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Bamboo can be more profitable than sugarcane and rice! Check out how -Vivian Fernandes

ivated bamboo as non-forest produce that can be transported without transit permits. Maharashtra has already stolen the march, in April. It is quite keen on promoting bamboo as a source of income for Farmers. In August last year, it created the Maharashtra Bamboo Development Board (MBDB) for this purpose. India has the largest area under bamboo—11.4 million hectares, says TSK Reddy, the board’s managing director. But, as often is the case,

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Can farmer producer groups replace arhtiyas, push crop diversification? -Vibhor Mohan

-The Times of India CHANDIGARH: Agri marketing in Punjab is unimaginable without commission agents (arhtiyas). But a section of Farmers in the state are beginning to respond to farmer producer organizations' (FPOs) attempt at marketing as an alternative to the traditional direct selling. The move is also expected to help Farmers break the wheat-paddy cycle and take to growing vegetables.

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Use of smart machinery can check stubble burning, farm experts suggest

-IANS New Delhi: If the Farmers of Punjab and Haryana were to adopt smart techniques and use appropriate machinery, say experts, they won’t hog the headlines every winter for the wrong reasons — causing smog in the national capital because of stubble-burning. The Borlaug Institute of South Asia (BISA), a non-profit set up in 2011 to harness the latest technology in agriculture to improve farm productivity, has cla

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WTO Summit: What is the biggest takeaway for India; find out here -Biswajit Dhar

easons for the current stalemate is developing countries resisting the pressures of the larger economies to even reduce tariffs, let alone eliminate them. These countries have argued that their small Farmers and MSMEs would find it difficult to compete with the transnational corporations, and as a result, livelihoods would be lost and domestic food security would be under threat in their economies. Despite these arguments being on record, the so-ca

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Farmer's suicide numbers drop for second consecutive year in six districts: Govt data

istrict had registered 386 suicides in 2015, an all time record for any district. Nagpur: Even as the ruling and Opposition parties slug it out in the state legislative Assembly, and outside, over Farmers’ suicide, government statistics have shown a trend of decreasing numbers for the second year in succession after peaking in 2015 in the six districts suicide-prone districts. In 2015, the tally in the six districts — Vidarbha’

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Wheat sowing may go down this year -Deshdeep Saxena

-The Times of India Bhopal: Amidst the looming agrarian crisis and reports of Farmers' suicides in Madhya Pradesh, the peasants are once again under duress as the state stares at a possible drought. Rabi sowing area this year is all set to go down, thereby affecting the wheat production. This may also put a spanner in the state's ambition to bag yet another Krishi Karman award. Talking to TOI, minister for agriculture Gaurishankar Bisen said t

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India manages to shield Farmers' interests, ensure food security at WTO -Kirtika Suneja

-The Economic Times BUENOS AIRES: India managed to protect its Farmers' interests and ensure food security for its poor even as the ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) is unlikely to yield much progress. A series of work programmes on issues such as agriculture, domestic support, fisheries subsidies, e-commerce and services are expected, increasing the chances of some progress in next ministerial meet in 2019. "India

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This Farmer Grew 100 Tonnes of 20-Foot Tall Sugarcane in One Acre! Here's How! -Manabi Katoch

various techniques of planting sugarcane on his farm. As luck would have it, the local Rajaram Bapu Sugar Factory invited Prof. Aabasaheb Salunkhe from Vasant Dada Sugar Institute, Pune to train the Farmers for free. “It was Aabasaheb who visited our farms and resolved our problems. He also made us understand the contents of the fertilisers used to grow sugarcane and the optimum utilisation of it. Before this, we did not even know what we we

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WTO talks in Buenos Aires on brink of collapse -D Ravi Kanth and Asit Ranjan Mishra

eks. The meeting at Buenos Aires was supposed to evolve a solution, failing which policies pursued by India— such as public procurement for food security and providing minimum support prices to Farmers—could come under WTO scrutiny. On Monday, trade minister Suresh Prabhu had made India’s position clear—that any outcome at Buenos Aires is presaged on a permanent solution to the issue of public stockholding for food security.

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25 years on, this institute continues to share waste management tips -Aishwarya Upadhye

almost three times a week has changed to once a week due to the reduced amount of garbage," she says. Apart from waste management, the institute also strives to promote organic farming among Farmers. For the past 20 years, the institute has persuaded several Farmers to opt for organic farming and keep away pesticides and fertilizers. "We encourage them to use their own farm waste and animal du

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