"Regions that have not received sufficient monsoon rain this year will face a “challenge” in the upcoming rabi or winter sowing season."
“Regions, which received deficit rainfall, are likely to be affected during Rabi sowing,” the minister said addressing a national conference on agriculture.
According to the government’s meteorology department officials, there are no signs of the monsoon’s retreat from western Rajasthan.
Food prices are stabilising after a better-late-than-never monsoon, while diesel prices may actually come down for first time in seven years.
Dispelling drought worries, plantings of rice have picked up as heavy rains in the past few days have increased the rush of water to the reservoirs.
Cost of cultivation will come down when farmers get educated, says Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh
Cost of cultivation will come down when the farmer is educated. We are issuing soil health cards to help him know exactly how much fertiliser is needed.
He said the government can consider more steps, including extending the loan tenures of mills, if the sugar producers can give an assurance on paying arrears.
The National Dairy Development Board is the only entity in the country that is allowed to import SMP, an extract of milk that is used to boost production.
The Narendra Modi government has decided to create an agency similar to the US Federal Trade Commission, known as the Consumer Protection Authority.
Indian meteorologists feel that the odds of a strong El Nino was less this year, and was unlikely to make a huge impact on the Indian weather.
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