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  • Secondary forests have shorter lifespans

    Washington: Secondary forests, or forests that have regrown after agriculture use, only last an average of 20 years, according to a recently released scientific paper. The finding presents a major problem for large-scale restoration policy, which often focuses on commitments to restore a certain number of hectares by a given year. But the benefits of restoration depend on those forests persisting. It takes much longer than 20 years for a secondary forest

  • Kerala Floods: 2,80,442 farmers suffer losses of Rs 1000 crore in flood-hit Kerala

    Mumbai: The heaviest floods in Kerala since 1924 have taken a huge toll on the state’s livestock and agriculture. Over 280,442 farmers in the state have been hit and their losses are estimated at Rs 1,000 crore. Crop losses in over 45,988.50 hectares, across the state, have been pegged at Rs 10.7 billion rupees.

  • Production targets met, agri-management next step for MP: Narendra Dhandre, DGM, Netafim

    Increasing the yield of agricultural produce and using water effectively are the need of the hour for farmers in Madhya Pradesh (as is the case for the rest of the country). Despite the increase in production, improvement of yields has not been up to the mark. However, drip irrigation will be vital here, said Narendra Dhandre, DGM, Netafim. While speaking to Pankaj Joshi and R N Bhaskar, Dhandre

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    Here is why farmers are agitating

    When Indian economy has grown at an estimated rate of 6.7 per cent in FY-18, there shouldn’t be a cause for complain from any sector of the economy. But when the economy runs largely on one wheel – government expenditure – and the government hides behind the headline GDP number, the ground reality can be vastly different. One sector where unhappiness has turned into public anger is agriculture, though the BJP-led government’s

  • NITI Aayog releases national strategy on Artificial Intelligence, identifies 5 focus areas

    New Delhi: NITI Aayog has identified five sectors — healthcare, agriculture, education, smart cities and infrastructure and transportation — to focus its efforts towards implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) to serve societal needs. The government’s think-tank on Monday unveiled its discussion paper on national strategy on AI which aims to guide research and development in new and emerging technologies.

  • Madhya Pradesh: A gifted state with diverse cropping pattern with tremendous untapped potential

    Mumbai: The centrally, located state of India, Madhya Pradesh, has over 15 million hectares of net sown area, according to data available from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). But the inability to manage price expectations and price stability has often adversely affected the farm output in post-harvest scenarios.

    Speaking to The Free Press Journal, Narendra Dhandre, DGM, Netafim said, “The state has been gifted with 6-7 agro-climatic zones,

  • Karnataka Elections 2018: Rahul Gandhi releases PM Modi’s reports card, grades him ‘F’ in agriculture

    New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the condition of farmers in Karnataka and said that the Centre failed to tackle the apathy of the peasants. The Congress chief took to his Twitter handle to share a data, highlighting the initiative taken by the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government for the farmers and how they flunked to meet the expected

  • Maharashtra, Western Maharashtra, Western Maharashtra farmers, electricity due, Nationalist Congress party, Sharad Pawar, Chandrashekhar Bawankule, agriculture

    Western Maharashtra farmers owe state Rs 11,000 crore in electricity dues

    Mumbai: Chandrashekhar Bawankule, minister for energy, has held Sharad Pawar, Nationalist Congress Party president, responsible for the unpaid electricity bill by farmers. These are unpaid bills for using water pumps for agricultural use.  Bawankule has said, a total Rs 22,000 crore is due from farmers and out of which highest Rs 11,000 is due from farmers from Western and North Maharashtra region. He said farmers stopped to pay agricultural irrigation pump bills,

  • Rains lash many places in Punjab, Haryana; farmers worried

    Chandigarh: Rains lashed many places in Punjab and Haryana, including Chandigarh today, increasing the woes of farmers who fear damage to wheat crop. According to the MeT office here, rains lashed Amritsar, Kharar, Muktsar, Kapurthala, Sangrur, Adampur, Pathankot, Talwandi Sabo, Anandpur Sahib, Dhuri, Faridkot and Nangal in Punjab.

  • India should move out of agriculture into industry, services says former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan

    Kochi: Former Governor of Reserve Bank of India Raghuram Rajan on Friday said the country should enable its workforce to move out of agriculture into industry and services, as income in the latter sectors is much higher. He said the society has always found ways to adapt to changing times even when there have been fears of machines replacing humans.

  • Free Press Journal and Moneycontrol forum on Cold chain solutions today: All you need to know

    Mumbai: Dairy, meat, pharma, agriculture, etc, the list can go on. Cold chain solutions can be critical for all these sectors. But in spite of the urgent need, there is still not much not done as yet. Nonetheless, its role in agriculture remains the key driver for doubling farmers’ incomes by minimising food loss and preserving nutritional value as well. It augments food safety

  • Maharashtra farmers protest against agrarian distress

    Mumbai: A protest march by 30,000 farmers against the failure of the BJP-led government to address agrarian distress, that started from Nashik, reached Bhiwandi on Saturday.

  • Telangana to witness extremely hot summer

    Telangana: Telangana is expected to witness extreme heat this summer season as the local weather office has predicted that temperature could touch 46-47 degree Celsius. “North Telangana’s temperature is expected to touch 46-47 degree Celsius in the coming summer season,” India Meteorological Department (IMD)-Hyderabad official Raja Rao told ANI.

  • Bhopal: Agriculture gets biggest piece of pie; push to private sector health care

    • No funds allocated for Ind, Bpl Metro projects
    • Only Rs 700 cr for Smart City Projects in 5 cities

    BHOPAL: By allocating almost 30 percent of its annual budget for agriculture and allied activities in 2018-2019, the state government has made it clear where its priorities lie.

  • Union Budget 2018-19: All that you need to know about it

    The Union Budget 2018-19 has focused majorly on boosting agriculture, affordable housing, infrastructure, healthcare, insurance and education sectors while leaving the basic income tax rates and the slabs unchanged.

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    Maharashtra: Man attempts to immolate himself at Mantralaya

    Mumbai: Avinash Vitthal Shete (33), a native of Ahmednagar attempted to self-immolate outside the Mantralaya Secretariat office on Wednesday morning since he was disappointed that he had not cleared his exam for the post of an agricultural assistant.

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