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Rajasthan alleges Centre's discriminatory attitude towards farmers

es in comparison with the national average. A ceiling of 25-quintal purchase on a day has been set for the farmers. State Cooperative Minister Udai Lal Anjana has taken up the matter with Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, requesting him to enhance the procurement limit by 40%. In a letter addressed to Mr. Singh, Mr. Anjana said the Centre should allow the purchase of 14.35 lakh metric tonnes of mustard and 8.65 lakh tonnes of gram to

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About 44% of PM-KISAN beneficiaries await payment from Centre -Priscilla Jebaraj

000 is to be paid by March 31. “These checks and balances were built as we implemented the scheme; it’s not like they were thought of in advance,” said a senior official from the Agriculture Ministry, which is coordinating with the States to roll out the scheme at a breakneck pace. “The four-stage validation came into the picture because we found discrepancies in the names after the first set of beneficiaries,” added t

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Migration in Bengal delta driven by livelihood issues, gender disparity -Shiv Sahay Singh

it comes to those migrating from the region. The study which covers 51 blocks of districts of South and North 24 Parganas reveals that 64% people migrate because of economic reasons, unsustainable Agriculture, lack of economic opportunities and debt; 28 % of the migration from the region is for social reasons and about 7% for environmental reasons like cyclones and flooding. The study, held between 2014 and 2018 focusing on three deltas Ganga Br

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India needs policies to regulate 'bad food' and produce food sustainably, say experts at National Conclave on Food

bial resistance (AMR) and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).Apart from policymakers and regulators from the Centre and some states, the delegates and panelists represented human health, animal health, Agriculture, nutrition, research and academia, food industry, farmers and civil society.   Setting the context to the discussions, Chandra Bhushan, deputy director general at CSE, emphasised that “with the growing NCDs and AMR crisis in the

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India's Missing Agricultural Data -Siraj Hussain

-TheWire.in With respect to Agriculture, a lot of data is either not available or is released with delay. Often, it is inconsistent with other data sets. At the recent Vibrant Gujarat summit, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani said, “In this new world, data is the new oil. And data is the new wealth. India’s data must be controlled and owned by Indian people and not by corporates, especially global corporations.” T

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Deepening slowdown: on the Indian economy

. The data clearly reflect the pain points in the real economy that have been evident for some time now. For one, the farm sector continues to remain in trouble with GVA (gross value added) growth in Agriculture, forestry and fishing having slowed sharply to 2.7% in the last quarter, from a 4.2% pace in July-September and 4.6% a year earlier. With rabi sowing showing a shortfall across most crops after a deficient north-east monsoon, and the abiding s

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Rivers are critical for groundwater recharge -Manoj Misra

er extracted globally, ahead of the US and China. This was not the case in the 1960s and 1970s but the need to grow more food (the Green Revolution) changed that. In 1947, the share of groundwater in Agriculture was 35%; today it is 70%. Please click here to read more.

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Tackling the agrarian crisis, differently -V Kumaraswamy

down the bill on government or the rest of society. It may be possible in Western societies where 2-10 per cent of farmers depend upon the rest 90 per cent, but not in India where 50 per cent are in Agriculture. The sinking water table, largely due to free electricity, even in the land of five rivers (Punjab) is an example of poor policy-making. On the contrary, when West Bengal used to charge farmers and residential units the same rate for ele

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'Access to formal credit increases income of farmers' -TV Jayan

said Anjani Kumar, Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), New Delhi Office. “The government has been making efforts to enhance the flow of credit to the Agriculture sector and they are bearing fruits. However, the demands for agricultural credit are still unmet from the formal sources and, therefore, farmers resort to informal sources to meet their borrowing needs, said Kumar who gave a presentation at th

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Cancer ravages rural Punjab due to chemicals in pesticides; govt assistance fails to improve situation -Arjun Sharma

rur is a district, has hundreds fighting cancer. The disease has spread its tentacles predominantly in the Malwa region of Punjab reportedly due to consistent use of pesticides and other chemicals in Agriculture; these toxic materials have got mixed with the region’s water table and use of that water for agricultural activities as well as drinking has spread the chemicals in residents’ bodies, causing severe ailments among many. A study

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