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Crop cover scheme benefits only private insurers: farmers' body

agro bing hindubusinessline - Wed, 17/05/2017 - 05:26
Farmers are not deriving the promised benefits under the Centre’s crop insurance scheme, and instead it is private insurers who are profiting, the All India Kisan Sabha alleged on Wednesday. Citing statistics given by the Agriculture Ministry in the Rajya Sabha last month, Hannan Mollah, General
Categories: Agricultural

Farmers’ body objects to commercial use of GM mustard

agro bing hindubusinessline - Mon, 15/05/2017 - 18:43
It also suggested the Centre to first consult the state governments on the issue given that agriculture is a state subject. Biotech regulator Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) had last week recommended the commercial use of genetically modified mustard in a submission to the environment ministry.
Categories: Agricultural

India needs to triple investment in agricultural research: IFPRI

agro bing hindubusinessline - Thu, 11/05/2017 - 22:36
India needs to double or triple its investment in agricultural research if it has to reach to anywhere close to what China has achieved on the farm front, the head of an international food policy institute said here on Thursday. “India’s investment in agricultural research is still very low
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Monsoon deficiency in 2016-17 hits coconut production | Business Line

agro bing hindubusinessline - Mon, 08/05/2017 - 05:29
The deficient monsoon is going to have a say in the county's coconut production in the 2016-17 crop season (July-June), with the figure expected to drop. A Coconut Development Board survey reveals that production for agriculture year 2016-17 is estimated at 20,789 million nuts, 6.22 per cent lower
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Agriculture Ministry proposes hike in tur dal import duty to 20% ...

agro bing hindubusinessline - Sun, 07/05/2017 - 14:56
Ahead of summer sowing, the Agriculture Ministry has proposed further hike in the import duty of tur dal (pigeon pea) from 10 per cent to 20 per cent in a bid to curb overseas purchase, arrest steep fall in wholesale prices and keep farmers’ morale high.
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We should tax agriculture. But how? | Business Line

agro bing hindubusinessline - Tue, 02/05/2017 - 22:11
While the idea is reasonable, the issue is so political that it will automatically ring in negative points for the implementer
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Brand push for Karnataka's organic produce, millets

agro bing hindubusinessline - Sun, 30/04/2017 - 23:32
Organic produce and millets grown in Karnataka will now be marketed under two new brands, as part of the State Agriculture Department’s efforts to encourage farming practices that are eco-friendly.
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‘States can levy tax on farm income’ | Business Line

agro bing hindubusinessline - Fri, 28/04/2017 - 05:27
Joining the debate on taxing agriculture income, Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian today said states, which have the option to levy the tax, should make a distinction between rich and poor farmers.
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No move to tax farm income, clarifies Arun Jaitley

agro bing hindubusinessline - Thu, 27/04/2017 - 12:30
The Centre sought to distance itself from proposals to tax agricultural income, on Wednesday, with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley dismissing any such plans. “To obviate any confusion on the subject, I categorically state that the Central Government has no plan to impose any tax on agriculture
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Experts call for convergence of rural job scheme with agriculture ...

agro bing hindubusinessline - Thu, 27/04/2017 - 05:28
A national conference of experts in agricultural extension has called for convergence of the rural job guarantee scheme (NREGA) with agriculture where extension can play a key role in identifying the skills on various activities of farming.
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To stop youth turning away from farming, ARYA sows the seeds of ...

agro bing hindubusinessline - Tue, 25/04/2017 - 22:55
One of the major challenges that confronts agriculture in India today is that the children of farmers, by and large, are not interested in their familial occupation.
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Govt targets a record 273 mt of foodgrain production in 2017-18

agro bing hindubusinessline - Tue, 25/04/2017 - 05:23
The government has set the foodgrain production target for 2017-18 crop year (July-June) at a record 273 mt, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh has said.
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Ministry comes up with model APMC Act to integrate agri markets ...

agro bing hindubusinessline - Mon, 24/04/2017 - 05:24
The Agriculture Ministry has come up with a new model Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act proposing single-point levy of market fee across a State and a united single trading licence for cost-effectiveness of transactions.
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Shift to less water-intensive crops, TN govt tells farmers | Business Line

agro bing hindubusinessline - Fri, 21/04/2017 - 05:28
Tamil Nadu agricultural department is encouraging farmers to shift from rice to less water-intensive crops such as millets and pulses in arid areas as the state is facing a severe drought.
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Who qualifies as an ‘agriculturist’? GST law requires greater clarity ...

agro bing hindubusinessline - Thu, 20/04/2017 - 05:29
Tax on agriculture has generally been discouraged in India, and this was mostly factored into while framing the broad parameters of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) law.
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Farmers need MSP, not loan waivers: MS Swaminathan

agro bing hindubusinessline - Thu, 13/04/2017 - 15:17
While the short-term problems of farmers need to be addressed through immediate help, long-term policy to make agriculture economically viable and stable is far more important. Swaminathan further said: “The National Commission on Farmers, which I chaired, recommended pricing and procurement based on total cost of production plus 50 per cent principle.
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GST may stoke food inflation, but agri-value chain will gain in long ...

agro bing hindubusinessline - Tue, 11/04/2017 - 22:51
The direct impact of the widening of the ambit of agriculture and allied sector for purposes of taxation may, therefore, result in marginally higher Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation of food products in the short term. An increase in the cost of agricultural consumer products is anticipated due to the rise in inflation, even if only for a brief period. Inflation will also be inevitable when VAT is replaced with a higher GST rate on many food items, including cereals, grains, and milk.
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We want to position millets as alternative to oats and quinoa ...

agro bing hindubusinessline - Fri, 07/04/2017 - 21:58
KRISHNA BYRE GOWDA, Karnataka Agriculture Minister Karnataka, the first State to formulate an organic farming policy way back in 2004, has stepped up measures to spread the concept among farmers in recent years. Also, it has been working on rebuilding farmers’ interest in millets through incentives such as guaranteed buy-back and a bonus over the minimum support price.
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