Agriculture and agro industries remain crucial to India's growing economy. Agriculture and allied sectors contribute nearly 22 per cent of GDP, while about 65-70 per cent of the population is dependent on agriculture for their livelihood. 
Thirty years ago, India saw a landmark "green revolution" that led to the introduction of new technologies and the high-yield variety of seeds, resulting in higher productivity and a dramatic improvement in the living standards of a large number of farmers. 


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'Agriculture project helped farmers' income reach Rs.200,000'

The National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP) has led to an increase in the annual income of farmers in 500 villages in India from Rs.15,000 to Rs.200,000, an official said here Tuesday.

'Renewable energy could address India's energy needs'

 Harnessing of renewable energy like wind, solar and biomass could address India's energy needs, a senior Indian official averred here Monday.

An experiment proves that small farming is economically feasible
By M. J. PRABU/ The Hindu

Thottiankulam village on the Sevaiyur-Tuticorin highway in Virudhunagar district in Tamil Nadu in south India is bone dry all through the year. Farmers, mostly small and marginal, have either left the place seeking work in towns or have moved to other vocations.

A new online software disburses farm loan details
By M. J. PRABU/ The Hindu

Getting a crop loan from a bank and after repaying the entire amount getting back the land or house papers submitted as collateral security for availing the loan are not easy tasks.

Indian farmers` seed saving movement holds promise
By M. J. PRABU/ The Hindu

Jardhar village comprises of nearly 26 small hamlets in Uttarakhand, a north Indian state. Like hundreds of villages in the country agriculture is a major occupation here.

Dry spell could mar Darjeeling tea
By Ishita Ayan Dutt/ Business Standard

If rain gods don't intervene in the next couple of weeks, many tea lovers won't get to sip the Darjeeling first flush, the region's first tea crop after a period of dormancy.

World's first solar-powered toilet set for India launch
The Economic Times/PTI

A revolutionary waterless toilet powered by the Sun, developed to help some of the 2.5 billion people lacking safe and sustainable sanitation around the world, will be unveiled in India this month.

Mix of crop and animals in farms helps increase income
By M. J. PRABU/ The Hindu

The ability to extract maximum returns from a small area and making use of the available resources and technologies are key factors in improving income for farmers.

Zimbabwe invites Indian companies to partner in agriculture

Zimbabwe Tuesday invited Indian companies to partner it in "kick-starting" its agricultural development after a series of setbacks to the sector.

India, Saudi Arabia to deepen energy partnership

With the strengthening of strategic ties, India and Saudi Arabia seek to transform the "buyer-seller" relationship in the oil sector to one of deeper partnership focussing on investments and joint ventures in third countries.