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Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, has urged the scientists to focus on farmer-oriented research activities to improve the agriculture sector of the country.
The Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in Kerala intends to bring back farming practices to the controversial Methran Kayal wetlands by raising paddy and other suitable crops. This was decided at a meeting between the State Agriculture Minister VS Sunilkumar and Agriculture Secretary Raju
The arrival of the South-West monsoon has kickstarted seasonal farming activity with farmers taking up sowing of key kharif crops such as rice, pulses, oilseeds and cotton, among others, across many States. According to the preliminary data put out by the Agriculture Ministry, sowing of kharif crops
Agriculture desperately needs a transformational thrust. Allowing private sector to deliver this will be a welcome initiative. The writer is the vice-president of CII and vice-chairman of Bharti Enterprises (This article was published on June 10, 2016) Post Comment. Related. NEWS. Panel drafts model Act for leasing of farm land by States NITI Aayog to draft model land lease Act; States on board.
Global bodies are also pushing climate smart farming in a bid to reduce agriculture’s carbon footprint. According to the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR), a global consultancy, one third of all human-caused-greenhouse gas emissions comes from our food system. The right mix.
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India’s investment in agriculture research as a percentage of its agriculture GDP is about one-third of China’s. That’s not acceptable. If you do not invest, where do you get new technologies? Instead on focusing on rice, wheat and maize, you should focus on other crops. Infuture, people’s demand for rice and wheat will decrease as incomes increase.
First, the uncertainty in agriculture sector with drought in many States. Again, industry is uncertain about the path of interest rates in the case of poor agriculture output. The poor health of the banking system has also infused uncertainly in the minds of borrowers and lenders. The rising prices of petroleum goods in the international market could imply rising inflation.
Targeted incentives need to be given for the cultivation of speciality corn such as baby corn, popcorn, sweet corn and multigrain flour to meet rising demand, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said.
This will be a significant fillip from the projected gross value addition of 1.1 per cent in the agriculture sector in 2015-16. A clearer picture of farm sector growth will be available on May 31, when the Central Statistics Office releases the fourth quarter growth estimates as well as the provisional annual estimates for 2015-16.
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The recently launched e-NAM (National Agriculture Market) is targeted to be rolled out in 200 mandis across the nation on September 30, 2016. In recent years, the country has seen rising efforts by the government and private companies to unify agricultural markets.