India’s parliament set to clear bills on agri-reforms, relief from insolvency in monsoon session

Among the top agenda during the monsoon session of the Lok Sabha, the government seems keen on bringing co-operative banks under the central bank regulation and suspension of insolvency proceedings for one year against any fresh default. It would also expect to convert the agro-reforms ordinance into law. Management of Covid-19 pandemic and tensions at the […]

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India’s cabinet approves Rs 10,000 crore financing facility under Agriculture Infrastructure Fund

The Indian cabinet has approved a new national fund that will provide a medium- to long-term debt financing facility for investment in viable projects for post-harvest management infrastructure and community farming assets through interest subvention and financial support. The India Agriculture Infrastructure Fund envisages disbursement of Rs 10,000 crore worth of loans at concessional rates […]

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Maharashtra agriculture department files FIR against 13 companies for poor soybean seeds

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The Maharashtra state agriculture department has filed FIRs against 13 companies for supplying poor quality soybean seeds to farmers, department’s top officials have revealed. Vijay Ghawate, director (Quality Control), agriculture department, said to Financial Express the authorities had received complaints from around 30,000 farmers that the soybean seeds purchased for sowing this Kharif season did […]

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India’s proposed pesticide bill could discourage fresh investments into agro-chemical business, says CropLife

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A proposed pesticides bill that will replace regulations adopted nearly five decades ago needs more discussion, as some of the provisions are not progressive and would discourage fresh investments in India’s agro-chemical business, a top industry official told Ritwik Sinha in an interview. Asitava Sen, chief executive officer of CorpLife India, an association of leading […]

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Agritech startups innovating rapidly to connect with farmers

Agritech startups in India are innovating and making multiple changes to their processes to maintain connections with farmers, during the pandemic crisis. The startups, which have been working on helping farmers improve productivity, are helping farmers with access to raw materials and farming equipment. Some of them are also streamlining supply chain for better demand […]

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Indian farmers join traders’ call to boycott China goods, boost self-reliance

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Indian farmers joined an influential traders group on Thursday in a campaign to slash import of goods from China and boost economic self-sufficiency. The calls for reduction of import dependency on China started since the Covid outbreak earlier this year, which disrupted supplies from the world’s second-biggest economy. The movement has gathered intensity following a medieval-style clash […]

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Tech boom in India’s rural heartland helps farmers connect better with markets amid pandemic

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In the middle of one of India’s worst COVID-affected states Maharashtra, farmer Atul Takte turns to his dusty smartphone for help every time he wants to buy farm inputs or sell his produce online. “This is great. I can even get the latest information on how best to grow papayas,” he says, referring to an […]

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Onion prices decline by 25%; may affect kharif sowing

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The price of onion has declined by 25 per cent during the last fortnight. It is currently trading around the cost of production. The price decline may deter farmers from sowing this politically crucial vegetable in the upcoming kharif season, reports Business Standard. In the benchmark Lasalgaon wholesale mandi in Maharashtra’s Nashik district, onion was […]

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