Hyderabad-based International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (Icrisat) on Thursday launched EXPLOREit (exploreit.icrisat.org), which makes large volumes of agricultural scientific knowledge and information easily accessible by the public.
PUNE: Jalna-based Bejo Sheetal, the market leader for hybrid onion seeds has recently invested in setting up an unique cold storage to boost the production of hybrid onion seeds.
The adoption of hybrid onion seeds is one of the least among all the vegetable crops in the country. Not many private seed companies have invested in developing onion hybrids while the public sector also has not achieved much success.
PUNE: National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development (NABARD) has launched a dedicated scheme for providing assistance for creation of storage infrastructure with a corpus of Rs 5000 crore.
The " NABARD Warehousing Scheme" 2013-14 (NWS), envisages direct loans to public and private sector for construction of warehouses, silos, cold storages and cold chain infrastructure.
NEW DELHI": With the performance of monsoon improving this week, over 39% of the country received excess rainfall this year, an increase by 6% over last week.
According to the Meteorological Department, as per the data collected from June 1 to September 25, over 47% of the country received normal rainfall.
NEW DELHI: Area under kharif crops has grown by about 10-lakh hectare during the week ending on September 27th. The total sown area, as per reports received from states, stands at 1047.07 lakh hectare as compared to 993.99 hectare at this time last year and 1038.27 lakh hectare on September 20 this year.
PUNE: If sugar mills in Uttar Pradesh fear the spectre of political factors raising cane prices, mills in Maharashtra are worried that they have to pay higher prices due to cane shortage. There is a short supply of cane due to the previous year's drought, especially in the Marathwada region. Some mills have only 50 per cent or even less cane available in their jurisdiction.
The Agriculture Ministry recently released the first advance estimates for the Kharif season 2013-14. According to the report, food-grain output is pegged at 129.32 million tonnes. This is significantly higher than the last five-year average production of 116.78 million tonnes. ASSOCHAM believes a strong trade policy, geared toward balancing exports and domestic food requirements will augment India’s growth.
A plant which produces both potatoes and tomatoes, described as a "veg plot in a pot", has been launched in the UK. The TomTato can grow more than 500 sweet cherry tomatoes while producing white potatoes.
Horticultural mail order company Thompson & Morgan, which is selling the plants for £14.99 each, said the hybrid plants were individually hand-crafted and not a product of genetic engineering.
All eyes are on rural India, even as urban India combats a slowdown. Both consumption and savings are on the wane, as inflation burns a hole into pockets. Consumer companies are reeling under slowing demand, as discretionary spends are down sharply, but this is true for only urban India. Given that 70 per cent of India lives in rural areas, where the rains have been timely and good this year, analysts are expecting rural demand to come to the rescue of a sagging economy and consumer companies.
NEW DELHI: Haryana chief minister,Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Thursday announced to give country's highest ever price of sugarcane to the farmers of the state. This would benefit the farmers to the tune of an additional income of Rs 450 crore to Rs 500 crore during the year 2013-14.