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Potato Farmers cry foul as PepsiCo sues them -Priscilla Jebaraj

-The Hindu They face demand for Rs. 1.05 crore in damages for growing Lays variety, want government to step in Just days after multi-billion dollar conglomerate PepsiCo sued four Gujarati Farmers, asking them to pay Rs. 1.05 crore each as damages for ‘infringing its rights’ by growing the potato variety used in its Lays chips, Farmers groups have launched a campaign calling for governmen

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Will India become a big importer of food? -Ashok Gulati

-The Hindu Business Line It could, if agri policies fail to incentivise Farmers more. The demand for food is expected to spike in the coming years India is, today, a country of about 1.35 billion people. United Nations’ population projections of 2017 say that India is likely to surpass China’s population by 2024 and reach 1.5 billion by 2030, making it the most populous nation on the planet. About two-thirds of Indians are below

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Farm ponds that dot parched Marathwada may deplete groundwater in the long run -Vaishnavi Chandrashekhar

t of the carrying capacity of the watershed.” Pond numbers have shot up since 2016, when the state’s Farm Pond on Demand Scheme began offering up to Rs 50,000 reimbursement to eligible Farmers. Close to 1.2 lakh ponds have been built under the scheme so far (more than three lakh Farmers applied for it) at a cost of around Rs 540 crore. Thousands more have been built under other schemes ove

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The problem with cherry-picking data -Arun Kumar

Office (NSSO) data on employment were withheld. Data on farm suicides have not been available since 2016. Data are being withheld precisely where experts have flagged problems, such as on employment, Farmers’ crisis and economic growth. Clashing with reality The NSSO data (which have not been released officially) undermine the National Democratic Alliance government’s claims on job creation. In fact, they showed massive unemployment.

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In rice bowl of U'khand, dwindling groundwater a big problem -Aakash Ahuja

-Down to Earth RUDRAPUR: In Udham Singh Nagar district, considered the rice bowl of Uttarakhand, thousands of Farmers are dependent on groundwater resources for irrigating water-hungry crops such as rice, maize and other kharif crops. Since the past decade, this area has been grappling with intense and rapid depletion of groundwater reserves largely due to over-extraction in the industrial area set up at different cities in the district and the c

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Saurashtra woes: Policy change on check dams leads to water deficit -Shagun Kapil

-Down to Earth In the 1990s, non-profits and Farmers themselves built check dams; today, the government does it, without proper research or site selection Fifty-four-year old Dineshbhai Babariya has just harvested a 20 quintal cotton crop, his second harvest in the last one year in his four bigha (1.6 acre) farm in the Jasapar village of Gujarat’s Saurashtra region. August 2018 was the last time the village in Rajkot district received

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Hot potato: Gujarat Farmers sued for copy-farming -Saeed Khan

-The Times of India AHMEDABAD: The US food and beverages giant PepsiCo has sued three Farmers in Gujarat complaining that they have been illegally growing and selling a variety of potato exclusively registered by the company. PepsiCo claimed it has sole rights to grow them to manufacture chips of its brand - Lay's. Looking at the company's registration of the potato variety in country's Plant Variety Registry, the commercial court here last we

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The Danger Of Silver Bullets -Ajay Vir Jakhar

-The Indian Express Rural crisis needs nuanced interventions, not tall promises in party manifestos Farmers were sold a dream in 2014 that everything was going to change. But now they have compelling reasons to feel they were deceived. Party manifestos indicate what the politicians want us to believe. After elections, winners get either selective amnesia (Rs 15 lakh in each bank account), re-interpret promises (MSP at C2+50 per cent), continu

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Crops in Guj, Rajasthan hit by rain: Farmers knock at govt door

-The Hindu Business Line Horticulture Farmers and wheat growers are the worst hit Ahmedabad: After a devastating hailstorm and unseasonal rains earlier this week in parts of Western India that damaged crops, Farmers in Rajasthan and Gujarat are now pinning their hopes on the government assistance to make up for the losses. The worst hit are horticulture Farmers<

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Empty Promises: Both Congress and BJP Have Failed to Pass Critical Bill Protecting Farmers from Pesticides -Hridayesh Joshi

the fore for a short while, but the unsafe use of pesticides continues unabated. Yavatmal (Maharashtra): Almost two years after witnessing more than 40 deaths caused by hazardous pesticide spray, Farmers of Yavatmal in Maharashtra still live under the constant threat of exposure to toxicity. Neither do they have any clue of safety guidelines, nor do they have protective gear to protect themselves from the deadly chemicals. Moreover, they are wh

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