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Govt. advises NDDB to bring Mother Dairy, other units under RTI ambit -Sandeep Singh

had directed the same to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs on April 29, 2019, “for necessary action under intimation to the department,” it had also forwarded the same to the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare. Later, through a written response to Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, NDDB had termed the allegations of fraud as “false and baseless”. The complainant alleged various instances of fraud includin

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Vidarbha reels under agrarian crisis due to delayed and deficient rains -Vivek Deshpande

rival of monsoon, the number of tankers was 553. Only 63 per cent of sowing has been completed so far, as compared to 100 per cent achieved last year, according to Amravati’s Joint Director for Agriculture, Subhash Nagare. Nagare added: “We expect the sowing to be completed by July 20, provided we get rainfall over the next five-six days.” Till date, Amravati has received 74 per cent rainfall whereas Nagpur division got 77 per

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ICAR to study zero budget farming before its rollout -Rituraj Tiwari

-The Economic Times Zero-budget farming is being promoted in several areas as a low-cost, natural alternative to prevalent practices of heavy use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides. NEW DELHI: The government has asked the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), India’s top farm research institution, to conduct a study on the efficacy zero budget farming (ZBF) results before its nationwide rollout. NITI Aayog member and agricultural economics and policy expert Ramesh Cha

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Demands for Grants, Finance Bill may escape scrutiny of Parliamentary panels -Shishir Sinha

nd passage during the week starting July 15. There will also be discussions and voting on Demands for Grants for 2019-20 of three ministries — Road Transport and Highways, Rural Development and Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Youth Affairs and Sports. After this, there will be ‘guillotining’ of Demands for Grants of all other Ministries. Then the government will move the Appropriation Bill to seek approval for withdrawing m

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Explained: Jalyukta Shivar key for Maharashtra, but still has a long road ahead -Anjali Marar

area of Maharashtra falls is rainfed sector while 52 per cent of area is drought prone. This, when coupled with natural rainfall variability and long dry spells during the monsoons, severely hampers Agriculture activities. Since 2014, hundreds of villages in Marathwada, Madhya Maharashtra and Vidarbha have experienced droughts for consecutive years. For instance, when the scheme was launched in 2014, a total of 23,811 villages in 26 out of the total

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MP Raju Shetti, Maharashtra's foremost farmer leader and president of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghtana, interviewed by Ajaz Ashraf (

food grains for them through zero budget farming? This is sheer madness.” There is an inherent seductive charm to the term zero budget natural farming, for it makes the arduous occupation of Agriculture appear beguilingly simple, an economic proposition without any risk or even requirement of capital. Coined by the Vidarbha-based farmer, Subhash Palekar, who was bestowed with the Padma Shri in 2016, zero budget natural farming has acquired th

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Telangana puzzle: Suicides have dipped, but farmers continue to die in large numbers -KV Kurmanath

-The Hindu Business Line Hyderabad: The number of farmer suicides in Telangana seems to have come down over the past few months. But the Agriculture sector continues to suffer from severe distress, and a staggering 12,820 farmers who had taken the Rythu Bima insurance cover have died due to various reasons over the past year. “About Rs.640 crore of the aggregate sum assured has been paid to the kin of 12,820 farmers who had registered fo

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Study puts MGNREGS in Punjab under scanner -Rajeev Khanna

-Down to Earth The employment scheme generated 20.23 average working days in the state against the mandated 100 days, according to a Punjabi University report A high incidence of illiteracy, low levels of education, a major lack of awareness and dependence on Panchayat members and sarpanches have led the much-publicised Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) to fail in Punjab. The scheme generated only 20.23 average days' employment a year in the largely agra

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Finance Minister Ignores Fundamental Rights of Women Farmers to Inherit Land -Naresh Chandra Saxena

ricultural production, their importance both as workers and as farm managers has been growing in the last two decades as more men move to non-farm jobs – leading to an increased feminisation of Agriculture. However, ownership of land is concentrated mostly in male hands in our patriarchal society. Bina Agarwal has estimated that in India, not more than 2 to 5% cultivated land is in favour of women. Lack of entitlement to land (and other asset

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