh households eligible for food subsidy

Eighteen lakh households have been found eligible to get foodgrains at highly subsidized rates of Rs 2/ kg for wheat and Rs 3/ kg for rice under the Food Security Act.

No plan to amend food security law at present: Govt

There is no proposal to amend the landmark food security law at present, Parliament was informed on Tuesday.

Govt targets 261 MT foodgrains output in 2014-15 crop year

The government has set the target for foodgrains production at 261 million tonnes in the 2014-15 crop year, lower than the last year's record output.

Power to farmers: Gujarat scientists float novel concept

A time may soon come when farmers who feed the people of India will also produce electricity to feed the national power grid.

'20 million tonnes wheat wasted in India every year'

Around 20 million tonnes of wheat is wasted in India every year due to inadequate storage infrastructure, Institution of Mechanical Engineers said on Friday.

Centre must share cost of implementation of food scheme: Punjab

A top Punjab official on Tuesday said the Centre should share cost of distribution of foodgrains under the Food Security Scheme.

Success of food law hinges on raising output: Pawar

Denying having any reservations on food law, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Tuesday said the successful implementation of the world's largest social welfare scheme should be 'enshrined' on strong domestic production and not on imported grains.

Govt examining high inflation in foodgrains: Thomas

Expressing concern over high food inflation, Food Minister K V Thomas on Wednesday said the government is examining the reasons for "undue" rise in prices of foodgrains despite high production.

CCEA okays supply of additional 5 MT foodgrain to BPL families

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs Thursday cleared a proposal to allocate additional 5 million tonnes of foodgrain to BPL families this fiscal, entailing a subsidy of about Rs 9,471 crore.

Centre has given assurance on price of rice: Karuna

Joining issue with his arch-rival and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on price of rice in the Food Security Bill, DMK president M Karunanidhi on Sunday said the Centre had given an assurance in this regard not only in Parliament, but the Union Cabinet has also accepted them.