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The double standards in support to farmers stir -Rohit Parakh

-The Hindu Business Line Developed nations need to look at their own subsidies to farmers, policies on GM crop and pesticide exports The ongoing farmers’ protest has attracted a lot of global attention. So much so that the External Affairs Ministry even put out a rejoinder after some global celebrities tweeted in support of the protest. Some sections of the Indian diaspora, too, expressed their support which has attracted criticism back home. Agriculture...

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Why Bihari Farmers Are Looking to Sell Their Sugarcane in Nepal -Umesh Kumar Ray

-TheWire.in The closure of a sugar mill has left farmers in Sitamarhi and Sheohar with no other option. Sitamarhi (Bihar): Farmer Gunanand Chaudhary of Hirolwa, Majorganj block in Bihar’s Sitamarhi had cultivated sugarcane on a 25-acre field. When the district’s only sugar mill, Riga Sugar Mill, announced that it won’t be opening this year, it came as a shock. Thankfully, Nepal is just four km from his village. Chaudhary has so far sold...

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Doyen Woman Farmer: Centenarian pioneer woman farmer honored with Padma Shri -George Rajasekaran

-VillageSquare.in A hands-on farmer from a young age, unlettered Pappammal has been at equal ease in her farm and in scientific discussions, and a proponent of sustainable and modern farm practices. On January 26, media people descended on the idyllic village Thekkampatti located in the western periphery of Coimbatore district. They had come to interview 105-year-old Pappammal, Thekkampatti’s well-known woman farmer. Pappammal was one of the recipients of Padma Shri, the civilian award,...

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How Can India’s Judiciary be More Economically Responsible? -Pradeep S Mehta

-TheWire.in There is no reason for courts to not take expert assistance in complex matters and it should resort to this route more often. In India, and indeed many countries around the world, development work is seen at a crossroads with protecting the world’s natural environment. Agriculture is the oldest and biggest intrusion into nature, which has historically upset our ecological equilibrium. Besides this, forests have to be cut down; rivers have to...

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State of India’s environment: Why farmers kill themselves

-Down to Earth The back of the Indian farmour is against the wall amid rising costs of inputs, climate change-induced risks and faulty market mechanisms More than 28 farmers and farm labourers die by suicide in India every day, according to the 2021 State of India’s Environment (SoE) report — an annual brought out by Down To Earth in association with Delhi-based non-profit Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). The SoE report highlighted...

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