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The Embassy of India in Kathmandu collaborated with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Nepal to commemorate the International Year of Millet 2023

Beduram Bhushal Agriculture and Livestock Minister of Nepal expressed the country’s readiness to work with India in promoting millet as a staple food due to its high nutritional value.

During an event, Bhushal praised India for their leadership in the millet campaign and the renaming of the grains as ‘Shree Anna’, meaning auspicious grains.

Bhushal highlighted the high nutritional value of millet and its potential as a staple food for promoting health benefits.

The minister emphasised Nepal’s willingness to collaborate with New Delhi in promoting the consumption of millet, a campaign launched by the United Nations at India’s initiative.

In 2021, India proposed to the United Nations to declare 2023 as the International Year of Millets (IYOM). The proposal gained support from 72 countries, and the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declared 2023 as the International Year of Millets.

The Embassy of India in Kathmandu collaborated with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Nepal to commemorate the International Year of Millet 2023.

Indian Ambassador to Nepal Naveen Shrivastava highlighted the significance of India-Nepal cooperation in agriculture, specifically regarding millet production and market exploration.

The Embassy of India in Kathmandu collaborated

The supply had been halted briefly due to India’s imposition of a 40 per cent export tax on onions

Nepalese traders have resumed importing onions from India to meet the high demand for the vegetable during the upcoming festival season. The supply had been halted briefly due to India’s imposition of a 40 per cent export tax on onions, which is in effect until December 31.

 India is the world’s largest exporter of onions, and the tax was put in place to limit overseas sales and prevent a potential price increase. The new tariff had a significant impact on Nepal, as traders in the Kalimati Fruit and Vegetable Market, the country’s largest wholesale market for agricultural products, reported a sudden shortage of onions. Nepal relies on India for 99 per cent of its onion supply.

The supply had been halted briefly due

As per the records, each kilogram of exported tomatoes was priced at Nrs. 12 which amounts to about 8.036 million Nepali rupees ($60,486.42)

Within two weeks Nepal has exported 6,69,680 kg of tomatoes to India via three border points, according to records at the customs office along the border.

Till 18th of August a total of 6, 69,680 (Six lakhs Sixty-nine thousand and six hundred eighty) kilograms of tomatoes has been exported to India from Nepal as per the records of customs offices at Birgunj, Mechi Customs in Kakarbhitta and Bhairahawa.

The number only includes those exported in large quantities and by paying the official taxes after India resumed import of tomatoes from Nepal starting 4th August. Huge volumes of tomatoes might have been exported to India from Nepal by small businesses and farmers themselves which haven’t been recorded in either of the customs offices.

As per the records, each kilogram of exported tomatoes was priced at Nrs. 12 which amounts to about 8.036 million Nepali rupees ($60,486.42).

The Birgunj customs office had the highest export volume, with 637,680 kilograms of tomatoes passing through out of the three customs points on the border with India.

Mechi Customs in Kakarbhitta exported 25,000 kilograms of tomatoes to India, while Bhairahawa Customs exported 7,000 kilograms.

India began importing tomatoes from Nepal after prices skyrocketed to 200 INR per kilogram. Following the lifting of import embargoes, tomatoes were exported at a price of 10 Nrs per kilogram. By the third week of August, the price had increased twelvefold.

As per the records, each kilogram of

The government is taking steps to control inflation and meet the demand and check the prices of tomatoes in India

Nirmala Sitharaman Finance Minister (FM) informed the Parliament that the government is importing tomatoes from Nepal due to a record-high spike in prices in the country.

The minister said that the government is taking steps to control inflation and meet the demand and check the prices of tomatoes in India, it has decided to import them from its neighbour, Nepal. Sitharaman was participating in a debate on the no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha. As per her, the government has removed import restrictions and the first lot of tomatoes from Nepal will reach Varanasi, Kanpur, Lucknow this week.

Sitharaman also said that through the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED) and other cooperative societies, the government has been procuring tomatoes from Maharashtra and Karnataka. These tomatoes are then distributed in Delhi-NCR, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Rajasthan at subsidised rates. The National Cooperative Consumers’ Federation of India Ltd. has distributed 8.84 lakh kg of tomatoes in the aforementioned states. The finance minister added that the wholesale prices of tomatoes in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka are already coming down.

Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Odisha, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Tamil Nadu are the major tomato-producing states in the country. These states account for 91 per cent of the total production of the country, said FM.

The government is taking steps to control

Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) plans to procure 2,500 drones for spraying its products, nano urea and nano DAP (Diammonium Phosphate).

IoTechWorld Avigation Pvt Ltd announced that it has emerged as a leader in the IFFCO drone project and secured a large contract from major cooperative IFFCO to supply 500 drones, which will be primarily used to spray nano liquid urea and DAP.

Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) plans to procure 2,500 drones for spraying its products, nano urea and nano DAP (Diammonium Phosphate). IFFCO also plans to create 5,000 rural entrepreneurs, who would be trained for spraying via drones.

Gurugram-headquartered IoTechWorld, the manufacturer of India’s first DGCA-type certified drone ‘AGRIBOT’, has been Co-Founded by Deepak Bhardwaj and Anoop Upadhyay. IoTechWorld Avigation is also backed by leading agritech company Dhanuka Agritech Ltd.

“We are indeed privileged to receive the single biggest order for the purchase of Krishi-drones from IFFCO. The company will deliver 500 drones to IFFCO by December 2023,” said Upadhyay.

He further said that since IoTechWorld’s inception, the endeavour has been to promote technological innovation in the field of agriculture, and the company is the pioneer of Krishi-drones in the country.

Elaborating on the large supply order from IFFCO, Co-founder Bhardwaj said the drone market is rapidly growing, and there has been tremendous demand from various companies, including fertiliser and pesticides companies as well as from rural entrepreneurs, including farmers.

“Our AGRIBOT (Krishi drone) has been specially designed and programmed for fertilisers. The order from IFFCO is a testament to our strength in the agri-drone segment. We aim to help farmers and Agri Entrepreneurs in the Implementation of made-in-India Nano Urea and Nano DAP newly launched by IFFCO,” he said.

Besides IFFCO, IoTechWorld Avigation has partnered with agrochemical company Syngenta and has undertaken 17,000 KM of drone yatra in various parts of the country.

“We are expecting 5-6 times more demand in the current fiscal compared to last year, with a target of selling more than 3,000 drones in this fiscal year. We are also exploring opportunities for exports. The Government’s recent decision to liberalise the export policy for drones opens up a gamut of opportunity, and there is a huge demand in overseas markets,” Upadhyay added.

The company is also in discussion for exporting drones in regions like SAARC, South East Asia, Latin America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Oman, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Philippines, Nepal, and Africa, which are the focus countries of IoTech export sales.

The company is also extensively focusing on creating awareness about the benefits of using drones in agriculture. IoTech has also set up several small pilot training organisations where people are trained to fly drones.

Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) plans

The focus of the training was to provide hands-on training on the Production protocol of biocontrol agents for the management of Fall armyworm

A five-day training programme on the Production protocol of biocontrol agents for the management of Fall armyworm was organised at ICAR-National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources, Bengaluru for seven officials from Nepal and Bangladesh.

The training was sponsored by USAID, under the Feed the Future Nepal Integrated Pest Management Program (FTFNIPM) and Feed the Future Bangladesh Integrated Pest Management (IPMA) program funded by USAID.  

The focus of the training was to provide hands-on training on the Production protocol of biocontrol agents for the management of Fall armyworm.

Dr S. N. Sushil, Director, ICAR-NBAIR chaired the inaugural and valedictory program. In his address, he emphasised that closer working with neighbouring countries is essential to ward off the threat due to alien invasive pests. He also emphasised the importance of regional cooperation in the field of pest identification and sustainable management of invasive pests.

The training programme will enable the participants to set up production units or fine-tune the methodologies adopted at existing units in their respective countries.

The focus of the training was to

To keep prices down last year India banned wheat and broken rice exports and imposed a 20 per cent export duty on non-basmati rice varieties

India will export around 1.05 million tonnes of food grains to Nepal, Indonesia, Senegal and the Gambia as part of economic diplomacy in 2023.

Last year to keep prices down, India banned wheat and broken rice exports and imposed a 20 per cent export duty on non-basmati rice varieties.

The Department of Food and public distribution has allowed exports of 300,000 tonnes of wheat to Nepal, 200,000 tonnes of broken rice to Indonesia, 500,000 tonnes of broken rice to Senegal, and 50,000 tonnes of broken rice to Gambia on a request by the external affairs ministry. 

The Food Corp of India (FCI) so far has procured a little over 26 metric tonnes of wheat in the 2023-24 (October-March) rabi marketing year against a target of 34.5 metric tonnes. A hot February and heavy rains in March and April lowered wheat production to below the agriculture ministry’s second estimate of 112.2 metric tonnes.

In the case of rice, FCI had procured 77.2 metric tonnes of paddy in the ongoing 2022-23 (April-September) kharif marketing season and 3.2 metric tonnes of paddy in the current 2023-24 rabi marketing season against an estimated target of 15.7 metric tonnes. 

Last year, India exported 1.8 metric tonnes of wheat, including 33,000 tonnes of 50,000 tonnes committed to Afghanistan as part of humanitarian assistance.

To keep prices down last year India

The two countries agreed to expeditiously finalise a new MoU for agricultural cooperation so that rapid progress can be made on various bilateral agricultural issues

The visiting Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Development of Nepal, Mahendra Rai Yadav, held a meeting with the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar on June 8, 2022. During the meeting, Tomar assured all possible cooperation from India’s side to Nepal. Also, the two countries agreed to expeditiously finalise a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for agricultural cooperation so that rapid progress can be made on various bilateral agricultural issues.

Tomar spoke of strengthening cooperation with Nepal in all fields including agriculture and informed that India has made great progress in the field of research and development in agriculture and allied sectors. Tomar said that Nepal can learn from the Indian agricultural system, whenever required.

The Nepalese Minister requested the agriculture minister Tomar to extend cooperation in the field of agriculture technology, Murrah buffalo breed, resolution of quarantine issues at border points and supply of animal vaccines etc. Tomar assured the Nepal delegation of early resolution of the issues raised by them.

The two countries agreed to expeditiously finalise