Kisan Rail marks its 150th run from Maharashtra to Malda carrying onions

The 150th Kisan Rail departed from Nagarsol in Maharashtra on 10 May 2021, carrying 246 tonnes of onions, to Malda Town of West Bengal. The South Central Railway had commenced the operation of Kisan Rail in the beginning of 2021. The first rail departed from Nagarsol on January 5. In about 126 days, 150 rounds have been completed. Till now, Kisan Rail has transported about 47,957 tonnes […]

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Maharashtra’s farmers organisation opposes central scheme of staggered FRP payments

Maharashtra’s farmers’ union Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) has warned the state government against supporting the Centre’s proposal to offer staggered fair and remunerative price (FRP) payments to farmers. The Centre has constituted a high-level committee to look into a recommendation made by the Niti Aayog to implement a model of staggered payments to sugarcane growers […]

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Small family farmers produce a third of the world’s food, says study


The world’s smallholder farmers produce around a third of the world’s food, according to detailed new research by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Five of every six farms in the world consist of less than two hectares, operate only around 12 percent of all agricultural land, and produce roughly 35 percent of […]

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Auction of onions at Asia’s largest onion wholesale market postponed due to lockdown

Onion auctions at Lasalgaon — the country’s largest wholesale market for the bulb — have been called off for a week till April 25 after traders refused to participate following a rise in Covid-19 cases in the region. Speaking to Financial Express, Nandkumar Daga, president of Lasalgaon Onion Traders’ Association said Lasalgaon has been reporting […]

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New variety of zinc-fortified wheat to be expanded soon to combat malnutrition


Scientists at International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), a leading global grains research institute are expecting to ramp up new wheat varieties enriched with zinc that can boost the essential mineral for millions of poor people with deficient diets.  Martin Kropff, director general of CIMMYT told Reuters he expects the newly-developed high-zinc wheat to […]

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Are farmers in Maharashtra ditching grape cultivation for sugarcane farming?


The cycle seems to have turned within a decade. Around 10 years ago, a wave of grape cultivation had gripped Maharashtra. Farmers ditched sugarcane and turned to grapes in huge numbers. Today, farmers are ditching grape farming and turning back to sugarcane cultivation.   Fact is grape cultivation has turned costlier in the state. Grape vines require a lot of […]

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Bangladesh’s feed demand set to revive to pre-pandemic levels

Bangladesh’s feed industry, which has been hit by slow demand during a Covid-induced lockdown, is set to return to pre-pandemic levels in the marketing year 2021/22, according to the US Department of Agriculture. Farmers’ cost of production increased for animal feed and fodder, veterinary medicines, labour, and transportation services became difficult to obtain due to disruptions caused […]

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