India heading for fifth straight bumper wheat harvest – report

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India is heading for its fifth consecutive bumper wheat harvest in the upcoming marketing year thanks to favourable weather conditions in the major wheat growing areas, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has said in a report. Assuming normal weather conditions through the harvest (April-May), it forecast marketing year (MY) 2020/2021 (April-March) wheat production at […]

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Millet’s miracle comes to fore in India, world’s largest rice supplier

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An actor and cardiologist, Bharat Reddy, has always believed that you only live once. Therefore, when he stumbled upon a group of farmers in southern Indian Tamil Nadu state’s Rameshwaram, who seemed to have boundless energy, he wanted to discover their secret of youthfulness. Every now and then, they would scrunch up what looked like […]

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Heavy rains affected crops like paddy, pulses, oilseeds, vegetables in India, says minister

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Heavy rains in some parts of the country have affected standing crops including paddy, pulses, oilseeds, spices, fruits and vegetables, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha. “There have been extreme weather events in the form of heavy rains in some parts of the country which affected the standing crops,” he said.  Tomar […]

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Need to shift from rice to millet cultivation to deal with India’s water crisis – official

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Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said there is a need to shift from rice to millet cultivation to reduce high water consumption.   Millets are nutritious and rich in micro nutrients, particularly protein and calcium, and they must be used in safety net schemes for women and children to reduce high water consumption, he said in […]

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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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Indian cabinet hikes MSP of Kharif crops for 2019-20 season

In a major boost to the farmers’ income, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the increase in the Minimum Support Prices (MSP) for all Kharif crops for 2019-20 Season. The move will lead to increased investment and production through assured remunerative prices to the farmers, an official […]

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India to encourage millets production for nutritional security of the poor and malnourished

The government of India along with the state governments are all set to increase the production of millets in India. Millets include Jowar, Bajra, Ragi, little millets include Kutki, Kodo, Sawa, Kangni and Cheena. Highlighting the importance of Millets to the members of the Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, the […]

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Indian consumer may have to pay more for all wheat-based products this fiscal, says ITC

The Indian consumer might have to pay more for various wheat-based products soon, said S. Sivakumar, group head, agriculture, ITC Limited. This precedes an anticipated lower wheat output forecast this crop year and higher minimum support price (MSP) announced by the government. Climate change has also been attributed as a reason for the low wheat […]

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