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Smallholder farming systems in the Indian Himalayas: Key trends and innovations for resilience -Prakriti Mukerjee, Reetu Sogani, Nawraj Gurung, Ajay Rastogi & Krystyna Swiderska

-IIED Publication, June 2018 Traditional Farmers in the Central and Eastern Indian Himalayas have observed significant climatic changes in recent years, reducing agricultural productivity. They have responded by innovating to increase resilience and yields, using traditional knowledge, biodiversity and external knowledge. This report explores key trends in livelihoods, food security, crop diversity and biocultural heritage across ten commu

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The seeds of sustainability -Sujatha Byravan

uture In early June, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu announced that the State would fully embrace Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF), a chemical-free method that would cover all Farmers by 2024. Earlier in the year, he had revealed these plans at the meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Even though this revolution has been in the works for several years, this is still a momentous occasion and highlights the way to imp

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Judicial panel on Mandsaur deaths: Firing was justified, necessary -Milind Ghatwai

Two protesters had died in police firing at Bahi Parswanath and three outside Pipliyamandi Police Station on June 6. Bhopal: The judicial probe constituted after six deaths and violence during Farmers’ agitation in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh, in June last year, has given a clean chit to the police and CRPF personnel and held that firing was absolutely necessary (“nitant awashyak”) and justified (“nyaysangat”). The

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Centre allows pulses import despite overflowing godowns -Priscilla Jebaraj

-The Hindu Farmers have been staging protests as domestic prices are falling on the back of a glut last year and an expected good harvest following a good monsoon New Delhi: The Union government has allotted quotas for import of pulses and is enforcing an additional import agreement with Mozambique at a time when domestic stocks are at their highest, domestic production is expected to be high and prices are crashing. More »

Acres of contention -Ram Singh

llegally transferred to developers through dubious deals approved by the then Haryana government. Here too, the SC handed over the land to the official agency that was an active partner in the fraud. Farmers were forced to accept paltry compensations. Through such judgments, the judiciary has failed not only to protect the legitimate rights of owners, but also to provide economic justice enshrined in Article 38 of the Constitution. Moreover, the co

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Tenant Farmers bear the brunt of agri distress -KV Kurmanath

-The Hindu Business Line Most suicides among landless and marginal Farmers Hyderabad: Tenant Farmers and cotton growers in Telangana are under severe distress according to a survey of farm families whose bread winner committed suicide. About 75 per cent of the suicide were by tenant Farmers and 81 per cent of them were cotton growers. The survey by

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Cross-border mining ripples -Sumir Karmakar

-The Telegraph Why Farmers worry when Bhutan lifts stones Saralpara (India-Bhutan border): Since the 1990s, Anarshi Iswary and nearly 500 other Farmers from five villages here have been joining hands every Wednesday during the monsoon to build, repair or rebuild a makeshift stone dam on the Saralbhanga, flowing down the hills of Bhutan about 4km away. The Sarpang district administration in Bhutan

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Nitin Gadkari: Difficult for Maharashtra Farmers to abandon sugarcane crop

-Financial Express Water resources minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday it was practically difficult for sugarcane Farmers in Maharashtra to abandon the water-guzzling crop and shift to other crops, as the latter are less remunerative. “I ask as a farmer. I will not undertake the sugarcane crop, you tell me what should I do…. The price of non-basmati rice is `13-14 per kg, which is peanuts and look at the price (escalation) of

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Plastics in agriculture: entry point for carcinogens to food chain -Arjuna Srinidhi

ltivation, micro-irrigation (drips and sprinklers) and plastic mulching. Plastic mulch, in particular, should be of concern to us as it is a potential source of entry into our food system. Why are Farmers turning to plasticulture? The Ministry of Agriculture believes that its optimal application is a step in the right direction to achieve the overall vision of doubling farm income by 2022. The key benefits of plasticulture include;  &

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The Ganna That Prevailed Over Jinnah -Kabir Agarwal With pending dues of Rs 22,000 crore, sugarcane Farmers in the country continue to suffer as the Centre’s package to ‘address the current crisis’ proves thoroughly inadequate and misdirected. The Wire takes a deep dive into the sugarcane crisis. Shamli: On a hot May afternoon, a long queue of tractor trolleys loaded beyond capacity with sugarcane, are lined up outside the Upper Doab Sugar Mills in Shamli district

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