User: phemk23 Topic: Gujarat Agriculture
Category: Saurashtra Agriculture
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In Gujarat’s Kutch, a horticulture boom is decimating the biodiversity hotspot’s bird population 4.11.2018 Scroll.in - News that matters
Among the avian species at risk, mainly due to increasing use of pesticides, is the critically endangered Great Indian Bustard.
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Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi to inaugurate Women of India National Organic Festival in New Delhi, tomorrow 25.10.2018 Govt of india: PIB
Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Minister for  Women and Child Development will inaugurate the  5th edition of the Women of India National Organic Festival tomorrow, 25th of October, 2018, at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Janpath Road, New Delhi.
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Tirth Agro Technology Pvt Ltd likely to tie up with NETC Agri Business, 17.9.2018 Manipur: E-Pao
Tirth Agro Technology Pvt Ltd likely to tie up with NETC Agri Business,
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Farm mechanisation exposure tour flagged off 13.9.2018 Manipur: E-Pao
Farm mechanisation exposure tour flagged off
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Southwest monsoon has been fairly normal this year: IMD 5.9.2018 Rediff: Business
Sowing had started on a sluggish note in several parts of the country because of delay in the onset of the monsoon but has picked up pace subsequently as the rains progressed and performed appreciably well in August.
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PM inaugurates various projects in Junagadh district 23.8.2018 Govt of india: PIB
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today inaugurated various projects in Junagadh district. These included the Government Civil Hospital, a milk processing plant and some buildings of the Junagadh Agriculture University.
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Panel formed to hide irregularities in groundnut purchase: Gujarat Congress 20.8.2018 DNA: Popular News
The state government's announcement for a judicial probe in cases of fires in groundnut warehouses isn't cutting much ice with the Congress. The Opposition party said today that the Commission had been formed to ensure that irregularities in groundnut procurement do not come out. The Congress held a large event in Banaskantha to protest against the irregularities in groundnut purchase. The party alleged that Rs400 crore had been spent on groundnut procurement in Banaskantha, even though there is little production of the crop in the region, and alleged massive irregularities in the process. "There has been massive corruption in the procurement of groundnut. As against our demand to hold an inquiry in the scam by a sitting judge of high court, the state government has formed a Commission that will be headed by a retired judge. We believe this is to divert attention and to hide the scam. We have seen the Gujarat government doing the same in several other scams," state Congress president Amit Chavda, ...
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Gujarat: Retired High Court judge to probe fires at four warehouses storing groundnut 19.8.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
The Gujarat government has handed over the probe into the recent fires at groundnut warehouses to a retired high court judge. This was announced by Minister of State for Home Pradipsinh Jadeja on Saturday evening. The state government had faced criticism from farmers and the Opposition after four warehouses storing groundnuts were gutted and it was alleged that few leaders from the ruling party were involved in the arson. Jadeja told reporters in Gandhinagar, "Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has decided to act sensibly in the case as he is firmly against the wrongdoers. He directed to give the probe to a commission headed by a retired high court judge. We have given the probe to retired justice HK Rathod under the Commissions of Inquiry Act." Earlier, the government had given the probe to the CID of state police for the fires Gondal, Shapar-Veraval near Rajkot, Hapa in Jamnagar and Gandhidham in Kutch district. The forensic science laboratory also had been involved in the investigation, said the ...
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Good news raining: Relief for Gujarat government as fresh water fills dams 19.8.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
The rains have saved the state from a much-anticipated dro-ught. The rains have filled many dams and reservoirs, including state's lifeline Narmada dam. The new water is sufficient for irrigation for a month.  Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy CM Nitin Patel, on Saturday, called a meeting to the review the situation. The CM also directed the officials to take necessary actions in the affected areas. He also asked to make water available in the Kutch region, where less rainfall has been recorded. The CM, while addressing the media after the meeting, said the inflow of water in the dams would dispel the drought situation in the state. More than 550 million cubic meters (MCM) water was stored in 203 reservoirs across the state, he added. "More than 278 MCM water has been added to Sardar Sarovar Dam in just two days. We have decided to fill Tapar dam in Kutch region immediately so that the water crisis in the parched area of the state can be solved. There are five districts in Gujarat including Kutch ...
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Friday's rain pours hope for Gujarat farmers 18.8.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
The rains on Friday poured a major relief for farmers, especially those sowing kharif across Gujarat. The rains that lashed the state after 21 days also brought fresh water into the dams at the catchment areas in Narmada and Tapi rivers. According to a recent weekly report of the state agriculture department, the state witnessed sowing of 72.28 lakh hectare, which is about 84% of the seasonal average of over 85 lakh hectare. However, it does not take care of sowing damaged to due flooding and shortage of water. Whatever was left was also at a risk of damage. Reports of damage to cotton in Saurashtra region and groundnut in north Gujarat have started pouring in due to inadequate rains. Nikul Patel of Dadhaliya – Umedpur village of Arvalli district said that the plants of groundnut are turning yellowish. Moreover, sowing was also infected by 'Dor' insects, which eats away the roots of the crop. Farmers are trying to save the crop by spraying more insecticides. "There was a fear that about 50% of the sowing ...
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Handover groundnut scam probe to sitting High Court judge: Congress 12.8.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) chief Amit Chavda sought an inquiry into the ongoing groundnut scam in the state by a sitting High Court judge. Chavda was addressing the media on Saturday. "We want a judicial inquiry into the groundnut scam. This is an organized scam. Each groundnut warehouse is being run in a corrupt way. The ruling party is targeting the small fish while big ones are free," said Chavda. "The ruling party is blaming the Congress for the scam and saying no BJP members are involved. Rather than playing a blame game, the chief minister should seek a judicial inquiry," added Chavda. The Congress also announced to stage a protest and conduct rallies across the state on Monday. "The top BJP leaders are saving themselves. Hence, they are not in favour of any probe. We are going to stage protest and rallies in districts across the state," Chavda said. Paresh Dhanani, leader of opposition in state assembly also addressed the media in Gandhidham, Kutch. He said the government is only ...
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GROUNDNUT SCAM: Gujarat Congress seeks HC-monitored SIT probe 2.8.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
Alleging direct involvement of BJP leaders in groundnut procurement scam, the Opposition Congress on Wednesday demanded a HC-monitored probe by a Special Investigation Team (SIT). The demand came a day after stones and mud were found to be mixed in large quantities with groundnut stock in a warehouse in Pedhla village of Rajkot district. State Congress president Amit Chavda, former president Arjun Modhwadia, and MLA Harshad Ribadiya said at a joint press conference that procurement of the groundnut stocked in the warehouse had taken place in a farm owned by BJP taluka president Mulu Junjiya in Nani Dhanej village of Junagadh, in place of the office or godown of Moti Dhanej Mandli. "NAFED procured groundnut from middlemen and not farmers. Quality stock of groundnut was sold to oil mills, and replaced with low quality groundnut mixed with stones and mud to perpetrate this Rs 17.17-crore scam," they alleged. Ribadiya said he had written to Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on February 5 and complained about the ...
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Gujarat: CEPTian, who won fellowship to introspect, wants to create urban f... 28.6.2018 DNA: Bangalore
Gujarat: CEPTian, who won fellowship to introspect, wants to create urban f...
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After a lull, monsoon revives over Gujarat 24.6.2018 Hindu: Policy & Issues
Poised to enter north India in the coming week
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Gujarat: Oil millers press for peanut promotion council 20.6.2018 DNA: Money
Oil millers have demanded a special Peanut Promotion Council to promote groundnut oil among the masses and to ensure that groundnut farmers get remunerative prices for their crop. The council will also work as an advocacy body to remove the myths about groundnut oil and highlight its benefits. In a letter to Radha Mohan Singh Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Samir Shah, president of Saurashtra Oil Millers Association (SOMA) said that current price of groundnut and many of the oilseeds and pulses are about 15-30% lower than the Minimum Support Price (MSP) and under prevailing conditions, there is no way farmers' income can be doubled b 2022 and the efforts by central and state governments have not got desired results. Shah suggested that it is high time to take a comprehensive review of export and import of oilseeds is undertaken. At a time when foreign multinational companies are aggressively trying to cater to the Indian market, farmers are not even getting affordable prices of their ...
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Gujarat: Edible oil prices likely to rise, stock limit abolished 15.6.2018 DNA: Wide Angle
The prices of edible oil may shoot up following the central government's move to remove the limit on inventory for manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, as well as raising import duties on edible oils. The twin moves brought cheer among the miller and trader communities, who expect demand take off mostly from institutional buyers and partly from households . "Till afternoon (before the announcement of removal of stock limit), I was begging to traders to buy groundnut oil but they were reluctant. After the stock limits were abolished, orders started pouring in. I wondered the way market sentiments changed," said Samir Shah, president of Saurashtra Oil Mills Association (SOMA). Saurashtra is the main hub for production of groundnut, the main edible oil in the state. Central government on Thursday evening also raised import duties on crude palm oil, refined edible palmolein oil, crude and refined edible sunflower oil, crude and refined soyabean oil as well as crude and refined rapeseed oil from 25-54% ...
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Not satisfied with CID probe in groundnut gutting: RC Faldu 14.6.2018 DNA: Wide Angle
Gujarat Agriculture Minister, RC Faldu seems exasperated after the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) chairman, Vaghji Boda held the state government responsible for negligence in groundnut gutting incidents. Replying to the allegations, Faldu has said he was not satisfied with the primary investigation by the CID in the incident and asked them to resurrect political nexus in the same. Boda had alleged in a press conference on Tuesday in Rajkot that the Gujarat government's agencies were involved in irregularities in purchase of groundnuts at MSP from farmers. Faldu countered him by addressing a press conference on Wednesday at his office in Gandhinagar. Faldu said, "Boda is also a son of the farming family and he should understand what was the role of state government. We are not in picture of selling or purchase of groundnut at all. Boda is a NAFED chairman and it was his responsibility to ensure a fool-proof system. The CID (crime) submitted the primary report of ...
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Gujarat responsible for irregular nut MSP: NAFED 13.6.2018 DNA: Money
The Central government’s agency National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) blamed irregularities in purchase of groundnuts from farmers at minimum support price (MSP) on the Gujarat government. NAFED Chairman Vaghji Boda addressed a press conference at Rajkot and alleged that the Jungle Raj prevailed in Gujarat alike UP and Bihar. Addressing a press conference, Boda said, “One should notice that the groundnut gutting incidents occurred at the warehouses which were hired by Gujarat Warehousing Corporation and GUJCOMASOL and state run APMC. There are many open warehouses where groundnut was stored but the stock is safe. Gujarat has become like UP and Bihar and Jungle Raaj prevails here. The incident has spoiled the reputation of farmers and cooperative sector of Gujarat.” “Agriculture minister RC Faldu is making baseless allegations on NAFED for irregularities of purchase of groundnuts at MSP. I demand further investigation in this case,” Boda said. The press conference by Boda ...
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Gujarat Farmers’ strike: Vegetables back in supply after shortage 6.6.2018 DNA: Recent Columns
The supply of vegetables at Ahmedabad's main wholesale market is recovering after the initial shortfall caused by farmers' boycott of markets. Although prices dropped in the past two days, they are still around 50% higher than pre-boycott rates. Traders feel chances of things returning to normal rather than worsening, are high. Traders said that while there's no impact on the supply of bottle gourd, cucumber, brinjal and other vegetables which come from other parts of Gujarat, supply from other states is picking up after witnessing a drop in the first two days of the boycott. "The arrivals from other states are about 75% of normal on Tuesday, which is an improvement from about 60% on Monday. Things are more likely to normalise than turn worse," said Prajesh Patel, a leading trader at Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) in Jamalpur, the main wholesale market from where retail vendors buy produce to supply all parts of the city. "Normally, we receive 25-30 trucks from Maharashtra every day. As the ...
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Woman held after immolation bid outside CM's house in Rajkot 30.5.2018 General News
The police today detained a woman when she allegedly tried to immolate herself near Chief Minister Vijay Rupani's residence in Gujarat's Rajkot district, an official said. Hetal Makawana, a native of Padadhari town in Rajkot, had a couple of days back threatened to set herself ablaze in front of Rupani's private residence here. She wanted to protest, what she claimed as, the "police inaction" to include the name of a local BJP leader and former MLA in an FIR in connection with an incident of her husband having been allegedly beaten up. Makawana's husband was injured in a clash some days back, a police official said. The woman alleged that he was beaten up at the behest of former Rajkot MLA Ramesh Rupapara, he said. She claimed that despite her repeated request, the police did not include Rupapara's name as an accused in the FIR and threatened to set herself on fire. A senior police official said they had stepped up the security at the chief minister's residence in advance
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