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Policy bias against rainfed agriculture -Priscilla Jebaraj

es lower, government procurement of their crops is a fraction of major irrigated land crops, and many of the government’s flagship agriculture schemes are not tailored to benefit them. A new rainfed agriculture atlas released this week not only maps the agro biodiversity and socio-economic conditions prevailing in such areas, but also attempts to document the policy biases that are making farming unviable for many in these areas. There has

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'Rainfed farmers are the most neglected'

-The Hindu Business Line Need to do more R&D in rainfed agriculture and bring in more policy perspective: Ashok Dalwai Even though rainfed agriculture contributes to 60 per cent of the value of agriculture GDP of India, there is a clear-cut bias towards irrigated areas when it comes to public investment in agriculture in the country. This neglect, together with unsuitable programme design, ha

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Changing rainfall patterns cause for worry in India -Nidhi Jamwal

nfall pattern in India is a huge concern as the country’s water and food security is at a risk. According to a 2017 document of the Indian government’s think tank NITI Aayog, Revitalising rainfed agriculture in India, India is already water stressed. Almost 52% of its cropped area remains without irrigation and some areas are chronically water stressed. The share of canal in net irrigated area has declined from 39.8% to 23.6%, whereas g

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Between 2013-14 & 2016-17, rabi foodgrain output likely to drop by 1 million tonne

tes from southern part of India. A report from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) says that the largely deficient rainfall during October-December, 2016 was likely to have an adverse impact on rainfed agriculture especially in Tamil Nadu & Puducherry, wherein agricultural activities mainly rely on northeast monsoon. The same IMD report says that Tamil Nadu had received rainfall that was 62 percent short of normal during the northeast monsoo

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Pro-Farmer? It’s Just An Eye-Wash: Read NAPM’s Critique Of The Budget-2016

are excluded from bank loans, insurance and subsidies, no measures were announced for their inclusion. There was no mention of Bhumiheen Kisan in the entire speech. – No special measures for rainfed agriculture which faces the brunt of the crisis. – Most of what the Budget speech projects as big favours to the farming community is actually “Business as usual” with a sleight of hand. The outlay of Rs. 35,984 crores to Agri

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Budget 2016-17: Terrible Let-down for Indian Farmers

pers are excluded from bank loans, insurance and subsidies, no measures were announced for their inclusion. There was no mention of Bhumiheen Kisan in the entire speech. - No special measures for rainfed agriculture which faces the brunt of the crisis. Most of what the Budget speech projects as big favours to the farming community is actually “Business as usual” with a sleight of hand. The outlay of Rs.35,984 crores to Agriculture

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Facing uncertain rains, farmers dig in -Amita Bhaduri

iations", says Prosenjit Mondal, who coordinates PRADAN’s work on happas at Bankura. Through these groups, livelihoods were promoted in a diverse range of sectoral activities related to rainfed agriculture based on the resources, skills, and risk perception of the households. PRADAN supported and assisted the Self Help Groups to leverage finances from the government for this. It also helped them establish collaborative linkages with bank

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Schemes and Programmes for the Benefit of Small and Marginal Farmers

atives for the development of agriculture and allied sectors. The focus of Government is primarily to increase farm income, creation of non-farm income opportunities, improvement in productivity of rainfed agriculture, increasing coverage of farming areas under protective irrigation and establishing appropriate backward and forward linkages. Soil assessment based crop planning is being introduced. National Adaptation Fund is being set up to ta

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June of 2014: short by just 0.2 mm rains of being the driest ever

verage rain for this month. An earlier release suggested that the rainfall between June 1 and 27 in the country was only 80.8 mm. This is bad news for everyone, particularly farmers dependent on rainfed agriculture. India has received rains below 100 mm only three times before since 1901. In 1905, India received 88.7 mm of rain, in 1926, it received 97.6 mm and in 2009 when India suffered one of its worst droughts, the figure was 85.7 mm. T

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Extremes in monsoon rainfall growing: study-N Gopal Raj

paper, in an email. A continuation of those trends could "imply increased flooding risk in parts of [that] region and also can have substantial impacts on farmers that still primarily depend on rainfed agriculture." Several papers Several papers in recent years have drawn attention to the increasing intensity of heavy rainfall events over central India, commented M. Rajeevan, an atmospheric scientist and adviser to the Ministry of

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