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MonitorIndia : Agriculture - In order to have a comprehensive database for scientific management of animals and stop cattle smuggling, the government is expected to tag all cows, calves, oxen and bulls in the country with a tamper-proof unique identification number but the move is, so far, restricted to only milk-producing animals in contravention of a Supreme Court order. As on Monday, 85 lakh such animals have been tagged and their information has been uploaded on database.
Published by Times of India on Aug 15, 2017, 11:51 AM IST Read More 
Border Security Force   Cattle Smuggling   Supreme Court   UID
 
 
MonitorIndia : Agriculture - Sowing of rain-fed kharif crops has been completed in 75% of the crop area, shows data released by the agriculture ministry on Friday.While overall planting area so far is 3.3% higher than last year, farmers have planted more area under cotton and sugarcane, but reduced sowing of crops like arhar (pigeon pea) and oilseeds, the data shows.
Published by Live Mint on Fri, Jul 28 2017. 11 53 PM IST Read More 
COTTON   KHARIF SOWING   PULSES   RICE   SUGARCANE
 
MonitorIndia : Agriculture - Farmers who suffered crop losses in 2016-17 are yet to receive insurance compensation for 55% of estimated claims under the flagship Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), shows latest numbers from the agriculture ministry.The data shows that insurance companies collected Rs22,338 crore in 2016-17 in premiums, a four-fold increase year-on-year that was mostly subsidized by the central and state governments. However, till 21 July, against Rs12,490 crore of estimated claims (for kharif and rabi crop seasons), Rs5,875 crore, or just 45%, has been paid to farmers.
Published by Live Mint on Fri, Jul 28 2017. 11 20 AM IST Read More 
AGRICULTURE MINISTRY   CROP INSURANCE   FARMERS   PAYOUTS   PRADHAN MANTRI FASAL BIMA YOJANA
 
MonitorIndia : Agriculture - Unless we quickly get our act together, we must be prepared to face the consequences. In any food crisis, it is the top of the food chain that suffers the most. In the case of farmerís distress, the top of food chain is us ó the end consumer.
Published by Indian Express on July 21, 2017 12:55 am Read More 
Farmers Suicide   Green Revolution
 
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  Maharashtra makes drip irrigation mandatory for sugar cane cultivation  
MonitorIndia : Agriculture -In a significant move, the Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra on Tuesday decided to make drip irrigation mandatory for sugar cane cultivation over 3.05 lakh hectares in the state. Farmers who opt for drip irrigation will be given loans at 2% rate of interest with a cap of Rs 85,400 per hectare.The decision follows concerns raised by environmentalists and irrigation experts about over-exploitation of water. Currently, sugar cane is grown over 9.42 lakh hectares in Maharashtra (2017-18) and only 2.25 lakh hectares is covered by drip irrigation. The remaining area under sugar cane cultivation uses flood, canal, and sprinkler irrigation systems that consumer more water as compared to drip irrigation.
Published by Live Mint on Wed, Jul 19 2017. 01 40 AM IST Read More 
DEVENDRA FADNAVIS   DRIP IRRIGATION   FARM LOANS   SUGAR CANE   SUGAR CANE CULTIVATION
  How sustainable farming practices can secure India's food for the future  
MonitorIndia : Agriculture - Food security is a pressing problem in India and in the world. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), it is estimated that over 190 million people go hungry every day in the country.
Published by Scroll.in on Wednesday, July 19th 2017 Read More 
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