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Punjab: Farmers hold protests across districts, agriculture dept refuses to budge

While farmer unions warned of intensifying their struggle by gheraoing agriculture officers, the department refused to entertain their demand.

Paddy procurement in Chhattisgarh to resume in full swing buoyed by MSP hike

Immediately after taking oath as chief minister of Chhattisgarh, Bhupesh Baghel had announced a hike in the MSP of paddy to Rs 2,500 per quintal for this year.

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Agriculturalist who revived 174 ‘lost’ paddy seed varieties dies at 54

Jayaraman began his journey to revive lost seeds in 2004 with his mentor late Nammalvar, a pioneer of organic farming, by collecting over a dozen varieties believed to have been lost.

Punjab: A year later, $1 million Paddy Straw Management Challenge Fund yet to take off

The Punjab Cabinet gave clearance to the challenge fund in July last year. Since then, a paddy harvesting season has passed and another one is round the corner. Paddy procurement starts on October 1 every year and the stubble burning starts as harvesting reaches full swing in October.

MSP increase could hit non-basmati rice exports

Much of India’s non-basmati exports — which have zoomed from just one lakh tonnes to over 8.6 million tonnes (mt) in this decade — are to African nations.

Paddy ‘scam’ pits Punjab govt against Punjab National Bank

The PNB also approached Punjab police for registration of a case, alleging fraud/embezzlement of Rs 202 crore.

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Joint platform key to solution, says Punjab health minister

Mohindra was speaking on the sidelines of a function organised to distribute Sat Pal Mittal National awards and also mark the 128th birth anniversary of former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

Despite large promotion, Super SMS fails to check stubble burning menace in Punjab

The Punjab government had even given Rs. 50,000 subsidy for fitting Super SMS with harvesters during this harvesting season which starts in September end and almost has ended now.

Punjab: Paddy procurement begins as state awaits release of CCL

With delay in release of CCL, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder’s promise of making payments in 48 hours after selling of crop to farmers is likely to face difficulties.

Mechanised paddy sowing hits a new low in Punjab this year

While agriculture department officials say farmers find raising a paddy nursery for transplanters a cumbersome process, farmers express ignorance and lack of training about this method.  The technique saves a time, labour and cuts inputs costs by nearly Rs 2,500 per acre compared to the traditional method.

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