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In 4 years, farmers' income has increased by just Rs 2,505 per month: NABARD report -Jitendra

13 study by the National Sample Survey Organization (NSSO), another government body that estimated the average monthly income of farm household at Rs 6,426. This income would actually be lesser if food inflation is included. Launched in 2016-17, NAFIS is a national level survey that offers a comprehensive overview of the rural population in terms of their status of livelihoods and level of financial inclusion. It was conducted in more than 40,00

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15 August: Freedom from Hunger? -Subodh Varma food grain availability for Indians has increased by just 3.3% since 1961. On this 72nd Independence Day of our India, while there will be the usual speeches and festivities, spare a thought to this shocking bit of news: average availability of food grains for every Indian has increased by 3.3% since 1961. food grains includes wheat, rice, o

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Promoting pulses offtake via PDS and related policies -G Chandrashekhar

rce warehousing space and incur huge carrying costs. Also, the Centre thinks, warehousing space may be needed during the upcoming kharif harvest less than six weeks away; and of course, demand for food commodities including pulses usually spikes during the festival season that runs from August to October. While the decision to liquidate the stocks is welcome, it is a half-hearted measure that seeks to deal with disposal of accumulated stocks in

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Did Aadhaar Glitches Cause Half Of 14 Recent Jharkhand Starvation Deaths? -Devanik Saha

s that could have saved his life: A pension and a ration card. Like him, 13 others died of starvation in Jharkhand over the last 10 months, according to the latest available data from the Right To food (RTF) campaign, an advocacy group. They should have all benefited from Antodyay Anna Yojana (AAY), the food ration scheme meant for the poorest of poor in India. Please click here to read more.

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Amarjeet Sinha, Rural development secretary, interviewed by Sayantan Bera and Elizabeth Roche (

Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, etc., which are contributing to supplementary incomes in many households. * So, you are saying that agrarian distress is distinct from rural distress... The fact that food inflation has been very low and food prices being low, not only in one commodity but in a range of commodities, it does create a distress, net gains to farmers, marginal, small or big farmers, do tend to c

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A battle to preserve seeds -Raju Gusain

Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar in 2009. BBA activist Biju Negi says, “We participate in fairs to raise awareness about traditional seeds. Besides this we have also started taking part in food festivals – serving traditional Garhwal dishes.” After the Green Revolution of the 1960s, farmers in the hills also adopted high-yielding varieties of seeds. After initial success, the Green Revolution fizzled out as yields began to de

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'The rice that needs no cooking': magic rice variety from Assam gets GI tag -Tora Agarwala

Research, Assam Science Technology and Environment Council and Guwahati University’s Biotechnology Department. According to Kalita, the rice can work well as a “disaster management” food as well as supplement for soldiers in high-altitude frontier areas. “During floods, this is a great ‘emergency food’ for obvious reasons. Going ahead, we hope the government will consider

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Query on adulterated food

-The Telegraph New Delhi: A parliamentary panel examining the functioning of India's food safety authority has sought an explanation for low conviction rates in cases of adulteration and misbranding of food items and criticised the slow implementation of proposals to upgrade state food-testing laboratories. The parliamentary standing committee on health h

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