ਪੰਜਾਬ ’ਚ ਮੀਂਹ ਤੇ ਝੱਖੜ ਕਾਰਨ ਵੀਹ ਹਜ਼ਾਰ ਹੈਕਟੇਅਰ ਰਕਬੇ ਵਿੱਚ ਫ਼ਸਲਾਂ ਦਾ ਨੁਕਸਾਨ

October 18 2023

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October 18 2023

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October 18 2023

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October 18 2023

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October 17 2023

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October 17 2023

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बांग्लादेश की नीत‍ियों ने बढ़ाई महाराष्ट्र के संतरे क‍िसानों की समस्या

October 17 2023

बांग्लादेश की नीत‍ियों की वजह से महाराष्ट्र के क‍िसानों की परेशानी बढ़ रही है। ब

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October 16 2023

भारत मौसम विज्ञान विभाग (IMD) ने 19 अक्टूबर तक देश के कई हिस्सों में बारिश और तूफान की भव

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October 16 2023

देशभर की ज्यादातर छोटी-बड़ी अंडा मार्केट ने रफ्तार पकड़ी हुई है। अंडे के होलसेल दा

गन्ना बेल्ट में फैला कैंसर से भयानक रोग

October 16 2023

यूपी की गन्ना बेल्ट में फैल रहे कैंसर से भयानक रोग न किसानों की चिंता तो बढ़ा ही दी है वहीं गन्न

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October 16 2023

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October 14 2023

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भारत ने उबले चावल पर 20% निर्यात शुल्क 31 मार्च 2024 तक बढ़ा दिया

October 14 2023

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October 13 2023

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October 13 2023

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October 13 2023

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October 12 2023

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अरहर-चना दाल की कीमतों में आई 4% की गिरावट

October 12 2023

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October 12 2023

हरियाणा में सरकारी एजेंसी हैफेड द्वारा खरीदा गया कुल 12,167 क्विंटल से अधिक बाजरा अभी

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October 12 2023

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October 12 2023

उष्णकटिबंधीय शुष्क भूमि कृषि खाद्य प्रणाली नवाचार में अग्रणी, अर्ध-शुष्क उष्णकटि

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October 11 2023

ਪੰਜਾਬ ਵਿੱਚ ਐਤਕੀਂ ਬਾਸਮਤੀ ਦਾ ਭਾਅ ਪੰਜ ਹਜ਼ਾਰ ਰੁਪਏ ਪ੍ਰਤੀ ਕੁਇੰਟਲ ਨੂੰ ਛੂਹ ਗਿਆ ਹੈ। ਭਾਰਤ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਬਾਸ

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October 11 2023

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October 11 2023

ਪੰਜਾਬ ਵਿਚ ਕਈ ਥਾਵਾਂ ਉਤੇ ਬੀਤੀ ਰਾਤ ਝੱਖੜ ਤੇ ਮੀਂਹ ਨੇ ਝੋਨੇ ਦੀ ਫਸਲ ਨੂੰ ਭਾਰੀ ਨੁਕਸਾਨ ਪਹੁੰਚਾਇਆ

अरुणाचल याक चूरपी को मिला GI टैग

October 11 2023

पहली बार याक के दूध उत्पाद अरुणाचल प्रदेश याक चुरपी को जीआई टैग मिला है। अरुणाचल प्

From the RSS:

  • Increase in FRP to moderate profitability of sugar mills from Maharashtra, Karnataka, says ICRA

    The central government's nearly 7.7% increase in the fair and remunerative price (FRP) of sugarcane is anticipated to impact the profitability of sugar mills negatively, according to credit rating agency ICRA. However, the sugar industry expects the hike in sugarcane prices to enhance competitiveness against crops like maize and rice.
  • No proposal to allow further diversion of sugar for ethanol production: Food Secy

    Food Secretary Sanjeev Chopra has said that there are no plans to permit additional diversion of sugar for ethanol production during the current 2023-24 supply year. In December of the previous year, the government imposed a cap on sugar diversion at 17 lakh tonnes for the current supply year (November-October). Additionally, it authorized the utilization of both cane juice and B-heavy molasses within the overall cap for ethanol production.
  • Govt hopes to sell 15 lakh tons each of 'Bharat' rice, atta in next 4-5 months

    The government hopes to sell 15 lakh tonnes each of FCI rice and wheat flour (atta) under the 'Bharat' brand in the next 4-5 months, Food Secretary Sanjeev Chopra said on Thursday. The government is retailing Bharat atta and rice through three agencies -- National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (Nafed), National Cooperative Consumers' Federation of India Ltd (NCCF) and Kendriya Bhandar.
  • Agri credit crosses Rs 20 lakh crore till Jan in FY24; sharp jump from Rs 7.3 lakh cr in 2013-14

    The Modi government has significantly increased institutional credit in the agriculture sector, with banks disbursing Rs 20.39 lakh crore. The government implements an interest subvention scheme for short-term crop loans and provides income support to farmers through the PM-KISAN scheme. The government has spent Rs 18.
  • India needs to usher in Green Revolution 2.0 to promote less water-intensive crops: GTRI

    India needs Green Revolution 2.0 to promote less water-intensive crops, introduce water pricing mechanisms, and address unsustainable practices. Guaranteeing MSP for pulses and oil seeds, promoting eco-friendly farming, and negotiating with WTO are crucial steps.
  • Cabinet approves hike in sugarcane FRP by Rs 25 to Rs 340 per quintal for 2024-25 season

    The government has decided to increase the Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) for sugarcane growers by Rs 25 to Rs 340 per quintal for the 2024-25 season, marking the highest increase since 2014. This decision, taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), is aimed at benefiting over 5 crore sugarcane farmers and ensuring their prosperity. The new FRP, which will be effective from October 1, 2024, is 107% higher than the cost of production. This move reaffirms the government's commitment to doubling farmers' income and comes ahead of the general elections.
  • Govt extends 20% export tax on parboiled rice until further order

    The Indian government has decided to extend the 20% export tax on parboiled rice beyond March 31, aiming to ensure sufficient local stock and stabilize domestic prices. This measure, initially imposed in August last year and later extended until March 31, 2024, will now continue indefinitely. Additionally, the duty-free import of yellow peas has also been prolonged, provided that the bill of landing is issued on or before April 30, 2024.
  • Cabinet increases FRP for sugarcane to Rs 340/qtl, gives boost to women safety, space sector and National Livestock Mission

    FRPs for sugarcane are typically fixed to ensure a guaranteed price to sugarcane growers and thus it does not take into account whether sugar mills will generate profit or stay in the red. Analysts opine that higher FRPs generally hurt the margins of the sugar mills.
  • Govt allows Nafed, NCCF to sell maize to ethanol makers at base rate of Rs 2,291/quintal

    Nafed and National Cooperative Consumers' Federation of India (NCCF) will procure maize at a minimum support price of Rs 2,090 per quintal in the 2023-24 crop year and supply to the distilleries at a mutually agreed rate of Rs 2,291 per quintal, a senior food ministry official told PTI.
  • Rice prices fall as rabi crop starts arriving in market

    In Kolkata, rice prices have dropped by up to 10% in the past month, attributed to increased market supplies and government measures. Non-basmati rice is 7% cheaper, while basmati prices have fallen by 10%. The arrival of the rabi crop from Telangana, Odisha, and Tamil Nadu has contributed to the decline.
  • Onion prices fall by Rs 150 per quintal at Lasalgaon mandi

    Driven by reports of the lifting of the export ban on the commodity, the modal wholesale onion prices shot up 40.62 per cent to Rs 1,800 per quintal on February 19 in Lasalgaon, the country's largest wholesale onion market, from Rs 1,280 per quintal on February 17.
  • India expects record rapeseed output due to bigger area, favourable weather

    Higher rapeseed output will help the world's biggest vegetable oil importer to cut back on expensive imports of palm oil, soyoil and sunflower oil.
  • Onion export ban to continue till March 31: Govt

    The ban on export of onion till March 31, 2023, continues to control prices and ensure domestic availability, according to Consumer Affairs Secretary Rohit Kumar Singh. Modal wholesale onion prices in Lasalgoan rose 40.62% to Rs 1,800 per quintal. The ban may continue post March 31 due to lower rabi onion production, especially in Maharasthra.
  • From a glut to a deficit: A predicted onion shortage is set to pinch consumers, again

    India may face a significant onion supply shortage, leading to a potential price surge in early March. Despite stable prices due to a supply glut, industry representatives warn of a 30% drop in the rabi harvest. Deficient rainfall in 2023 led to a price increase, prompting the government to ban onion exports until March 2024.
  • Onion exporters warn of major shortage in onion supply; price hike from early March

    India faces onion shortage due to drop in rabi harvest. Meanwhile, export ban causes price crash, protests. Exporters suggest controlled exports amid shortage and high international prices. In a letter to the Union government, a group of leading onion exporters have cautioned the government about the consequences of allowing onion exports without adhering to a proper mechanism to control export volumes.
  • Govt's solution for farmers: What it means for each of the parties

    Farmers protest: The fourth round of talks between the Central government and protesting Punjab farmers proposed an "out-of-the-box" solution to address their demands, including a legal guarantee on minimum support price (MSP) of crops as per the Swaminathan panel formula, complete farm loan waiver, monthly pension for farmers, and India's exit from WTO and free-trade agreements.
  • View: Modi govt needs to give a better deal to farmers as tear gas vs tractors fight unleashes another showdown

    Farmers protest: Farmers in India are demanding that minimum support prices (MSPs) be codified as a legal right, as they fear that the government is moving towards scrapping the six-decade-old price mechanism. The farmers' revolt poses a challenge to the political establishment in an election year, as agriculture employs a significant portion of the country's workforce. The issue highlights the need for formal employment opportunities to absorb excess rural labor and reduce dependence on state resources for food supply.
  • India allows export of onions to select nations

    India, the world's second largest onion exporter, had banned shipments of the kitchen staple in December 2023 till March 2024 due to rising domestic prices and potential shortages. This led to a surge in onion prices in neighbouring countries.
  • Farmers' Protest: Govt proposes various measures including MSP-related deals; farmers to respond today

    In the fourth round of talks held in Chandigarh on Sunday, Union minister Piyush Goyal suggested a five-year deal with the farmers to purchase pulses and cotton at the minimum support price (MSP). However, the farmers are yet to respond on the proposals.
  • What the Punjab farmer wants is not what the Punjab farmer needs

    Agriculture in Punjab is struggling with several structural issues for which guaranteed MSP can't even be a temporary fix let alone a solution. On the contrary, it will keep worsening the situation. The crises that besiege agriculture in Punjab rarely get so much play from farmer unions as MSP. That's short-sightedness.
  • Farmers Protests: What is Swaminathan Committee and what did it recommend?

    Farmers across India are protesting for various demands, including the implementation of the Swaminathan Committee report. The report, chaired by MS Swaminathan, recommends measures like MSP at 50% more than the cost of production, agrarian reforms, equitable water access, land regulation, and credit availability. The Modi government accepted 200 out of 201 recommendations. Here is a look at a few recommendations of Swaminathan Committee
  • MSP law cannot be brought in a hurry; farmers should come forward for talks with govt: Arjun Munda

    Union Agriculture Minister Arjun Munda has urged protesting farmer groups to have a structured discussion with the government on a Minimum Support Price law. Munda is part of a ministerial delegation that held two rounds of discussions with farmers' groups, including Samyuka Kisan Morcha and Kisan Mazdoor Morcha. However, talks remain inconclusive.
  • Farmers protest: Is legal guarantee for MSP the best solution?

    Punjab farmers demand legal guarantee for minimum support price (MSP) and implementation of the Swaminathan Committee report, zero-budget natural farming (ZBNF) practices, and determination of crop patterns. The government offers to form a committee with representation from agriculture, rural, and animal husbandry ministries.
  • Farmers protest 2.0: What do they want? What is their strategy?

    Farmers Protest 2.0 is underway as farmers from Punjab, Haryana, and Western Uttar Pradesh march towards Delhi on February 13. Unlike the previous protests, this time the farmers are demanding a range of measures from the Central government to ensure the financial viability of farming. The protests are being spearheaded by a breakaway faction of the Sanyukt Kisa Morcha (SKM), excluding major farmer leaders from the previous protests.
  • Centre released Rs 15,948 crore to sugar mills in last 5 years

    The Indian government has released approximately Rs 15,948 crore (about $2.1 billion) under various schemes over the past five years until January 31, aiming to improve liquidity for sugar mills to clear cane price dues owed to farmers. The schemes include creating a buffer stock of 30 lakh tonnes of sugar, defraying expenditure for internal transport, freight, and handling, as well as providing assistance to sugar mills for marketing costs.
  • Food ministry lowers stock limit for wheat

    The limit on wheat stocks held by traders and wholesalers was cut to 500 metric tonnes from the earlier limit of 1,000 tonnes. Big chain retailers can hold 500 metric tonnes of grain at their depot down from 1000 until now while processors can have 60% of monthly installed capacity multiplied by the remaining months till April 2024, down from 70% earlier.
  • Govt halves wheat stock limit to prevent hoarding, fight food inflation

    In a bid to ensure ample availability of wheat and stabilize prices, the Indian government has announced a reduction in the stock limit that traders and wholesalers can hold. According to a statement released on Thursday, the previous limit of 1,000 metric tons has now been lowered to 500 metric tons.
  • Not many takers for govt drive to procure tur dal at market rates

    The government's tur dal procurement drive has received a lukewarm response from farmers due to lower prices, stringent quality norms, and formalities. Small farmers sell to private traders while bigger farmers hold the crop, expecting prices to rise further. The government's presence in the market has increased tur dal prices by 15% in the last two months.
  • Govt says 23.38 lakh farmers enrolled under PMKMY so far

    "As on date, a total of 23,38,720 farmers have been enrolled across the country...," Munda said in a written reply to Lok Sabha. In Karnataka, total of 41,683 farmers have been enrolled under the PMKMY since the inception of the scheme, he added.
  • No proposal to hike PM-KISAN amount from Rs 6,000/yr: Agriculture Minister Arjun Munda

    The government has no proposal to increase the financial benefit to farmers under PM-KISAN scheme to Rs 8,000-12,000 per year, including for women farmers. Launched in 2019, PM-KISAN provides eligible farmers a financial benefit of Rs 6,000 per year. The government has disbursed over Rs 2.81 lakh crore to more than 11 crore farmers. PM-KISAN is one of the largest Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) schemes.
  • Modi govt's Bharat Dal, available at Rs 60 per kg, is now India's highest selling brand. Where to buy?

    Bharat Dal: The Modi government has introduced the sale of 'Bharat Dal' at subsidized rates through various retail outlets, including NAFED, NCCF, Kendriya Bhandar, and Safal, as well as on e-commerce platforms. State governments can also access chana dal for distribution in welfare schemes. To stabilize pulse prices, the government maintains buffer stocks of major pulses. It has removed import duty on tur and urad and reduced import duty on masur to zero. Bharat Dal, priced at Rs. 60 per kg, has quickly gained popularity, capturing a quarter of the market share within four months of its launch.
  • Mustard acreage up by 5 per cent, says trade body SEA

    Uttar Pradesh has recorded the highest year-on-year increase of 27% in area under mustard, followed by Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, which have reported an increase of 5% and 3% respectively. Rajasthan, which is the largest mustard growing state, has reported an increase of 1% in area sown under mustard that stood at 37.43 lakh hectare area under the oilseed crop. States like Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and West Bengal have reported a decline of 8% each in the mustard acreage.
  • Not just green, white & blue too: Budget proposal on increasing output of oilseeds, milk & aquaculture products to help India reduce dependence on imports

    The Union Cabinet has approved continuation of the Animal Husbandry Infrastructure Development Fund (AHIDF) under Infrastructure Development Fund (IDF) with an outlay of ₹29,610.25 crore till 2025-26. India's aquaculture exports in 2023-24 were flat, after having grown in double digits during the last decade. Industry players say that focus on increasing productivity at the farm level will help improve its global competitiveness by reducing cost of production.
  • Farm-to-fork voyage: Investments in upgraded storage, streamlined supply chain will enhance competitiveness of agri sector

    The budget offers a roadmap for empowering farmers, ensuring food security, and propelling the agricultural sector towards a brighter future, said Balram Singh Yadav, managing director, Godrej Agrovet. The measures pave the way for inclusive, sustainable growth in the agricultural sector. According to several estimates, more than 40% of the produced food gets spoiled even before it reaches the consumers.
  • Agriculture Ministry gets Rs 1.27 lakh cr budget allocation for FY25

    According to the budget papers, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution has been allocated Rs 2.13 lakh crore for the next fiscal year, lower than the 2023-24 allocation. Under this ministry, the allocation for the department of consumer affairs has been earmarked at Rs 303.62 crore for 2024-25 from Rs 309.26 crore in the current year.
  • Expert view on Budget FY24-25: Focus on agri to boost efficiency, competitiveness of sector, increase employment

    The emphasis on modernizing the agricultural sector through heightened investments in upgraded storage, streamlined supply chains and branding is poised to elevate the overall efficiency and competitiveness of Indian agriculture.
  • One has to be a reliable supplier to get good customers, says US official

    India's decision to restrict the exports of agricultural commodities, including wheat, rice, sugar, and onions, has caused a sharp increase in food prices worldwide. Seth Meyer, chief economist at the USDA, emphasized the importance of being a reliable supplier to maintain good customer relationships.
  • Government sells 71 lakh tonnes wheat so far in open market to keep prices under control

    The government has sold 71.01 lakh tonnes of wheat and 1.62 lakh tonnes of rice through auction in the open market to control prices. Wheat and rice are being offloaded in the market through weekly e-auctions since June 28, 2023. The central government has allocated 101.5 lakh tonnes of wheat and 25 lakh tonnes of rice for offloading under the Open Market Sale Scheme. The reserve prices for wheat are Rs 2,150 per quintal for Fair and Average Quality (FAQ) and Rs 2,125 per quintal for Under Relaxed Specifications (URS). The reserve price for rice is Rs 2,900 per quintal.
  • Gross sugar output may fall 10 pc to 330.5 lakh tonnes in 2023-24 marketing year ending Sep: ISMA

    India's sugar production, without ethanol diversion, is estimated to decline 10% to 330.5 lakh tonnes in the current marketing year. Maharashtra and Karnataka are likely to see lower output. The gross production in Maharashtra is estimated to fall to 99.9 lakh tonnes, while in Karnataka it may dip to 49.7 lakh tonnes. In Uttar Pradesh, the gross output is seen increasing marginally. The government has allowed sugar diversion of only 17 lakh tonnes for ethanol production. This could result in a net sugar production of around 313.5 lakh tonnes.
  • Farmers get nearly Rs 18 lakh crore as MSP for wheat, paddy crops in last 10 years: President Murmu

    In her first address to a joint sitting of the two Houses in the new Parliament building, Murmu said, "My government is laying stress on making farming more profitable. Our aim is to reduce the cost of farming while increasing profits." For the first time, Murmu said, the government has given priority to over 10 crore small farmers in the agricultural policy and schemes.
  • Modi govt may have more Budget measures for India's hinterland, a key voting bloc

    Experts expect announcements around millets and MSP hikes in the 2024 interim budget. There is a need to ensure food security, include nutrition in policies, and prepare agriculture for the consequences of climate change. The government should correct the consumption and food production basket by giving crop-neutral incentive structures.
  • Wholesale Tur prices rise 5% in a month

    Wholesale prices of tur dal have increased 5% despite new crops and imports from Myanmar as reduced acreage impacts supply. Retail prices declined due to price control measures, but this led to a fall in unprocessed tur beans prices. Farmers refrained from selling, reducing tur availability. Prices are now recovering. Tur prices have surged due to rising purchases by dal millers.
  • Rs 15 crore funding for agri start-ups from IIM Kashipur drive

    Under the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare's RKVY RAFTAAR RABI scheme, IIM Kashipur FIED has provided funding and business training to 200 plus startups since its founding in 2018, including 68 with an agri-focused focus.
  • Budget 2024: Modi govt’s push for finding fertile grounds to tap farm votes before Lok Sabha elections

    Budget expectations: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman may propose increasing the amount of money transferred under the PM-Kisan scheme in Budget 2024. The agricultural sector plays a crucial role in India, with 60% of rural households relying on agriculture. The Ministry of Agriculture accounts for 2.8% of the Union Budget, and last year, Rs 1,25,036 crore was allocated to the sector.
  • Cold snap helps India's wheat crop but warm weather forecasts pose risk

    India's cold snap could boost wheat harvest, but abnormal rise in temperatures would impact yields and force imports. Poor wheat output in 2022 and 2023 led to low state reserves, necessitating imports if there's a third consecutive poor harvest. The government has resisted wheat imports to date. The current cold weather is aiding wheat growth, and a target of 114 million metric tons is expected. However, sudden temperature rise in the grain formation stage poses a risk. It is crucial that weather conditions remain favorable until April. The crop size will be determined by weather in the next eight weeks.
  • AISTA's 1st estimate pegs sugar output 4 pc lower at 31.6 mn tons for 2023-24 season

    AISTA projects India's sugar production for the 2023-24 season to be around 31.6 million tonnes, a four percent decrease from the previous season. The estimated net domestic sugar production excludes a sucrose diversion of 2 million tonnes for ethanol production. The availability of sugar in the country is estimated to be 37.3 million tonnes, higher than the estimated domestic consumption of 29 million tonnes.
  • Budget 2024: Assam tea industry seeks exports promotion policy

    Interim Budget Expectations: The ailing tea industry in Assam is hoping for proper promotion and export improvement in the upcoming Union interim budget. The industry is facing oversupply in the domestic market and tepid export demand. The Bharatiya Chai Parishad has also urged state government to reduce the industry's social cost burden. India is the fourth-largest tea exporter and contributes 23% to global tea output.
  • Assam’s bamboo-based refinery generates interest among private investors from varied sectors

    The Assam Bio Refinery, a joint venture between Numaligarh Refinery Ltd, Fortum, and Chempolis, plans to manufacture ethanol from bamboo starting in March. The refinery has generated interest from energy sector investors, and the company expects returns on investment to increase from value-added products. India is promoting the production of ethanol from non-food biomass to address shortages of food sources like sugar, maize, and rice.
  • Electricity use in agriculture sector jumps to 37.1 per cent since 2009-10

    Both direct (electricity and fuel) and indirect (nitrogenous and phosphorus fertilisers, and pesticides) energy use in Indian agriculture have increased over the years. Indirect use of energy in the form of fertilisers contributed 68.4 per cent in 2009-10 but reduced to 60.61 per cent in 2019-20. Electricity consumption in agriculture is increasing, driven by higher irrigation demand for new crop varieties and subsidised electricity provided to the sector.
  • Arunachal Pradesh to have a mini food park in West Siang district

    Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has announced the establishment of a mini food park in West Siang district, equipped with food processing units to handle all agricultural produce from the entire Siang belt. Khandu declared the Arunachal Pineapple Festival, organized by the All Bagra Welfare Society in collaboration with the Arunachal Pradesh Marketing Board, as an annual event