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Distress in abundance -Anupama Katakam

-Frontline Low prices following a bumper crop and the State government’s inability to procure much of the yield leave tur Farmers in Maharashtra in a quandary. DROUGHT or abundance, Farmers seem to be perpetually doomed in Maharashtra. The most recent crisis unfolding in the agrarian segment is the crashing prices of pulses, particularly tur dal, and the inability of the State government to p

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From plate to plough: An unfulfilled farm manifesto -Ashok Gulati & Siraj Hussain

tion manifesto and how far the Modi government has progressed in turning those promises into reality. The BJP manifesto stated: “BJP commits highest priority to agricultural growth, increase in Farmers’ income and rural development. BJP will increase public investment in agriculture and rural development; take steps to enhance profitability in agriculture by ensuring a minimum of 50 per cent profits over the cost of production, cheaper agr

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Parched in Tamil Nadu's rice bowl -Avik Saha & Yogendra Yadav

-The Hindu Business Line In the Cauvery delta’s worst drought in 140 years, a padyatra brings home the harsh realities of how Tamil Farmers are living on the edge and what sustains their resilience A farmer sells his sugar cane to the local public sector sugar mill, where he is mandated to sell his crop. Instead of paying, the factory hands him a slip of paper. Eighteen months pass by and he ‘sells’ the next crop to the same

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Deepak Pental, innovator of the transgenic mustard variety, interviewed by Sayantan Bera (Livemint.com)

(GM) mustard, leaving it to the government to take a final call. If approved, it will be India’s first food crop developed using transgenic technology, 15 years after Bt cotton was released to Farmers. The technology is safe and versatile, said Deepak Pental, innovator of the transgenic mustard variety and former head of Delhi University’s Centre for Genetic Manipulation of Crop Plants where the research took place. Edited excerpts from a

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Farm plots in Maharashtra becoming smaller -Zeeshan Shaikh

The Indian Express The total agricultural land has also dipped by 1.18 per cent to 1.97 crore hectares of land. Mumbai: Even as clamour for farm loan waiver grows to afford temporary relief to Farmers amid volatility in commodity prices and poor returns from farm produce, the state is facing a problem of increased fragmentation of agricultural land. Smaller plots not just bring down agricultural productivity, but also affects More »

Farmer suicides in India: myths versus realities -Roshan Kishore

-Livemint.com Farmers commit suicides less often than non-Farmers but they are more likely to commit suicides because of economic distress compared to others With an ongoing petition in the Supreme Court on farmer suicides , and a growing clamour for farm loan waivers across several states of the country, the debate on farm suicides in India seems to be heating up once again. Several commentators

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To save water, Maha govt wants 50% sugarcane crop on drip irrigation in 2 years -Surendra P Gangan

It also stated that 2,100 litres of water is used to produce of a kilogram of sugar against 822 litres in Bihar. Taking cognisance of the matter, the state drafted a policy to encourage sugarcane Farmers to shift to drip irrigation and would be introducing a low interest loan scheme for making the switch. “The average cost of drip irrigation set for a hectare is Rs85,000 , for which we chalked out a plan to disburse loans at 2% interest.

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PKVY to promote traditional farming in Odisha

s. The State Government has targeted to cover 320 clusters comprising 16,000 acres of agricultural land in the 10 districts under PKVY. As paddy cultivation is the principal agricultural source of Farmers, the Government has also decided to promote traditional varieties in these districts. The Farmers will be trained at two resource centres, Rajendra Deshi Chasa Gabesana Kendra at Narisho in Niali of

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A year after drought, Latur makes comeback as major foodgrain market -Abhiram Ghadyalpatil

-Livemint.com Last year’s abundant rains in drought-prone Marathwada region, of which Latur is a part, have helped Farmers produce record amount of pulses Mumbai: Latur is back on its feet and its pulse mills are running again, a year after an acute drought. The dry bed of the Manjra river, the water train from Sangli and the once ubiquitous water tankers have become things of the past. Last year’s abundant rains in Marathwada&m

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Centre asks states to review drought preparedness -Sayantan Bera and Prerna Kapoor

-Livemint.com An advance review of drought preparedness will help mitigate the impact of any sub-par rains on Farmers, says agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh New Delhi: Despite the government’s weather office forecasting a normal south-west monsoon in 2017, agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh on Monday wrote to all state chief minister’s asking them to be ready with contingency plans in case of poor rains. An advance rev

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