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Government looks to bring out seeds bill from cold storage, push for passage

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NEW DELHI: After assembly elections to five states are over, the government may revive the Seeds Bill that seeks to regulate seeds and plant material to ensure quality, increase private participation in production and distribution, liberalise imports while incorporating measures to protect rights of farmers. The Bill, revived by this government after 10 years in November 2014, was put on hold in 2015 after the backlash against an enabling provision for genetically modified (GM) crops. The proposed Bill is expected to give a major boost to agricultural growth. A senior government official told ET that the revival of the Seeds...

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Niti Aayog readies model contract farming law

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The NITI Aayog is preparing a model contract farming law to connect farmers with the food processing industry. “NITI Aayog is preparing a model contract farming law. That would connect farmers to the food processing industry,” NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya said in a Q&A on Budget 2017-18 on Facebook. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his Budget speech had said: “We also propose to integrate farmers who grow fruits and vegetables with agro processing units for better price realisation and reduction of post-harvest losses.”   Source: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/policy/model-contract-farming-law/article9539727.ece

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Rs 300 crore drip irrigation plan for horticultural crops in Andhra Pradesh

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ELURU: The State Government has decided to promote drip irrigation in a big way for horticultural crops. As part of the initiative to conserve water, the Andhra Pradesh Micro Irrigation Project (APMIP) has evolved a plan with an outlay of Rs 300 crore for the financial year 2017-18 and submitted it to the State Government for approval. Addressing a meeting of agriculture and horticulture officials here on Friday, APMIP Project Officer A Surya Prakasha Rao said Andhra Pradesh was in the forefront in drip irrigation. About Rs 200 crore was spent on drip irrigation last fiscal. Horticulturists are evincing keen...

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10 Ways in Which Farmers Will Benefit From the Union Budget 2017

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While presenting the Union Budget 2017, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley unveiled a slew of measures to boost agricultural economy and prioritize farmer welfare, adding that the farm sector is expected to grow by 4.1% in the next fiscal year, aided by a good monsoon. The total financial allocation for rural, agricultural and allied sectors for 2017-18 is also 24% higher than last year’s. These measures are likely to provide relief to farmers across the country who have had to face disruptions in the supply chain and depressed prices for their produce following the November 8 demonetisation of high-value currency. Here are the key...

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Digital to usher in second green revolution

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The first green revolution, helmed by visionary scientists like Norman Borlaug and M.S. Swaminathan, born of a near-death food crisis, turned around Indian agriculture through an increase in farming land, development and use of grains hardened against pests, use of fertilizers and pesticides, multiple cropping, higher farmer credit and better irrigation techniques. While it rescued India from starvation in the 1960s, there are dark clouds over Indian agriculture again. Over the years, our gross domestic product (GDP) has grown by 7.5% annually, but agricultural growth has severely lagged at 3%. In another 30 years’ time, India will have 1.5 billion...

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