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Eye on polls, Uttar Pradesh makes mills in east crush cane though season long gone -Harish Damodaran

s average sugar-to-cane recovery has been 12 per cent-plus for the current season. “They (the BJP-led government) want to ensure that crushing goes on until the last stick of cane remains in Farmers’ fields. So, we will have to run at least until the (Lok Sabha) election is over,” says another Kushinagar miller, requesting anonymity. Undivided Gorakhpur – which included Deoria, Kushinagar and Maharajganj — was once

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The disruptive force of climate change on agriculture -Omair Ahmad

of the monsoon (except for Afghanistan and China). As a result, we are critically dependent on rainfall for our crops, but also, what is more important, for the livelihood of hundreds of millions of Farmers. Climate change is disrupting all of this. The physics of it is simple. Hotter air holds more water. This means that it takes more water in the air for it to rain now than it did earlier. Also, when it rains, the amount of water is huge. Theref

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Sunaina Rawat and the dilemma of Bharat -Richard Mahapatra

h to this rural Bharat that has been bleeding profusely from ignorance and neglect. It is no more a subject of debate. After years of brewing, India’s rural and agrarian crisis is exploding. Farmers are committing suicides even if we have stopped counting them. Unemployment is high even if we have discarded all government data on the same. The economy is on a downslide despite our claim of it being the fastest growing economy. India’

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Perils of over-promising -Ashok Gulati

The real issues will haunt the government that assumes office after the elections. In this article, we focus on the key issues that confront the food and agri-sector, including those pertaining to Farmers’ incomes. In 2014, the BJP manifesto promised to implement the Swaminathan Committee report, especially its recommendation on minimum support prices (MSPs) being 50 per cent above the costs incurred by More »

Civil society organisations demand respect for Farmers' rights by Pepsico

s point out that this is after all an undertaking given by all applicants to PPV&FR Authority for varietal registration “Government of India should proactively take up measures to uphold Farmers’ rights – We will continue our public campaign to secure this” say Farmers rights groups Ahmedabad / New Delhi, 10th May 2019: PepsiCo India Holdings Ltd, after having sought and ob

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Cyclone Fani: Initial estimate pegs crop damage at Rs. 150 crore -Priscilla Jebaraj

ate Agriculture Department warns that the destruction of storage facilities and harvested crops stored in the open could further spike those losses. Low insurance penetration could also exacerbate Farmers’ losses, especially in the poultry sector. “Because of the advance warning, it was possible to evacuate larger livestock, but it was impossible to move poultry. A large number of birds, mostly broilers, were killed,” said Saur

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PepsiCo India withdraws cases against Gujarat potato Farmers

-The Hindu Business Line Activists say the fight to establish Farmers’ right to seeds will continue Ahmedabad: The battle of a multinational-versus-Farmers over potato seeds came to an end on Friday, with PepsiCo India Holdings Pvt Ltd withdrawing cases against nine Farmers filed in two Gujarat courts. On Friday, PepsiCo sought an early hearing i

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India not obliged to be compliant with UPOV: Experts to Minister

usiness Line New Delhi: A section of agricultural scientists, activists and farmer leaders has alleged that there is an undesirable attempt to align India’s Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights (PPR&FRA) 2001 with the International Union for the Protection of Plant Varieties (UPOV), even though the country has no legal obligation to do so. In a letter written to Union Agriculture Minister Radhamohan Singh and PPR&

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Are farm loan waivers a political gimmick? -Vikas Dhoot

discussion moderated by Vikas Dhoot. Edited excerpts: * Despite farm productivity rising, severe distress in the sector is a concern. How grave is the situation, especially for small and marginal Farmers? S. Mahendra Dev: Farm distress is real because there have been low agricultural prices and low farm incomes. The farm sector growth rate is much lower than in earlier periods. As a result, farm prices are low despite production rising. The dem

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A wake-up call on proprietary seeds -Mrinalini Kochupillai & Gregory Radick

-The Hindu How India can shift its agriculture from a high-yield ideal to a high-value one When the news broke that PepsiCo was suing small Farmers in India for growing a potato variety that is used in its Lay’s chips, popular sympathies immediately went, of course, to the Farmers. National and international pressure swiftly mounted, and in short order a humbled PepsiCo backtracked, announcing

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