Ten states in India want distribution of free foodgrains to be extended for further three months

India’s Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said that around 10 states have written to the ministry to extend the distribution of free foodgrains under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY) for three more months. Paswan was meeting officials to discuss the progress of the implementation of the National Portability […]

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West Bengal starts the largest tree plantation and restoration drive in history this monsoon to restore the cyclone’s damage

Super Cyclone Amphan has caused huge destruction in Kolkata. It left battered trees on the streets, among other environmental damages. Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has taken an initiative to plant numerous saplings and restoring uprooted trees. This could be the largest restoration drive ever in the state’s history. The super-cyclone Amphan literally devastated everything that […]

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Distribution of free pulses under key government scheme in three Indian states lag behind other states

Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and West Bengal are among the states that have fallen behind in distributing their April quota of free pulses under the Prime Minister’s Garib Kalyan package, even though two months have lapsed since the scheme came into force, according to a report in Business Standard. Overall, states have managed to distribute less than […]

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COVID-19 lockdown disrupts India’s tea industry; output seen falling 10% this year

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The national lockdown triggered by the coronavirus pandemic that kept pluckers away from the plantations in key tea-growing states of Assam and West Bengal is likely to lower production by about 10 percent this year, a top industry official said. Sujit Patra, Secretary, Indian Tea Association told indoasiancommodities.com in an interview that production could drop […]

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South Indian tea gardens reopen as northern cousins stumble amid lockdown

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Despite the government’s early initiative to reopen the North Indian tea estates, South India has taken the lead with both Kerala and Tamil Nadu resuming operations with safety protocol in place to prevent spread of coronavirus among workers, reports Financial Express. The Union home ministry had issued orders on March 24 that 50% of the […]

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Government clears rabi pulse procurement by 13 states; UP, MP left out

The Central government has given a blanket approval to 13 states to immediately start procuring chana (gram) and masoor (lentil), the two big pulses grown during the rabi season, Business Standard reports. The Centre has also cleared Rs 1,250 crore for purchasing around 258,000 tonnes of both the pulses. But Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, the two largest […]

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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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No accurate data on the total count of farmers in India with the government: Report

As per the research reports of ‘The Hindu’, only 9 crore farmer families have been identified during provisioning for PM-KISAN in the last one year while the Centre counted 14.5 crore farmer families in the Agriculture census reports. While cores of rupees are spent every year on food subsidy and on subsiding farm inputs, but there is no accurate record of these farmers or their total count. Moreover, even if one assumes the […]

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