Presenting the 'Yerarignar' Award (Icon of farm research) to eminent agriculture scientist M S Swaminathan here, Naidu said agriculture universities and scientists should focus on enhancing farm production and diversification in farming.
The Union Agriculture Ministry has roped in the actor for television advertisements to intensify the publicity of the agri-schemes.
Agriculture provides employment to 48.9 per cent of the total work force in India although their contribution to the GDP is less than 20 per cent.
"There is a general perception that agriculture is not a good economic proposition. Clearly, a business-as-usual approach will not do and we need a comprehensive, multi- pronged approach," he said.
"Integrated farming, with animal husbandry, poultry, fisheries as its extra tool, need to be made part of the government policy," said Jitendra Chauhan, advisor, Union agriculture ministry.
"The turnover of agriculture and allied business had already touched Rs 44,000 crore in the state and the target is to increase it to Rs 87,000 crore by 2022," Singh said in his monthly radio address programme 'Raman Ke Goth'.
The country has achieved near self-sufficiency with regards to pulses and so there won't be any need to import pulses, said Agriculture Secretary Shobhana Pattanayak.
Pressler, who has served as chairman of the US Senate's Arms Control Subcommittee, yesterday also had a word of caution for Pakistan.
Mohapatra cited the case of farmers in Gujarat who had shown how better crop planning and diversification have led to increased profits.
Tata Chemicals has entered into an exclusivity agreement for negotiations with Indorama Holdings for the potential sale of its fertilizer business. The spin-off was anticipated for quite some time and the deal seems to be mutually beneficial.
The country is likely to receive 247,000 tonnes of wheat in September, the highest monthly arrival since February, according to Thomson Reuters agricultural flows data, with five vessels scheduled to arrive from Ukraine.
The chief minister said one steel plant each would be set up in mineral-rich Manoharpur block of West Singhbhum and Chatra district, an official release said.
India has fallen behind other Asian nations such as Vietnam, Bangladesh or China because it has a sceptical approach towards GM adoption
The sanction includes assistance for construction of two rural drinking water supply projects, strengthening/ rehabilitation of 1,614 rural roads and modernisation of three major irrigation projects, a NABARD spokesperson said.
Minister of State for Agriculture Purushottam Rupala shed light on the action plan in a reply in the Lok Sabha. The national food security mission - Pulses is being implemented in 638 districts in 29 states to make the country self sufficient in pulses production.
India's farm sector received foreign direct investment (FDI) worth Rs 354.77 crore during April-May this year.
"The last day to apply for the scheme was July 31. But a large number of farmers have not been able to apply. Now their applications will be accepted till August 5 at bank branches," Fundkar said in a statement here.
There seems to be no end to farmer woes. Last year a good monsoon led to a glut which resulted in prices of farm commodities touching the ground. This year rainfall has been more concentrated resulting in floods in many parts of the country.
The cotton output is estimated at 337.25 lakh bales for the 2016-17 crop year as per the June estimates.
The farmers at Jantar Mantar on Thursday hit themselves with footwear as a "punishment" for voting for the state legislators who have allegedly turned a deaf ear towards farmers' issues.
The government is not likely to meet again the farmer bodies which have been opposing the introduction of genetically modified mustard.
"Farmers having the annual turnover of over Rs 10 lakh are excluded from the loan waiver scheme. The reason behind such bar is that those having higher income are basically earning from non-agricultural activities as well. As they have another source of income, they will be kept out of the loan waiver bracket. We want to offer loan waiver only to those farmers who are totally dependent on agriculture for their livelihood," Fadnavis said.
Sowing area under paddy has gone up by 4.5 percent to 126 lakh hectares, while pulses acreage has risen 24 percent to 74.61 lakh hectares so far in the kharif season.
A three-year road map to double farmers income by 2022 has been prepared and sent to state governments for implementation.
Before Beijing closed the door to the US beef some 14 years ago, America exported beef worth USD 70 million to China.