Category: Agribusiness

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Subsidy for Goat Farming in India

India is the largest producer of Goat milk in the world and is ranked second for the production of goat meat. The Indian population of goats is estimated at 135 million (13.5 Crore) which is spread across 24 breeds which are indigenous to India. This means India’s goat population accounts for 18% of the worlds […]

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How to get Shettale subsidy for farm pond in 2016

Get subsidy under Shet tale Yojana for construction of farm pond in Maharashtra. Shet tale means “pond” in the marathi language. The government of Maharashtra has since the past few years been giving subsidy to poor farmers who intend to construct a farm pond on their land. The primary purpose of this scheme is to […]

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Coffee Plantations in Kerala, India

How to Enhance their Productivity and Profitability ?                      The caffeine content in coffee makes coffee an exciting drink that energizes people having it. The production of coffee needs temperature of 230 to 280C and rainfall up to 60 to 80 inches on an average annually. The South Indian state of Kerala has a favorable […]

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Digital India Project and Agriculture

Government’s“Digital India” project launched on 1st July 2015 envisions empowering citizens with e-access to government services and livelihood related services, among others. The project has three core components, viz. digital infrastructure, digital services and digital literacy. Mobile phone is the preferred delivery medium with focus on mGovernance and mServices. The mAgriculture and mGramBazar, out of […]

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Managing Problems of Pulse Production and Prices in India

It is a sheer but timely coincidence that India has witnessed unprecedented rise in the prices of pulses in recent months and the United Nations’ General Assembly has declared 2016 as the International Year of Pulses. In this context, the past 65 years field experiences in India reveal year to year significant variance in the […]

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Strategy to reduce India’s Dependence on Import of Edible Oils

With 21 % of world’s area and 15% of world’s production India is the fourth largest oil seed producing country in the world, next to USA, China and Brazil. Oilseeds in India account for the second largest agricultural commodities after cereals sharing 13% of the country’s gross cropped area, nearly 5% of gross national product […]

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Pulses Productivity and Production in India 2015

To improve Pulse Productivity & the Grow More Pulses Campaign. Despite India being the largest producer [18.5 million tons] and processor of pulses in the world also imports around 3.5 million tons annually on an average to meet its ever increasing consumption needs of around 22.0 million tons. According to Indian Institute of Pulses Research’s […]

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Food Processing Industry in India 2015

Harnessing the Potential of the Food Processing Industry in India The Food Processing Industry in India has the potential to contribute to the country’s agricultural growth and employment, alleviate rural poverty, guarantee food and nutritional security and contain food inflation. Policy intervention and programs sharply focused on developing the food processing industry in India with a 10 […]

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Sustainable Food Systems for Food security and Nutrition in India

October 16th 2014 is the World Food Day which is observed every year in more than 150 countries. This year the theme for the day is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition” to highlight and create awareness of the problem of hunger worldwide, seek solutions to food security problem, call for changes to our agriculture […]

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2014 The International Year of Family Farming

By  Dr Amrit Patel India Can Capitalize Opportunity to Make FFs Food-secure The year 2014 being declared as the International Year of Family Farming [IYFF] by the FAO of the United Nations and it presents immense opportunities to India to make family farms food secure. It is time now to view Family Farmers (FFs) as part […]

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Issues facing Agricultural Credit in India 

Dr Amrit Patel Dr Amrit R. Patel is the Retired Deputy General Manager, Bank of Baroda, Mumbai, he can be contacted by email at dramritpatel@yahoo.com Agricultural Credit in India Credit is a catalyst that lubricates the process to accelerate the farm and non-farm sector development including rural industrialization, business and service segments of the economy. […]

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Manifesto for Agricultural Sector in India 2014 : Agenda for Future

B. Yerram Raju The Author is Member, Board of Governors, Farm And Rural Science Foundation. This document has been prepared for the FRSF, Hyderabad. He can be contacted by email at yerramr@gmail.com ‘If farming fails nothing else succeeds in this country.’ Manifesto for Indian Agricultural Sector 2014 Economic growth of this predominantly agrarian country depends […]

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National Food Security Bill 2013

Improving Food Productivity & Food Management Efficiency Dr Amrit Patel The poor need the food most. However, inadequate resources severely constrain the demand for food. The poor have now to spend more than before, out of their limited resources, on health, children’s education, transport and fuel. Lack of nutritious and balanced food directly impairs their […]

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Irrigation in India – Focus on some serious issues

By Dr Amrit Patel Water scenario is now fast changing as a result of increasing population, rising demand for irrigation in India to raise high-yielding varieties of crops, rapid urbanization and industrialization, electricity generation, impact of global warming and erratic rainfall. Water for Life Decade [2005-15] and the annual World Water Day being held on […]

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Financing agriculture by private sector banks in India

By Dr Amrit Patel The Government of India and Reserve Bank of India [RBI], acknowledging the significance of the role of formal credit for agricultural development and growth, initiated policy to progressively institutionalize agricultural credit system and expand it beyond cooperative credit structure by nationalizing private banks in 1969, establishing regional rural banks in 1975 […]

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Harnessing Agricultural Potential in North Eastern Region of India

By Dr Amrit Patel , The North East Region [NER] constitutes eight states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura. Its population of 39 million [2000 Census]constitutes 3.8% of country’s population. Rural Population of 327.71 lakh is 84.34% in NER as against 72.20% in India. Agriculture provides livelihood support to 70 […]

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Good Governance: A Key to enhance Agricultural Growth

 By Dr Amrit Patel ,  “Good governance is perhaps the single most important factor in eradicating poverty and promoting development” said Kofi Annan, 1998. The Approach Paper to the Twelfth Plan emphasizes the need to redouble our efforts to ensure that 4% average annual agricultural growth rate is achieved, if not more. In this context Government’s […]

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The way forward for Indian Agriculture

The below article is written by Mr S S Sangra, retired Chief General Manager of NABARD. Mr S S Sangra holds an  M.Sc. in Agriculture Economics and has worked for 30 years in various development related fields and is currently a freelance consultant in the field of Agriculture , Micro Finance sectors and livelihood programmes. He […]

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Get loan for setting up warehousing infrastructure under NABARD scheme 2012

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has invited request letters from private sector agencies for availing loan assistance from Banks / NABARD to create / expand warehousing infrastructure for foodgrains and for other agricultural commodities during the financial year 2011-12 under NABARD’s warehousing scheme. NABARD Warehousing for Agricultural Commodities Scheme 2012 For more […]

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Moksha Yug Access crosses milk procurement of 100,000 litres per day

Moksha Yug Access – A rural supply chain solutions company that has investors like Vinod Khosla and Unitus Equity Fund has announced that it has crossed the the milestone of 100,000 litres per day in milk collections on 29th September 2011. This represents an important landmark for Moksha Yug Access that began operations in April […]

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Indian Poultry industry to cross Rs 1.32 lakh crore by 2015

With domestic demand for broiler meat and eggs into an overdrive, the Indian poultry industry is likely to cross Rs 1.32 lakh crore mark by 2015, apex industry body ASSOCHAM said today. Growing at about 20 per cent annually the domestic poultry market is currently estimated at about Rs 49,000 crore, highlights a study on […]

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World Bank to provide Rs 1125 Crore for agricultural production in West Bengal

More than 4000 minor irrigation schemes will be constructed in 18 out of 19 districts in the state. The World Bank today approved a US$ 250 million credit and loan to the West Bengal Accelerated Development of Minor Irrigation Project(ADMIP) for increasing agricultural production of small and marginal farmers. About 139,000 hectares (ha) of irrigated area are expected to […]

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Restructuring Agriculture Regulatory Co-ordination in India

Time for Restructuring Agriculture Regulatory Co-ordination in India By Yerram Raju* The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh (AP), Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy recently expressed hope that AP would record 6.5 % growth and the State’s economy would leapfrog by 9.5 percent during the Twelfth Plan. The State also expects to reach the target of 30 […]

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Organic farming in India to touch Rs 10,000 Crore by 2015

Organic farming in India is likely to be worth Rs 10,000 crore by 2015 from the current levels of about Rs 2,500 crore, apex industry body ASSOCHAM said today. Indian organic food market is growing at a steady rate of 40 per cent annually more so because of a growing population with high disposable income […]

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IFC to invest Rs 12 crore in Sustainable Agro-Commercial Finance NBFC

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is helping Jain Irrigation Systems Limited in India set up Sustainable Agro-Commercial Finance Limited, a non-banking finance company, that will provide loans to Indian small-scale farmers to help them install micro-irrigation systems and improve productivity. The project is expected to benefit more than 600,000 farmers with limited […]

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Kisan Call Centres get record number of enquiries from farmers

More and more farmers are seeking expert advice from Kisan Call Centres (KCCs) using the free phone facility available throughout the country. Kisan Call Center In 2010-11, over 20 lakh calls were received by the Kisan Call Centres as compared to 9 lakh calls in the previous year. Since its inception in 2004, KCCs have […]

Milk Products India

Bangalore Techies start Rural Dairy – News Digest

Techies quit job to ‘milk’ dairy Four software engineers, former employees of Wipro in Bangalore quit their jobs four months ago and made a paradigm shift right out of the world of technology. They turned entrepreneurs, and set up a milk dairy in Kodihalli village of Channarayapatna taluk of Hassan district. TOI Liquid milk scores […]