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Paddy, tube wells and depleting groundwater: Why Punjab's water resources are under strain -Vikas Vasudeva

-The Hindu Rice cultivation in Punjab, which thrived in the past due to the easy availability of water resources and free supply of electricity to Farmers, is under considerable strain now. Vikas Vasudeva examines how overexploitation has made groundwater not only scarce but also increasingly alkaline. Gurmeet Singh, 60, a tall land-owning farmer in Bhattiwal Khurd village, which is located in Punjab’s Sangrur district, has yet again pla

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The perpetual El Nino -Jatin Singh

The budgetary estimate for the Agriculture Ministry for 2019-20 is 140 per cent higher than that for 2018-19, mainly due to the Rs 75,000 crore allocated to the PM-Kisan programme which aims to boost Farmers’ incomes by paying them Rs 6,000 a year in three equal instalments. Please click here to read more.

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Here is a solution for crop residue burning problem -Jyoti Singh

tractor-mounted device — will eliminate air pollution and reduce green house gas emissions from on-farm activities by more than 78 per cent relative to all options A new study has found that Farmers in north India can not only help reduce air pollution but also improve the productivity of their soil and earn more profits if they stop burning their crop residue and instead adopted the concept of no-till farming. The researchers compared the

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Solar pump scheme needs serious relook -Chandra Bhushan

irrigation pumps into solar-powered pumps in a short period of three years. This rapid transition is possible because the scheme makes buying pumps extremely affordable for medium-sized and large Farmers. With 30% subsidy from the central and state government each and provision to take bank loans for 30% of the cost, Farmers have to shell out only 10% of the cost to buy solar pumps. But, what will be th

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India's water problem has a simple solution -Mihir Shah

irrigation is for water-guzzling crops — rice, wheat and sugarcane. Reducing this number is the most effective way of solving India’s water problem. But can we do this without hurting our Farmers, who are already in so much distress? Yes, we can. Indeed, it turns out that the solutions to India’s water crisis and that of the Farmers, lie in the very same direction. India’s More »

New Andhra Pradesh Cultivators Act Unlikely to Solve Tenant Farmers' Problems -G Ram Mohan

on after coming to power with an absolute majority, the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party-led state government passed the Andhra Pradesh Crop Cultivators Rights Act, 2019. The promises made to Farmers by the YSRCP in the run up to the polls had elicited great hope and enthusiasm, especially against the backdrop of rampant farmer suicides in the state. The new Act promises several measures that will protect tenant More »

Linking Farmers to futures market in India -Tirtha Chatterjee, Raghav Raghunathan and Ashok Gulati

-Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), Working Paper 383 Farmers, especially small and marginal, do not directly trade in agri-futures market in India. Their small size, lack of trust and understanding of futures market and dependence on middlemen, are some of the main deterrents. The role of Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) is crucial in this context since they can procure commodities, aggregate them and e

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Zero Budget Natural Farming: Another Case of 'Raw Wisdom' Over Science? -Kabir Agarwal

nclear which scientific studies – if any – these conclusions are derived from. New Delhi: During her budget speech in July, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman responded to widespread Farmers’ distress by saying that they would be encouraged to adopt a ‘zero budget’ technique that would take India’s agriculture sector ‘back to basics’. Zero-budget natural farming (ZBNF), as a formal technique devi

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Will Punjab and Haryana HC's recommendations reduce Farmers' burden? -Rajeev Khanna

ng it to thrice the cost of production, are practical but need effort in implementation, say experts The Punjab and Haryana high court recently recommended that minimum support price (MSP) be made Farmers’ legal right and it be set at three times the cost of production. But will these or a slew of other measures the court suggested address the agrarian crisis? There are many important implications of and concerns regarding the judicial not

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