Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Fertilizer general information, Acts/Rules,Fertilizer contol order

What is fertilizer ?
Fertilizers are soil amendments applied to promote plant growth; the main nutrients present in fertilizer are nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (the 'macronutrients') and other nutrients ('micronutrients') are added in smaller amounts. Fertilizers are usually directly applied to soil, and also sprayed on leaves.

Fertilizer Act/Rules :
Fertilizer Control Order, 1985
Fertilizer Control Order, 1973

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Seed general information,Seed production,National seed acts/rules.

Seed Development after Independence in Maharashtra

Introduction :
Seed is the most cost efficient means of increasing agricultural production and productivity. Improved seeds
has a special place amongst all the inputs required for agricultural production. The use of inputs like irrigation,
fertilizers, pesticides depends on rainfall situation.

This is not in case with of improved seeds. The farmers plan and commit themselves purchase to the improved seed much in advance on set of season. The seed production and distribution planning is thus different and much more important to the farmers. Till early fifties, most of the farmers used to be largely independent in respect of seed. Taluka seed multiplication farms were established in the IInd Five Year Plan with an object of producing foundation seed to be multiplied on the farms of registered seed growers and made available to the farmers for general cultivation. With the advent of hybrid technology,the seed scenario changed radically.

Following are the important milestones in the development of seed sector.

Signing of agreement by ICAR with Rockfeller Foundation to establish All India Coordinated Crop
Improvement Projects in 1957.
Release of first four hybrids in Maize in the year 1961, followed by Sorghum in 1962, Bajra in 1963.
Introduction of high yielding varieties of Wheat in 1964, Paddy in 1965 and Cotton hybrids in 1968.
Adoption of High Yielding Varieties programme by GOI in 1965 and ushering of " Green
Revolution" in mid sixties.
Establishment of National Seeds Corporation in 1963 for undertaking systematic production of
breeder, foundation and certified seeds and guidance to Seed Industry.
Passing of Seeds Act 1966 and adoption of Seed Rules 1968.
Establishment of Central Seed Certification Board in 1969.
Establishment of State Seed Certification Agency in Maharashtra in 1970.
Establishment of Maharashtra State Seeds Corporation in 1976 under NSP.
Establishment of autonomous Maharashtra State Seed Certification agency in 1982.
Introduction of New policy of seed development by GOI in October,1988.
Implementation of Seed (Control) Order 1983 with effect from July, 1994.

For more information visit : http://seednet.gov.in/

Sunday, August 29, 2010

National Dairy Plan to double India’s milk production

Anand 15th July, 2010: Based on the proposed National Dairy Plan (NDP) prepared by NDDB, the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying of the Government of India has concluded a series of high level consultations with 14 major dairying states (accounting for more than 90 percent of India’s milk production) on initiatives to launch a scientifically planned programme to increase bovine productivity and milk production. The states were represented by the Principal Secretaries in-charge of Animal Husbandry and Dairying and the Managing Directors of State Cooperative Dairy Federations. Senior Officials from NDDB and representatives of the World Bank also participated in the deliberations.

The NDP is a programme aimed at increasing milk production through higher productivity and enhancing the incomes of rural milk producers by providing them improved access to the organised milk sector.

The demand for milk in recent years has been increasing at a much faster rate driven by rising incomes due to high GDP growth, growing urbanisation, changing food habits, an increase in population and export opportunities. The demand is also growing in rural areas due to an increase in incomes of village households through programmes such as NREGA.

Milk production is proposed to be enhanced by increasing productivity through a much more scientific approach to breeding and feeding i.e., by production of higher genetic merit bulls, quality semen and AI delivery at the doorstep of milk producers. Ration Balancing Advisory services will also be put in place at village level through trained local persons.

As in the case of Operation Flood, the NDP is proposed to be implemented by NDDB as a multi state focussed initiative in phases with financial assistance largely from the World Bank. The first phase (NDP- I) would be from April 2011 to March 2017. IDA credit, a soft loan (interest free) repayable over 35 years, is being proposed for funding activities related to increasing bovine productivity, expanding coverage of milk producers and procurement and human resource development.

However, during the consultations, all the states underlined the need for financial assistance to be provided only as a grant, not a loan. The Central Government is to take a decision in this regard.

Considering the interest shown by the states in the consultations and the urgent need to expedite action to increase milk productivity and milk production to meet the rapidly growing demand, NDDB would now prepare Detailed Project Reports for five to six states to begin with. Once the Government of India and the World Bank approve the projects, implementation will commence.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Mahakrushi: Some sites related to agriculture / शेतीविषयक कांह...

Mahakrushi: Some sites related to agriculture / शेतीविषयक कांह...: "Agricultural Related Website . Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Gateway to Indian Agriculture National Agricultural Co-op..."

Mahakrushi: Current Prices of agricultural products. (आजचे बाज...

Mahakrushi: Current Prices of agricultural products. (आजचे बाज...: "आपल्याला जर आजचे बाजारभाव हवे असतील तर खालील वेबसाइट ला भेट दया. If you want current prices of agricultural product then visit the followi..."

Organic Farming Principles,Practices,Certification,Standards and need...

Organic farming system in India is not new and is being followed from ancient time. It is a method of farming system which primarily aimed at cultivating the land and raising crops in such a way, as to keep the soil alive and in good health by use of organic wastes (crop, animal and farm wastes, aquatic wastes) and other biological materials along with beneficial microbes (biofertilizers) to release nutrients to crops for increased sustainable production in an eco friendly pollution free environment.
As per the definition of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) study team on organic farming “organic farming is a system which avoids or largely excludes the use of synthetic inputs (such as fertilizers, pesticides, hormones, feed additives etc) and to the maximum extent feasible rely upon crop rotations, crop residues, animal manures, off-farm organic waste, mineral grade rock additives and biological system of nutrient mobilization and plant protection”.
FAO suggested that “Organic agriculture is a unique production management system which promotes and enhances agro-ecosystem health, including biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity, and this is accomplished by using on-farm agronomic, biological and mechanical methods in exclusion of all synthetic off-farm inputs”.

The key characteristics of organic farming include

Friday, August 27, 2010


I started this blog on 15, August 2010.
Now I completed the B.Sc. Agri. Business Management.
I think that there are lot of scope to provide the relevant information to farmer as well as to agriculture students.
Actually this is the need of farmer to compete in this modern world.
I really want to help the Agriculture sector which provide food to us.
Up course I want your help to make this effort better.

Thank You,
Sachin Gavali.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Agrowon - Worlds first epaper for agriculture.

Now you can able to read the news of agriculture in Marathi from across the world.

Please visit ; http://epaper.agrowon.com/

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