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  • Govt says private companies developed 38 farm markets in last 3 years Mar 09, 2021 03:41 PM IST

    Govt says private companies developed 38 farm markets in last 3 years

    "Farm laws aim at promoting agriculture marketing infrastructure and supply chains for efficiently connecting farm gates to markets for the benefit of farmers by encouraging investments," Narendra Singh Tomar said in his written reply to the Lower House.

  • India's foodgrain output to rise 2% in 2020-21 to record 303.34 million tonnes: Govt Feb 24, 2021 07:36 PM IST

    India's foodgrain output to rise 2% in 2020-21 to record 303.34 million tonnes: Govt

    Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar attributed the rise in production to efforts of the farmers and scientists as well initiatives of the central government.

  • Govt ready to talk with farmers on 3 laws after unions' response on its offer: Narendra Singh Tomar Feb 24, 2021 06:17 PM IST

    Govt ready to talk with farmers on 3 laws after unions' response on its offer: Narendra Singh Tomar

    The government and unions representing farmers, who have been camping at Delhi's border for about three months in protest against the three laws that they see will end state procurement of crops at MSP, have held 11 rounds of talks, the last being on January 22.

  • Govt's offer to amend farm laws doesn't mean shortcomings in legislations: Narendra Singh Tomar Feb 05, 2021 01:43 PM IST

    Govt's offer to amend farm laws doesn't mean shortcomings in legislations: Narendra Singh Tomar

    Countering the opposition claim that farmers across the country are agitated over the three new laws, he said that those in just one state are being misinformed and instigated.

  • More farm reforms due; hopeful of protesting unions resuming dialogue with Govt: Narendra Singh Tomar Dec 23, 2020 07:38 PM IST

    More farm reforms due; hopeful of protesting unions resuming dialogue with Govt: Narendra Singh Tomar

    The minister said any agitation can be resolved only through dialogue as has been the case always in history and urged the protesting unions to fix a date and time for the next round of talks.

  • Kharif foodgrains production likely to be record 144.52 MT in 2020-21: Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar Oct 16, 2020 01:03 PM IST

    Kharif foodgrains production likely to be record 144.52 MT in 2020-21: Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar

    Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a record increase in area sown to kharif crops by 4.51 percent to 1,121.75 lakh hectares this year, Narendra Singh Tomar added.

  • Rice production estimated at record 102.36 million tonnes in 2020-21 kharif season: Government Sep 22, 2020 10:17 PM IST

    Rice production estimated at record 102.36 million tonnes in 2020-21 kharif season: Government

    The output of nutri/coarse cereals is estimated to decline to 32.84 MT as against 33.69 MT in the previous year.

  • Kharif sowing touches new record at 1,095.38 lakh hectare: Government Sep 04, 2020 05:10 PM IST

    Kharif sowing touches new record at 1,095.38 lakh hectare: Government

    According to the ministry's data, kharif crops have been sown in a record area of 1,095.38 lakh hectare so far this season, as against 1,030.32 lakh hectare in the year-ago.

  • Ample monsoon rains push India's summer crop plantings to record Aug 29, 2020 07:50 PM IST

    Ample monsoon rains push India's summer crop plantings to record

    Between Friday and June 1, farmers planted a greater acreage of every single summer crop than last year, the data showed.

  • Kharif sowing rises 9% to 1,062.93 lakh hectares: Agriculture Ministry Aug 21, 2020 09:06 PM IST

    Kharif sowing rises 9% to 1,062.93 lakh hectares: Agriculture Ministry

    The sowing area under pulses went up by 7 percent to 132.56 lakh hectare, against 124.15 lakh hectare area.

  • ICAR says gathering inputs from global research bodies on 'mystery seeds' parcels Aug 10, 2020 07:02 PM IST

    ICAR says gathering inputs from global research bodies on 'mystery seeds' parcels

    ICAR has started interacting with global agriculture research institutes on this issue and is gathering inputs about the suspicious parcels.

  • Government to fund 234 more agri startups with Rs 24.85 crore in FY21 Aug 06, 2020 07:46 PM IST

    Government to fund 234 more agri startups with Rs 24.85 crore in FY21

    A total of 346 startups in the agriculture and allied sectors are being funded with a sum of Rs 36.71 crore in this phase. The fund will be released in instalments.

  • No impact of COVID-19 on kharif sowing; acreage up 21.20% so far: Govt Jul 17, 2020 07:34 PM IST

    No impact of COVID-19 on kharif sowing; acreage up 21.20% so far: Govt

    Sowing of kharif crops begins with the onset of southwest monsoon from June, while harvesting starts from October. Rice is the main kharif crop, besides bajra, arhar, urad, moong, groundnut and soyabean.

  • Locust control operations done in 132,777 hectare in many states since April 11: Govt Jul 03, 2020 10:16 PM IST

    Locust control operations done in 132,777 hectare in many states since April 11: Govt

    The locust control operations were carried out in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana by locust circle offices (LCOs) starting from April 11 till July 2, the ministry said.

  • Government to permit exports of banned pesticides on case-to-case basis: Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar Jun 11, 2020 07:00 PM IST

    Government to permit exports of banned pesticides on case-to-case basis: Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar

    The ministry has sought suggestions from the various stakeholders within 45 days. The use of 27 insecticides are likely to involve risk to human being and animals, the order said.

  • Mango production likely to drop 4.36% to 20.44 million tonne this year: Govt Jun 02, 2020 09:45 PM IST

    Mango production likely to drop 4.36% to 20.44 million tonne this year: Govt

    The output of mango, the king of fruits, stood at 21.37MT during the 2018-19 crop year (July-June).

  • Rice sowing not progressed much after April 10: Agriculture Ministry data May 29, 2020 08:58 PM IST

    Rice sowing not progressed much after April 10: Agriculture Ministry data

    It may be noted that sowing of rice and other kharif crops is being undertaken amid the COVID-19 lockdown. Although farm activities are exempted from lockdown rules, the reasons are not known yet for slow area coverage under rice.

  • Govt steps up locust control operations; drones to be deployed soon May 27, 2020 10:40 PM IST

    Govt steps up locust control operations; drones to be deployed soon

    The government has placed an order for buying 60 spraying machines from UK-based company Micron, and two firms have been finalised for supply of drones for aerial spraying of insecticides for effective control over tall trees and inaccessible areas, it added.

  • Govt's wheat procurement surpasses last year's level of 34.1 million tonnes despite COVID-19 hurdles May 25, 2020 03:00 PM IST

    Govt's wheat procurement surpasses last year's level of 34.1 million tonnes despite COVID-19 hurdles

    Wheat procurement target has been set at 40.7MT for the 2020-21 marketing year. Although the wheat marketing year runs from April-March, the bulk of procurement is normally done in the first three months.

  • India's foodgrains production to touch record 295.67 million tonnes in 2019-20 crop year May 15, 2020 03:52 PM IST

    India's foodgrains production to touch record 295.67 million tonnes in 2019-20 crop year

    Record output is estimated in rice, wheat, coarse cereals, oilseeds and cotton during the 2019-20 crop year (July-June), Agriculture Ministry's data said.

  • Rabi crops: Govt procures pulses, oilseeds worth Rs 2,682 crore from farmers May 05, 2020 08:15 PM IST

    Rabi crops: Govt procures pulses, oilseeds worth Rs 2,682 crore from farmers

    The procurement is undertaken by nodal agencies like Nafed at minimum support price (MSP).

  • Govt sets wheat procurement target at 40.7 million tonnes for 2020-21 Apr 22, 2020 08:55 PM IST

    Govt sets wheat procurement target at 40.7 million tonnes for 2020-21

    Although the wheat marketing year runs from April-March, the bulk of procurement is done in the first three months. State-run Food Corporation of India (FCI) and state agencies undertake purchase at the MSP. Wheat procurement stood at 34.13MT during the 2019-20 marketing year.

  • COVID-19 lockdown: Crop insurance claims worth Rs 2,424 crore disbursed to farmers Apr 15, 2020 09:55 PM IST

    COVID-19 lockdown: Crop insurance claims worth Rs 2,424 crore disbursed to farmers

    The Kisan Credit Card (KCC) saturation drive has been initiated by the ministry in collaboration with the Department of Financial Services to cover all PM-KISAN beneficiaries.

  • Govt starts call centre to coordinate inter-state transportation of agri commodities Apr 13, 2020 07:04 PM IST

    Govt starts call centre to coordinate inter-state transportation of agri commodities

    The ministry said call centre executives will forward the vehicle and consignment details along-with the help needed to concerned state government officials for resolution of the issues, it added.

  • Coronavirus lockdown | About 1,600 fruit, vegetable mandis functioning; 300 more to operate from Friday: Agriculture Ministry official Mar 26, 2020 07:05 PM IST

    Coronavirus lockdown | About 1,600 fruit, vegetable mandis functioning; 300 more to operate from Friday: Agriculture Ministry official

    The Union agriculture ministry is in constant touch with state governments in charge of agriculture marketing and APMC (Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee) or wholesale mandi boards to take proactive measures to ensure supply of essential vegetables and fruits is not hit during the lockdown period.

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