India needs deep synergies to implement radical farm reforms, says official

India will need to create deep synergies in the agriculture supply chain for implementation of recent path-breaking reforms that have freed up farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country, according to Nandita Gupta, joint secretary in the department of food and public distribution The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce Ordinance 2020 recently removed a […]

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FICCI survey estimates India’s FY21 GDP growth to be in negative territory

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Industry body FICCI said its Economic Outlook Survey has projected the country’s annual median GDP growth for 2020-21 at (-) 4.5 per cent. With the rapid spread of COVID-19 pandemic manifesting into an economic and healthcare crisis globally, the latest forecast marks a sharp downward revision from the growth estimate of 5.5 per cent reported […]

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India may pare taxes on bio-diesel, CNG cars to encourage cleaner fuels, says official

The Indian government is mulling a reduction in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on bio-diesel as well as for compressed natural gas (CNG)-run cars to encourage cleaner fuels, according to a senior government official. “We have sent the recommendations to the Finance Ministry for consideration,” Sunil Kumar, joint secretary at the Ministry of Petroleum and […]

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Institutional mechanism must for creating a robust agri-value chain management, says expert

India’s National Rainfed Area Authority (NRAA), said the country needs to build up an institutional mechanism both at the federal and state levels to utilise the funds allocated to the agriculture sector so that a robust and integrated agri-value chain can be created. Speaking at the FICCI webinar on ‘Positive Implications of Atmanirbhar Bharat Package on Agriculture Sector’,  “Atmanirbhar (Self-reliant) […]

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India’s poultry industry urged to build better linkages with maize farmers, FPOs

Mr S K Malhotra, Agriculture Commissioner, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Govt of India today said, “Maize, known as Queen of cereals is the most important crop after rice and wheat.” Addressing a webinar on  ‘Covid Impact on Maize Value Chain – Challenges and Prospects’ organized by FICCI, Mr Malhotra said, “Farmers are happy to cultivate maize, if there is […]

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FICCI suggests tech innovations for kharif crops in the agri start-up community

A FICCI Task force has suggested two Agritech Solutions for Kharif sowing, targeted particularly for agri start-ups. In order to optimise use of agricultural inputs and enable delivery to farmers, the solutions include farm and crop diagnostics for mapping soil nutrition requirements through scanners and detection of pest attack through mobile imagery. This, in turn, […]

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Water scarcity in the agriculture sector also calls for a national integrated agriculture water policy: FICCI-PwC Report

Water security in agriculture requires de-centralized solutions, says a FICCI-PwC report. Speaking at the national summit on ‘Investing in Future Through Sustainable Water Use Management in Agriculture’, organised by FICCI, Mr U P Singh, Secretary, Department of Water Resources, RD & GR, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Govt of India  said that without improving the water use efficiency […]

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Customized technology and policy reforms are key concerns of agriculture sector: Ramesh Chand, Member, NITI Aayog

Prof Ramesh Chand, Member, NITI Aayog, said that Indian agriculture sector faces issues in customized technology and implementation of the policy reforms at ground level, especially at the state level. Speaking at ‘Release of India Commodity Year Book 2020 & Discussion on Union Budget Announcements for Agriculture Sector’, Prof Chand said, “Technology is the prime mover and India […]

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PM Modi calls upon farmers to cut usage of chemical fertilisers, pesticides

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an emotional appeal to farmers to reduce use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides by 10-25% to save the soil. He invoked the sacrifices of freedom fighters and asked farmers to get blessings in saving ‘Mother Earth’ by reducing the chemicals used in agriculture. Pointing out that no one has the right to […]

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