Pune: The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) has proposed a credit outlay of Rs 79,451.58 crore for Maharashtra in the 2013-14 fiscal.

Health Minister V.S. Vijay inaugurated the scheme of planting 65,000 tree saplings in Vellore district in connection with the celebration of the 65th birthday of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa by planting 65 saplings on the premises of the Government Vellore Medical College Hospital (GVMCH) at Adukkamparai near here on Sunday.

P. Sankar, Collector of Vellore, presided over the function. H. Rajamohan, District Forest Officer, Vellore, K. P. Panneerselvam, Assistant Conservator of Forests, Vellore Division, Ravisankar, Dean, GVMCH, and P. Arunan, Resident Medical Officer, GVMCH, participated.

Lucknow: With a total of Rs 17,174 crore allocated for agriculture and allied sectors, UP budget-2013 is all set to shower some bounty on Uttar Pradesh’s farm sector.

At a time when the debate is on at the national level as to how to make agriculture an attractive proposition, Tamil Nadu has to offer at least two examples of young farmers who have realised that agriculture too can be rewarding.

Not only they are eager to chart a different path by going in for crops other than paddy but also ready to adopt less-practised and even costlier methods such as micro irrigation. Needless to say, they make efforts to acquire new knowledge in farming, even though they come from traditional agricultural background.

The excessive use of pesticides by farmers in India is hindering the country’s efforts to penetrate the global market for fruits and vegetables in a big way, according to Sreejith Aravindakshan from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Talking to The Hindu here on Sunday, Dr. Aravindakshan, who was here to participate in the National Biodiversity Congress, said India’s horticultural exports to northern Europe were largely constrained by the inability of the smallholder-dominated production system to meet western food safety standards marked by low tolerance for pesticide residue.

Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has announced a massive development package for remote Anjaw district, bordering China.

Tuki accompanied by Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering, Education Minister Bosiram Siram, Rajya Sabha MP Mukut Mithi and several of his cabinet colleagues announced a whooping Rs 20. 82 crores aids at Hawai, the district headquarters yesterday, official sources informed here today.

The statistical year book being published by the Central Statistics Office for past several years is one of the vital instruments designed to meet the ever growing diversified range information requirement.

This paper examines the emergence of specific commodity complexes and transactional forms in eight interior districts in Tamil Nadu focusing on gherkins, marigold, broiler, cotton and papaya. Their growing importance is a response to the structural changes in the larger economy and the contextual constraints on agriculture in the region. It posits that this phenomenon represents an inflection in the trajectory of agricultural growth in the region because of three distinct features. First, the new commodity complexes have strong links to agribusinesses and global markets.

Dept of horticulture plans to develop garden on 2,500 acres of land in Mysore district.

The state has sought Rs 3,232 crore towards financial assistance for disbursement

The Maharashtra government has decided to extend financial assistance to horticulture farmers, who have suffered losses due to rain deficit in various parts of the state, the Assembly was informed today. State Rehabilitation Minister Patangrao Kadam told the House about this, in a reply to Subhash Desai (Sena) and others on the issue of damages to the horticulture crops. Kadam said the government decided on providing aid to affected farmers in a meeting held on May 15 and 17 this year. He, however, did not quantify the losses.