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India's agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar adjusts his face mask during a press conference with representatives of foreign media organizations in New Delhi, India.(AP)

‘Will discuss with open mind’: Govt again writes to farmers

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 05:54 AM IST
In a new letter to over 30 farm leaders, govt urges them to suggest a convenient date to resume talks on laws.
The agriculture minister on Wednesday had thanked farmers of Madhya Pradesh for supporting the reforms brought in the month of September.(PTI Photo)
The agriculture minister on Wednesday had thanked farmers of Madhya Pradesh for supporting the reforms brought in the month of September.(PTI Photo)

‘I come from farming family,’ Tomar writes open letter to farmers; PM Modi urges to read

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by: Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 08:29 PM IST
“Several farm unions have welcomed the reforms and are happy,” Tomar said adding that there were farmers from some regions who had already stared availing the benefits of these reforms.
To facilitate import of onion, the government had on October 21 relaxed the conditions for fumigation and additional declaration on the Phytosanitary Certificate (PSC) under the Plant Quarantine Order (PQ), 2003 for import up to December 15, 2020.(Bachchan Kumar/ HT PHOTO)
To facilitate import of onion, the government had on October 21 relaxed the conditions for fumigation and additional declaration on the Phytosanitary Certificate (PSC) under the Plant Quarantine Order (PQ), 2003 for import up to December 15, 2020.(Bachchan Kumar/ HT PHOTO)

Govt extends relaxed norms for onion imports till Jan 31

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 17, 2020 05:01 PM IST
In an official statement, the Agriculture Ministry said it has decided to extend the relaxation for imports up to January 31, 2021, in the light of public concern over high prices of onion in the market.
The agriculture ministry is also undertaking a massive drive to publicise the three controversial laws that have led to protests by farmers groups in some states.(File photo for representation)
The agriculture ministry is also undertaking a massive drive to publicise the three controversial laws that have led to protests by farmers groups in some states.(File photo for representation)

Soon, price info system for farmers

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2020 05:47 AM IST
The Union government will set up a price information and market intelligence system for farm produce to enable price discovery for farmers in accordance with provisions of a set of laws enacted to liberalise agricultural trade, according to an agriculture ministry presentation seen by HT.
Proposals by government departments, especially new ones that involve substantial financial implications, are reviewed by EFCs before they get the go-ahead.(HT file photo)
Proposals by government departments, especially new ones that involve substantial financial implications, are reviewed by EFCs before they get the go-ahead.(HT file photo)

Soon, mid-day meals likely in kindergarten

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Amandeep Shukla
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 06:46 AM IST
Currently, the MDM scheme caters to 116 million children from classes 1 to 8 in 1.134 million government schools.
Farmers raising slogans on rail tracks with hands tied in chains as part of their rail blockade agitation against the new farm laws, at Devi Dass Pura in Amritsar on Monday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Farmers raising slogans on rail tracks with hands tied in chains as part of their rail blockade agitation against the new farm laws, at Devi Dass Pura in Amritsar on Monday.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Thaw in sight as Punjab farmers meet to decide on strategy for talks with Centre on farm laws

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Gurpreet Singh Nibber
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2020 12:03 PM IST
Agriculture ministry sent a second invite to farmers of Punjab for talks on October 14; two major farmer bodies, namely Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan) and BKU (Dakounda), have accepted the invite, while Majha-based Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh has decided to skip the meeting
Farmers block railway tracks in protest against the farm reform laws passed by Parliament recently.(HT Photo)
Farmers block railway tracks in protest against the farm reform laws passed by Parliament recently.(HT Photo)

Farmers leaders in Punjab invited by Central govt for talks

Hindustan Times, Sangrur | By Avtar Singh, Sangrur
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2020 05:36 PM IST
Jagmohan Singh, state general secretary (BKU Dakaunda), has confirmed the development
The agriculture ministry has also prepared a comprehensive action plan towards promotion of agri trade.(HT File Photo)
The agriculture ministry has also prepared a comprehensive action plan towards promotion of agri trade.(HT File Photo)

Agri exports rise 43.4% in April-September: Govt

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2020 09:51 PM IST
Positive growth was recorded in export of groundnut (35 per cent), refined sugar (104 per cent), wheat (206 per cent), basmati rice (13 per cent) and non-basmati rice (105 per cent) during the April-September of this fiscal from over the year-ago, the agriculture ministry said.
A swarm of locusts seen around Aliganj and Vikas nagar areas in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh on July 12, 2020.(Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
A swarm of locusts seen around Aliganj and Vikas nagar areas in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh on July 12, 2020.(Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)

More swarms expected; tech keeps locusts at bay

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2020 05:49 AM IST
Locust numbers are said to cross the economic threshold level when their numbers cross 10,000 adults per hectare (one hectare equals 2.4 acre). Beyond this limit, the pest become economically ruinous and needs aggressive control.
Giving information about crop loss in the state due to locusts, state agriculture minister Lalchand Kataria asked the Agriculture Insurance Company to pay the outstanding insurance claim of Rs 380 crore for Kharif-2019 of farmers as soon as possible.(File photo)
Giving information about crop loss in the state due to locusts, state agriculture minister Lalchand Kataria asked the Agriculture Insurance Company to pay the outstanding insurance claim of Rs 380 crore for Kharif-2019 of farmers as soon as possible.(File photo)

Declare locust menace a national disaster, Rajasthan minister urges Centre

Jaipur | By Asian News International| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON JUL 11, 2020 10:09 AM IST
During a video conference with the Union Agriculture Minister, Rajasthan agriculture minister Lalchand Kataria also demanded the Centre to release the first instalment of centrally-sponsored schemes at the earliest.
Workers at a construction site in Seoni, MP, on May 19.
Workers at a construction site in Seoni, MP, on May 19.

Centre’s rural spending doubles amid Covid-19 pandemic

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2020 05:54 AM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 30 announced the extension of the provision of free rations to 800 million people until November.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also held discussions with senior officials of the department of agricultural research and extension as well as the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the top farm research body.(PTI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also held discussions with senior officials of the department of agricultural research and extension as well as the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the top farm research body.(PTI Photo)

Hold agricultural hackathons to boost economy: PM Modi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2020 05:25 AM IST
Hackathons are events where software developers, domain experts, and programmers come together to collaborate for developing problem-solving software products.
More control teams from Rajasthan have been moved to Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to help control operations being carried out to ward away locusts in these two states, the release said.(Yogendra Kumar/HT Photo)
More control teams from Rajasthan have been moved to Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to help control operations being carried out to ward away locusts in these two states, the release said.(Yogendra Kumar/HT Photo)

India first nation to control locusts through drones: Agriculture Ministry

New Delhi | By Asian News International| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON JUN 28, 2020 07:38 AM IST
According to the information given by the ministry, all the groups of locust swarms are being tracked by teams of the state agriculture departments of Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, local administrations and officials of the Central Locust Warning Organisation, and control operations are underway.
A farmer sprays pesticide in the cotton field at Pandharkawada in Maharashtra.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
A farmer sprays pesticide in the cotton field at Pandharkawada in Maharashtra.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)

Agriculture ministry sets up wing to push recent reforms

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2020 05:32 AM IST
The agriculture ministry is gearing up to new challenges and making all preparations in the wake of the government’s decision to free agricultural markets of middlemen
A majority of states, including Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telangana, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi have only received the partial stock.(Bloomberg)
A majority of states, including Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telangana, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi have only received the partial stock.(Bloomberg)

Covid-19: Stocks of free pulses shipped to states

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2020 08:07 PM IST
States that have started distributing 1 kg of free pulses to each household include Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh, Chattisgarh, Daman and Diu, Goa, Gujarat and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Target for wheat output has been kept at 106.5 million tonnes, same at the current level estimated for the 2019-20 crop year.(HT file photo. Representative image)
Target for wheat output has been kept at 106.5 million tonnes, same at the current level estimated for the 2019-20 crop year.(HT file photo. Representative image)

Govt sets foodgrain production target at record 298.3 mn tons for 2020-21 crop year

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2020 01:48 PM IST
The foodgrain output in the 2019-20 crop year (July-June) is estimated at an all-time high 291.95 million tonnes, as per the second advance estimates released by the ministry in February.
A woman works in her fields in Sundana village of Rohtak district.(Manoj Dhaka/ht file)
A woman works in her fields in Sundana village of Rohtak district.(Manoj Dhaka/ht file)

PM Modi sets 10 million target for Kisan cards enrolment

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji and Zia Haq
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2020 11:55 PM IST
The officials, who asked not to be named, added that Modi said he was open to attending an event to distribute cards to farmers, but after US President Donald Trump’s visit to India. The US president is set to visit India on February 24-25.
A women shops for vegetables at a market in Prayagraj, India.(AP)
A women shops for vegetables at a market in Prayagraj, India.(AP)

Prices of three key vegetables unlikely to go down for now

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2020 06:26 AM IST
According to the data, production of major horticulture crops touched a record 310.74 million tonnes during 2018-19, but the output of the three key vegetables – onion, potato and tomato – was lower than the previous high in 2017-18.
According to estimates of the agriculture ministry, surplus rains have damaged 25% of the summer onion crop in Maharashtra and Karnataka.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
According to estimates of the agriculture ministry, surplus rains have damaged 25% of the summer onion crop in Maharashtra and Karnataka.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Weather, flooding hit supply, raised price of vegetables

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2020 06:02 AM IST
For vegetables like onion and tomato, market arrivals are estimated to have reduced 10% and 16% respectively in 2019 which has led to a 58% and 46% rise in wholesale prices respectively, according to Crisil Research.
PM Modi chaired the 31st interaction through PRAGATI — the ICT based multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation on Nov 6, 2019. (Photo @narendramodi)
PM Modi chaired the 31st interaction through PRAGATI — the ICT based multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation on Nov 6, 2019. (Photo @narendramodi)

PM steps in to stop stubble burning, wants equipment for farmers

New Delhi | By Indo-Asian News Service
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2019 09:56 PM IST
On the issue of stubble burning, the Prime Minister directed Agriculture Ministry to give priority to the farmers of the states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana in distribution of equipment to prevent such occurrences, a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said.
Agriculture - Paddy - A farmer sprinkle fertilizers on a rice crop on the outskirts of Amritsar, India, Wednesday, June 24, 2009. India's monsoon rainfall, the main source of irrigation for the country's 235 million farmers, may be below normal this year, the government said on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)(AP)
Agriculture - Paddy - A farmer sprinkle fertilizers on a rice crop on the outskirts of Amritsar, India, Wednesday, June 24, 2009. India's monsoon rainfall, the main source of irrigation for the country's 235 million farmers, may be below normal this year, the government said on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)(AP)

Govt may tweak farm insurance scheme for crops

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2019 07:13 AM IST
Although several changes to better implement the scheme have already been made since its launch in 2016, delayed payouts, verification of claims, and disputes continue to be big hurdles.
According to the IMD, the monsoon was 45% deficient till June 12.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
According to the IMD, the monsoon was 45% deficient till June 12.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

Sowing of summer crops down as rain deficit triggers drought fears

New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2019 07:46 AM IST
Millions of farmers wait for the rains to begin sowing of summer crops, such as rice, sugar, cotton, coarse cereals, and oilseeds. Half of India’s farm output depends on summer crops.
The state has a full-time secretary at agriculture department with additional charge of another department.(HT Photo)
The state has a full-time secretary at agriculture department with additional charge of another department.(HT Photo)

Year after Fundkar’s death, Maharashtra doesn’t have full-time agriculture minister

Hindustan times, Pune | By Yogesh Joshi
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2019 01:00 AM IST
After Fundkar’s death on May 31, 2018, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had kept the agriculture ministry to himself for the first few months
The authorities have detected contaminated pork products at airports and borders, but have not yet found any cases at farms.(AP/ Representative Image)
The authorities have detected contaminated pork products at airports and borders, but have not yet found any cases at farms.(AP/ Representative Image)

Thailand on red alert in bid to stop pig Ebola crossing border

Bloomberg | By Siraphob Thanthong-Knight
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2019 01:34 PM IST
African swine fever -- a disease that kills nearly all the pigs it infects -- has been spreading through Asia from China and Mongolia to Vietnam and Cambodia.
PM Narendra Modi to launch PM-KISAN in Gorakhpur on February 24.(PTI)
PM Narendra Modi to launch PM-KISAN in Gorakhpur on February 24.(PTI)

PM Narendra Modi to launch PM-KISAN in Gorakhpur on February 24

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2019 02:19 PM IST
The cash-transfer scheme for small and marginal farmers ahead of a general elections, India’s first, is a major populist step by the Modi government to offset a challenging spell of rural crisis brought on by unprofitable sales of farm commodities.
The cabinet on Monday is likely to approve a package for farmers to boost their income and address distress in the farm sector.(HT Photo)
The cabinet on Monday is likely to approve a package for farmers to boost their income and address distress in the farm sector.(HT Photo)

Cabinet to approve agri-package for farmers on Monday: Report

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2019 07:16 PM IST
Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh had recently indicated that the government would announce an agriculture package before the 2019-20 Budget, to be presented on February 1.
The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Generation Scheme, the Centre’s biggest welfare programme, may see its annual budget touch Rs 60,0000 crore, an increase of Rs 5,000 crore from last year.(HT File Photo)
The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Generation Scheme, the Centre’s biggest welfare programme, may see its annual budget touch Rs 60,0000 crore, an increase of Rs 5,000 crore from last year.(HT File Photo)

Rural, farm push likely in govt’s interim budget

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondents
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2019 07:17 AM IST
Budget (or interim budget) preparations are underway in the North Block office of the finance ministry even as speculation is rife that the government may go beyond the conventional vote-on-account presented in election years.
Farmers sowing wheat crop in their fields in Punjab’s Zirakpur. Government data shows sowing of winter, or rabi crops, such as wheat is down by nearly 5% compared to the previous years (File Photo)(HT Photo)
Farmers sowing wheat crop in their fields in Punjab’s Zirakpur. Government data shows sowing of winter, or rabi crops, such as wheat is down by nearly 5% compared to the previous years (File Photo)(HT Photo)

Now, winter crop sowing area sees decline, could dent rural economy

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
PUBLISHED ON DEC 25, 2018 06:58 AM IST
A smaller winter crop could affect other sectors of the economy since steady rural output and incomes are necessary to prop up demand for manufactured goods.
The Delhi government is loosening its purse strings for its politically crucial ‘PM-AASHA’ programme aimed at ensuring farmers earn higher prices.(HT Photo)
The Delhi government is loosening its purse strings for its politically crucial ‘PM-AASHA’ programme aimed at ensuring farmers earn higher prices.(HT Photo)

Centre scales up Minimum Support Prices plan to halt slide in farm prices

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2018 06:37 PM IST
The government is loosening its purse strings for its politically crucial ‘PM-AASHA’ programme aimed at ensuring farmers earn higher prices. The prime minister’s office has asked for the programme to be ramped up, as arrivals of farm produce peak in large agricultural markets around the country.
The Maharashtra government on Thursday added 250 revenue circles across 7,500 villages to its list of areas hit by drought(HT)
The Maharashtra government on Thursday added 250 revenue circles across 7,500 villages to its list of areas hit by drought(HT)

Drought: More areas across 7,500 Maharashtra villages added to list

Hindustan Times | By Faisal Malik, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON NOV 02, 2018 01:22 AM IST
The Maharashtra government on Thursday added 250 revenue circles across 7,500 villages to its list of areas hit by drought
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