The list of world's richest is never complete today without some Indians among the top. Forbes released yet another list on March 6, 2008 which saw India's Anil Ambani as the biggest wealth creator. As many as four Indians made it to top ten positions in the billionaire club as against just one, Lakshmi Mittal, a year ago. The other three were Mukesh Ambani, Anil Ambani and realty baron KP Singh.

The latest data on foodgrains production released by the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, estimate that wheat production in India would fall by 1 million tonnes to 74.81 million tonnes compared with the previous estimates. Though it is not a marked decline compared with the previous estimates, what is significant is that it comes on the back of lowest grain stocks held by the Food Corporation of India during the current year.

SPECIAL AGRICULTURAL ZONE It is easier to pay integrated attention to natural resources conservation, eco-farming and small farmer-friendly commerce in SAZs, with the aim of strengthening the income security of farm families. D. K. Roy Contrary to many policy pundits playing down the spectre of the looming foodgrains shortage that consumers will face, the Prime Minister, with his characteristic candour, recently expressed his apprehension on the efficacy of the agriculture policy pursued in the last four years.

The government on Thursday rejected the Left parties' plea to restore the universal public distribution system (PDS) and was lukewarm to their second major demand for scrapping futures trading in agricultural commodities. Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar's reply in the Rajya Sabha to a short duration discussion on the "unprecedented price rise of commodities' left the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Left parties and the United National Progressive Alliance dissatisfied leading to separate walkouts.

Allaying fears of possible food riots, Union Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Minister Sharad Pawar on Wednesday said there was no shortage of food grains in the country and claimed that the prices of essential commodities had shown a stabilising trend in the past one month.

The ongoing implementation of the National Food Security Mission (NFSM) in the State is expected to result in substantial increase in the area of summer paddy, and consequently, greater production.

State's sugar mills owe more than Rs 1,000 crore to farmers.

Moves are afoot to ring in reforms in the fertiliser sector. A Group of Ministers (GoM) on fertilisers headed by the agriculture minister, Sharad Pawar, has given its in-principle nod to the Department of Fertilisers' proposal to have an independent regulator for the sector. J. Sreedhara Sarma, Secretary, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers, told Business Today that the "

Much has to be sown in the country's agriculture before a bountiful harvest can be reaped

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