India’s indigenous pulse production saved whopping Rs 15,000 crore in foreign exchange annually: Minister Tomar


India’s pulses production has increased significantly in the last few years, leading to a reduction in imports and an annual saving of Rs 15,000 crore in foreign exchange to the country, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said. Addressing a conference organised by Indian Institute of Pulses Research (IIPR) on World Pulses Day, the minister said […]

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ICAR-CIRCOT signs MoU with Bhabha Atomic Research Centre for gamma irradiation


The ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology (CIRCOT), Mumbai has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Maharashtra. The Memorandum of Understanding is aimed at improving collaborative research in Quality Improvement of Cotton Cellulosic Biopolymer by Gamma Irradiation for their application in Medical as well as Food Industries. […]

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Narendra Tomar announces approval for market access to sesame seeds from Brazil to India

The Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Narendra Singh Tomar held a bilateral meeting with the Brazilian Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply Ms. Tereza Cristina Correa da Costa Dias at Krishi Bhawan in New Delhi to discuss various bilateral trade opportunities, interests and issues. Union Minister Tomar […]

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ICAR working on National Crop Plan to encourage crop diversification

BY RITWIK SINHA The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), the apex research body for the agriculture sector working under aegis of Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, is working on a national crop plan to promote crop diversification. In an exclusive recent conversation with indoasiancommodities, Dr. Trilochan Mahapatra, DG, ICAR stated that the plan […]

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More states coming forward to adopt ‘Climate Resilient Villages’ model, says DG ICAR

BY RITWIK SINHA The adverse impact of climate changes on Indian agriculture is increasingly becoming visible with delayed rainfall or excessive rainfall resulting in demand-supply imbalance of several commodities in the domestic market in the recent times. To deal with the vagaries triggered by unpredictable weather conditions, the Ministry of Agriculture has resorted to promotion […]

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ICAR prepares a 5-year road map to raise oilseeds productivity


To bring in self-sufficiency in oilseeds sector, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has prepared a five-year road map, under which area expansion and productivity increase will be the major focus. However, the actual implementation of the proposed initiatives will depend on the budgetary allocation for the self-sufficiency programme, says a report in Financial […]

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Indian scientists help crack the DNA code of bread wheat genome

In a major breakthrough, a group of 18 Indian scientists along with more than 200 others from 73 institutions across 20 countries have cracked the complex DNA of bread wheat research variety ‘Chinese Spring’, once considered an insurmountable task. The Indian scientists were from ICAR-National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, New Delhi; Punjab Agricultural University, […]

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