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Sandip Das

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Don’t show MSP operations as eNAM sales, Centre tells states

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.

MSP, eNAM sales, MSP operations

To expedite payment under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, PM Narendra Modi has passed this order

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.

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Monsoon in India: Good news, concerns of major drought allayed; chances of one now virtually nil

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 rainfal

Monsoon in India, drought allayed; chances of one now virtually nil, chances of drought

Rural distress may lessen even as agriculture growth may stay flat

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

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Good news: Centre’s food subsidy bill set to be slashed courtesy Aadhaar, PoS

Haryana cuts 25%, Rajasthan a fifth; ePoS-enabled fair price shops, Aadhaar-seeding of cards help.

Food subsidy, centre, National Food Security Act

Agriculture, processed food exports up 6% in April-July

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.

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Horticulture crop output estimated at 300 MT

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.

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Madhya Pradesh basmati claims spark protest, exporters, farmers call it unjustified

Indian farmers and traders enjoying premium in the world basmati rice markets due to the geographical indication (GI) status of the aromatic, long-grained cereal have come up against Madhya Pradesh’s “unjustified bid” t

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In a first, Madhya Pradesh clears price deficit finance scheme; who will benefit from it; find out

Around 35 lakh farmers, of a total of 70 lakh farmers who grow oilseeds, pulses and maize in Madhya Pradesh, are expected to enroll themselves with the scheme in the first year.

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Monsoon in India: How rains are bridging regional imbalances

Widespread rains, especially over central and southern regions, on Tuesday have reduced overall imbalance in distribution of south-west monsoon (June-September) so far.

Rains, Widespread rain, monsoon, south-west monsoon, India

Direct benefit transfer scheme for food subsidy in jeopardy; what ails this crucial scheme?

Despite the remarkable success of the PAHAL scheme for delivery of LPG subsidy to beneficiary bank accounts — over Rs 50,000 crore transferred and close to Rs 29,500 crore saved by the Centre till FY17 — the direct benefi

PAHAL scheme, LPG subsidy, Union territories, NFSA, DBT-food pilot projects, DBT-food, public distribution system, Union food ministry, direct benefit transfer scheme

Why you are unlikely to see GM crops in fields anytime soon

Unless the regulations are modified, it said, no GM crop should be allowed for cultivation in the country.

GM crops, fields

Water levels at key reservoirs lower than benchmarks

According to data released on Thursday by the Central Water Commission, the average water table in these reservoirs has been less than last year's level as well as the average of last 10 years during this time of the year

Water levels, reservoirs, Deficient rainfall, water level

In a first of its kind scheme, Madhya Pradesh rushes to protect its farmers with a game-changer move

With a view to bailing out farmers in distress, the Madhya Pradesh government will make good the difference between the minimum support price (MSP) and prevailing modal price

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Monsoon in India: Rains unevenly distributed but good news is heavy rainfall likely across country

Out of the 36 sub-divisions in the country, five have received ‘excess’ rainfall while 21 got ‘normal’ rains so far while 10 have received ‘deficient’ rains.

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Punjab asks Centre to set up panel to review procurement debt

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday sought the Centre’s support in settling the Rs 31,000-crore debt due to the foodgrain procurement by the state government during the previous Shiromani Akali Dal regime.

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August rains revive kharif sowing in parched Karnataka

More than ‘normal' rainfall in the last three weeks in 11 districts of south-interior Karnataka, which received scanty rains in the first two months of monsoon season (June-July), has helped revive kharif sowing activities

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How Centre is looking to stop food grain and subsidies pilferage

In a bid to curb pilferage of food grains and rising food subsidy budget, all the 36 states and Union Territories (UTs) should move to direct benefit transfer (DBT) in the public distribution system (PDS) by 2022.

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After purchasing pulses at Rs 50 per kg, Centre to sell stock now at around Rs 40 per kg

Sources say that the loss arising from the difference between the prevailing mandi prices and the purchase rate of the government agencies will be funded from the price stabilisation fund.

Sowing dips lower than year-ago period for first time this kharif season

The monsoon rains this year continues to be unevenly distributed, resulting in floods in many parts of Gujarat, Bihar, Bengal, Assam, and parts of eastern Uttar Pradesh while a portion of southern India, mainly Karnataka, Ker

Monsoon in India: Rainfall distributed unevenly; IMD pegs it just below normal

Monsoon rains continue to be unevenly distributed so far this year, resulting in floods in many parts of Gujarat, Bihar, Bengal, Assam and eastern Uttar Pradesh, while a portion of southern India – mainly Karnataka, Kerala

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Crop year 2016-17: Foodgrain output estimate revised to record 275 million tonne

The agriculture ministry on Wednesday revised its earlier foodgrain output estimated by more than two million tonne to a record of 275.68 MT for the 2016-17 crop year which is 9% more than the output of the previous year.

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Record pulses buffer stock turn into headache for Centre; here is why

The government is grappling with the issue of disposing of more than 1.9 million tonnes of buffer stock of pulses.

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Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana: Focus is on reducing claim settlement time, says Radha Mohan Singh

More than a year after the rollout of the NDA government’s flagship Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), the response has been mixed. Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh spoke to Sandip Das on implementation a

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Deficient monsoon in pockets of south, west pulls down overall reservoirs level

Deficient rainfall in pockets of southern, western and northern India, have impacted the overall water levels at the country’s 91 key reservoirs.

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IMD predicts normal monsoon rains in August, September

The rainfall during second half of the monsoon season (June-September) is likely to be in the ‘normal’ range, India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday. If the prediction comes true, kharif crops will get a bo

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Milk procurement by Banaskantha Dairy picks up after floods

With the water level receding in most parts of north Gujarat’s Banaskantha district, which experienced heavy rains in the past few weeks, milk procurement by the country’s biggest district-level dairy, Banas Dairy, is gr

Milk, Banaskantha Dairy, floods
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