Govt sees record kharif pulses, oilseeds, coarse cereal output

The country is likely to harvest a record production of pulses, oilseeds and coarse cereals in this year's kharif season on higher acreage under these crops so far despite the prediction of a deficient monsoon.

Govt hikes pulses MSP sharply to boost output, check prices

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Wednesday increased the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy by Rs 50 to Rs 1,410 per quintal for this year.

Paddy sowing up 21% so far this kharif season

Foodgrains production is estimated to have declined by 5.25 percent to 251.12 million tonnes in 2014-15 crop year due to poor monsoon and unseasonal rain in last two months.

Monsoon may hit Kerala on June 1
Monsoon may hit Kerala on June 1

Monsoon is expected to arrive on time this year, hitting Kerala on June 1, but rainfall may remain below normal, prompting the government to put in place a contingency plan and push crop insurance for farmers.

Odisha govt stresses on chemical treatment of seeds

 In a bid to raise paddy productivity, Odisha government has stressed on chemical treatment of the seeds prior to sowing and introduction of drought-resistant and flood-prone varieties in calamity-prone Ganjam district in the Kharif season.

Congress MLAs walkout from Chhattisgarh House on farmers' bonus issue

The main opposition Congress on Wednesday staged a walkout from the Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly in protest against the state government's "failure" to fulfil its promise of giving bonus to farmers against procurement of their paddy.

Chhattisgarh: Congress plans 'jail bharo' stir over paddy procurement

Opposition Congress in Chhattisgarh will hold "fill the jails" protest from Wednesday against ruling BJP government's decision to restrict procurement of paddy to 10 quintals per acre at the given MSP in current Kharif season.

Weak monsoon: Crop sowing trails in Punjab, lesser water in Bhakra

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.

Rajasthan Congress MLA alleges irregularities in assessing crop damage

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.

Paddy procurement low in drought-hit Bihar

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.

119 mandals in Andhra Pradesh declared drought-hit

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.

Support price of paddy hiked by Rs 60 to Rs 1,310 per quintal

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 paddy arrived in Haryana so far

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.

Over 34.38 lakh tonnes of paddy arrives in Haryana

More than 34.38 lakh tonnes of paddy has arrived so far at the mandis in Haryana during the current Kharif season.

Foodgrains output projected to fall by 10% in Kharif: Pawar

However, the government expects to make up for the decline in output during the Rabi season (winter sown crop).

Drop in kharif output to put pressure on food prices: PMEAC

With kharif (summer crop) output being projected to drop by 10 percent this year, food prices will remain under pressure for some time, Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council Chairman C Rangarajan has said.

Monsoon deficit at 21%, coarse cereals a concern

The government Friday said monsoon deficiency is at 21 percent so far and expressed concern about the slow pace of sowing of coarse cereals.

No farmer will be allowed to die: Bihar minister

State Agriculture Minister Narendra said the state government would provide subsidy on diesel in the event of poor rainfall during the coming monsoon.

Kharif sowing going on in full swing in Gujarat

Sowing operations are going on in full swing in Gujarat in the backdrop of good monsoon rains received by the state so far.

Enough food, act against hoarders: PM

PM acknowledged the severe drought-like situation but assured of adequate supply of food grains.