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Punjab brings 10 lakh acres under cotton cultivation

Punjab brings 10 lakh acres under cotton cultivation

Chandigarh: The Crop Diversification Programme in Punjab has received a good response with the state nearly accomplishing its goal to bring 12.5 lakh acres under cotton cultivation, up from 9.7 lakh acres in 2019, an official said on Tuesday.Diversification of the cropping pattern away from paddy he...

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Despite lockdown, wheat procurement surpasses last year's figures

Despite lockdown, wheat procurement surpasses last year's figures

New Delhi: Despite all challenges during the nationwide lockdown, government agencies have procured 25,000 tonnes more wheat as compared to the total quantity procured last year, an official statement said on Monday.The Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ministry said that though, wheat ...

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Bihar farmers fail to get remunerative prices for maize crop

Bihar farmers fail to get remunerative prices for maize crop

Purnia/New Delhi: Amid the economic crisis posed by coronavirus outbreak, maize farmers in Bihar too are at the receiving end as they have failed to get remunerative prices for the produce this year. Farmers have been forced to sell maize at half the prices compared with last year.It comes at a time...

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Farmers paid within 3 days of procurement: NAFED chief

Farmers paid within 3 days of procurement: NAFED chief

New Delhi: The National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) has been engaged in procuring the rabi crops, pulses and oilseeds quite effectively even during the lockdown.NAFED Managing Director Sanjeev Kumar Chadha told IANS that despite the lockdown, the procurement of cha...

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Alternative markets will benefit farmers: Ashok Dalwai

Alternative markets will benefit farmers: Ashok Dalwai

New Delhi: The Modi government in order to double the income of farmers by 2022 announced a slew of measures last week, and it is widely expected that these reforms will benefit farmers who are reeling under the Covid-19 crisis.IANS spoke to Ashok Dalwai, chairman of the Committee for Doubling Farme...

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Major losses for Kashmir's apple industry during lockdown

Major losses for Kashmir's apple industry during lockdown

Srinagar: Kashmir's apple industry is facing a major crisis. The lockdown following the abrogation of article 370 last year was a huge setback and then early snowfall that destroyed the apple orchards, and now the coronavirus lockdown that has broken the supply chain and hampered business causing ma...

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Big bang agri reforms: Central law to give free market access to farmers

Big bang agri reforms: Central law to give free market access to farmers

New Delhi: In a big reform initiative, the Central government has decided to throw open the doors of national markets for farmers, allowing them to sell their produce 'wherever' and to 'whoever' without any restrictions on selling only to licensees in Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMCs) o...

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FM sows mega stimulus package for agri, allied sectors

FM sows mega stimulus package for agri, allied sectors

New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday came out with a mega agriculture fiscal package to build local brands, cold-chain infrastructure and promote animal husbandury and fisheries in the country.Not just fiscal measures, regulatory reforms will also be carried out, Sitharaman said....

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'Foodgrain production to be at record 295.67 mn tonnes'

'Foodgrain production to be at record 295.67 mn tonnes'

New Delhi: India is all set to harvest a record 295.67 million tonnes of foodgrains in 2019-20 (July-June) as per the third advance estimates released by the Centre on Friday.As per the report, total foodgrain production in the country is estimated at a record 295.67 million tonnes which is higher b...

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Sitharaman announces Rs 1 lakh cr fund for post-harvest agri infra

Sitharaman announces Rs 1 lakh cr fund for post-harvest agri infra

New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday announced that the Centre will set up a Rs 1 lakh crore agri infrastructure fund for farm-gate infrastructure for farmers.Addressing the media here, she said that financing facility of Rs 1 lakh crore will be provided for funding in agricultur...

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