Ministry Of Agriculture,Government of India
Recent Initiatives

Administrative Approvals of Projects titled "Development of Surtable Technology for Increasing the Productivity of Pulses In Rice Fallows".New

Administrative Approvals of Projects titled "Development of Surtable Technology for Increasing the Productivity of Pulses In Rice Fallows" and "Enzymatic pretreatment in the processing of pigeon pea" have been issued.

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Increase in rate of subsidy Biofertilizers.New

Rate of Subsidy for Biofertilizers under NFSM-Pulses has been increased

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Government decisions to help farmers in deficit monsoon areas.New

The Government has approved following interventions in the eventuality of drought /deficit rainfall situation in some parts of the country:

  • Implementation of Diesel Subsidy Scheme for protective irrigation of crops with an allocation of Rs. 100 crore;

    In view of deficit rainfall in various parts of the country during south west mansoon 2014 and its likely impact on Agriculture Operations during the on-going Kharif season, it has been decided to provide diesel subsidy to the farmers to enable them to provide supplementary irrigation through diesel pump sets in the deficit rainfall affected areas to protect the standing crops.

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  • Enhancement of ceiling on seed subsidy to partially recompense the farmer for the additional expenditure incurred in re-sowing and/or purchasing appropriate varieties of seeds;

    Enhancement in ceiling of Seed Subsidy under NFSM and NMOOP for drought notified / deficit rainfall districts.

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  • Implementation of drought mitigating interventions on perennial horticulture crops with an additional allocation of Rs. 700 crore under Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH);

    Government Approves implementation of Interventions for saving perennial Horticulture Crops on account of deficient rainfall during kharif 2014-15 withing MIDH with an additional outlay of Rs. 700.00 crore during 2014-15.

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  • Implementation of Additional Fodder Development Programme (AFDP) as a sub-scheme of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY).

    Implementation of Additional Fodder Development Programme (AFDP) as a sub-scheme of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) with an allocation of Rs. 100 crore during 2014-15 for ensuring availability of fodder;

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  • Waiver of duty on import of de-oiled soya extract, groundnut oil cake, sunflower oil cake, canola oil meal, mustard oil cake, rice bran and palm kernel cake to increase availability of feed ingredients;

    In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 25 of the Customs Act,1962 (52 of 1962), the Central Government being satisfied that it is necessary in the public interest so to do, hereby makes the following further amendments in the notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue) No. 12/2012 - Customs, dated the 17th March,2012, published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, Section 3, Sub-section (i),vide G.S.R.185 (E), dated the 17th March,2012

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Agricultural exports increase to Rs. 2,68,469 Crores.New

As per report published for the period from Apr 2013- Feb 2014, India has exported agriculture products worth Rs 2,68,469 crores. Agricultural exports stood at Rs. 41,600 crore in the year 2004-05 and thus there has been an increase of 6.45 times in the last 10 years.

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Fourth Advance Estimates of Agricultural Production Released New

Fourth Advance Estimates of Agriculture production have been released. Estimates for some of the crops are:-

(In Million Tons)
Crop Targets 4th Advance
Rice 105.00 106.54
Wheat 92.50 95.91
Maize 22.50 24.35
Pulses 19.00 19.27
Total Food Grains 259.00 264.77

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Minimum Support Prices for the Year 2014-15 Announced

Acting on the recommendations of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices, the Government has fixed Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for the Agricultural Year (July-June) 2014-15. MSP for Paddy and Moong have been increased to Rs 1360 and Rs 4600 per quintal.

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Amendment in Guidelines for Exports of Pesticides and Insecticides Rules

Guidelines for export of pesticides have been reviewed and approved. Amendment in Insecticides Rules, 1971 have also been approved to facilitate industrial production for benefit of farmers.

What's New

Drought mitigating interventions for Additional Fodder Production Programme (AFDP) under RKVYNew

Crop residues contribute significantly to fodder availability also. Any decline in area under various crops results in shortage of fodder causing severe hardship to livestock. Mitigating this situation would require additional area coverage under fodder and efficient post-harvest management. The scheme will support additional measures for enhancing production of fodder during drought conditions.

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Online status of the Applications for Registration under MSCS Act, 2002 is available on the websiteNew

Online status of the Applications for Registration is available on the website. Applicants are requested to check the status regularly. Notice and Rejection Order shall be uploaded on the site. Notice & Rejection orders uploaded on the website shall be considered as deemed communicated.

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SMS Portal for Farmers completes one year and 115 crore messagesNew

Within a year of its launch on July 16, 2013, SMS Portal for Farmers has achieved stupendous success by transmitting more than 115 crore SMSs to farmers. This unique and possibly the biggest ever initiative in m-Governance has so far enabled 2660 officers and experts from the Government of India (Department of Agriculture & Cooperation; Indian Council for Agricultural Research, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries and India Meteorological Department) and State Governments & its organisations down to Block level, State Agriculture Universities, Krishi Vigyan Kendras and Agro Met Forecast Units for giving information/services/advisories to farmers by SMS in their language, preference of agricultural practices and location. Urgent agricultural advisories related to weather are also sent. The messages are being sent in 12 different languages based on easy phonetic typing. Advisories & services provided & the number of farmers receiving it are 78618 and 43.56 crore respectively as many farmers receive multiple messages.

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Availability of Short and Medium Duration Varieties of Seeds as Part of Contingency PlansNew

District-wise Contingency Plans to inter alia take care of deficient monsoon have been prepared and the same are available at here and here . Seed-availability is an important part of any Contingency Plan. Therefore, just before the Zonal Seed Review Meeting held in February, 2014, the State Governments had entered seed availability & requirement data for various varieties of seeds of different crops in the Seednet Portal. The following document has been prepared to indicate availability of short and medium duration varieties of seeds as in the second and third week of February, 2014.

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A searchable detailed database of Seed Availability has also been prepared wherein seed varieties of different maturity durations can be found along with detailed information with respect to every such variety. This database can be found Here Yield-wise sorting & search on recommended ecologies also can be done Here You can also get specific information about seed varieties for your District by visiting Farmers’ Portal ( >> State >> District >> Crop >> State / Central Variety)

Guidelines for Sub Mission on Agriculture Extension New

As a part of National Mission on Agricultural Extension & Technology (NMAET), guidelines for various components of Sub-Mission on Agriculture Extension have been issued.

ISO Certification for MANAGE New

National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE) is now an ISO 9001:2008 certified organisation. The Certificate has been given in the field of training, education, consultancy, research & documentation.Certificate

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