Sharad Pawar There is good news for mango growers of Malihabadi in Uttar Pradesh. The National Horticulture Board will take steps to commercialise the world-famous mangoes of the place with their new Geographical Indicators (GI) status.

Sharad PawarThe domestic agricultural sector will maintain last year

Gargi Parsai

The state government has decided to offer Rs 4,868 crore package to 39 lakh farmers who were left out of the centre

Surinder Sud / Mumbai September 5, 2008, 3:13 IST

The delay in the withdrawal of the monsoon is expected to benefit crops in the current kharif as well as in the ensuing rabi season. However, the projected increase in the intensity of rains in the north-eastern states may heighten the threat of floods in the Brahmaputra and other rivers, adversely affecting the standing crops.

Rehabilitation of agriculture in the vast tracts ravaged by the Kosi river in Bihar is anticipated to take a long time as farm operations cannot begin for at least a month after the flood waters clear out.

Chandigarh, August 25

The Haryana government has set up the Haryana Agriculture Development Agency (HADA) under the overall supervision and guidance of its board of patrons headed by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

The agriculture minister, the power and irrigation minister and the chief secretary will be the members of the board of patrons.

Agriculture minister H.S. Chatha said the agency would be an autonomous body and it would have a governing body under the chairmanship of the financial commissioner and principal secretary, agriculture.

V.K. Ramachandran

New data show that, even over the last three years, the extent of land acquired by the State government for industrial and infrastructural purposes was a fraction of the agricultural land distributed under land reform.

The primary point of distinction between Left-led and all other State governments in India is that, on coming to power, every Left-led government has confronted the agrarian question directly. Land reform has been integral to the policy of the Left in government from the outset.

HYDERABAD: Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said the Centre would import one million tonne of edible oil every month for supply to various States for sale to below poverty line families (BPL) at a subsidised price.

On this count, the Centre will bear a burden of Rs.1,500 crore, allowing a subsidy of Rs.15 a kg to the BPL households.

The new 'records' of most crops are not significantly higher than those achieved in the past.

The updated crop production estimates released by Krishi Bhawan for 2007-08 and the previous year, showing new production records for most crops, may suggest an impressive performance of agriculture, but a closer look at the numbers shows that the new peaks are not significantly above the levels scaled in the past. The average annual growth beyond the previous high levels has been rather modest in most crops, barring cotton.

DH News Service, Hubli:

Former minister and senior Congress leader H K Patil will soon meet Primary Minister Manmohan Singh and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and appeal them to take up cloud seeding in different parts of the country to save farmers from continuous droughts. Speaking to media persons here on Monday, Mr Patil said there was an urgent need for exploring the modern technology to bail out farmers, especially living in drought-prone areas, who were suffering due to lack of rains.