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FAO Country Director in India Tomio Shichiri interviewed by Abhimanyu Chakravorty (The Indian Express)

inforce the need for agrobiodiversity. It is crucial not only for dietary health but also to protect biodiversity and natural resources. Improve productivity and income and increase the resilience of Farmers to challenges such as climate change and drought. It is difficult to predict and prepare for natural disasters. But the focus should always be on building climate-resilient agriculture. Early warning systems are very important to minimise losses o

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Plight of cotton Farmers still unresolved -Sachin Kumar Sharma & Abhijit Das

observed World Cotton Day on October 7. While this initiative is laudable, it does not conceal the harsh reality that the WTO has failed repeatedly in its efforts to improve the plight of poor cotton Farmers in African countries by getting the US to cut its subsidies to cotton. It compels a sober reflection on what was the problem, how it was sought to be addressed and what went wrong. For the past two centuries, cotton was an embodiment of slavery

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Nobel imprint in Punjab: Cash incentive scheme to save power and water -Anju Agnihotri Chaba

in collaboration with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), a Massachusetts Institute of Technology-affiliated research centre co-founded by Banerjee and Duflo, the scheme virtually pays Farmers for using less power — and hence, water — to irrigate their paddy and wheat crops. ‘Pani Bachao Paisa Kamao’ was launched last year as a pilot project by the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) on six of the s

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Extreme weather events destroying our economy in a big way, indicates official data

ficial report, which was released in April this year, among other things, shows that extreme weather events have taken a huge toll on both human and cattle lives, personal property and crops grown by Farmers and farm workers. A chapter on extreme weather events and natural disasters in the report entitled EnviStats India 2019, Vol. I: Environment Statistics reveals that more than 2,100 Indians died every year because of extreme natural events betw

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Women Farmers focus of Rajasthan govt's new subsidy scheme -Rakesh Goswami

-Hindustan Times The scheme launched to give more subsidies to Farmers will prefer women for benefits for gender mainstreaming in agriculture, said officials Jaipur: The Rajasthan government will focus on women Farmers in a new subsidy scheme for livelihood improvement, said officials. The scheme launched to give more subsidies to Farmers will prefer w

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Time to TOP up -Ashok Gulati & Harsh Wardhan

-The Indian Express Tomatoes-onions-potatoes face extreme price volatility. Addressing it requires sustainable solutions, not temporary ad hoc measures. Last month, on September 13, when onion retail prices crossed Rs 40/kg in Delhi, the government was hyperactive and imposed a minimum export price (MEP) of $850/tonne. Later on, as prices went further up to Rs 50-60/kg, stocking limits were imposed on traders and exports of onions were banned. It created problems in neighbouring countri

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The government needs to midwife Indian agriculture to an organic revolution -Abhik Roy and Nikhil Kumar

-Down to Earth Instead of making it difficult for the organic Farmers, government should devise methods to reduce the complexity of the certification process Organic farming is native to India. However, since 1966, with the inception of the Green Revolution in India, it has taken a backseat. The transition from traditional agriculture to modern agriculture shifted the objective of farming. The need to change the methods of farming to meet t

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Ethanol policy for millers -- Farmers left high and dry -Raju Shetti

-The Indian Express More than 90 per cent of the cane returns are spent by Farmers. as cultivation cost and for repayment of crop loans. So how would these Farmers survive for a year or more without receiving their entire produce amount by a sugar mill? The sugar industry was unanimous in hailing the push given by the Narendra Modi government for the production of ethanol. The policy, which was unv

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Farmers' Movements call for protests across the country on October 24, 2019 against RCEP Free Trade Agreement

-Press release by Alliance for Sustainable & Holistic Agriculture (ASHA) dated 6 October, 2019 Farmers’ movements are inviting all citizens, social organisations and people’s movements of India to hold protests all over the country on the 24th of October 2019, against the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Free Trade Agreement. The Indian government is negotiating RCEP with 15 other countries including ASEAN c

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With GI tag, will the Tirur betel leaf go places? -V Sajeev Kumar

-The Hindu Business Line Kochi: Kerala betel leaf Farmers are pinning hopes on the Geographical Indication status received for Tirur Vettila, the unique betel leaf variety from Malappuram district of the State, as the tag is likely to enhance its marketability in Asian markets. Pakistan was a major market for Tirur Vettila till 2016, when the government imposed restrictions by levying additional duties on the merchandise trade between the two

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