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Number crunching helps farmers manage water -Manu Moudgil

udgeting can prevent over-extraction of groundwater and mounting farm debt. At 42 years, Bhagwat Ghagare seems young. But he is old enough to have seen his village prosper and decline many times. farming had traditionally been small and distress migration rampant at Kumbharwadi in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. Between 1998 and 2002, a non-profit organisation, Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR), initiated a work related to rainwater harve

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About 44% of PM-KISAN beneficiaries await payment from Centre -Priscilla Jebaraj

8 crore farm families are still awaiting processing or are caught somewhere within a four-stage validation process set up belatedly to weed out fakes. The scheme to pay Rs. 6,000 per year to small farming families was introduced less than a month before the announcement of the Lok Sabha polls, and the first instalment of Rs. 2,000 is to be paid by March 31. “These checks and balances were built as we implemented the scheme; it’s not

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PM Kisan is fine, but raise investment to make farming sustainable -Ashok Gulati & Ritika Juneja

-Financial Express Just ahead of the 2019 general elections dates announcement, the prime minister launched the centrally sponsored ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi’ (PM-Kisan) scheme of Rs 75,000 crore for small and marginal farm families. On February 24, 2019, from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, he transferred the first installment of Rs 2,000 each (out of `6,000 per annum) into the bank accounts of 1.01 crore farm families, amounting to `2,021 crore. By March 9, 2.6 crore farm

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India needs policies to regulate 'bad food' and produce food sustainably, say experts at National Conclave on Food

eeded to reduce misuse of antibiotics in food animals and to containAMR (antimicrobial resistance) – operationalise the National Action Plan on AMR and developState Action Plans * Make organic farming a mass movement * FSSAI must notify labelling regulations and ban bad food in schools. Robust regulatory framework for advertisement of bad foods essential New Delhi: At a day-long National Conclave on Foodorganized here today by Centre for S

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'Government isn't able to provide even small jobs': Unemployment, anger in Jaipur's informal sector -Madhav Sharma

ts of demonetisation and GST continue to be felt across the country on the eve of the elections At three grimy market squares in India’s pink city of sandstone palaces, the fates of a former farming couple, a former factory owner, and a graduate illustrated how difficult it now is to find even a job of hard labour, as a general election looms in a country witnessing record unemployment. It had been eight days since Shanti Devi, 30, and her

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'Seed Mother' who never went to school has lessons for scientists -Radheshyam Jadhav

-The Hindu Business Line Working from a mud house in a remote Maharashtra village, Rahibai Popere is taking farming back to its roots Pune: Twenty years ago, when her grandson fell ill, Rahibai Popere was convinced vegetables and foodgrains containing ‘poison’ had made the child unhealthy. She asked her son to stop buying vegetables and foodgrains grown using hybrid seeds, chemicals and fertilisers. And then started a journey to

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Is the Modi Government Truly Committed to Rural Development? -Bharat Dogra

crore in 2015-16 – more than the budget estimates for 2018-19 as well as 2019-20. Yet, all official rhetoric suggests that the scheme is advancing rapidly. When it comes to promoting organic farming, the rhetoric levels of the Modi government are even higher. Let us look at the scheme which is supposed to promote this – the Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY). The scheme’s revised estimate in 2018-19 was reduced to Rs 300 cror

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Niti Aayog working on policy to end crop residue burning -Yogima Seth Sharma

alternative uses of crop residue to prevent on-farm burning; working on modalities for potential of economic utilisation of agricultural biomass waste in India targeting to convert manure to support farming sector,” one of the officials said. Agricultural straw is mostly used as fodder for cattle or for making cardboard in areas where farmers harvest their crop by hand. But where the task is being done by machines, most of it remains in the

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Smart farming in a warm world -Feroze Varun Gandhi

entially leading to a 22% decline in wheat yield in the rabi season, while rice yield could decline by 15%. Some solutions There are simple solutions to mitigate this. Promotion of conservation farming and dryland agriculture, with each village provided with timely rainfall forecasts, along with weather-based forewarnings regarding crop pests and epidemics in various seasons, is necessary. Our agricultural research programmes need to refocus on

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