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The misery of farmers in the midst of plenty -Himanshu

ing projected by the mainstream media, the reality is that the rural economy continues to worsen. While farmers continue to suffer due to falling output prices, the shift in terms of trade against Agriculture continues to squeeze profit margins in an already fragile agrarian economy. So is the case with workers engaged in the non-farm sector with economic activity remaining subdued, particularly in rural construction and manufacturing. The wages

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'58 lakh farmers will benefit from Rythu Bandhu scheme'

e, Harish tells officials SANGAREDDY (Telangana): Irrigation Minister T. Harish Rao has called upon the officials and public representatives to make the Rythu Bandhu (investment support scheme for Agriculture) a grand success, stating that this will benefit more than 58 lakh farmers in the State covering about 1.42 crore acres. He said the programme would be held from May 10 to May 17. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao is slated to inaugurate the

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Take a call on banning 18 pesticides, SC directs Centre -Jayashree Nandi

t toxic pesticides which was taking a toll on farmers’ health. Petitioners in a PIL filed last year—Kavitha Kuruganti, Ananthoo and Amar Singh Azad issued a statement highlighting how the Agriculture ministry was delaying the process of phasing out dangerous pesticides by constituting multiple committees and not implementing its own draft notification on banning 12 pesticides with effect from January 1, 2018 and six others from January 1,

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Demonetisation 2.0: cash crunch hits farmers, again -Banjot Kaur

dhra Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. Down To Earth spoke to farmers and experts in three of these states. Ramanjaneyulu GV, executive director of Hyderabad-based Centre for Sustainable Agriculture says the cash crisis is a double whammy for farmers. “The harvest season is on and whatever crop the state government procures, it pays the farmers through cheques. But when farmers are going to withdraw money from banks, they return emp

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Dealing with the residue -Ajay Vir Jakhar

e the crisis. But there is also an urgent need for such an evaluation. The Centre has allocated Rs 1,050 crore to the states where crop residue burning poses a pollution hazard. The Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has also announced a scheme to promote mechanisation of Agriculture that envisages proper management of crop residue. Each acre of paddy generates about 2-3 MT (metric tonnes)

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Uttarakhand braces itself for dry days -Saurabh Sharma

es of the state are expected to be affected by a severe water crisis. Lokesh Verma, a farmer from Nainital’s Chanfi village, says this is the third year in a row that he is bearing losses in Agriculture. “I have lost around Rs 2 lakh and there’s a debt of Rs 70,000 to pay off. I grow strawberries, guavas and peas in my 15 bighas of land, but there is not enough water in the hills to irrigate crops properly,” he says. He s

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Vegetables produced in Kerala safe, says Agriculture Department

-The New Indian Express THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The vegetables produced in the state are now safer, according to the Agriculture Department as 93.6 per cent of samples of vegetables tested in the Kerala Agricultural University labs were devoid of pesticides. Only 38 of the 543 samples tested showed mild presence of toxins, and of these, only four revealed the presence of banned pesticides, Agriculture M

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Can goats secure livelihood for small and marginal farmers?

e and breed twice a year. Most of the time they give birth to twins, sometimes to triplets or quadruplets. This is why farmers, especially small and marginal in ecologically fragile areas, shift from Agriculture and cattle rearing to goat rearing. In a two-day conference, starting today, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is partnering with the Centre, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Agri-solutions, to discuss how

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'Chana farmers to lose Rs 6,170 crore' -Jayashree Bhosale

-The Economic Times PUNE: Chana farmers stand to lose Rs 6,170 crore as they have not received the government assured minimum support price (MSP) for a good chunk of their crop, according to the ‘loot calculator’ of Jai Kisan Andolan (JKA), a movement which works for farmers’ rights. The Andolan, launched by Yogendra Yadav founded Swaraj Abhiyan, has gleaned this crop of data based on an expected production of 1,110 lakh quintals of chana and an MSP of Rs 4,400/ quintal

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