Onion export ban to bring about Rs 50 Bn loss for Maharashtra farmers

Just after the onion export ban was announced, truckloads of onions have been stranded at several places like Nashik, Pune, Nagar and Solapur. Now, Maharashtra farmers are likely to suffer huge losses of over Rs 50 billion owing to a government decision to ban the export of onions. Experts claim the move will most...Read more

Ag Ministry launches ‘Centralized Farm Machinery Performance Testing Portal’

The ‘Centralized Farm Machinery Performance Testing Portal’ was launched by Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar on September 24, 2020. The portal was developed by the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare to improve services of farm machinery tes...Read more

Agrochem companies oppose doubling of Customs duty on pesticides formulation  

     CropLife India, an association of 15  research and development driven crop science companies in the country, has expressed concern at the recent proposed move of the government to double Customs duty on agrochemical formulations to 20 per cent. This would severely hurt the interests of t...Read more

India makes exception to onion export ban for Bangladesh

The Indian government has recently stated that it will make an exception to the ban on export to help tide over a crisis in the neighboring country. Bangladesh will receive a large consignment of onions, after India decided to make an exception for Dhaka in the 14 September order that banned the export of on...Read more

NABARD sanctions Rs 1,568 cr under Agri Infra Fund

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has given in-principle sanction for Rs 1,568 crore worth of proposals received from agri-credit societies in 22 states under the recently launched Rs 1 lakh crore Agri Infrastructure Fund, the Parliament was informed on Tuesday.  Agriculture Mi...Read more

Govt bans export of onions with immediate effect

Union Government has recently banned the export of all varieties of onions with immediate effect. The move is aimed at increasing availability and checking the price of the commodity in the domestic market.   Directorate General of Foreign Trade said in a notification that the export of all varieties of onion...Read more

India will be self-reliant in the production of fertilizers by 2023: Ag Ministry

 Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Sadananda Gowda has said that India will be self-reliant in the production of fertilizers by 2023 as new fertilizer manufacturing units will be setup with an investment of Rs 40,000 crore to reduce dependency on import. Addressing a webinar on 'Self-Reliant India...Read more

 CCFI demands in-depth deliberations in Pesticide Management Bill before clearance  

    The Pesticides Management Bill 2020 (PMB) was introduced in the Rajya Sabha on 23 March 2020 to replace The Insecticides Act 1968, which currently governs the registration, manufacturing, export, sale and use of pesticides in India. While PMB is noble in intent, its many lacunae could end up hurtin...Read more

Haryana deploys over 1,500 agriculture officials to verify bajra crop data

In order to ensure timely verification of bajra crop data, the Haryana agriculture department has recently deputed over 1,500 officials in all districts. About 7 lakh farmers have so far registered 38.88 lakh acres on the ‘Meri Fasal Mera Byora’ (MFMB) portal. Additional chief secretary, agriculture, S...Read more

15 Karnataka districts to launch domestic animal ambulances

Officials of the Animal Husbandry Department will soon launch domestic animal ambulances in 15 Karnataka districts to cater to their welfare, as reported by an official recently.   Though phase 2 has also been approved, the funding is yet to be released because of the disruption caused by coronavirus. The ...Read more

Agriculture has a major role to contribute in Atmanirbhar Bharat: PM Modi

Recently in a video conference inauguration of the college and administration buildings of the Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural University, Jhansi, PM Narendra Modi has mentioned that agriculture has a major role to contribute in Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan and self-reliance in Agriculture targets at making fa...Read more

APEDA signs MOUs with AFC India, NCUI

Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) with AFC India Limited (formerly Agricultural Finance Corporation Ltd) and National Cooperative Union of India (NCUI) to synergize their activities in agriculture and allied sectors for bri...Read more