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The dynamics of India's rice export boom -CP Chandrasekhar & Jayati Ghosh

-The Hindu Business Line India has been the world’s top rice expoRTEr since the beginning of this decade. But this boom has benefited only merchant capitalists, not consumers and producers India emerged the world’s largest rice expoRTEr in 2011-12, displacing Thailand from its leadership position. Two factors played a role in this. The first was the government’s decision in Februar

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Centre asks NDDB to estimate India's milk demand -Jitendra

production to 240 million metric tonnes (MMT) by 2025. Despite the surplus growth of the last two years, this target looks hard to achieve. When contacted by Down To Earth, the NDDB said it had staRTEd work on the lines suggested by the ministry. “It is true that we have never estimated the exact demand for milk. After getting the missive from the government, we have staRTEd our study to assess it,

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Sugarcane farmers target mill offices: Harvest, transport paralysed as farmers seek full payment -Parthasarathi Biswas

which accounts for 30 per cent of the country’s sugar production. While Sunday morning passed without any incident, some incidents of protesters burning tyres and disrupting traffic were repoRTEd from areas in Kolhapur and Sangli districts in the evening. Trucks carrying sugarcane were stopped on the Pune-Bengaluru highway near Tandulwadi in Sangli districts, bringing traffic to a halt. The offices of all sugar mills in the area were locked d

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A quota for farmers -Harish Damodaran

efy Indra Sawhney is striking for two reasons. First, this zeal wasn’t evident when the demand for creating similar quotas came from dominant farming communities. At least 10 deaths were repoRTEd during the Patidar OBC quota stir in July-August 2015, while protests by the Jats in February 2016 claimed some 30 lives and practically paralysed Haryana for 10 days. While those, and the massive Maratha mook morchas (silent marches) in September-Oc

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93% of Delhiites do not understand what Air Quality Index means, shows survey -Jacob Koshy

associations. The survey report was released on January 9. A total of 509 participants — 200 of whom were women — from 10 locations in Delhi were surveyed. All the participants repoRTEdly lived within 5 km of a monitoring station set up by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). The ten locations were: Rohini, Anand Vihar, ITO, Siri Fort, Bawana, R.K. Puram, Patparganj, Lodhi Road, Dwarka and Ashok Vihar. Please click here to

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99% MGNREGA funds "exhausted", Govt of India makes no additional sanctions: Study

tates, “Illegal restrictions on its budget allocation, severe payment delays and low wages are crippling the program and depriving people in distress of one of their most important legally suppoRTEd structures”, urging him to strengthen MGNREGA as an “urgent priority” to deal with the current rural and agrarian crisis. The letter demands “adequate and timely funds are provided to meet work demand” under NREGS, in

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Pulses and Oilseeds: Nafed buy may drop by a third -Prabhudatta Mishra

h. Nafed managing director Sanjeev K Chadha attributed the expected fall in procurement of oilseeds and pulses during kharif 2018 to a rise in market (mandi) prices. “Private traders have staRTEd buying pulses in a big way from the farmers after we have stopped offloading stocks in the open market,” he said. Currently, Nafed holds record pulses-and-oilseeds stocks — 49.47 lakh tonnes as of January 3. As repo More »

Farmer producer bodies need help -BS Suran / N Lalitha

s have formulated specific policy to promote FPOs in a significant manner. However, there are a few areas that require attention to make FPOs operationally successful. Number and status FPOs staRTEd taking shape in the country in the recent decade, where 80-90 per cent of the members are farmers with small landholding. According to a 2017 NABARD publication, around 5,000 FPOs are operating in the country, which were formed under various initiati

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