agriculture department

Badal rejects new minimum price for wheat


October 8th, 2011 - 3:36 pm ICT by IANS
Chandigarh, Oct 8 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Saturday rejected the minimum support price (MSP) of Rs.1,350 per quintal announced by the central government for wheat for 2012-13.In ... Read more...

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Pakistan floods hit crucial crops


October 8th, 2011 - 5:58 am ICT by IANS
Islamabad, Oct 8 (IANS) Twenty-six percent of paddy, 75 percent of cotton and almost the entire melon crops in Pakistan's Sindh province have perished in floods. Sugarcane and banana also ... Read more...

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Farmers protest shortage of urea in Bihar


September 13th, 2011 - 8:48 pm ICT by IANS
Patna, Sep 13 (IANS) Hundreds of angry and worried farmers in parts of Bihar took to the streets Tuesday to protest shortage of fertilizers, particularly urea, in the market that ... Read more...

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Mamata relaunches credit scheme for farmers


August 18th, 2011 - 8:41 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Aug 18 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday re-launched the Kisan Credit Card (KCC) scheme to offer loans to farmers for cultivation."Under the initiative, the ... Read more...

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Good rainfall boosts Jharkhand foodgrain yield


August 10th, 2011 - 5:03 pm ICT by IANS
Ranchi, Aug 10 (IANS) Jharkhand expects increased foodgrain production this year following a good rainfall, the government said Wednesday."We expect production of more than 31 million tonnes of foodgrain ... Read more...

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Good rainfall allays fear of drought in Bihar


August 10th, 2011 - 2:54 pm ICT by IANS
Patna, Aug 10 (IANS) After two consecutive years of drought, thousands of farmers in Bihar are happy. Heavy rains have ended the fear of another drought year.As Bihar recorded a ... Read more...

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Scanty rainfall hits paddy sowing in Orissa


August 1st, 2011 - 5:30 pm ICT by IANS
Bhubaneswar, Aug 1 (IANS) Deficient rainfall during the past two months has hit kharif paddy sowing in Orissa, the state's agriculture department Director R. Santhagopalan said Monday.The cumulative rainfall during ... Read more...

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Kashmir promotes bee-keeping to boost fruit production


July 25th, 2011 - 1:38 pm ICT by IANS
Jammu, July 25 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir has decided to boost bee-keeping by setting up 10,000 colonies this year - not only to help increase honey production but also to ... Read more...

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Assam, Tripura awarded for record food production


July 17th, 2011 - 6:33 pm ICT by IANS
Agartala, July 17 (IANS) Assam and Tripura are the two northeastern states among the 10 Indian states receiving national awards for record foodgrain production, an official said here Sunday."Assam ... Read more...

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Haryana targets increased paddy this year


June 29th, 2011 - 11:54 am ICT by IANS
Chandigarh, June 29 (IANS) With paddy sowing in full swing and good rainfall in recent days, Haryana is targeting paddy plantation in over 12 lakh hectares of agricultural land with ... Read more...

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Tripura bans endosulfan pesticide


June 24th, 2011 - 3:36 pm ICT by IANS
Agartala, June 24 (IANS) The Left Front government in Tripura has banned the distribution and use of pesticide endosulfan for three months, officials said Friday.The pesticide is widely used in ... Read more...

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Seeking second Green Revolution, Bihar turns to organic farming (Lead)


June 21st, 2011 - 2:20 pm ICT by IANS
Patna, June 21 (IANS) After good roads, improving law and order, education and health services, Bihar is turning its attention to popularising and promoting organic farming in the state to ... Read more...

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Seeking second Green Revolution, Bihar turns to organic farming


June 21st, 2011 - 11:06 am ICT by IANS
Patna, June 21 (IANS) After good roads, improving law and order, education and health services, Bihar is turning its attention to popularising and promoting organic farming in the state to ... Read more...

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Monsoon arrives in parched Bihar


June 18th, 2011 - 3:00 pm ICT by IANS
Patna, June 18 (IANS) The wait for rains in drought-hit Bihar is finally over. With rains lashing Patna and several other areas, the weather office said Saturday that the state ... Read more...

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Pre-monsoon showers cool Bihar


June 13th, 2011 - 1:18 pm ICT by IANS
Patna, June 13 (IANS) Pre-monsoon showers in many parts of Bihar Monday brought much-needed respite from the scorching heat, with the weather office saying the monsoon may arrive in the ... Read more...

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Bihar set for a normal monsoon


June 8th, 2011 - 10:34 am ICT by IANS
Patna, June 8 (IANS) After facing two consecutive drought years, Bihar is set to get a normal monsoon this year -- a good news for the millions of farmers in ... Read more...

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Corrupt officer or innocent? The jury is divided


June 1st, 2011 - 1:35 pm ICT by IANS
Raipur, June 1 (IANS) The man alleged to be one of India's richest and most corrupt bureaucrats is not only still in service with the Chhattisgarh government but insists ... Read more...

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Head of Punjab’s citrus fruit, agri councils held for fraud


May 24th, 2011 - 11:42 pm ICT by IANS
Mohali, May 24 (IANS) Punjab Police Tuesday arrested Vikramjit Singh Chimni, a high profile head of four government councils, on charges of corruption, cheating, forgery, criminal breach of trust and ... Read more...

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Militants now target state departments and officials in Manipur


April 22nd, 2011 - 4:21 pm ICT by ANI
Imphal, Apr 22 (ANI): After targeting employees in the banking and hospitality sectors, militants in Manipur are now targeted various state departments and officials.Recently, suspected cadres of the proscribed NSCN (IM) ... Read more...

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Fungal disease hits Himachal wheat crop


March 30th, 2011 - 4:33 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, March 30 (IANS) A fungal disease called 'yellow rust' has severely affected the wheat crop in the lower hills of Himachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal admitted here ... Read more...

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Six agitating farmers injured in clash with police


March 27th, 2011 - 12:16 am ICT by IANS
Greater Noida, March 26 (IANS) Agitating farmers went on a rampage in Greater Noida Saturday after six protesters were injured in a clash with police. While the farmers alleged that ... Read more...

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50 officers suspended, notice to 355 for graft


March 21st, 2011 - 11:31 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, March 21 (IANS) The Maharashtra government Monday announced action against 405 employees of the agriculture department, including the immediate suspension of 50 officers, accused of siphoning off funds from ... Read more...

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Freebies to poor akin to tax sops for the rich: Ramadoss


March 21st, 2011 - 4:32 pm ICT by IANS
Chennai, March 21 (IANS) Freebies like TVs and grinder-mixers given to the poor by the government are similar to tax exemptions to the rich and corporates, PMK leader S. Ramadoss ... Read more...

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Yeddyurappa to present separate agriculture budget


February 23rd, 2011 - 6:24 pm ICT by IANS
Bangalore, Feb 23 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa will Thursday present a separate budget for agriculture - a first for the country. Yeddyurappa, who folds the finance portfolio and is ... Read more...

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Poor paddy procurement adds to Bihar farmers’ woes


February 18th, 2011 - 12:41 pm ICT by IANS
By Imran Khan Patna, Feb 18 (IANS) Surinder Mahato is a worried man. A small farmer on the outskirts of Bihar's capital Patna, he laboured throughout last year's drought to ensure that his ... Read more...

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Award-winning flower-grower gives new dimension to floriculture in Jharkhand


February 12th, 2011 - 8:53 pm ICT by ANI
Garhwa (Jharkhand), Feb 12(ANI): A flower cultivator in Jharkhand's Garhwa district has come up with many flower varieties in his garden, giving new dimensions to floriculture in the state.Brijesh Tiwari, a floriculturist, ... Read more...

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Haryana to soon have agriculture policy: Hooda


February 6th, 2011 - 8:00 pm ICT by IANS
Jind (Haryana), Feb 6 (IANS) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda Sunday said that his government has asked the State Farmers Commission to formulate an agriculture policy that will better the lot ... Read more...

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Grapes were domesticated 8,000 years ago finds genetics study


January 20th, 2011 - 4:46 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 20 (ANI): A genetics study has found that people first cultivated grapes about 8,000 years ago.A team led by Sean Myles of Cornell, looked at 1,000 samples of the domesticated ... Read more...

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Peeved at raids, Delhi onion traders continue strike


January 12th, 2011 - 2:43 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 12 (IANS) Wholesale onion traders in Delhi are peeved at being held responsible for the rising price of the commodity and have gone on indefinite strike, saying raids by ... Read more...

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Three injured in Maoist blast in Orissa


January 11th, 2011 - 3:20 pm ICT by IANS
Bhubaneswar, Jan 11 (IANS) Three officials of the state agriculture department sustained injuries, one of them critically, after Maoists triggered a landmine blast in Orissa's Koraput district Tuesday, police said.The rebels triggered ... Read more...

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Cold and fog hit life in Rajastan


January 7th, 2011 - 8:21 pm ICT by IANS
Jaipur, Jan 7 (IANS) Cold wave conditions affected normal life in Rajasthan Friday as the mercury plummeted further in many parts of the state, officials said.Bikaner was freezing at zero degree, five ... Read more...

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Slow paddy procurement in drought-hit Bihar


December 27th, 2010 - 12:36 pm ICT by IANS
Patna, Dec 27 (IANS) The government agencies in drought-hit Bihar have procured a low of over 7,500 tonnes paddy in the last two months, against the target of 10.5 lakh tonnes this ... Read more...

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Jharkhand farmers dump tomatoes on roads


December 25th, 2010 - 6:12 pm ICT by IANS
Ranchi, Dec 25 (IANS) Call it irony. At a time when tomatoes are selling for up to Rs.40 a kg, farmers in Jharkhand are dumping them on roads because they are not ... Read more...

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Onion rava dosa? Don’t bet on it in Chennai!


December 21st, 2010 - 4:14 pm ICT by IANS
Chennai, Dec 21 (IANS) If you go looking for onion rava dosa in a Chennai hotel these days, chances are you will be disappointed. Owing to the prices of vegetables - and ... Read more...

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Rains wash off paddy worth millions in Orissa


December 11th, 2010 - 9:56 pm ICT by IANS
Bhubaneswar, Dec 11 (IANS) Incessant unseasonal rains since Monday have destroyed paddy crop worth millions of rupees in Orissa, an official said Saturday."Most parts of the state have witnessed widespread rains, and ... Read more...

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