The government said that "in view of early arrival" of paddy in the states' markets, the procurement is being started earlier than usual 1 October timeline
'First COVID-19 and now Amphan': Farmers in coastal Odisha stare at an uncertain future as cyclone destroys crops, only means of livelihood
Cyclone Amphan made its landfall in the Sundarban area of West Bengal, but before that, on its way, it left destruction in hundreds of villages in Odisha's Balasore district
Pre-monsoon sowing of kharif crops begins, paddy acreage up 27%; govt to hold national video conference on 16 April
Total area planted under all kharif crops has increased to 48.76 lakh hectare so far this season as against 37.12 lakh hectare in same period last year.
Delhi air pollution crisis: Money, political will, clear data or steadfast public attention — what really matters?
India does not have hourly, source-apportioned data across cities and neighbourhoods in an accessible format, which obfuscates public understanding and dilutes political will. The kind of staccato concern we show on air pollution cannot compete with the sustained focus of lobbying efforts
Amid Maharashtra govt formation impasse, Devendra Fadnavis, Uddhav Thackeray tour regions that suffered crop damage due to unseasonal rains
Fadnavis is in Akola on Sunday to meet farmers and review the crop damage and Thackeray is touring Aurangabad district on Sunday where he will take stock of the crop losses in Kannad and Vaijapur talukas
Punjab records 45% increase in stubble-burning incidents as of 11 Oct; officials expect overall count to reduce due to intervention
Period between 15 October to 15 November, maximum number of stubble burning incidents take place in Punjab, adjoining states and is one of the main reasons for Delhi-NCR pollution
Amarinder Singh writes to Narendra Modi, seeks compensation for Punjab farmers to motivate them against stubble burning
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking cost compensation of Rs 100 per quintal of paddy to motivate farmers against the burning of paddy residue in the open fields, the chief minister's office said in a statement on Wednesday
The deficit in southwest monsoon has narrowed and the sowing of summer (Kharif) crops is progressing well across the country, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Friday
The government has raised the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy, a key kharif crop, by 3.7 percent to Rs 1,815 per quintal for the 2019-20 crop season, said Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Wednesda
Farmers in Uttar Pradesh's Banda change cropping patterns, restore ponds to make profits despite persistent drought
Ten years ago, the Union government had approved a special package of Rs 7,266 crore for implementing drought mitigation strategies in the Bundelkhand region.
Women in Chhattisgarh helped sway poll mandate from BJP to Congress; anger palpable in seats when fewer men voted
Of the 21 constituencies in Chhattisgarh where more women voted than men, the Congress won 17 seats, while the BJP bagged only two and the other two went to the BSP and JCC.
Delhi air quality to remain 'very poor' for next two days; pollution levels raised by stubble-burning in Punjab, Haryana
Delhi's air quality on Thursday dipped to 'very poor' barely few days after staying in the 'poor' category. According to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), the Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi was recorded at 337.
Delhi smog: Don't blame the farmers for poor air! Stubble-farming is compulsion, not choice when no cheap options exist
It is easy to criticise why farmers burn stubble when it equally impacts their health but the major problem is with the small farmers who are at the receiving ends.
Punjab government to appoint nodal officers in 8,000 paddy-growing villages to check stubble burning
The villages have been identified by the Punjab agriculture department as those where paddy stubble is traditionally being burnt, according to an official spokesperson.
Kerala floods hit paddy, banana, spices in 45,000 hectare of farmland, says Agriculture Secretary Shobhana K Pattanayak
Paddy has been affected in 20,000 hectare and even banana plantations has been hit badly. Spices like cardamom have been affected in 2,000 hectares
BJP govt in Chhattisgarh increases MSP of rice by Rs 200; paddy farmers decry 'pointless' hike as inadequate
Despite a hike of Rs 200 per quintal to Rs 1750 in the minimum support price (MSP) of rice by BJP govt, paddy farmers in Chhattisgarh are an unhappy lot.
Narendra Modi to address rally in Punjab today to mark 'unprecedented' hike in MSP, says Sukhbir Singh Badal
Narendra Modi will preside over a 'thanksgiving' rally in Muktsar district to mark the "unprecedented" increase in minimum support price of kharif crops.
MSP for Kharif crops: Narendra Modi government's claim of 50% margin is an eyewash; devil lies in details
Wednesday's hike in the MSP for Kharif crops isn't a first. It’s just that previously it wasn’t marketed as well as the Modi government did.
MSP for Kharif crops: Why cure for farm distress lies beyond price supports; agriculture needs to be made demand driven
The long term solution to farmers' misery is to make agriculture demand driven, than supply, and do away with the MSP.
Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said the government's fiscal deficit target would not be breached on account of higher MSP for 14 crops as large provisioning for food subsidy has already been made in the Budget for current fiscal