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Tag: Agriculture

Early monsoon rains disappear from Odisha sky, hit paddy farming 
Early monsoon rains disappear from Odisha sky, hit paddy farming 

As per the data available with the regional centre of India Meteorological Department, Bhubaneswar, till June 30, the State received 131.3 mm rainfall against the normal 217.7 mm.

Nitin Gadkari
Efforts on to introduce ethanol in agriculture, construction equipment: Gadkari

Gadkari was speaking at the state-level Sugar Conference 2022 organised by Vasantdada Sugar Institute in Pune.

Watch: Two Young Farmers Of Odisha’s Malkangiri Use Motorcycles For Threshing Harvested Crops
Watch: Two Young Farmers Of Odisha’s Malkangiri Use Motorcycles For Threshing Harvested Crops

Two young farmers of Khajuriguda village of Swabhiman Anchal (earlier known as cut-off area) under Chitrakonda block in Malkangiri district are using their bikes for threshing crops.  

PM Modi
PM Modi Says Farm Sector Needs Post-Harvest Revolution; Govt Impetus On Scientific Ecosystem

The PM said a self-reliant rural economy is necessary for 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' or self-reliant India.

Odisha Must Make Its Farm Ecosystem Vibrant Instead Of Romanticising Poverty

In 1992, that’s about 30 years ago, as Agriculture Secretary of Odisha Government, I had visited Nasik, Dhule and Jalgaon region of Maharashtra and looked at the agricultural development. This…

The future of Odisha politics
Op-Ed: The Future Of Odisha Politics

Dwelling in the past cocoons every generation in a comfort zone. Perennially under the spell of self-praise and in the illusion of own generation’s self-adulation, every age group of politicians assumes that their successors would be less worthy. They rue “things have changed”. Of course, they are supposed to change and ought to change. Whether […]

India At Forefront Of COVID-19 Vaccine Development: PM Modi
Trinity Of Reforms Will Impact Every Indian: PM Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said India has undertaken a trinity of reforms in the education, labour and agriculture and together they will impact almost every Indian. The Prime Minister was delivering the keynote address at the Annual Invest India Conference organised with a special focus on strengthening business ties between India […]

Watershed Moment For Indian Agriculture: PM Modi Hails Passage Of Farm Bills

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday described the passage of two farm sector bills as a “watershed moment” in the history of Indian agriculture, asserting that they will ensure a complete transformation of the farm sector and empower crores of farmers. In a series of tweets after Rajya Sabha passed the bills by […]

Odisha's Agri Push To Boost Entrepreneurship Among Youth

Bhubaneswar: As agriculture plays a vital role in the economy and livelihood of the majority of people, the Odisha government is according priority to the farm and allied sector to provide opportunities to young entrepreneurs, a senior official said. Adequate measures should be taken to encourage young entrepreneurs to make use of the opportunities of […]

Opportunity Amidst Crisis: Migrants Help Co-Villagers Create 1 KM-Long Canal In Odisha

Kandhamal: Jimendra Pradhan & many of his other fellow residents of Guhibadi in Daringbadi block who once eked a handsome living outside Odisha are now jobless and staring at an uncertain future due to the crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Life has never been as hard on them as the past few months. But […]

HDFC Bank Launches 'e-Kisaan Dhan' App For Farmers

Mumbai: HDFC Bank on Tuesday launched ‘e-Kisaan Dhan’ app for farmers across India to access a bouquet of agricultural and banking services on their mobile. The app, which serves as a repository of knowledge and information for any individual engaged in farming, helps meet needs of the rural ecosystem. The app will also provide value-added […]

President Ram Nath Kovind promulgates two ordinances for agriculture market reforms

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday promulgated the ordinances for major agricultural reforms which aim to give freedom to the farmers to sell their agriculture produce anywhere in the country and pave the way for contract farming. The Union Cabinet had on Wednesday cleared Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion & Facilitation) Ordinance […]

SBI Launches Separate Vertical For Agriculture, Micro Credit

New Delhi: In a major restructuring exercise, the State Bank of India (SBI), the largest lender of the country, has created a separate FI&MM vertical within the Bank with an exclusive focus on Financial Inclusion & Micro markets in rural and semi-urban areas to improve customer experience in the hinterland. Under this, the Bank will […]

CCEA clears 50-83% MSP hike for 14 kharif crops

New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, here on Monday, approved 50-83 per cent rise in the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of 14 Kharif crops for the 2020-21 marketing season. The highest MSP rise was proposed for nigerseed (Rs 755 per quintal), followed by sesamum (Rs 370 […]

Odisha Issues SOP For Impending Locust Threat

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Agriculture department issued a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the impending swarm of locusts in the State. The Agriculture department Secretary, Suresh Kumar Vashishth said, “We have appointed nodal officers for all the districts and sensitized them on how to deal with the locust swarm. Control rooms are created in all districts to […]

Organic Farming Is The Only Way Forward In Long Run: Odisha Farmers Show How

Gajapati: While mostly followed chemical intensive farming practices and increased dependency on mechanical solutions have turned out to be profitable for short-term prospects but the realisation of its adverse impacts in the long run seems to have stirred a more likeness towards organic approach in agriculture. In Odisha, some farmers of Liligada and Merapalli panchayats […]

Eco-Survey 18-19 nails low income of crop farmers, milk farmers in Odisha for last 8-years

Bhubaneswar: Notwithstanding the State Government going gaga over 8.3 per cent growth in agriculture and allied sector in 2018-19, a reality check illustrates a grim scenario at hand for the  crop and milk farmers in Odisha. A detailed analysis of the Eco-Survey brings to fore the devil. As per the Eco-Survey 18-19, the Gross Value […]

Odisha dilly-dallying over sending PM-Kisan beneficiary list to Centre?

Bhubaneswar: Though the Centre has set a deadline for the Odisha government to send the list of 46 lakh small and marginal farmers of the State to be included in the PM-Kisan scheme, the State government seems to be dilly-dallying over the matter. The Odisha government has claimed that it has disbursed cash under Krushak […]

Pratap Sarangi
Education, agriculture, jobs my priorities: Balasore MP Pratap Chandra Sarangi

New Delhi: Pratap Chandra Sarangi, a first-time Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Balasore in Odisha, who trounced two Crorepatis contesting against him from the parliamentary constituency, said agriculture, tourism, education and employment were his priorities as the representative of the people. “In Balasore, there is drinking water shortage. I will do my best to […]

Tripura to promote Agar cultivation to encourage employment, earn foreign money

Agartala: The Tripura government has decided to open a special “Agar Conservation Foundation” division to promote cultivation of Agar trees to boost employment and to earn foreign money, a Minister said here on Friday. “After a one day workshop-cum-interactive programme here on Thursday, it was decided to set up an “Agar Conservation Foundation” division under […]

'Chakada' returns to haunt Odisha farmers

Bhubaneswar/Sambalpur: After crops in over 1.10 lakh acres of farmland across the state were affected due to brown plant hoppers last year, farmers expected that the Odisha government would come up with plans to prevent such pest attack. However, it seems that the government has learnt nothing from the ‘Chakada (brown plant hopper)’ menace that […]

Vice President Naidu Tests Covid Negative
Idea of book is to present transparency: Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi: Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said that the idea behind his book was to present transparency and accountability in the working government. “The very idea of this book is to present a report to the people because I believe in public life hence there should be transparency […]

Odisha government to provide smartphones to farmers

Bhubaneswar: The State government has now decided to provide smartphones to farmers across Odisha. The move is aimed at providing regular updates regarding best practices in farming, agricultural production, weather conditions and other crucial information to the farmers in a more convenient manner. Civil Supplies and Cooperation Minister, Surya Narayan Patro on Friday informed that […]

India, South Africa sign three agreements

Johannesburg: India and South Africa signed three agreements, including in the areas of agriculture and space cooperation, following bilateral talks between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on the sidelines of the annual BRICS Summit here. Addressing the media here on Thursday evening, Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said that […]

ENI, Italian national research council ink clean energy accord

Rome: Italian energy giant ENI and Italy’s National Research Council on Friday signed a multi-million euro agreement aimed at curbing global warming and desertification. The accord, signed by ENI’s CEO Claudio Descalzi and the research council’s President Massimo Inguscio, covers four areas of high scientific and strategic interest: nuclear fusion, water, agriculture and the Arctic […]

Agri-related issues not sole cause of farmer suicides: Union Secy

Bhubaneswar: Issues pertaining to agriculture are not the only reasons behind farmer suicides, said Union Agriculture Secretary Shobhana Kumar Patnaik today. Speaking on the sidelines of a discussion in Bhubaneswar, Patnaik said, “Across the country a trend is observed that farmers are taking their lives due to different reasons. But it has not been proved […]

Bargarh farmer suicide: Collector submits report to State Govt

Bhubaneswar: Bargarh district Collector today submitted an inquiry  report to the state government on the suicide of farmer Brunda Sahu of Kalapani village in the district. However, the findings of the report based on an investigation conducted by a three-member team are yet to be established. Earlier on Friday, Collector Khagendra Kumar Padhi along with […]

Agri sector didn't see reforms for 25 years: NITI Aayog Member

New Delhi: NITI Aayog Member Ramesh Chand on Friday said while every sector of the Indian economy had undergone some sort of transformation in the last 25 years, the agriculture sector was largely ignored. “In last 25 years, particularly since the beginning of economic reforms in 1991, we have seen some sort of transformation in […]

Deficit rainfall in June-July-Aug leaves farmers distressed

Bhubaneswar: Even as floods created havoc in several parts of the State, deficit rainfall in the months of June, July and August in several districts has affected agricultural activities leaving the farmers worried. As many as 10 districts of the state have received deficit rainfall between 19 per cent and 39 per cent during the […]

Drought spectre looms over Western Odisha due to scanty rains

Bolangir: Deficient rainfall and absence of irrigation facilities have dampened the hope of farmers for bumper harvest this year in State especially in western pockets. As per a report of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), ten districts of Odisha registered 19 to 39 per cent less rainfall than the normal between June and August. In […]

Villagers in Titlagarh invoke Lord Indra for rains

Bolangir: Already a few months into the monsoon season, deficit rainfall has been a cause of concern for farmers of Titlagarh sub-division with locals of Ghantasagada, Sanamula villages invoking Lord Indra  for rains through ‘yajna’. A drought-like situation looms large in four out of five blocks in Titlagarh. Shortfall in rain has turned the farmlands […]

Deficit rainfall in July affects agriculture in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Even as floods created havoc in several parts of the State, the deficit rainfall in July in six districts has affected agricultural activities leaving the farmers worried. As many as six districts – Nuapada, Kandhamal, Bolangir, Dhenkanal, Angul and Bargarh – had received 30% and 54% deficit rainfall during the month, an official of […]

3rd year of Modi Government: Farmers’ issue takes sheen out of ‘ache din’

Bhubaneswar: Opposition parties including the BJD and the Congress dubbed the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led BJP government as ‘anti-farmer’ as they are still waiting for his promise of ‘achhe din’ or the days of prosperity. On a special programme organised by OTV on the occasion of completion of 3-years of Modi sarkar on Friday, […]

Damodar Rout
Odisha minister calls self "inefficient" & "helpless"

Bhubaneswar: Anguished over not being able to operate defunct sugar mills and cold storages in the state, Odisha minister Damodar Rout today called himself as “most inefficient” and “helpless” person in the government. “Do not ashame me by referring that I am most able minister in the state. I am, in fact, the most inefficient […]

Potato Mission not a failure in Odisha: Pradeep Maharathy

Bhubaneswar: The Potato Mission undertaken by the state government has not been a failure, informed Odisha Agriculture minister, Pradeep Maharathy during discussion in the State Assembly today. Maharathy informed the House that as compared to 2014, 59% more land has been brought under potato cultivation in 2015, stating further that as per estimates, potato production […]

Pramod Meherda replaces Arti Ahuja as Health secy

Bhubaneswar: In a sudden move, the Odisha government today effected a reshuffle in senior IAS cadre and appointed Pramod Kumar Meherda as Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare in place of Arti Ahuja. According to a General Administration notification, Ahuja has been posted as Principal Secretary, Tourism and Culture. Besides, the state government posted Gagan […]

Indian food processing sector has enormous potential: Governor

Bhubaneswar:  Science, technologies and innovations become more important as the population rises, with less land available to produce food and declining levels of water. The focus must therefore be on how to produce more food, with less land and water, while conserving the environment, said Governor Dr SC Jamir. Inaugurating “Agro-Vation” organised by the Indian […]

Agriculture's contribution to Odisha's GSDP declining

Bhubaneswar:Though the agriculture sector provides employment and sustenance to more than 60 percent of Odisha’s total workforce, its share in the gross state domestic product (GSDP) continues to decline, say official reports. Besides, large tracts of agricultural land have remained uncultivated for the past several years despite the claim of the Odisha government that it […]

BJD flays Centre on cuts on kerosene quota, agri aid

Bhubaneswar: The BJD government in Odisha today fired a fresh salvo against the Centre, this time on the twin issues of cuts in the kerosene quota and assistance to the agriculture sector. Food and Supplies minister Sanjay Dasburma alleged that the Central government has slashed the kerosene quota for the state to the extent of […]

Consumer forum flays govt for not keeping word on tariff hike for farm sector

Bhubaneswar: A day after Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission (OERC) announced there will be no power tariff hike for any category of consumers in the 2016-17 financial year, a power consumer forum here has criticized the State government for not keeping its promise on urging the regulatory body to withdraw tariff hike on agriculture sector. In […]