Sandip Das

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Bring pulses under Public Distribution System

The government can ensure nutritional security for millions of vulnerable by including pulses in PDS

One nation, one ration card: What India needs to do to make it a success

This will allow the government to map grain allocation to the states.

Sitharaman also announced that the government will give 5 kg per person of wheat or rice and 1 kg per family of channa for those not covered under NFSA for two months.

Onion price-rise crisis: How to plan better and avoid onion tears

An official with the consumer affairs department said that while the stored rabi onion lasts till kharif crop arrivals in November, even a fortnight of delay creates supply constraints in the market, and leads to a spike in p

onion price, onion price slide, onion price reduction, kharif crop, rabi crop, 

Reforming FCI not a piece of cake

The NDA’s PDS reforms have been half-hearted measures. Mounting arrears towards food subsidy budget settlement pose a serious question mark on the Centre’s fiscal management. The new government has its task cut out to dea

Fiscal burden: Drastic measures needed for checking spike in food subsidy budget

The government has to take some drastic measures such as capping procurement for maintaining optimum foodgrain stocks, increasing issue price of foodgrains, rolling out DBT in cities, and curbing grain pilferage through digit

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Can basmati exports meet new EU norms? What export stakeholders need to ensure

Basmati export stakeholders need to ensure the produce doesn’t have traces of pesticides and retains its world-class quality

agriculture sector, agriculture industry, MSP hike, farmers, chhattisgarh, paddy

Government plans mega sale of pulses stock

Bumper pulses output along with procurement by government through agencies like Nafed in the last two years has ensured piling up of large stocks of pulses, which has to be liquidated soon.

Why Madhya Pradesh’s basmati battle seems political

The expansion of GI definition of basmati rice-grown areas, by including MP, is likely to adversely impact India’s rice exports and could hit farmers’ incomes.

Prime Cut: Bengaluru startup serves quality meat using 0-inventory approach

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.

Bengaluru startup, prime cuts, meat market, animal slaughter, quality of meat, quality of meat in market

Odisha to set up six food and seafood parks

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

Odisha, food and seafood parks, food park, seafood park, food processing sector, food processing sector in Odisha, mega food park, first mega food park

India to export rice to Bangladesh

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.

India, Bangladesh , rice, domestic demand, buffer stock, Nafed

Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana: 16 lakh Madhya Pradesh farmers join price deficit finance scheme

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 betwee

Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana, madhya pradesh, Markfed, Aadhaar numbers, kharif season, MPCSC, Mandsaur

Pineapples from Tripura making way to Dubai; here is how

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.

Tripura pineapples, Tripura pineapples business, Tripura pineapples trade, Tripura pineapples export, APEDA, Spicejet

Government buys 5-mt rice in new procurement season so far

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.

rice, Food Corporation of India, FCI, kharif marketing season

Big boost for farmers, short duration basmati fetches higher yield, market price

Since the introduction of 1121 variety in 2006, the country’s Basmati rice exports have risen sharply.

basmati rice, farmers

Pan-India roll-out from next fiscal

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,

Pan India, agriculture sector, farmers

Agricultural marketing reforms: Karnataka snubs eNAM; pan-India only 52 lakh farmers of 14 cr have registered so far

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

Karnataka, eNAM; pan-India

FCI breaks from tradition on food subsidy, avoids loans from banks

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

food subsidy, bank loan problem, issues in taking short term loan fci, Food Corporation of India

Government to sell a major chunk of pulses from buffer stocks below market price

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

pulses, pulses stock sell, government pulse selling plan, pulse selling plan

Prices of pulses to plunge? Here is what Narendra Modi government is planning

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

pulse rates, kharif crop rates, minimum support price for oilseeds, oilseeds for minimum support price

India gets increasingly monsoon-proof in farm output, but some areas still vulnerable

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 — wher

monsoon result, agriculture growth in monsoon, farm output in monsoon, grain production in monsoon

In a first, India to export rice to Bangladesh as neighbouring country hit by shortfall

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.

india, bangladesh, india bangladesh ties, india bangladesh export, rice export to bangladesh

Monsoon in India: Estimate revised by IMD to below normal

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 “n

Monsoon in India, IMD, southwest monsoon, Meteorological Department, rainfall estimate, monsoon season, kharif foodgrain production, monsoon rainfall, rain-deficit

Government pegs 3% drop in kharif foodgrain output at 135 MT

In case of cotton, oilseeds and jute, the output is likely to fall while for sugarcane it would rise

kharif foodgrain, kharif foodgrain output, Rajasthan, kharif production, Shobhana K Pattanayak, rabi crop

In Madhya Pradesh, here is how check dams, e-choupal helping farmers prosper despite rain woes

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.

Madhya Pradesh, Farmers, Rain

Ensure multiple bids on eNAM platform, Centre tells states

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

 eNAM, agricultural commodities 

Monsoon Magic: 2017-18 food grain output may be at last year’s level

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’.

Monsoon, food grain 
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