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The misery of farmers in the midst of plenty -Himanshu

-Livemint.com For the first time during the tenure of the present government, overall inflation of food articles is negative, implying a decline in prices Last week the India Meteorological Department (IMD) presented its first forecast for the monsoon this year. The forecast at 97% of the long period average (LPA) suggested yet a third year of normal monsoon rains, following 2016 and 2017. This should have ideally brought cheer to farmers stru

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Take a call on banning 18 pesticides, SC directs Centre -Jayashree Nandi

ealth and ecological impacts. SC has also said that if a decision is taken to ban a particular pesticide, then the ban be implemented within 15 days. Farmers groups, public health experts and safe food activists had submitted to SC that there has already been an “inordinate delay” in phasing out toxic pesticides which was taking a toll on farmers’ health. Petitioners in a PIL filed last year—Kavitha Kuruganti, Ananthoo and A

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Demonetisation 2.0: cash crunch hits farmers, again -Banjot Kaur

tisation is still being felt on this sector. Now, we have another round of cash crunch. The situation would be alarming for farmers if this problem does not gets resolved on ground in 10 days,” food and trade policy analyst Devinder Sharma tells DTE. He adds that more than creating financial crunch for upcoming sowing season, it is impacting the prices at which farmers are selling their produce. “You are already seeing a crash in onion pri

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Poultry farmers cry foul -Parthasarathi Biswas

i Agro Ltd, believes that the reasons for the dip in consumption go beyond seasonal factors. “There is a general economic slowdown that is clearly leading to lower consumption of non-vegetarian food. This is especially so with chicken, which is eaten by many, including those who are vegetarian in the normal course. But when the economy is not doing too well as incomes aren’t growing, these sections would be less inclined to consume the mea

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Centre's move to dilute rules on cattle sale in livestock markets defeats very purpose of animal welfare India -Alokparna Sengupta

al markets or pashu melas have been selling livestock openly and without much thought to the animals themselves. Illegal transportation of animals, over-crowding in markets, failure to provide water, food or shelter to the animals brought and constant tethering of animals in a manner that restricts their movement are merely a few issues that plague these markets. Additionally, these markets do not have any facilities even for providing water, let alon

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Public Health Activists Oppose Maneka Gandhi's Move to Packaged Nutrients over Take Home Rations in Anganwadis -Aradhna Wal

-News18.com Gandhi made the news recently by opposing her own ministry into wanting to convert these to factory made packets instead of sourcing local food items and ingredients. Citing food safety she has pushed for a powdered formula that can be mixed with regular meals. New Delhi: Over a 100 activists and groups have written to Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi opposing th

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'Chana farmers to lose Rs 6,170 crore' -Jayashree Bhosale

n MSP Loot Calculator which gives daily alerts on the losses suffered by farmers in various markets, states, crops etc. According to Avik Saha, national convener Jai Kisan Andolan, “Price of food starts from MSP and if farmers don’t get MSP, they suffer losses and slowly move out of farming. So, for food security of the country, it’s extremely important for farmers to get MSP. This aler

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IMD monsoon forecast showers Indian economy with cheer -Srishti Choudhary & Sayantan Bera

June with details on month and region-wise distribution. If indeed the IMD forecast does pan out then it will have a salutary impact on the macroeconomic framework—especially with respect to food inflation—and mitigate some of the farm distress. Rainfall will be 97% of the 50-year average with a 54% probability that rains will be normal to above normal, the IMD said in its first stage long range forecast. Probability that rainfall wi

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States as policy labs for farming -Rajeev Gowda

-The New Indian Express Something remarkable happened when the farmers came marching to Mumbai recently. Instead of greeting them with hostility, Mumbaikars welcomed them with affection, food and water. This change in attitude was triggered by the farmers’ extraordinary discipline and their efforts to ensure minimal disruption to the Mumbaikars’ routines. Even hard-boiled journalists acknowledged, for a brief moment, urbanites had rea

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Freeing the farm -Ashok Gulati & Shweta Saini

-The Indian Express Raising agricultural exports requires the government to unburden policy of consumer bias. A balance should be struck between meeting the needs of food-insecure consumers and income-insecure farmers. The Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan Singh, recently tweeted about the government’s resolve to increase the value of the country’s agricultural exports to $100 billion by 2022-23. The Dalwai Committee Report on doub

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