Bayer-led global alliance ties up with Big Basket to boost farmers’ income in India

download.jpgSource: The Economic Times, Jul 23, 2018

A global alliance led by Bayer and IFC today announced partnership with e-commerce firm Big Basket to help small farmers in India raise their income by providing them knowledge to use inputs efficiently and timely as well as access to markets to sell produce.

In April this year, Germany-based agro-chemical major Bayer, International Finance Corporation, Netafim and Swiss Re Corporate Solutions launched the ‘Better Life Farming’ alliance to provide innovative solutions for smallholder farmers in developing economies.

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India earns Rs 18,000 cr per year from export of basmati rice

Source:, Jul 17, 2018

New Delhi: India has earned more than Rs 18,000 crore foreign exchange per year from export of basmati rice, especially from the variety 1121 developed by the country’s top agri-institute ICAR, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said today.

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has developed many new varieties and technologies which have helped transform the food importing nation to an food exporting country, he said.

The institute is playing an important role in fulfilling the government’s vision of doubling farmers’ income by 2022, he added. Read the rest of this entry »

NITI Aayog wants states to adopt zero-budget natural farming

download (3)Source: Business Standard, Jul 10, 2018

New Delhi: NITI Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar on Monday made a case for promoting zero-budget natural farming (ZBNF) in states, saying it would help double farmers’ income by 2022.

Aayog member Ramesh Chand, who is an expert in agriculture, said that such methods could be scaled up nationally only after they have been scientifically proven to be correct and there is proper manual for these. Under ZBNF, neither fertiliser nor pesticide is used and only 10 per cent of water is to be utilised for irrigation as compared to traditional farming techniques.

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Agri sector: Painful journey towards a market economy

download (4).jpgSource: Financial Express, Apr 19, 2018

The farmer is back again in the headlines. The recent peasant march through the streets of Mumbai shook up urban India in a way few agriculture related events do. The issues were the same as in every other state of India: access to natural resources (land, water, soils, forests), rising costs of inputs, falling prices, opaque markets, etc. A few months ago, it was Gujarat; earlier it was Haryana or Rajasthan or Madhya Pradesh or perhaps all of them. Punjab’s story as the iconic success model of the Green Revolution is already long forgotten. Now, it’s a tale of sub-par growth, falling water tables, flat yields and a younger generation in the grip of drugs and human traffickers.

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Karnataka woos agri start-ups

Source: The Hindu Business Line, Oct. 24, 2017

Hyderabad: Karntaka has asked agriculture start-ups across the country to look at the State that offers a ₹10-crore fund exclusively to support the fledgeling units.

He also asked corporates to get in touch with the ministry if they wanted to procure millets from the farmers.

Focussed sessions
“We are going to organise focussed sessions on agriculture start-ups ahead the international trade fair we are hosing in January next,” Karnataka Agriculture Minister Krishna Byre Gowda said.

Addressing millet growers, non-governmental organisations, start-ups and other stakeholders here on Tuesday, he said the State was procuring millets (ragi and jowar) from farmers, offering them ₹400 more than the minimum support price on a quintal.

Trade Fair
The Minister was here to promote the Organics and Millets International Trade Fair scheduled to be held in Bengaluru from January 19 to 21.

Agriculture sector received FDI worth Rs 355 cr in April-May: Govt

index.jpgSource: Business Standard, Aug 08, 2017

New Delhi: India’s farm sector received foreign direct investment (FDI) worth Rs 354.77 crore during April-May this year, Parliament was informed on Tuesday.

The data in this regard was placed before the Lok Sabha by Minister of State for Agriculture S S Ahluwalia.

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Govt targets a record 273 million tonnes foodgrain output for 2017-18

Source:, Apr 26, 2017

New Delhi: Buoyed by forecasts of a normal monsoon, the Centre has targeted a record foodgrain production during the 2017-18 crop year beginning July.

The agriculture ministry has set a production target of 273 million tonnes (mt) of grains and pulses during the year, marginally higher than the 272 million tonnes estimated for 2016-17, also a record harvest following a normal monsoon last year.

In 2015-16, India’s foodgrain production stood at 252 mt.

“In just one year, farmers managed to grow 5 million tonnes of additional pulses (in 2016-17) and within two to three years India will be self-sufficient in pulses,” agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh said on Tuesday, addressing state officials at a national conference on the upcoming kharif crop season at which targets were announced.

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