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India’s dairy sector is in crisis. Government must do more to help -S Mohanakumar

-The Indian Express Dairy farmers need a stable market and better pricing for liquid milk, affordable, uninterrupted supply of feed and reliable veterinary services. In the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, agriculture and allied sectors put up a spectacular performance with an annual growth of 3.4 per cent while the economy contracted by (-)7.2 per cent in 2020-21. In the farm-dependent population comprising cultivators and Agricultural Labourers, those involved in dairying...

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What Lies at the Foundation of the Prolonged Agrarian Crisis in India? -Shinzani Jain

-Newsclick.in The deeper rot in agriculture can be overcome through more far-reaching reforms, starting from an overhaul of pre-capitalist land relations and relations of production that continue to shackle productivity and are at the root of aggravating poverty, unemployment and inequality in rural India. It has been more than five months since farmers from different parts of the country began protesting in Delhi. They have been unflinching when it comes to their...

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Are we listening to the lessons taught in the first year of Covid-19? -Ashish Kothari

-The Indian Express The pandemic revealed the precarious state of India’s informal sector. Localised production, trade and markets offer a better alternative to existing paradigm of development. Another wave of COVID, another round of lockdowns, another long journey back home for migrant workers. If there is one lesson we are learning after a year of COVID-19, it is that we have not learnt any lessons, at least not the crucial ones. 2020 exposed...

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In the farm laws protests, are Punjab’s landless peasants getting left behind? -Prabhjit Singh

-CaravanMagazine.in On 21 February, over one lakh farmers and Agricultural Labourers gathered at a rally in Punjab’s Barnala district to pledge unity in the movement against the 2020 farm laws. The rally was organised by the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) and the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union, two of the biggest unions that represent the interests of the landless peasants and work in tandem with each other. The BKU (EU) president,...

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Don’t ignore the women farmers -Thamizhachi Thangapandian

-The Hindu The gender gap in the agriculture sector will only widen more with the current farm laws Eminent agriculture scientist M.S. Swaminathan once said, “Some historians believe that it was women who first domesticated crop plants and thereby initiated the art and science of farming. While men went out hunting in search of food, women started gathering seeds from the native flora and began cultivating those of interest from the point...

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