South Africa, the world’s seventh biggest wine producer, is expected to see the smallest harvest in more than a decade in 2018 after drought and lower plantings hit yields, industry experts said.

Small-holder farmers in Kenya have the capacity and desire to play a major role in the scale-up of biofuel production from agroforestry, according to a Penn State forest economist, who led a study

Tanzania's coffee production is expected to go down in the next harvesting season, due to prolonged drought in the key producing areas, the Tanzania Coffee Board (TCB) said on Tuesday.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Pradhan Mantri Fsal Bima Yojana, 19/12/2017. Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) has been under implementation in the country since Kharif 2016 season. State-wise details of the amount insured during 2016-17 (both Kharif 2016 and Rabi 2016-17) under PMFBY are given in Annexure. 26 States and Union Territories implemented the scheme during 2016-17. State-wise details of loanee and non-loanee farmer applicants who availed benefit of PMFBY during 2016-17 (both Kharif 2016 and Rabi 2016-17) are annexed.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on MSP for Agricultural Produce, 19/12/2017. Government has increased the MSPs of various agricultural produces for 2017-18 season. Details are at Annexure. There is no further proposal for this year in this regard.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Increase in Minimum Support Price, 19/12/2017. For Rabi crops 2017-18, the Government has increased the MSP of wheat to Rs. 1735 per quintal in 2017-18 as compared to Rs. 1625 per quintal in 2016-17. For Barley, MSP has been increased to Rs. 1410 per quintal for 2017-18 from Rs. 1325 per quintal in 2016-17. For Gram the MSP has been increased to Rs. 4400 (including a bonus of Rs. 150 per quintal) for 2017-18 from Rs. 4000 per quintal in 2016-17. For Masur, MSP has been increased to Rs. 4250 per quintal (including a bonus of Rs.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Drought Assistance, 19/12/2017. During 2017-18, the Government of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan have so far declared drought, as indicated in this document. During 2017-18, the Government of Rajasthan has so far declared drought in 4151 villages in 41 tehsil in 13 districts of the State. Statement, indicating State-wise position, is annexed.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Compensation Under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, 19/12/2017. Crop season-wise, State-wise and insurance company-wise details of premium amount collected alongwith share of Government both Central and State and share of farmers; total claims and number of farmers to whom the claims are paid during 2016-17 under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) are annexed. Details for 2017-18 are not available as the harvesting for the Kharif crops is still in progress.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Compensation Under Crop Insurance Schemes, 19/12/2017. The details of total claims paid on the basis of individual farm level assessment of crop losses due to localized calamities including hailstorm during 2016-17 are included in this document.

Given Africa’s enormous endowment of vast uncultivated land, immense untapped water, and labour resources, such measures are expected to boost the production of labour and natural resource-intensive products. Among the commodities for which Africa seems to possess a clear comparative advantage, coffee is a principal one.

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