FarmerZone project ready to move beyond pilot stage, slated to cover 20 crops

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FarmerZone, an ambitious project of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) at the Ministry of Science and Technology meant to create a cloud-based open data source advisory platform for farmers, is ready to move beyond the pilot stage. IIT Mandi is spearheading the pilot project and one of the key supervisors of the programme told indoasiancommodities.com […]

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Potato prices up in India, good returns for potato farmers after four years

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According to the Department of Consumer Affairs’ data, All-India retail prices of potato had averaged Rs 30 a Kg last week, up from Rs 20, as against prices three months ago. The Average selling price of onion in retail markets has increased by more than 100% to Rs 31 a kg since February. Potato prices are currently maintaining higher rates mainly because of fall in production – […]

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Fruits and vegetables likely to cause losses exceeding Rs 15,000 crore during the pandemic lockout

The stockpiling of harvested and un-harvested perishables may have already caused farmers a loss of around Rs 15,000 crore, agri experts have estimated. Market arrivals of fruits and vegetables have sharply fallen since the imposition of the lockdown. Extended by another month, losses could swell to Rs 40,000-Rs 50,000 crore, if not more, traders and […]

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Potato prices jump by 25% due to crop damage, frequent hailstorms

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Potato prices have jumped by 25 per cent in a month due to crop damage and frequent hailstorms in major cultivating regions. The price currently stands at double than its quote around the same time last year, reports Business Standard. The data compiled by the Nashik-based National Horticultural Research & Development Foundation showed model potato price […]

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Potato production rises 51% to 52.5 million tonnes in over a decade: Agriculture minister Tomar

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India’s potato production increased 51 per cent to 52.5 million tonnes (MT) in over a decade, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said. Its production had stood at 34.7 MT in 2008, the minister added. Tomar pegged the potato output to grow about 3 per cent annually till 2050. Addressing a Global Potato Conclave in […]

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Potato cluster notified under Agri Export Policy by APEDA

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Considering the potential of production of potatoes near Agra region in Uttar Pradesh, potato cluster has been notified under Agri Export Policy (AEP) of Government of India. For the development of clusters, the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) is organizing meetings in the notified clusters under the Agri Export Policy announced […]

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