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Minimum support prices 2009-10

The Ministry has released the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for kharif, rabi and other crops. Here is the list:

 Ministry of Agriculture - Minimum Support Prices

District rainfall data - IMD's Ganesha moment

The IMD seems to have at last been galvanised into organising and delivering more data. The Met Dept has suffered from paranoia for years, guarding its numbers like they're state secrets. Two days ago, they began posting district rainfall data organised state-wise. This is useful. The first set of numbers inexplicably leaves out West Bengal, but we hope they'll correct that omission soon.

First indication of rain deficit impact on crop production

The Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) has made what sounds to me like a realistic forecast of crop production. Also, the Fourth Advance estimates have just been released (I will post them here as soon as I can). This is the PTI report which quotes CMIE:

Monsoon strengthens

Monsoon strengthens, reservoir storage levels are dire

Where are diminishing water stocks going?

Every week, the Central Water Commission puts out a status alert on the 81 major reservoirs in India. The CWC monitors water storage levels in 81 important/major reservoirs, which together contain 151.77 billion cubic metres (BCM), which is about 72% of total reservoir capacity in the country.

The top 20 oryza districts of India

Which are the districts of India which grow the most rice? Let’s look at the country-level numbers for rice in 2007-08, in 2008-09 and in 2009-10. In 2007-08 the total tonnage reported by the rice growing districts was 90.071 million tons, grown in 553 districts that reported rice harvests, and which grew their rice over 41.306 million hectares (413,000 sq kilometres, a combined area bigger than Paraguay).

The end of an Agropedia chapter, and sobering portents of vast changes in India's food and agri sector to come

It's time to recognise the 'de-growth' imperative for agriculture

When ICT grows up, will it become development policy?

Now that the Twelfth Plan has begun, who will feed the towns?

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