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Distress in abundance -Anupama Katakam

se have begun to take a toll on farmers. Maharashtra is the largest tur dal producer in the country and has, therefore, been hit hard, particularly the Marathwada and Vidarbha regions. Farmers and Agriculture experts in the State say that if tur is not procured within the next few months, it can lead to serious problems in an already distressed rural economy. In a belated move, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis appealed to the Centre to extend th

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From plate to plough: An unfulfilled farm manifesto -Ashok Gulati & Siraj Hussain

-The Indian Express On Agriculture, three years into the Modi government, while many steps have been taken to realise promises made in 2014, others have fallen by the wayside With the Modi government completing three years in office, it is time to assess its performance in various sectors. We focus here on Agriculture. Without robust growth in Agriculture

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Parched in Tamil Nadu's rice bowl -Avik Saha & Yogendra Yadav

e precise, got Swaraj Abhiyan to embark on the yatra along with members of civil society from the National Alliance of People’s Movement, Ekta Parishad and Alliance for Holistic and Sustainable Agriculture. The statistics are well-known. The rainfall deficit during October to December, the main monsoon months for this region, was 62 per cent. Nearly 87 per cent of the region’s farmlands has been affected. Water level in the State reserv

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Climate change impact on Agriculture leads to 1.5 per cent loss in India's GDP -Subhojit Goswami

eme weather events have caught attention of agrarian experts and scientists alike and they are now focussing on natural farming to arrest the impacts of climate change. Impact of climate change on Agriculture While speaking at the Natural Farming Summit hosted by the Sri Sri Institute of Agricultural Sciences & Technology Trust (SSIAST) in Bengaluru from May 9-10, B. Venkateshwarlu, former director at International Central Research Institute

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Deepak Pental, innovator of the transgenic mustard variety, interviewed by Sayantan Bera (Livemint.com)

-Livemint.com All our solutions in Agriculture, besides management issues, are going to come from science and technology, says Deepak Pental, innovator of GM mustard Last week, the environment ministry’s regulator, the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC), cleared the commercial release of genetically modified (GM) mustard, leaving it to the government to take a final call. If approved, it will be India’s first food crop

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Maharashtra tur mess casts doubts on yield estimates -Abhiram Ghadyalpatil

Mumbai: Maharashtra’s economic survey of 2016-17, which came out on 17 March, pegged the state’s total tur (pigeon pea) yield at 1.17 million tonnes, based on estimates of the Pune-based Agriculture commissionerate. A fortnight later, the state’s Agriculture department put out revised estimates showing the March projection of tur yield was way off the mark. The department said Maharashtra

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Grain output up five times despite climate change: ICAR

SWAR: India is exporting rice worth Rs. 40,000 crore annually and other food products despite facing massive adverse impact of climate change, said Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary in the Department of Agriculture Research and Education. Mr. Mohapatra, also the Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, said the massive upswing in food production was possible due to application of science in the agricultural field. He was del

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Farm plots in Maharashtra becoming smaller -Zeeshan Shaikh

ldquo;The progressive fragmentation of land holdings, degrading natural resources base and emerging concerns of climate change will further escalate pressure on land and water,” the Ministry of Agriculture in its report on the ‘State of Indian Agriculture’ said. Please click here to read more.

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Rural job scheme will eat into food security, claims study -Padmini Sivarajah

es of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan for their study. They found that the adverse impacts of the scheme would include decrease in Agriculture and decline in crop incomes by 15 per cent in these states. Already , there is a decline in the availability of skilled farm labour. Please click here to read more.

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To save water, Maha govt wants 50% sugarcane crop on drip irrigation in 2 years -Surendra P Gangan

-Hindustan Times A report on sugar price policy for 2015-16 by union Agriculture ministry had highlighted that Maharashtra’s sugarcane cultivation, which is less than 4% of the total cropped area, consumes 70% of water needed for irrigation Following criticism over sugarcane crop guzzling potable water, particularly in drought-prone Marathwada, the state government is set to introduce a policy for shifting 50% of sugarcane farming on dri

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