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Why farmers are not cheering their exceptional feat this kharif season -Richard Mahapatra

-Down to Earth Highest rice acreage in six years, more farmers in farms, a bounty monsoon and an expected bumper harvest don't enthuse farmers as their earning dips   It is a piece of news that everybody would love to cheer about, except those who made this possible. The current kharif season is exceptional. In comparison to last year, over eight million more hectares of farms are under cultivation this season. There are more...

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COVID-19 Impact: 41 Lakh Youth Lost Jobs in India, Says ILO-ADB Report

-TheWire.in/ PTI The young people's employment prospects in Asia and the Pacific are severely challenged due to the pandemic, the report found. New Delhi: As many as 41 lakh youth in the country lost jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic while construction and farm sector workers account for the majority of job losses, according to a joint report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). “For India, the...

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COVID-19 Lockdown Cost Livelihood of 78% Informal Sector Workers, Says Survey

-Newsclick.in Among the total respondents, 15% are from scheduled tribes and 39% are scheduled castes, which is higher than their proportion in the country’s population. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the workers, especially in the informal sector, into a deep crisis. A recent report “Workers in the Time of COVID-19" on informal workers says that more than 78% of workers have lost their livelihoods since the pandemic-induced lockdown. The survey by ActionAid India...

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Where is the staff to serve in rural areas and implement schemes?

Huge sums of money are allocated for the rural and agrarian sectors by the Union Government in its annual budget every year, and rightly so. But in the absence of adequate number of officials in rural areas, can the various schemes and programmes of the government be implemented properly? We will find the answer if we think about this issue deeply and the answer that would emerge should bother us...

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Explained: Why organic matter in soil is crucial for a state like Punjab -Anju Agnihotri Chaba

-The Indian Express Indian-American soil scientist Dr Rattan Lal said in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh soils are degraded and depleted because ‘organic matter' is quite below (.5-.2 per cent). In the past five decades, the state had achieved several firsts in the field of Agriculture and even became the first state in the country to install soil fertility map in each village to improve soil health. But the soil of Punjab...

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