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Govt.'s solution to end stubble burning is too costly for farmers

How many happy seeder machines are currently available in Haryana and Punjab? Against the backdrop of a recent advisory issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in response to the dense smog that engulfed the entire NCR since October this year, the above question seems pertinent. The happy seeder machine is considered as a magic bullet  to curb the menace of stubble burning during the wheat-paddy cropping cycle, which is pred

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Delhi air pollution: What kind of a challenge is stubble-burning? The crisis decoded -Shilpanjali Deshpande Sarma

. As many interested in addressing this problem will tell you, paddy residue burning is as much a socioeconomic challenge as it is one of technology improvisation. Clearly, there is a need to rethink Agriculture policy, innovation & practice and institutional roles in Punjab if one is serious about addressing paddy residue burning. Another important area is crop residue management. There are various on-field (soil incorporation of residue to im

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Cash Crunch: Measuring the impact of notebandi on domestic agricultural markets -Harish Damodaran

-The Indian Express First-ever comprehensive study pegs produce trade losses in mandis from demonetisation at 7-15%. Demonetisation led to the value of farm produce traded in mandis across India collapse by nearly 15 per cent within a week of the decision, with these losses averaging 7 per cent even at the end of 90 days, according to a just-published Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR) working paper. The study, which crunches data on arrivals and prices from 2,953

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Chilling silence on pesticide poisoning -Reena Gupta

Registration Committee (CIBRC) and FSSAI. The CIBRC registers pesticides for crops while the FSSAI sets the maximum residue limits of pesticides for the crops it has been registered for. The state Agriculture universities and departments then make their own recommendations for these pesticides. The Agriculture extension agents would generally follow the recommendations of the state universities and board

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Modifying MGNREGA can alleviate India's farming crisis -Shreoshee Mukherjee

-Hindustan Times The design of large injections of public funds for India’s Agriculture economy needs to be informed with rigorous evaluations on what is effective for higher farm productivity. A wage subsidy for farm-labour is one modification that needs an evaluation, to generate evidence to inform how the MGNREGA policy generates employment when there is need, but without stress to farm production Indian More »

Lack of watershed management, monsoon-based farming hit Agriculture sector in Uttarakhand -Nihi Sharma

y crop intensity of Uttarakhand is poorer than neighbouring Himachal Pradesh, experts say. The crop intensity is the number of times a crop is planted in an agricultural area. Union ministry of Agriculture and farmers’ welfare data, states that Himachal Pradesh reported a 3,100 hectare difference in the crop intensity index between 2012-13 and 2013-2014 while Uttarakhand reported a difference of 2,400 hectare during the corresponding perio

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Drought and now pest attacks: Double danger stalks Odisha's rice fields, its farming mainstay -Priya Ranjan Sahu

er 25. Known as the “rice bowl” of Odisha, Bargarh accounted for six of the deaths. The people who killed themselves are thought to have suffered crop losses and had significant debts. Agriculture is the main occupation for more than 75% of people in Odisha. Of them, 85% are small and marginal farmers with average landholdings of one acre to three acres. The drought prompted state revenue minister Maheswar Mohanty to announce relief

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Vidarbha pesticide deaths: Probe panel may file report this week -Abhiram Ghadyalpatil

s for 1.6 million hectares under cotton. “Vidarbha and Marathwada alone account for 65% of cotton cultivation in Maharashtra,” said a senior official from the Pune-based directorate of Agriculture. In the 2017 kharif season, both Maharashtra and Yavatmal districts saw larger than average area come under cotton cultivation—more than 4.2 million hectares in Maharashtra and 4.70 lakh hectares in Yavatmal district, according to the di

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Apex court lens on 99 pesticides

ph New Delhi: A petition seeking a ban on 99 pesticides already outlawed or restricted in advanced nations has prompted the Supreme Court to seek responses within four weeks from the ministries of Agriculture and chemical-and-fertilisers besides the Central Insecticides Board. These pesticides are killing hundreds in India and causing serious illness to thousands, the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chand

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Loan waiver is not the solution -Anjani Kumar and Seema Bathla

t are mostly usurious, the government has improved the flow of adequate credit through the nationalisation of commercial banks, and the establishment of Regional Rural Banks and the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development. It has also launched various farm credit programmes over the years such as the Kisan Credit Card scheme in 1998, the Agricultural Debt Waiver and Debt Relief Scheme in 2008, the Interest Subvention Scheme in 2010-11, and

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