Agriculture

PM Modi repeal three controversial farm laws, promise new measures to boost farm sector

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the repeal of three controversial farm laws on Friday, promising farmer organizations that the legislative procedure for repealing farm laws will be completed in the upcoming Winter Session of Parliament, which has been opposed by farmers for the last year. Mr. Modi also announced the creation of a committee comprising …

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Civil Aviation Ministry launches Krishi Udan 2.0 to help farmers transport produce

The Krishi UDAN 2.0 initiative was introduced by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) to concentrate on carrying perishable food supplies from mountainous regions, northeastern states, and tribal territories. “Krishi UDAN 2.0 would assist alleviate the issue of wasting of agricultural food wastes in the nation,” stated Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia during the scheme’s inauguration on …

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IARI creates world’s first genetically modified herbicide-tolerant rice

The Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) has created the country’s first non-GM (genetically modified) herbicide-tolerant rice varieties, which may be planted directly and save water and labour over traditional transplanting. Farmers may spray Imazethapyr, a broad-spectrum herbicide, on the cultivars Pusa Basmati 1979 and Pusa Basmati 1985 because they have a mutant acetolactate synthase (ALS) …

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Van Dhan Vikas Kendra aims to promote pearl cultivation in Jharkhand

On Monday, the TRIFED (Indian Tribal Co-operative Marketing Development Federation) signed a deal with Purty Agrotech of Jharkhand to promote pearl cultivation in tribal regions. The Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs oversees the Trifed. Purty Agrotech pearls will be sold via 141 Tribes India stores, as well as several e-commerce platforms, as part of the …

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National Mission on Edible Oils¬ – Oil Palm (NMEO-OP)

Through a new mission authorised by the Cabinet, the Centre will provide price guarantees, viability gap finance, and planting material assistance to oil palm producers in order to enhance domestic output and reduce reliance on imports. Over a five-year period, the National Mission on Edible Oils – Oil Palm (NMEO-OP) would spend Rs. 11,040 crore, …

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The Digitisation of Agricultural Data is a Wonderful IDEA, but it needs protections

The government has announced a programme called India Digital Ecosystem for Agricultural (IDEA), which would use open digital technology to put the farmer at the centre of the agriculture ecosystem. IDEA’s Key Features It will include a National Farmers Database, which would function as a kind of “super Aadhaar” for farmers. Farmers’ digitised land records …

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The importance of Millets in the Indian Farming Sector

As suggested by India to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming 2023 the International Year of Millets. Millets are a type of coarse grain that is high in protein, fibre, vitamins, and minerals. Jowar (sorghum), ragi (finger millet), korra (foxtail millet), arke (kodo millet), sama (small millet), …

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Paddy-Wheat Monoculture: How can Punjab diversify its crops?

In the midst of the continuing farmer protests, concerns have been expressed about the long-term viability of paddy-wheat farming, particularly in Punjab. In Punjab, how widespread is paddy-wheat monoculture? Punjab’s gross cultivated area was expected to be 78.30 lakh hectares in 2018-19. 35.20 lh of wheat was planted, and another 31.03 lh of paddy was …

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