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Why climate change studies on rice production are important in Wayanad -Aleena Thomas

-Down to Earth Area under rice cultivation has been declining rapidly in north Kerala district between 2004-05 and 2018-19 Wayanad in Kerala is known for its traditional rice varieties apart from the district’s unique climate and culture. Even a few decades ago, the farming community cultivated almost 75 traditional rice varieties of rice. Over the years, however, it has narrowed down to 20. Adukkan, Veliyan, Chenellu, Chomala, Chenthadi, Thondi, Gandhakasala, Jeerakasala, Mullankaima and...

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Prabhat Patnaik, eminent economist and professor emeritus at Jawaharlal Nehru University, interviewed by Subhoranjan Dasgupta (The Telegraph)

-The Telegraph ‘Farmers at mercy of corporates, food security threatened’ Eminent economist, professor emeritus at Jawaharlal Nehru University and activist Prabhat Patnaik traces the downward and dangerous slide of the Indian economy, from the demonetisation to the new farm bills. * The first onslaught was in the form of the demonetisation. While Amartya Sen termed this step “despotic”, Narendra Modi gushed that there would be no black money after the demonetisation. In the...

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SC restores dismissed PIL challenging validity of Centre’s farm laws

-PTI/ The Hindu The plea said that these laws are “being contra to the Article 246 of the Constitution” as the Agriculture falls in the State list instead of Union List and hence, Parliament has no power to legislate on the subject. The Supreme Court on Thursday restored a PIL, which was dismissed earlier, challenging the constitutional validity of Centre’s newly enacted three farm laws on a ground that Parliament lacked power...

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It’s Time for a 10-Year-Plan that Says How Much Rice and Wheat Will Be Procured From Each State -Siraj Hussain and Jugal Mohapatra Though there is no road map to reduce the production of wheat and rice, it is now possible to reduce India's dependence on Punjab and Haryana for food security by procuring from non-traditional states. Since the enactment of three Agriculture legislations by the Centre in September, sections of the media have rightly or wrongly projected Punjab, and to a much lesser extent Haryana, as a villain. This has led many to believe...

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Farmers developing own soya, onion seeds worry companies -Radheshyam Jadhav

-The Hindu Business Line Early germination failure of soyabean seeds this July saw farmers join hands against seed companies; farmer organisations and political parties now seem to have thrown in their hats Pune: An increasing number of soybean and onion farmers deciding to develop seed plots, so that they don’t have to buy seeds from private seed companies, has the seed industry worried. Maharashtra Agriculture department is encouraging farmers to develop their own...

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