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3.26cr farmers enroll for crop insurance in 2016 kharif season

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NEW DELHI: About 326 lakh farmers have been covered under the new crop insurance scheme for a sum insured of Rs 1.37 lakh crore during the 2016 kharif sowing season, government said today. "As per tentative data available, during kharif 2016 about 326 lakh farmers have been insured covering an area of 380 lakh hectare for sum insured of Rs 1,37,535 crore as compared to 309 lakh farmers during kharif 2015 season covering an area of 339 lakh hectare for sum insured of Rs 69,307 crore," Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said in Lok Sabha. He said there is an...

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Modi Government released Rs. 118 crore for the year 2016-17 for farm mechanization: Shri Radha Mohan Singh

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Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh has said that it is essential to use maximum and best technology available resources in fast changing world and growing world economic competition so that domestic requirement of food grains can be met and export may be promoted. Agriculture Minister said that farm mechanization has become an important part of crop production, processing and transport but it is facing double challenges in the whole world. The first challenge is to increase the supply of food for growing population and the second is the protection of environment. He said that the challenge...

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Seeds Of Farmer’s Distress

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Despite being the country with the second largest agricultural land in the world, hardly two fifth or forty percent of the agricultural land is irrigated. Also, even though the country boasts of being the highest producer of many major agro commodities in the world, it suffers from low productivity. The naked and cruel truth is  that agriculture remains its Achilles’ heel, the source of livelihood for hundreds of millions of people but a fraction of the nation’s total economy and a symbol of its abiding difficulties. Approximately 70 per cent of the rural households survive on agriculture and this population...

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India is the world's fruit & veg basket

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India is the second largest producer of fruits (81.285 million tonnes) and vegetables (162.19 million tonnes) in the world, contributing 12.6% and 14.0% of the total world production of fruits and vegetables respectively. India is the largest producer of ginger and okra and ranks second in the production of potatoes, onions, cauliflowers, brinjal, cabbages, etc. Among fruits, the country ranks first in the production of bananas (22.94%), papayas (44.03%) and mangoes (including mangosteens, and guavas 37.57%). Mangoes, walnuts, grapes, bananas and pomegranates account for a large portion of fruits exported from the country, while onions, okra, bitter gourd, green chilies...

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Rabi Crops sowing lesser than last year, likely to pick soon

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The total area sown under Rabi crops has registered a decline of nearly 8%. It was 81.55 lakh hectares till 04 November as compared to 88.92 lakh hectares this time in 2015. The information was issued by Union Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare. The decline is due to shortfall in sowing of pulses and coarse cereals. The total sown area of Coarse Cereals has decreased by 54%. However, the total sown area of Wheat, Rice, Oilseeds, has increased. Central government has set a target of over 270 MT (million ton) of grains this year, of which wheat production is targeted to be...

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