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Going Beyond Loan Waivers, Odisha Announces Farm Scheme Worth Rs 10,000 Crore With the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation scheme, Naveen Patnaik has likely scored an electoral point over the BJP and Congress. New Delhi: Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik – who is seeking a record fifth term in office – introduced a farming assistance scheme worth more than Rs 10,000 crore on December 21. Believed by many to be a measure to counter the larger political rhetoric around farm

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Now, Odisha and Jharkhand governments announce sops for farmers

ster Raghubar Das declared the Rs 2,250-crore scheme to help 22.76 lakh medium and marginal farmers of the state double their income by 2022. The Odisha cabinet approved the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme for the development of farmers in the state, CM Patnaik said. "KALIA is historic and it will further accelerate agricultural prosperity in the state and reduce poverty," Patnaik told reporters

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Powering agriculture via solar feeders -Ashwin Gambhir & Shantanu Dixit

water pumping, powered by more than two crore electric and 75 lakh diesel pumps. Access to groundwater depends on reliable and affordable electricity supply. This is an important issue as it concerns Livelihoods of the rural poor and food security of the country. Agriculture is a major consumer of electricity, accounting for one-fourth or one-third of consumption in many States. Since the 1970s, agriculture in many States has been receiving electri

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Why credibility of India's fiscal math is under strain -Nikita Kwatra

nce, 61.4% of all capital expenditure outlined in the 2018-19 budget is slated to be financed through EBR, up from 54% in 2016-17. Similarly, 84% of the announced spending on agriculture and rural Livelihoods is slated to be financed outside the budget, the fine print shows. If we take into account such excesses, India’s fiscal consolidation begins to appear far less impressive than what the headline numbers suggest. Please click here t

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Poshan sakhis transform reproductive health in Odisha -Rakhi Ghosh

nce and exploitation. Poshan sakhis To improve the health and nutritional status of adolescent girls, pregnant women and lactating mothers through an integrated multi-sectorial approach, Odisha Livelihood Mission (OLM) piloted Swabhimaan program with the support of developmental organizations United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and Living Farms. “We trained community resource persons as poshan sakhis to

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Farming in a warming world -Naveen P Singh & Bhawna Anand

ojections depends on in-situ attributes and the level of developments. Moreover, for such a change in global warming, indigenous populations and local communities dependent on agricultural or coastal Livelihoods are very vulnerable to the climate impacts. India, with its diverse agro-climatic settings, is one of the most vulnerable countries. Its agriculture ecosystem, distinguished by high monsoon dependence, and with 85% small and marginal landho

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Constituency Of Farmers -Ajay Vir Jakhar

ntities are multi-layered. People identify themselves along multiple lines — religion, caste, language, occupation, region, land ownership, positions in the government or simply aspirations. Livelihoods in villages are no longer self-sustained, but are tied to market forces. In the quest to increase farm productivity, agriculture universities introduced monoculture. As a result, farmers are now dependent on markets for not only selling their

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Kisan politics shows the way to a possible populism -Mukul Kesavan

hosted the Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh Rally, where Left organisations representing workers, agricultural labourers and peasants gathered to critique the Central government’s indifference to rural Livelihoods and the despair gripping India’s villages. The Long March and the September rally were both initiated by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and its affiliated workers and peasants organisations. One of the paradoxes of the CPI(M)&

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A very material shift -Sajjan Kumar

us identities. A sense of solidarity around occupational identity has been forged by a combination of factors such as rampant lower-level corruption; destruction of the rural and agrarian economy and Livelihoods allegedly on account of demonetisation; anger due to lower minimum support prices; anger due to schemes like the Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana, which allegedly benefits the intermediary vyaparis; and the problem of digital payments that causes undu

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As Farmers March to Delhi, Climate Change Fuels Their Larger Crisis -Nagraj Adve

ong with members of the Gujarat Agricultural Labour Union and the International Union of Foodworkers, went to eastern Gujarat to speak to farmers about how a changing climate could be affecting their Livelihoods. We found that warmer winters, particularly higher night-time temperatures, had resulted in a reduced or complete absence of dew. This was adversely affecting the rabi crop. “Winters have been getting less cold for about 7-8 years,&rd

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