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Coronavirus outbreak: Food supply shadow on the poorest -Basant Kumar Mohanty

-The Telegraph As the virus spreads and cases mount, the supply chain involving Agricultural Inputs, production, transportation and shipping will be disrupted Thirty per cent of India’s lowest income class, already undernourished, could be hit the hardest by the coronavirus pandemic, going by the analysis of an official report and a warning from the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation. What might further aggravate the situation for the country’s working class, experts and...

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Farmers and others -Christophe Jaffrelot

-The Indian Express Will the kisan take care of interests of landless peasants as well? In the aftermath of the demonstrations by farmers in the name of agricultural prices and loan waiving, it is important to remember that village India also comprises of landless peasants who have nothing to sell on the market and have never gone to a bank. Their condition has deteriorated, too, as a result not only of the...

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Why record foodgrain production failed to cheer farm input providers -R Sree Ram

-Livemint.com Both fertilizer and agrochemical companies are highly dependent on imports for raw materials. With rupee depreciation exacerbating the rise in prices of raw materials, the profitability of the companies is expected to take a hit this year The forecast of a record foodgrain production in the ongoing kharif season has brought no cheer to Agricultural Inputs stocks. Shares of Rallis India Ltd lost 3% last week. Dhanuka Agritech Ltd slumped 12%....

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Minimum Support Price for rice gave return of 50% over cost 13 times since 1996-97 -Roshan Kishore

-Hindustan Times The union cabinet announced Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for the 2018-19 Kharif marketing season on Wednesday. MSPs for all crops are at least 50% more than the projected A2+FL cost of production. New Delhi: The union cabinet announced Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for the 2018-19 Kharif marketing season on Wednesday. MSPs for all crops are at least 50% more than the projected A2+FL cost of production. Broadly speaking the A2+FL...

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Plastics in agriculture: entry point for carcinogens to food chain -Arjuna Srinidhi

-Down to Earth Fragments of plastic film have been shown to release potentially carcinogenic substances into soil Plasticulture, or the use of plastics in agriculture, is evident in the form of lining of farm ponds, greenhouse cultivation, micro-irrigation (drips and sprinklers) and plastic mulching. Plastic mulch, in particular, should be of concern to us as it is a potential source of entry into our food system. Why are farmers turning to plasticulture? The Ministry...

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