Asia Farming & Agriculture
Millet farming to be promoted: Minister
Farm loan waiver may not stop farmer suicides, says Niti Aayog
Tobacco growers in Prakasam willing to quit cultivation
What is the lowdown on the fodder scam
A bitter Pongal for sugarcane farmers
Abandoned rabbits rescued at Sentosa, Admiralty Park
12 lakh farmers seek ₹6,000 cr. from private seed companies
Farmers zoom in on Chennai
2018-01-19 07:36:28 Suresh Pawar grows strawberries in Mahabaleshwar. The 39-year-old farmer works on his roughly 2.5 acres of land everyday, and is doing pretty well for himself. Like any entrepreneur, however, he has ambitions, and has set his eyes down South — Chennai in particular — to fulfil them. He has been supplying strawberries — “around 500 kilograms a day,” he says — to Chennai for the past two years, but has been looking for a chance to visit the city and see what really happens to his produce once it leaves his farm   Read More ...
Millet farming to be promoted: Minister
2018-01-19 07:26:38 Minister for Agriculture V.S. Sunil Kumar has said that the government is adopting steps to promote millet cultivation in the State, especially in tribal populated districts such as Wayanad, Palakkad, and Idukki. Speaking after inaugurating the closing ceremony of Pooppoli 2018, an 18-day international flori-fest and exhibition at the Regional Agricultural Research Station (RARS) of Kerala Agricultural University at Ambalavayal in the district on Thursday, Mr   Read More ...
Farm loan waiver may not stop farmer suicides, says Niti Aayog
2018-01-19 07:21:40 Expressing doubt over the effectiveness of farm loan waivers, Niti Aayog member Ramesh Chand said on Thursday that such schemes will not result in curbing farmer suicides. Addressing a press conference in Mumbai, Mr. Chand said that instead of schemes such as farm loan waivers, Madhya Pradesh government’s Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana (BBY) or the price deficit finance scheme would help farmers more   Read More ...
Suicide by farmers not blot on strides made by TS: KCR
2018-01-19 07:18:42 Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has denied that suicide by farmers in Telangana was a blot on the progress achieved by the State and said the government had taken a series of steps to showcase agriculture here as a role model for the country. Admitting that farmers’ suicide was a painful chapter due to distress, Mr. Rao told the conclave organised by a media house that it will “not at all” dent the image of the State as a progressive one   Read More ...
Kerala | Angry mom allegedly murders teen son, chops off body, burns it in banana plantation
2018-01-19 06:43:48 Kerala | Angry mom allegedly murders teen son, chops off body, burns it in banana plantation Kerala murder ANI.jpg The victim Jithu was missing for two days and his body was found burnt and chopped in a banana plantation. (ANI/Twitter)   Read More ...
Number of cattle, pigs in S. Korea up in Q4
2018-01-18 04:05:05 SEJONG, Jan. 18 (Yonhap) -- The number of livestock in South Korea rose on-year in the fourth quarter of 2017 due to more calves being bred, government data showed Thursday. The data by Statistics Korea revealed there were just under 2.99 million cattle in the country at the end of last year, up 1.1 percent or 33,000 head from a year earlier   Read More ...
White Truth: Milk turns sour for farmers on back of record powder stocks with dairies
2018-01-17 22:20:16 Written by Parthasarathi Biswas | Puntamba (maharashtra) | Published: January 18, 2018 2:48 am Since early September, Nitin Dhanvate’s dairy farm business has gone for a toss. Till around then, the 33-year-old from this village in Ahmednagar district’s Rahata taluka was receiving Rs 28 per litre for the milk containing 3.5 per cent fat and 8.5 per cent SNF (solids-not-fat) he was supplying to Prabhat Dairy Ltd   Read More ...
Israeli tech benefited 1 lakh farmers: PM Narendra Modi 
2018-01-17 22:20:12 PM Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday addressed a gathering of farmers at a Centre of Excellence for Vegetables here and expressed resolve to work together to bring prosperity to the farming community in India with the help of Israeli technology. Modi said that with the use of Israeli technology at the Centre, around 1 lakh farmers have reaped benefits   Read More ...
Biscuit makers want a cut in GST rate to 12%
2018-01-17 07:17:42 The Indian Biscuit Manufacturers’ Association has called for a reduction in the GST rate on biscuits to 12% from the current 18%, arguing that biscuits are mass consumption products that are mostly consumed by the poor. “Biscuit manufacturers, especially in the SME sector, are hard hit because of unjustified imposition of Goods & Services Tax (GST) at a very high rate of 18%,” the IBMA said in a release   Read More ...
Poultry from Karnataka barred entry
2018-01-16 04:14:28 The Department of Animal Husbandry in the Nilgiris has banned poultry from Karnataka entering the district, amid fears of a bird flu outbreak in the State. Officials from the department said that the ban on poultry entering the Nilgiris has been in place since last week, after reports emerged from Karnataka that there were a few cases of reported bird flu outbreak in Bengaluru and Mandya   Read More ...
Reaping it rich through natural farming
2018-01-16 03:13:59 At a time when farmers are wary of treading on conventional farm practices, a progressive farmer who has adapted natural farming is reaping rich dividends. Arumalla Sambi Reddy, a native of Kunchanpalli village near Tenali, is now growing a variety of vegetables in his farm. “I began cultivation of sweet corn in 1984 and I have now switched over to naturally grown vegetables   Read More ...
Farm station takes up research inover 200 varieties of sorghum
2018-01-15 20:31:42 The over-a-century-old Agricultural Research Station at Hagari, near Ballari, has taken up research and study of over 200 varieties of sorghum in a big way at its farm. The study, which is being carried out on various parameters, is aimed at finding out what varieties could be adapted in the district. Except for about 12 hybrid varieties, the rest of the 200 are traditional varieties   Read More ...
Highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu reported in Karnataka
2018-01-15 18:21:44 India has reported an outbreak of a highly contagious bird flu virus near Bengaluru in Karnataka, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday, citing a report from the Indian agriculture ministry. The H5N8 virus was detected on December 26 among birds in the village of Dasarahalli, killing 9 out of 951 birds. The others were culled, the Paris-based OIE said in a report posted on its website   Read More ...
Poultry farm near Seoul cleared of avian influenza
2018-01-15 18:09:04 Samples from a poultry farm in the city of Gimpo, west of Seoul, tested negative for avian influenza viruses, city officials said Monday, amid a widespread outbreak of the avian influenza in the country's southwestern duck farming region. Earlier in the day, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said suspected avian influenza was reported at the farm in Gimpo   Read More ...
(LEAD) Poultry farm near Seoul cleared of avian influenza
2018-01-15 16:07:35 (ATTN: UPDATES with test results in first 2 paras; AMENDS headline) GIMPO, Jan. 15 (Yonhap) -- Samples from a poultry farm in the city of Gimpo, west of Seoul, tested negative for avian influenza viruses, city officials said Monday, amid a widespread outbreak of the avian influenza in the country's southwestern duck farming region. Earlier in the day, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said suspected avian influenza (AI) was reported at the farm in Gimpo   Read More ...
GDP Growth Not Justifiable Unless Benefits Reach Farmers, Says Finance Minister
2018-01-14 13:05:23 New Delhi: Ahead of the Budget, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said the agriculture sector is the top priority for the government because the country's economic growth is not "justifiable and equitable" unless the benefits are "clear and evident" in the farm sector. Therefore, the government's priority is to ensure the gains reach the farmers and the growth is visible even in the farm sector, he said at an event in New Delhi   Read More ...
GDP growth not justifiable unless benefits reach farmers: Jaitley
2018-01-14 10:06:48 Ahead of the Budget, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said the agriculture sector is the top priority for the government because the country’s economic growth is not “justifiable and equitable” unless the benefits are “clear and evident” in the farm sector. Therefore, the government’s priority is to ensure the gains reach the farmers and the growth is visible even in the farm sector, he said at an event here   Read More ...
Fukushima dairy farmers look to large-scale ‘reconstruction farms’ to revive battered industry
2018-01-14 09:06:46 Dairy farmers in Fukushima Prefecture plan to build what they call “reconstruction farms” by fiscal 2020 as part of efforts to boost the industry in the areas tainted by the 2011 nuclear disaster. The Fukushima Dairy Farmers’ Cooperative, their industry body, is eyeing three locations for the new farms — Minamisoma’s Odaka Ward, the town of Kawamata’s Yamakiya district and the village of Iitate — which residents were forced to flee after the triple core meltdown at the Fukushima No   Read More ...
Rubber growers face a new threat in ‘cup lump’
2018-01-13 19:16:33 The Natural Rubber (NR) plantation industry, which is passing through a period of crisis on account of the continuing slump in price, may get another jolt if the Union government gives in to the pressures from the manufacturing industry to allow the import of cup lump rubber. Cup lump is one of the four types of field coagula collected from the rubber tree, others being, tree lace, earth scrap and small holders lump   Read More ...
Tobacco growers in Prakasam willing to quit cultivation
2018-01-13 19:15:16 Vexed with severe drought conditions for the fourth consecutive year, a section of the Virginia tobacco growers in Prakasam district are keen on quitting cultivation in the traditional growing areas of Southern Black Soil(SBS) and Southern Light Soil (SLS) if the Centre provides a compensation of ₹10 lakh per barn for dismantling the barns permanently. The SBS and SLS regions account for 50% of the tobacco cultivated in the State   Read More ...
What is the lowdown on the fodder scam
2018-01-13 18:19:49 What is it? The ₹950 crore fodder scam has been all about excess and fraudulent withdrawal of government money allocated to the Animal Husbandry Department (AHD) of various districts in undivided Bihar. The scam was meticulously executed with politicians, officials, transporters and suppliers of the Department in cahoots so much so that even cows, buffaloes and pigs were shown in bills as being transported on numbers allotted to scooters and mopeds   Read More ...
‘Market potential of Karimnagar Dairy promising’
2018-01-13 06:19:34 Karimnagar MP B. Vinod Kumar has asked the milk producers of Karimnagar Dairy (Karimnagar Milk Producer Company Limited) to increase milk production by five lakh litres per day and increase their area of operation and marketing in the Hyderabad city extensively. Participating in the Sankranti celebrations of the Karimnagar Dairy on the outskirts of Karimnagar town on Friday, he said that there was good potential in the market for the increase of Karimnagar dairy’s milk sales in the Telangana in general and Hyderabad city in particular   Read More ...
Telangana on bird flu alert
2018-01-13 06:19:01 Telangana government has been put on alert after an avian Influenza outbreak was reported recently in neighboring Karnataka. Animal Husbandry department has been asked to sensitise staff about handling an outbreak. An outbreak of bird flu, caused by H5N1 virus, was confirmed at a poultry farm close to Bengaluru late in December, prompting culling at the farm earlier this month. This also prompted administrations of neighboring States, including Telangana, to alert its veterinary staff to the possibility of an outbreak, mainly in bordering areas   Read More ...
A bitter Pongal for sugarcane farmers
2018-01-13 06:11:02 With only a day left for Pongal, people have already got into the festive mood with an additional holiday announced on Friday for schools. But sugarcane farmers in Madurai district, particularly those from Melur region, are a worried lot with a poor yield and unremunerative prices. The area below Albert Victor bridge, one of the few places in the city that witnesses brisk sale of sugarcane ahead of Pongal, was full of anxious farmers and middlemen on Friday, expecting to sell off the bundles of sugarcane for a reasonable price   Read More ...
Medha Patkar condemns evictions
2018-01-13 06:05:11 An all-India association of farmers, which will bring together agitating agriculturists across the country will join the National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), led by social activist Medha Patkar, to demand a law for debt-free farming ahead of the 2019 general elections. Ms. Patkar said here on Friday that the farmers’ association would also demand adequate pricing for farm produce to be included in the election manifestos of parties   Read More ...
‘Karnataka farm sector still reeling under the impact of note ban, GST’
2018-01-11 20:33:46 Karnataka’s farm sector is still reeling under the impact of demonetisation and GST, according to a price forecast study by the Karnataka Agriculture Prices Commission (KAPC). Prices of agricultural produce may dip further in the coming days, it predicts. The ‘Perspective Report- December 2017’, submitted by the KAPC to the State government, says the prices of most of the crops are likely to continue to rule below the level of the Minimum Support Price (MSP) prescribed by the Centre   Read More ...
NABARD to support agriclinics and agribusiness centres
2018-01-11 18:25:43 Unemployed graduates or diploma holders in agriculture would be be supported by banks under the Agriclinics & Agribusiness Centres (ACABC) Scheme of the Union Government. “These clinics would set up units which could help in transferring modern agricultural technology to farmers,” said G. Ramesh Kumar, AGM, NABARD. He was addressing a workshop on the centrally sponsored ACABC scheme for Siddipet, Sangareddy and Medak districts on Thursday at Hyderabad   Read More ...
Japan reports first suspected bird flu case in livestock this winter
2018-01-11 11:09:02 TAKAMATSU – A highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza is suspected to have killed chickens at a poultry farm in Kagawa Prefecture, according to the prefectural government, possibly making it the first bird flu outbreak affecting livestock in the nation this winter season. If the results of genetic tests come back positive, the Kagawa prefectural government will call for the deployment of the Self-Defense Forces to cull around 51,000 chickens on the farm in the city of Sanuki   Read More ...
Abandoned rabbits rescued at Sentosa, Admiralty Park
2018-01-11 10:01:56 In 10 days last month, 11 rabbits were allegedly abandoned at Sentosa and Admiralty Park. Volunteers from private rabbit rescue groups and officers from the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) rushed to save the rabbits. The New Paper understands that eight were rescued and have been put up for adoption   Read More ...
11 abandoned rabbits rescued at Sentosa, Admiralty Park in December
2018-01-11 10:00:33 SINGAPORE (THE NEW PAPER) - In 10 days last month, 11 rabbits were allegedly abandoned at Sentosa and Admiralty Park. Volunteers from private rabbit rescue groups and officers from the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) rushed to save the rabbits. The New Paper understands that eight were rescued and have been put up for adoption   Read More ...
Japan reports 1st suspected bird flu case in livestock this winter
2018-01-11 05:46:08 TAKAMATSU, Japan (Kyodo) -- Highly pathogenic avian influenza is suspected to have hit chickens at a poultry farm in western Japan's Kagawa Prefecture, according to the prefectural government, possibly making it the first bird flu case affecting livestock in Japan this season. If the chickens test positive in ongoing genetic tests, the Kagawa prefectural government will call for the deployment of the Self-Defense Forces to cull around 51,000 chickens in the farm in the city of Sanuki   Read More ...
Suspected bird flu case in Kagawa
2018-01-11 02:06:16 Officials in Kagawa Prefecture, western Japan, say dead birds found at a local poultry farm have tested positive for bird flu in a preliminary check. The officials received a report from the farm in Sanuki City on Wednesday that 55 chickens had been found dead. Preliminary tests showed that 3 out of 11 samples were positive for the type-A strain of the flu virus   Read More ...
Punjab government’s debt waiver scheme excludes most small farmers
2018-01-10 22:37:35 On June 20, when Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh announced his government’s intention to waive crop loans of all small and marginal farmers up to a limit of Rs 2 lakh each, Rachpal Singh was a happy man. The 53-year-old from Umarpur Kalan village in Nurmahal tehsil of Jalandhar district owned four acres, which should ordinarily have made him a “small farmer” — covering those owning between 2   Read More ...
12 lakh farmers seek ₹6,000 cr. from private seed companies
2018-01-10 20:42:47 Twelve lakh farmers have filed complaints with the Agriculture Department against 216 private seed companies for providing sub-standard cotton seeds. The farmers said that the seeds failed to counter the pink bollworm pest and led to drop in cotton production. They have sought compensation of ₹6,500 crore. The Agriculture Department reviewed the total crop loss due to pink bollworm infestation at Mantralaya on Wednesday   Read More ...
Six-year-old’s plea against poultry farm prompts NGT to issue notice to UP govt
2018-01-10 16:12:24 A six-year-old boy’s plea that swarms of flies and foul smell from an alleged illegal poultry farm near his school in Shamli district have made life difficult for him and other students has prompted the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to seek a response from UP government and others. A bench headed by acting Chairperson Justice U D Salvi issued notices to the UP government, state pollution control board, department of animal husbandry, Shamli district magistrate and others on the plea by the boy, who has demanded action against the farm as well other such illegal henneries in line with an NGT order   Read More ...
Boy, 6, Points Finger At 'Illegal' Poultry Farm, Green Court Issues Notice
2018-01-10 14:37:54 New Delhi: The country's green court has responded to a plea by a six-year-old boy who said a poultry farm near his school in Uttar Pradesh's Shamli has been attracting flies and giving out foul smell. A National Green Tribunal or NGT bench headed by acting Chairperson Justice UD Salvi issued notices to the Uttar Pradesh government, state pollution control board, animal husbandry department, Shamli district magistrate and others on the boy's plea, asking what action has been taken against poultry farms if they were found breaking the law   Read More ...
Upper caste farmers stand to gain more from loan waivers
2018-01-10 05:13:34 What ails Indian farmers? The answer to this question is often mired in ideological quarrels. Some blame lack of reforms in agricultural markets, while others accuse the state of not doing enough to support farming. Systemic issues are often ignored during such polarised exchanges. Unequal access to credit is one such issue. In 2013, more than a fourth of total credit taken by Indian farmers came at interest rates of 36% per annum (pa)   Read More ...
Work on farmers centre: Agriculture dept threatens to blacklist Costford
2018-01-09 21:25:44 The Agriculture Department has threatened to blacklist Costford if it does not finish work on the three-storey Farmers Training Centre at the Urban Wholesale Agricultural Market at Vengeri in Kozhikode by the end of the month. Conceived more than a decade ago to train farmers in north Kerala, the proposal to construct the complex is yet to become a reality. Thrissur-based Costford had been entrusted with the project at the cost of ₹96   Read More ...
Kerala Chicken: 271 units opened
2018-01-09 20:32:17 As many as 271 units have been started across the State for rearing chicken as part of Kudumbasree’s Kerala Chicken project. Kerala Chicken has been launched in association with the Animal Husbandry Department and the Poultry Development Corporation (Kepco) with the aim of making quality chicken available to the people. In capital. The first units were started in Thiruvananthapuram district on December 22   Read More ...
Cow vaccine tenders under scanner
2018-01-09 20:28:13 Mumbai: The Animal Husbandry Department has asked the Law and Judiciary Department to ascertain if there were any irregularities in the tendering process for procurement of vaccines meant for bovines affected by foot and mouth disease (FMD). Animal Husbandry Minister Mahadev Jankar said the government decided to get the process scrutinised before any action could be initiated. “We are aware about the allegations made against the process   Read More ...