CORONAVIRUS: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan warns of possible famine

Pinarayi Vijayan, chief minister of Kerala — a region with one of the highest success rates in arresting Coronavirus spread anywhere in the world — today warned the people of the state about a possible famine-like situation if the infection gets out of hand in other parts of India. Kerala, with one of the highest […]

Japan-based Kubota takes strategic stake in Escorts

Escorts Ltd, one of India’s oldest motor and equipment makers, said Japan-based Kubota Corporation, one of the top tractor makers in the world, will take a 10% stake in the Indian company for Rs 1,042 cr. The partnership, which will go beyond equity participation, will “integrate and deepen their relationship towards achieving their mutual ambition […]

Slow growth hobbles agri platform eNAM, cumulative turnover reaches Rs 85k cr

eNAM, the electronic National Agricultural Market that was unveiled three-and-a-half years ago, has seen the total cumulative turnover on its platform hit Rs 84,842, Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar said. He said a total of 1.65 cr farmers in 18 states and union territories have been brought onto to the electronic agricultural commodity trading platform. […]

Climate change hurting India’s agricultural output – Govt

Even as global leaders like Donald Trump call climate change a hoax, the Indian government said it expects the phenomenon to lead to more and more extreme weather events like floods and to hurt farm output. “Global Warming associated with the increase in concentration of green house gases in the atmosphere is one of the […]

North Indian states rapidly running out of water: Govt study

A study by the Central Ground Water Board has revealed that India’s Ganga-Yamuna plain is rapidly running out of ground water. Despite isolated cases like that of Chennai and Bangalore, the study also revealed that other areas of the country, including the east and the south, are better placed as far as ground water depletion […]

Indian shrimp among most banned imports

Marine products, especially shrimps, are among the most restricted items of import from India, according to data released by the ministry of commerce and industry today. Four of India’s major export markets — Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Canada and Australia — have restrictions on shrimp import from India, according to the ministry. Saudi Arabia and Kuwait […]

Mahindra raises stake in Finnish agri machinery firm Sempo to 49%

Indian auto maker Mahindra & Mahindra said it has agreed to increase its voting rights in Scandinavian farm equipment maker Sempo to 49.04% from 35% by acquiring shares and convertible instruments at a cost of 4.66 mln euros, or around Rs 37.74 cr. Sempo, founded in 1853 in Finland, had revenue of around 52 mln […]

Jain Irrigation wins Rs 583-cr drip irrigation project in Karnataka

Jain Irrigation said it won a Rs 584 cr order to set  up an integrated micro irrigation project in Karnataka. The Singatalur Lift irrigation project is being implemented for irrigating drought prone areas of Huvinahadagali Taluk of Bellary district, Gadag and Mundargi taluks of Gadag district, Koppal and Yelaburga taluks of Koppal District Karnataka.  Jain […]

Mahindra launches high-power tractors under Novo brand in India

Mahindra & Mahindra launched two high-power tractors under its Novo brand. The 65 horsepower variant with two-wheel drive has a starting price of Rs 9.99, while the 75 HP variant with four-wheel drive costs Rs.12.5 lakh. Currently most of the tractors available in India are in the 30-40 horsepower range. Like most tractors sold in […]

Jain Irrigation wins Rs 288 cr drip irrigation contract from Karnataka govt

Jain Irrigation Systems Limited said it has won a Rs 288 cr project from the Karnataka government to set up a drip irrigation system for 5,000 farmers in Chikmaglur district. The project involves lifting water from Upper Bhadra Canal and and using the same to irrigate 16,193 acres using drip irrigation. The contract, won through […]

Narendra Modi has a clear lead over Rahul in 2019 elections – Online Poll

An online poll conducted by Ultra News with 1,200 respondents indicated continued strong support for incumbent prime minister Narendra Modi compared to challenger Rahul Gandhi of the Indian National Congress. The poll reached out to around 21,400 people on Facebook, out of which around 6% indicated their choice one way or the other (see below). […]

Budget 2018-19 proof of ‘fresh thinking’ on agriculture – Jain Irrigation

Jain Irrigation Systems, the country’s largest provider of drip irrigation and related equipment, said the budget for 2018-19 is likely to boost farmer incomes and benefit agricultural industries. It listed nine specific provisions in the budget that will have a benign effect on farmer incomes and spending, with the extension of minimum support price regime […]

Boosted by Jio’s success, Mukesh Ambani unveils his future plans

Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest man, said telecom was the first of his big bet, and he will now use his resources to solve problems in three other difficult areas — agriculture, education and healthcare. Speaking at the HT Leadership Summit, Ambani said his primary motivation was not to make money. “Money has never meant much […]

Mahindra enters Potato planter segment with Dewulf tie-up

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd said it has agreed to license technology and the brand from Belgium-based agricultural equipment maker Dewulf to make potato planting machinery in India. Dewulf is the world’s leading full-liner in potato and root crop machinery and has three manufacturing locations in Europe: Belgium, the Netherlands and Romania. “With the ever increasing […]