All stories by Sanjeeb Mukherjee
Brace yourself, this summer's going to be hotter than usualRediff.com28 Feb 2020
The India meteorological department has stated that day temperatures are likely to be above normal by 0.5 degree Celsius, reports Sanjeeb Mukherjee.
Record wheat output expected, arranging storage for harvest a worryRediff.com19 Feb 2020
India is expected to harvest 291.95 mt of foodgrain in 2019-20
FCI to get Rs 2.15 trillion as food subsidy in 2020-21Rediff.com3 Feb 2020
This is the highest in the past five years and almost 24 per cent more than last year.
Why high food inflation is good news for the farmerRediff.com14 Jan 2020
While rising food inflation is a matter of grave concern for a significant chunk of the population and for policy makers as well, it marks a turnaround in the fortunes of the farmer, reports Sanjeeb Mukherjee.
Farm growth likely to remain subdued at 2.8% in FY20Rediff.com8 Jan 2020
A pick-up in farmer income could have a cascading impact on the rural economy, though agriculture is becoming a smaller part of India's overall rural incomes.
Centre halves onion stock holding limit for retailersRediff.com4 Dec 2019
India exported $102 million worth of dehydrated onions in 2018-19.
Why govt fund and monsoon failed to lift rural economyRediff.com22 Oct 2019
Although demonetisation and improper implementation of GST along with falling prices are being blamed for much of the distress in rural India for some time, experts believe those may not be the only reason.
Why it makes sense for farmers to rear birdsRediff.com21 Oct 2019
A data shows the number of backyard poultry has risen by 46 per cent between 2012 and 2019. The development is extremely positive because it provides an incentive for small and marginal farmers to rear birds.
Why India's milk production has grown at over 6% past few yearsRediff.com17 Oct 2019
As the number of cross-bred female cattle rise, the entire concept of lean and flush seasons for milk will go away, as these animals give similar quantities in all seasons.
Kharif crop: No major production loss seenRediff.com24 Sep 2019
However, the estimates could change in the coming months, as full impact of excess rainfall and floods on the standing soybean and urad crops in central and western India in late August and September has not yet been fully taken into account.
How govt plans to boost liquidity in the farm sectorRediff.com17 Sep 2019
It has decided not to levy the 2 per cent tax deducted at source (TDS) on cash payments above Rs 1 crore made through Agricultural Produce Market Committees.
Monsoon withdrawal delayed, might begin after mid-Sep: IMDRediff.com11 Sep 2019
This should augur well for the rabi crops as delayed withdrawal will leave enough moisture in the soil for early sowing.
Maximum sowing area for each crop to be notified in a yearRediff.com6 Sep 2019
Farmers should be encouraged into crops needing less of water, while ensuring a market for what they sow, said ICAR's head.
Cabinet nods Rs 6,268 crore export subsidy for sugarRediff.com29 Aug 2019
The subsidy will be credited to bank accounts of farmers against cane price dues and are compliant with WTO norms. This will benefit millions of farmers in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka.
With near-normal rains, paddy sowing likely to pick upRediff.com10 Aug 2019
The slowdown in sowing is mainly because of the delayed onset of the southwest monsoon and its slow progress in June.
Pulses and coarse cereal sowing gets a boost from good rainsRediff.com5 Aug 2019
However, the areas under paddy - the biggest cereal grown during the kharif season - continue to be less than last year, mainly due to delayed onset of rains and also on account of shift towards the more lucrative maize.
Monsoon cheer for India's farmersRediff.com2 Aug 2019
Officials said good rain in August - though it might not improve acreages much for most crops except urad, moong, and paddy - would help in improving yields in the crops already planted.
Why farmers in several states are turning to maizeRediff.com30 Jul 2019
Low rain coupled with the fact that maize prices in the open market have surged from around Rs 15-16 a kg to almost Rs 25 this year have forced farmers to turn to this crop.
August rain to determine final output of kharif crops this yearRediff.com29 Jul 2019
Till July 26, kharif crops have been sown in around 68.87 million hectares, which is 6.43 per cent lower than the area covered during the same period last year.
States keen on linking central grants with reformsRediff.com19 Jul 2019
The high-level panel also asked the government to work towards re-orienting subsidies in a targeted manner from the crop sector to the non-crop sector and redesign the electronic National Agriculture Market.
Farmer groups plan protest against spread of GM cropsRediff.com16 Jul 2019
The groups, including those associated with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's parent organisation the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, have also threatened a big nationwide agitation if growth of illegal GM crops isn't checked.
Devendra Fadnavis to head CMs' panel on agriculture reformRediff.com2 Jul 2019
The committee has been tasked to come up with policy measures to boost agriculture exports, raise growth in food processing, attract investments in modern market infrastructure, value chains and logistics.
Scanty rain in June hits sowing of kharif cropsRediff.com1 Jul 2019
Till June 30, the southwest monsoon was 33 per cent lower than normal, which is among the worst in the last five years, with 28 of the 36 meteorological divisions recording deficient rain.
Modi 2.0: Rs 70,000-crore rural road building project on agendaRediff.com21 Jun 2019
It would involve constructing over 125,000 kilometres of roads and would form part of the third phase of the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana.
Vayu weakens monsoon, raising spectre of droughtRediff.com15 Jun 2019
By June 14, the monsoon should have reached central India. But this year it hasn't even covered Karnataka properly or entered the Northeast.
Brace for a hot summer in North IndiaRediff.com5 Mar 2019
"The season averaged maximum temperatures in Himachal Pradesh, West Rajasthan, Konkan, Goa, Coastal Karnataka, Kerala and Arunachal Pradesh are likely to be higher than normal by 0.5-1.0 degree Celsius," the Met department has said in its forecast.
Winter rain won't cause large-scale damage to most rabi cropsRediff.com4 Mar 2019
For potato farmers in the north and wheat growers in the eastern parts -- particularly in Jharkhand, Bihar, and Odisha -- the recent rains could in fact be beneficial.
Will there be normal monsoon in 2019?Rediff.com26 Feb 2019
A normal monsoon will augur well for the country's agriculture sector and boost crop yields. However, good rains - and surplus crops - could also depress prices, hurting farm income, unless adequate steps are taken.
Read the fine print: No cash transfer for farmers if....Rediff.com7 Feb 2019
Families with tax-paying members, government employees, professionals, among those who have been exempted from the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme.
Is the much-touted Bhavantar project a disaster?Rediff.com5 Feb 2019
Allegations abound that traders milked the scheme to artificially keep prices down, while a significant amount of growers didn't even register owing to multiple difficulties in registration and were deprived of the payout.
Why implementing PM-KISAN may not be easyRediff.com5 Feb 2019
Experts say improper records could lead to large-scale leakages and pilferage and benefits going to ineligible people.
'Farm income will double in 2024'Rediff.com4 Feb 2019
'To bring about a paradigm shift in farmers's income, we need to change our approach to agriculture, and transit from the narrow prism of cultivation to a full-fledged enterprise, by building all associated supply chain linkages.' 'This alone will make the farmer an entrepreneur in his own right.'
Govt keen on NITI's plan to help distressed farmersRediff.com28 Jan 2019
The area-based income compensation scheme says that farmers should be paid the difference between the actual price they get and the state-mandated MSP. The compensation will be determined on a per acre basis by using district-level estimates of marketable surplus and prices in the harvest season.
Farmers reel under double whammy of drought and fund crunchRediff.com19 Dec 2018
Many farmers in drought hit states are seeking MGNREGA work but the state government's coffers do not have enough fund to pay the salaries of these workers.
3 factors robbing the cream off dairy farmers' livesRediff.com15 Dec 2018
Cheap milk prices, rising fodder cost and the difficulties in buying new cattle and selling old ones on account of cow vigilantism have cast a triple shadow on this sunshine sector in Indian agriculture, reports Sanjeeb Mukherjee.
Data shows why farmers' ire over low farm prices is justifiedRediff.com7 Dec 2018
The latest official numbers on the price of agricultural produce gives an idea of what's fueling the farmers' protest in Delhi.
Even under new series, farm growth in UPA era better than 4 years of NDARediff.com30 Nov 2018
For the entire UPA regime, from 2005-06 to 2013-14, the average annual farm growth according to the GDP back series data is 3.8 per cent, which too is higher than the first four years of the NDA, though these two periods aren't comparable because one spans nine years and the other four.
Has Bhavantar changed the lot of farmers in MP?Rediff.com7 Nov 2018
Unlike last year, the state has imposed a cap on what it will pay growers of major crops under the scheme
Why rise in MSP may be misleadingRediff.com17 Oct 2018
The minimum support price for the rabi season will not radically alter the falling trajectory of farm incomes
Southwest monsoon withdraws, leaves 9% rain deficitRediff.com30 Sep 2018
Twelve of the 36 meteorological subdivisions recorded deficient rainfall, while the rest witnessed normal to excess rain. In total, 38 per cent of the 662 districts received below-normal rain.