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Tomato prices in MP fall from Rs 30/kg in Oct to Rs 2/kg
Due to a bumper crop, wholesale prices of tomato in Madhya Pradesh have plummeted to as low as Rs 2 per kg, from Rs 30 in October, farmers said. Yogesh Septa, a farmer from Raipuria village in Petlawad area of Jhabua district, a major tomato-producing region, said, We are getting on average Rs 2 per kilogram of tomatoes in wholesale markets. We wont recover even the production and harvesting cost at this price.

Centre, states to discuss how to ensure MSP for farmers
The Centre will consult state governments early next month to set up a mechanism for protecting farmers income when market prices fall below the minimum support price (MSP), Agriculture Secretary S K Pattanayak said today. A model law is also being prepared to ensure tenant cultivators get institutional credit and interest subsidy, he added.

Govt sees huge potential for organic farming in A&N islands
Andaman and Nicobar Islands has huge potential to scale up organic farming, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said today. Currently, organic farming is being taken up on a small scale in about 321 hectares of the Union Territory.

First rain brings joy in Darjeeling and Himalayan foothills tea belt
First shower after five months long dry season has brought delight in the tea arena in Himalayan foothills and Darjeeling hills. Few more like this in coming fortnight may bless the green beverage sector with bumper high value First Flush crop in the new season after dry winter period zero yield phase.

Farmers across India need different solutions, says President
President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday said farmers in different parts of the country need different solutions and that the quality of farm products should be of international standards. In a country as vast as India, problems of farmers in different regions are different. We will have to find solutions according to their needs, he said while inaugurating the international conferences Agricon 2018 and Agriexpo 2018 at Chandrashekhar Azad University of Agriculture and Technology (CSAUT) here

Maharashtra announces Rs 200 cr aid for hail-hit farmers
In the wake of unseasonal rains and hailstorms lashing Maharashtra since Sunday, the government on Wednesday announced a compensation package of Rs 200 crore forfarmers who suffered damage to standing crops. An immediate aid package of Rs 200 crore has been cleared by the government to be disbursed as per existing norms and various parameters, said Agriculture Minister

Tea growers demanded renegotiation of ASEAN– India FTA agreement
Large portion of Indian tea sector is skeptical about outcome of free trade agreement of India with ASEAN countries. After the agreement comes into full effect, duty cut in import of the green beverage is feared to cause severe adverse impact on Indian tea production sector.

Wheat acreage down 4 per cent in 2017-18; production may drop
Area sown to wheat has declined 4.27 per cent to 30.42 million hectare in the current rabi season of 2017-18, which may lead to fall in production from last years record 98.38 million tonne(MT). Farmers had sown wheat in 31.78 million hectare in the 2016-17 crop year (July-June).

Unseasonal showers and hailstorm flatten rabi crops
After suffering losses on kharif crops due to subdued prices and a pest attack on cotton, unseasonal rains and hailstorm have damaged standing rabi crops such as wheat, chana, jowar and bajra, besides high-value horticulture crops such as mangoes and citrus fruits, in several parts of Marathwada and Vidarbha. As the western disturbance is moving eastward, the weather office has issued warnings to Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya for possible thunderstorms accompanied by hailstorm

Govt needs to balance farmer, consumer interests: Assocham
The government has to walk a tightrope to balance farmers and consumers interest in view of the Budget announcement on MSP that could further push up inflation, industry body Assocham said today. In the Union Budget 2018-19, the government promised to fix the minimum support price (MSP) at 50 per cent higher than the cost of production.

West Bengals animal resources development department to rear chickens for sale in the market
Haringhata Meat, a unit of the West Bengals animal resources development department, has decided to rear chickens for selling the meat in the market to bring down the cost. Earlier, the unit used to sell eggs only. State government officials said that with this increased supply of meat, the government is confident that the price of chicken would come down to be within the reach of most people in the state.