Indian states of Punjab, Haryana may harvest 300 lakh tonnes of wheat this season; El Nino may spoil the party next year

With an extended winter and spell of rain at regular intervals during the ongoing Rabi season, the key grain growing States of Punjab and Haryana are expected to reap a bumper harvest of wheat at nearly 300 lakh tonnes. For the state of Punjab, the agriculture department is expecting about 180 lakh tonnes of wheat […]

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“Not a difficult monsoon” predicted for India this year

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Nothing in current weather patterns indicate a difficult monsoon in India for the 2018 season, according to senior officials from the state-run India Meteorological Department (IMD) and those at private forecasting agency Skymet However, scientists also note, monsoon conditions do change quite fast. IMD’s latest summer update had indicated the favourable La Niña weather condition was likely to moderate […]

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Minimum Support Price for paddy, pulses and other kharif crops hiked in India

The Union Ministry of Agriculture has approved an increase in minimum support price (MSP) in the range of 5% to 8% for various kharif or summer grown crops, including paddy, pulses, oilseeds and cotton, for the 2017-18 crop season (July-June). The government has approved Rs.80 per quintal hike in paddy MSP, while support price of […]

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India’s monsoon expected to gather pace this week after delayed arrival, slow crawl up the peninsula

Showers finally hit India’s financial capital Mumbai on the weekend as the southwest monsoon advanced towards central and other parts of the country after stalling for a week, raising fears of further delays in sowing of the kharif crops. Plentiful rains are forecast this monsson season afte two straight years of drought that has hit […]

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