‘Made in China’ fertilizer imports fall to USD 361.20 Mn

India’s imports from China during April-July 2020 decreased to USD 16.60 billion from USD 23.45 billion in the corresponding period of the previous year. Atmanirbhar Bharat and the impact of COVID-19 pandemic has witnessed changes in India’s import policy. Of the 50 items exhibiting decline in imports...Read more

ICAR, TNAU announce CANECON-2020

The ‘International Conference on Sugarcane Research: Sugarcane for Sugar and Beyond’ will be held from November 7 to 10, 2020. Dubbed CaneCon2020, the event will be held at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) Coimbatore. The conference will serve as a common platform to the sugarcane researc...Read more

Canares Aquaculture LLP to set up seabass start up hatchery in India

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (ICAR-CIBA) has announced the signing of an MoU with the start-up Canares Aquaculture LLP at Karnataka's Kumta for transfer of sea bass seed production technology.  ICAR-CIBA Director K K Vijayan told IANS that this is...Read more

Govt introduces new bills to transform agriculture and raise farmers' income

Three bills were introduced in the Lok Sabha on September 14, 2020 that can transform agriculture in the country and improve income of farmers, The Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm S...Read more

NFL posts record high fertilizer sales and production

National Fertilizers Limited (NFL) has surpassed its production targets by producing 16.11 Lakh MT urea in the first five months of 2020-21, higher by 13 percent compared to 14.26 LMT produced during the same period in 2019-20. NFL, a PSU under Deptt of Fertilizers, has recorded total fertilizer sale of 23.81 Lak...Read more

Centre launches new organic food processing unit in UP

An organic food processing unit has been set up in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh which will be beneficial to around 5000 farmers. Inaugurating the unit, Union Minister for Food Processing Industries, Harsimrat Kaur Badal said that the diversity of agricultural raw material base and agro-climatic attributes of UP p...Read more

Agri Ministry launches 22 bamboo clusters in 9 States

Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Narendra Singh Tomar has recently inaugurated 22 bamboo clusters in nine States – Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Assam, Odisha, Nagaland, Tripura, Uttarakhand & Karnataka through virtual mode. He also...Read more

Centre approves Rs 4 crore for up-gradation of soil testing labs in Kashmir

Altaf Aijaz Andrabi, Director of Agriculture, Kashmir, stated that the Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare ministry has approved Rs four crore for up-gradation of soil testing labs across the Kashmir valley.  Andrabi was chairing a review meeting to take stock of various activities undertaken by the depart...Read more

IIHR introduces ‘Arka Kiran’ Guava with high lycopene

The ‘Arka Kiran’ Guava F1 Hybrid was developed by the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru and yields medium sized round fruits with deep red, firm pulp and with high lycopene content (7.14 mg / 100 g). The hybrid was chosen as a cash crop by G Kranthi Kumar to help become a successful...Read more

India faces massive delay in sugar crop harvest due to COVID

With the increasing spread of coronavirus worldwide, millions of migrant workers needed for the harvest have been scared to travel anywhere; which has led to the potential delay in the harvest of sugarcane crops. Relying on migrant workers to travel across the nation could become a major factor for the harvest de...Read more

India's agriculture attains growth rate of 3.4% in Q1 FY2021

Amid the GDP performance of all sectors, agriculture has achieved a bright spot by clocking a growth rate of 3.4 per cent at constant prices in the first quarter of 2020-21. The growth, driven largely by a bumper rabi harvest and facilitated by relaxation in lockdown may not have resulted in a big rise in income ...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