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State of Agriculture in India -Tanvi Deshpande

f the economy, while the agriculture sector’s contribution has decreased from more than 50% of GDP in the 1950s to 15.4% in 2015-16 (at constant prices).   * India’s production of food grains has been increasing every year, and India is among the top producers of several crops such as wheat, rice, pulses, sugarcane and cotton. It is the highest producer of milk and second highest producer of fruits and vegetables. In 2013, India co

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Giving short shrift to children's rights -Jean Dreze

hree years. A few examples, not exhaustive, are as follows. No maternity entitlements First, the Central government has violated women’s right to maternity entitlements under the National food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 for more than three years. Under the Act, every pregnant woman is entitled to maternity benefits of ?6,000, unless she is already covered by maternity schemes in the formal sector. The Economic Survey 2015-16, in a welcome c

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Tamil Nadu's Amma canteen concept catches on in other states -Nikita Doval

-Livemint.com Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh have started their own versions of Tamil Nadu’s Amma canteens that provide food at heavily subsidized rates New Delhi: The late J. Jayalalithaa’s government in Tamil Nadu had launched Amma Unavagam (Mother’s canteen) with much fanfare in 2013. Meant to provide wholesome food at heavily subsidized rates, the canteens

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Why I would not advocate vegetarianism -Sunita Narain

-Down to Earth Meat eating is not the key issue, it is the amount that is consumed and the manner in which it is produced. This is where India differs. Recently at the release of our book First food: Culture of Taste, which discusses the link between biodiversity, nutrition and livelihoods, I was asked a question. “Why do you not, as an environmentalist espousing the cause of traditional and local diets that are sustainable, condemn meat e

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Neem works its magic on urea -Harish Damodaran

t’s mandatory coating policy brings down sale of fertilisers, despite record farm production Here’s an apparent contradiction: The Narendra Modi government claims that India’s foodgrain output will hit a record 271.98 million tonnes (mt) in 2016-17 — up from last year’s 251.57 mt — with production of rice, wheat, maize, pulses and even oilseeds estimated at all-time highs. Yet, fertiliser sales — conside

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Govt considering imposing import duty on wheat: Agriculture Secy

desh. The crop is yet to arrive in other growing states, he said. Asked about wheat prices, the Secretary said, “Prices at present are ruling above the minimum support price (MSP). State-run food Corporation of India (FCI) is going to procure on a massive scale to ensure the MSP to farmers.” The food Ministry is also keeping a close watch on the arrival of the new crop. It has not firmed u

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India slips in human development index

o; of “combining social protection with appropriate employment strategies”. The report noted with approval India’s progressive laws, especially the Right to Information, National food Security, and Right to Education Acts. It commended the Indian grassroots group Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghatan for popularising social audits of government schemes. Gender disparity Noting that women, on an average, have lower HDI than men a

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What are the lessons learnt from the Right to food case? -Apurva Vishwanath

-Livemint.com Lessons learnt from the Right to food case can be applied for other social issues that end up at the Supreme Court’s doorstep every day New Delhi: In 2001, 47 tribals and Dalits were starved to death in south-eastern Rajasthan as the state reeled from its third consecutive year of drought. The tragedy occurred despite India’s warehouses were brimming with an excess of around 40 million tonnes of More »

Closed mill robs farmers of sugarcane sweetness

ha in the current rabi season with introduction of Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative, Ratoon Management (Ratooning is a practice of growing a crop from the stubbles of previous crop) and the National food Security Mission (NFSM)  under State Plan. The farmers said crushing of sugarcane normally begins in December and harvesting at the right time not only ensures high sweetness content in the crop but also right weight. They are already three

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Why India Needs MNREGA: Evidence From Gujarat -Udayan Rathore

ral roads constructed under the programme have enhanced connectivity between villages and taluks. This has transformed the rural economy, as villages are now able to cultivate and market a variety of food crops, leading to higher incomes and diet diversity. In addition, these roads have cut down travel time, improving access to health centres and facilitating cultural integration in the region. The rural road constructed under MNREGA connects villages

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