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ICAR All Set to Host World Congress on Agroforestry 2014 in New Delhi

New Delhi (ABC Live): The World Agroforestry Centre and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research are all set to host the World Congress on Agroforestry 2014 (WCA14) in New Delhi, India from 10-14 February 2014. The New Delhi World Congress on Agroforestry will outline the future course of actions in the field of integrative science, transformative change in landscapes, tree …

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Government Reduces Onion Minimum Export Price to 150 PMT

New Delhi (ABC Live): A meeting was held on December 25, 2013 between the Minister of Agriculture and the Minister for Commerce and Industry to discuss the issues related with sharp decline in the wholesale prices of onions in the producing mandies of Maharashtra and need for a review of MEP.  This meeting was attended by senior officials from the Departments of Agriculture …

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India’s Water Requirement for Irrigation Will Come Down by 10 percent in 2050:NCIWRD

New Delhi (ABC Live): The Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012-17) Document inter-alia indicates that agriculture consumes around 80% of our country’s available water resources at present. The National Commission for Integrated Water Resources Development (NCIWRD) in its Report (1999) had assessed the water requirement for Irrigation as 78%, 72% and 68% of the total water requirement for the years 2010, …

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No Direct Subsidy to Farmers under National Project on Organic Farming

New Delhi (ABC Live): Under National Project on Management of Soil Health and Fertility (NPMSH&F) financial assistance of Rs. 500 per hectare is provided to promote use of organic manure. The financial assistance is provided on the basis of project proposals received from States. Under National Project on Organic Farming (NPOF) scheme there is no provision for direct subsidy to …

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India Produces 18.45 Million Tonnes Pulses in 2012-13

New Delhi (ABC Live): The production of pulses in the country has increased from 14.20 million tonnes in 2006-07 to 18.45 million tonnes during the year 2012-13 (4th Advance Estimates of Directorate of Economics and Statistics). However, the Government of India has taken various initiatives to increase the production of pulses through area expansion and enhancement of productivity by implementing …

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NMSA Aims to Transform Indian Agriculture Into Climate Resilient

New Delhi (ABC Live): The National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture is being launched during the Twelfth Five Year Plan. National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA) seeks to transform Indian agriculture into a climate resilient production system through suitable adaptation and mitigation measures in domains of both crops and animal husbandry. NMSA as a programmatic intervention focuses on promotion of location …

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World Needs 70 per cent More Food by 2050 to 9.6 Billion Global Population

New York (ABC Live):3 December 2013  The world will need 70 per cent more food, as measured by calories, to feed a global population of 9.6 billion in 2050, and must achieve this through improvements in the way people produce and consume, according to a report released today by the United Nations and its partners. “Over the next several decades, …

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Despite Recent Decline in Global Food Prices by 6 percent It Still Stands At Historical Peaks

WASHINGTON (ABC Live):- Global food prices declined by 6 percent over the last quarter, but are still not far from their historical peaks, according to the World Bank Group’s latest Food Price Watch report. Wheat markets remain tight; and weather-related concerns in Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Ukraine, and the Russian Federation may further drive up wheat prices over the next few …

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India Sow Rabi Crops in 395.87 Lakh Hectare

New Delhi (ABC Live):The total rabi sown area in India, as per reports received from States, during the week ending 29.11.2013 stands at 395.87 lakh hectare as compared to 374.87 lakh hectare at this time last year, showing an increase of 5.6% over last year.Details of the areas sown so far this year and last year are given below:             …

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UN General Assembly Resolves to Increase Investment in Agriculture Rural Development

New York (ABC Live): The General Assembly would stress the need to increase investment in agriculture and rural development, including by giving technical and financial aid to least developed and net food-importing developing countries, with a view to increasing their agricultural productivity and infrastructure, according to one of two draft resolutions the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) approved by consensus …

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