As per the provisions of law, slaughter of animals has to be done at abattoirs registered with respective state governments for ensuring quality of the meat sold in the market.
After commissioning of first mega food park at Rayagada with support from the Centre, Odisha government is planning to set up at least six more food and seafood parks for harnessing the potential of the food processing sector.
In a first of its kind arrangement between India and Bangladesh in recent years, India would be exporting around six lakh tonne of rice for meeting its domestic demand and creating a buffer stock.
More than 16 lakh of Madhya Pradesh’s 64 lakh farmers have registered themselves under the Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana or the price deficit finance scheme, where the state government would pay the farmers the difference between modal rate (the average prices in major mandis) and the minimum support prices (MSPs) for the kharif crops if the latter prices could not be fetched by them.
In a step towards boosting exports potential of perishable agricultural commodities especially fruits and vegetables from north-eastern region (NER), a consignment of pineapple sourced from Tripura has been sent to Dubai.
In case of Punjab and Haryana, the harvesting has already begun and farmers have been gradually bringing their produce to markets. The procurement season is between October-September.
Since the introduction of 1121 variety in 2006, the country’s Basmati rice exports have risen sharply.
In a bid to plug diversion of sops to unintended beneficiaries, the government is planning a nationwide roll-out of direct benefit transfer for fertiliser subsidies by April 1,
Karnataka, the first state to initiate reforms in agricultural commodities marketing, has refused to join the agriculture ministry-promoted national platform — electronic National Agriculture Market
With the Centre allocating more than 90% of food subsidy entitlement for the current fiscal to Food Corporation of India (FCI) well in advance, the corporation, in a break from convention, has not sought short-term loans (STL) from banks in the current fiscal so far for carrying out its operations of procurement and transportation of foodgrain.
The Centre, which has been grappling with the issue of disposing of more than 18 lakh tonne of buffer stock of pulses, has decided to sell around 7 lakh tonne of lentils below the market price to states as well as for central welfare schemes like mid-day meal scheme and to army and paramilitary forces.
Anticipating a crash in the prices of kharif pulses and oilseeds below the minimum support price (MSP) in key growing states, the agriculture ministry has directed Nafed to commence procurement under the price support scheme (PSS) in Telangana, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Maharashtra.
Indian agriculture’s reliance on monsoon rainfall has reduced considerably over the last few years thanks to the increase in area irrigated, although there are still pockets — particularly in east and central India — where rains still are a decisive determinant of crop.
In a first of its kind arrangement between India and Bangladesh in recent years, India would be exporting around 5 lakh tonne of parboiled rice to Bangladesh for meeting its domestic demand and creating a buffer stock.
As the southwest monsoon (June-September) “withdrew” on Saturday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has revised the season’s rainfall estimate to “below-normal”; it had earlier projected the rains to be “normal”.
In case of cotton, oilseeds and jute, the output is likely to fall while for sugarcane it would rise
Kishore Singh, a farmer from Durgapura village near here, is getting ready to harvest soyabean, despite large parts of Madhya Pradesh having received ‘deficient’ monsoon rainfall this season.
A few states such as Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Madhya Pradesh have provided inter-trading facilities through eNAM in a limited number of mandis. According to an official statement, states like Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have reduced market or mandi fee for online traders.
Referring to adequate rainfall during last two weeks, especially in southern peninsula (47% excess rainfall this month against benchmark normal), he said the prospects of forthcoming rabi crops have ‘brightened’.
The official stated that there has been ‘leakages’ in the conduct of crop cutting experiments (CCEs) which is the sole base for estimating crop yield.
Showing the MSP operations, carried out on behalf of the FCI, as eNAM sales is what helped a few states like Haryana to report relative progress on the pet project of the Modi government.
A few weeks ahead of the commencement of the harvesting of kharif crops, the Centre has asked states to ensure the use of smartphones and agri app to capture crop cutting experiments (CCEs) data on a real-time basis.
As many as 225 districts in the country — mostly in central and southern India — were officially at the first level of drought trigger by August end, threatening to dent the prospect of a robust kharif output, but rainfall in the last couple of weeks seem to have salvaged the situation.
The distress in rural India on account of a glut-induced crash in prices of farm commodities will likely alleviate soon as prices tend to look up, but statistical factors will keep farm-sector growth subdued in the short-term.
Haryana cuts 25%, Rajasthan a fifth; ePoS-enabled fair price shops, Aadhaar-seeding of cards help.
India’s agricultural and processed food products exports in the first four months of current fiscal rose by more than 6% to Rs 37,013 crore in comparison to a year ago period, indicating a possible revival in scenario.
India’s horticulture crops output rose to a record 300 million tonne (MT) in 2016-17 crop year, thus surpassing the country’s foodgrain output for the fifth straight year.