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India's non-agrarian rural economy struggles for sustenance -Richard Mahapatra

-Down to Earth Farmers and farm labourers, who want to quit agriculture, are stuck in the non-remunerative work since other sectors are not generating jobs at the required rate We are fairly sure by now that the upcoming Budget would be the first government instrument towards the prime minister’s ambitious plan of making India a $5 trillion economy by 2024. Currently, India is nearly a $2.8 trillion economy. It is obvious we don’t

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Dr. Arun Shah, a Muzaffarpur-based paediatrician, interviewed by Banjot Kaur (Down to Earth)

governments, both central and state, must accept that malnutrition is the cause. They should not try to run away from their responsibility to deal with malnutrition by putting the onus on poor litchi Farmers. Q. How does malnutrition cause hypoglycaemia? Malnourished children have depleted glycogen store in the liver. So if there is no glycogen reserve, the glycogen breaks into glucose. When the shortage further increases, even fats start burnin

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Making dam water reach the Farmer -Mihir Shah

oughts and water shortages only seems to intensify by the day. We have spent more than Rs 400,000 crore on their construction but trillions of litres of water stored in these dams is yet to reach the Farmers for whom it is meant. As former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would say, “the outlay-outcome gap” keeps widening. In irrigation-specific terms, this is the growing divergence between the irrigation potential we have created (113 millio

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Nearly 60% of Vidarbha's orange orchards dead due to drought -Snehlata Shrivastav

pletely dry and, for all purposes, died this year. The loss is stark in Warud tehsil of Amravati district followed by Katol and Narkhed tehsils of Nagpur district. For the first time, big and rich Farmers are talking about selling off their lands and switching to other occupations.   The vagaries of weather, scanty and erratic rains in last two years coupled with prolonged high temperatures throughout May and delayed pre-monsoon rains this

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Bullet train impact on Gujarat Farmers: Japanese funders asked to provide report

f India, after a JICA team's visit to Gujarat and Maharashtra. Top funders of the high profile project, JICA's Matsumoto and other team members visited the two states in order to take a view of of Farmers and civil society representatives on its possible adverse impact on the ground. The visit took place on December 7-8, 2018 in Gujarat and January 22-23, 2019 in Maharashtra. Please click here to read more.

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Centre's Crop Insurance Scheme Fails the Drought Test, 40% Claims Unpaid -Kabir Agarwal and Dheeraj Mishra

es amounted to Rs 20,747 crore while the claims paid totalled Rs 7,696 crore. New Delhi: Insurance companies have missed the deadline to recognise and pay claims worth over Rs 5,000 crore made by Farmers under the Centre’s Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) scheme, according to data obtained by The Wire through right to information (RTI) requests. The pending insurance claims – which state governments have certified, but have

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On CMs' table today: Plan to revamp permit-raj food laws -Ravish Tiwari

ct, 1955 and Prevention of Black-marketing and Maintenance of Supplies of Essential Commodities (PBMSEC) Act, 1980 be scrapped altogether and replaced with a modern statute balancing the interests of Farmers, consumers and supply chain participants?” is one of the items top on the agenda circulated to CMs, sources said. Alternatively, the proposal has suggested classifying commodities under the EC Act into two categories: Priority One —

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Updated farm policy by Odisha government in making

-The New Indian Express The draft on Odisha's new farming policy is being worked out through consultation with experts, universities, civil society and Farmers’ groups. BHUBANESWAR: With Farmers’ issues taking political centre stage and doubling Farmers income being the prime agenda, the State Government has initiated steps to bring out an upd

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