Ministry Of Agriculture,Government of India
Recent Initiatives

Group Recommendations of Pre-Rabi DAC-ICAR Interface held in September 2014.New

Pre-seasonal interfaces between Department of Agriculture & Cooperation (DAC) and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) are organized to evolve joint strategies in research and development sectors, after getting inputs from various States/ UTs. Such interfaces at the level of various Subject Matter Divisions of DAC with their counterparts in ICAR for Pre-Rabi 2014 were organized in September 2014. Group Recommendations evolved out of these interfaces were compiled by the Extension Division and circulated to all the States/UTs and Senior Level Officers of DAC and ICAR.

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Handbook on Horticulture Statistics 2014 releasedNew

The establishment of a comprehensive horticulture database is crucial for ensuring effective planning to facilitate a systematic development of the horticulture sector in the country. The data also helps in exploiting the huge export potential for the sector.

The present “Hand book on Horticulture Statistics” has been divided into seven different sections dealing with Socio-Economic indicators, Outlays and Expenditure under Horticulture activities, Area and Production of Horticulture crops, Prices and Arrivals, Export and Import of Horticulture Produce, Consumption of Horticulture crops and World Scenario.

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All Mobile Based Services Enabled through mKisan Portal of Ministry of Agriculture New

Mobile based services for farmers and other stakeholders being delivered through organisations, departments and offices of Central & State Govts down to the Block level (including State Agriculture Universities, Krishi Vigyan Kendras, Agro-Meteorological Field Units) have been brought together under a single umbrella viz. mKisan portal of the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India. The URL is mKisan Portal subsumes all mobile based initiatives in the field of Agriculture & allied sectors. It brings together SMS (both Push and Pull), Interactive Voice Response System, Unstructured Supplementary Services of Data or USSD (which is essentially Interactive SMS and can facilitate data entry and query on Web Portals without internet), Mobile Apps and Services. Further details of mKsan Portal can be seen at

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Saffron Spice Park foundation laid at Pampore, J&K By Hon'ble Agriculture Minister

Hon’ble Agriculture Minister inaugurated the Saffron Park in Pampore, J&K on 23.08.2014. The park will provide facilities for processing, packaging and E-auction of Saffron. It is estimated that Saffron production is likely to increase from 2.5 to 5 kgs/ha with these efforts.

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Third Advance Estimates for Horticultural Production Released

Horticulture production in India likely to scale new heights. As per third advance estimate for the year 2013-14, the horticulture production of the country is 280.79 million tonnes. Estimates for broad categories of commodities is as under:-

(Area in ‘000 Hectare), (Production in ‘000 MT)

Major category of Hort. Crops   2013-14 3rd adv. est.
  Area Prod.
Fruits 7186.00 86822.19
Vegetables 9567.23 168142.37
Flowers 240.91 2365.66
Aromatic 553.60 931.50
Plantation Crops 3674.32 16598.17
Spices 3235.90 5931.90
TOTAL 24457.96 280791.79

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

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.

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

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Government decisions to help farmers in deficit monsoon areas.

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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What's New

Advisory on "Grow Safe Food Beware of Counterfeits,Spurious and Illegal Pesticides"New

The Department of Agriculture & Cooperation (DAC), Government of India has initiated “Grow Safe Food” campaign to improve agriculture production without compromising on the nutritional and quality attributes of the produce. The department fees that the licensed dealers/retailers can play a pivotal role in this campaign.

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Standard Operating procedure for Integrated Pest ManagementNew

Integrated Pest Management(IPM) has been accepted as a cardinal principal of plant protection in the overall crop procduction programme under National Agriculture Policy for Government of India.This concept manages the pest population in such a manner that economic loss is avoided and adverse side effects of chemical pesticides on crops and environment is minimized.

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Project on Horticulture Assessment & Development using Space Technology (CHAMAN) Launched New

A National Workshop was organized by the Department of Agriculture & Cooperation (Horticulture Division) to launch the CHAMAN (Coordinated programme on Horticulture Assessment and Management using geo informatics) programme at National Agriculture Science Complex (NASC).

70 officials/scientists from various organizations, such as DAC, State Horticulture Departments, ISRO, IMD, State Remote Sensing Centres, ICAR, IASRI and MNCFC, participated in the programme.

Secretary (A&C) Shri Ashish Bahuguna delivered the inaugural address and launched the project.

There were discussions on the Annual Action Plan by various stakeholders and the representatives of State Horticulture Departments provided inputs for the Action Plan.

The Workshop also included a visit to the Mahalanobis National Crop Forecast Centre, where the participants were apprised of remote sensing data analysis for crop forecasting.

    Salient Features of the Project are as follows
  • Components
    • Area assessment and production forecasting of major horticultural crops in selected districts of major states by
    •           * Using Remote Sensing Technology
                * Using Sample Survey Techniques

    • Geospatial Applications for Horticultural Development and Management Planning (Site Suitability, Post-Harvest Infrastructure, Crop Intensification, GIS database creation, Orchard Rejuvenation, Aqua-horticulture)
    • Detailed scientific field level studies for developing technology for crop identification, yield modelling and disease assessment.
  • Duration and Cost
    • Duration : 2014-2017
    • Total Cost: 1338.40 Lakh
  • Crops
    • Fruits: Banana, Mango, Citrus
    • Vegetables: Potato, Onion and Tomato
    • Spices: Chilli

Workshop Photographs

Clarification on beneficiary contribution (RKVY Revised Guidelines)

Para 4.3 and 4.6 of revised RKVY Operational Guidelines (2014) stipulates capping of the subsidy to 25% of the total project cost. It has been clarified that the concept of beneficiary contribution would only arise in case of non State actors. In case of Governmental and Quasi Governmental agencies, the State will be the beneficiary.

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Important decisions taken by Department of Agriculture and Cooperation (DAC)

Bhartiya Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Pariyojana

This Ministry has framed guidelines for above said project to promote organic farming and to develop potential markets for organic products. Aim of the project is to maximize the utilization of natural resources through eco-friendly cultivation.

Mission Soil Health Card

A mission has been formulated to provide every farmer with Soil Health Card. Issue of 3 crore Soil Health Cards in the current year, 5.50 crore Soil Health Cards in year 2015-16 and 5.50 crore Soil Health Cards in year 2016-17 is targeted. Besides, 100 Mobile Soil Testing Laboratories (MSTLs) will also be set up in year 2014-15.

Customised Fertilisers

Five new grades of customised fertilisers have been approved in the month of August, 2014 to provide nutrients as per the requirement of crop and soil.

Horticulture Development

  • CHAMAN – This innovative project envisages use of remote sensing to assess production and area of horticulture crops.
  • Under the Indo-Dutch collaborative project, Centre of Excellence have been approved in Jalandhar (Punjab), Baramati (Maharashra) and Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), wherein dissemination of modern technology for growing fruits and vegetables, awareness generation will be taken up.

Natural Resource Management

  • National Agroforestry Policy, 2014 has been approved. It has been decided to take up Plantation of trees on farm bunds in all the developmental programmes of Deptt. of Agriculture & Cooperation, Government of India to take this Policy forward.
  • National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture(NMSA) has been made operational from the current fiscal under which schemes of Integrated Farming System (IFS) have been approved in which activities like horticulture, livestock, fishery, agroforestry, value addition are to be taken up along with crops/cropping system.
  • Policy on crop residue burning has been formulated in order to improve soil health and reduce environmental pollution and circulated to States with the advice to use the crop residue as fodder, manure etc.
  • Focused scheme on problem soils has been formulated to tackle the problem soil salinity, alkalinity and acidity.

Drought Management

To deal with challenges posed by delayed and aberrant monsoon and in the wake of shortfall in sowing of major crops during kharif-2014. , Government has initiated following series of interventions

  • Implementation of Diesel Subsidy Scheme for protective irrigation of crops;
  • Enhancement of ceiling on seed subsidy to partially recompense the farmer for the additional expenditure incurred in resowing and/or purchasing appropriate varieties of seeds;
  • Implementation of drought mitigating interventions on perennial horticulture crops under Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) with an allocation of Rs.700 crore;
  • Implementation of Additional Fodder Development Programme (AFDP) with an allocation of Rs.100 crore as a sub-scheme of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) for ensuring availability of fodder;
  • 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.

To deal with the situation arising out of weak monsoon/deficient rainfall, Central Research Institute of Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA), in collaboration with State Agricultural Universities and State Governments, has prepared crop contingency plans for 565 districts of the country.

Agriculture Marketing

  • In order to check rising prices of fruits and vegetables, all States have been advised to consider keeping these commodities outside the purview of their respective market regulations.
  • In order to make available fruits and vegetables at reasonable rates to consumers in Delhi, Kisan Mandi is in the process of being established. In the meanwhile direct sale of fruits and vegetables by Farmer Producer Organisations (FPO) has also been started.
  • Under Agri Marketing Infrastructure, the Grameen Bhandaran Yojana has been made more effective, as a result of which the budget for the entire year has been released in only 4 months.

Crop Insurance

Crop insurance schemes presently under operation suffer from several deficiencies and operational difficulties. Hon’ble Agriculture Minister has sought suggestions from Chief Ministers of all the states/UTs in this regard. Suggestions have already been received from some States. The matter has also been discussed in the recently held meeting with the concerned officials of the States. It is proposed to roll out new crop insurance scheme for insuring the production, productivity and income risk faced by the farmers.


Information relating to registration of Multi State Cooperative Societies have been made available on line to ensure transparency in the area relating to registration.

Plant Protection

  • Encouragement to Industry and Trade: Katupalli Sea Port in Tamil Nadu and Cochin Airport notified as import entry points for plants and plant materials.
  • Encouragement to Construction and Industrial Development: Import of Sand, Gypsum, etc. permitted.
  • Domestic price Stabilization: While allowing relaxation in phytosanitary conditions to import onion, phytosanitary treatment of imported onion has been allowed after its arrival in India.
  • Promotion of healthy food: Grow Safe Food campaign started.
  • Greater awareness among Farmers: To promote safe plant protection techniques and judicious use of chemical pesticides, Package of Practices of 12 Crops reviewed.
  • Building greater awareness among farmers with regard to pesticides: Decision taken to review Labels and Leaflets on pesticides containers so as to provide better understanding to farmers about the use of pesticides.
  • Improve training infrastructure: The Trainee Hostel at National Institute of Plant Health Management, Hyderabad was dedicated to the Nation by Hon’ble Urban Development Minister, Sh Venkiah Naidu on 17.8. 2014,
  • Promotion of export of chemical pesticides: New guidelines have been implemented.

During last hundred days 30.5 crores messages related to Agriculture & Allied Sectors have been sent to the farmers through Farmer’s SMS Portal launched by the Department

Crop and Seed Development

  • Pulses production has been taken up in all districts of J&K, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, coarse cereals production has been taken up in all districts of North-Eastern region (except Assam) and intercropping of food grains with Oilseeds have been included under NFSM.
  • A project has been sanctioned to ICRISAT, an international institution for Rs. 12.65 crore for developing new varieties of chickpea utilizing analysis of chickpea genome.
  • Crop demonstration of stress tolerant varieties of rice have been taken up in 10 thousand hectares in areas affected by drought, flood and salinity with assistance of IRRI, an international institution.
  • 48 high yield varieties of various crops (cereals – 34, pulses – 6, Oilseeds – 4, fodder– 2 and sugarcane – 2) have been released and notified.

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

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 website

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 messages

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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