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Meet 'zero budget' Vidarbha farmer who was mentioned in Budget speech -Parthasarathi Biswas

-The Indian Express Subhash Palekar — came in the Union Budget speech of Nirmala Sitharaman, where she talked of the need to “go back to basics” and “replicate this innovative model (that) can help in doubling our farmers’ income in time for our 75th year of Independence”. THE ECONOMIC Survey on Thursday mentioned Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) along with Vedic Farming, Homa Farming and Cow Farming — and how these...

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Farmers losing Rs. 30,000 cr to low quality pesticides, says farm lobby

-PTI New Delhi: Nearly one-fourth of pesticide samples sold in open market are substandard and losses on account of use of such spurious products are estimated at Rs. 30,000 crore to the farming community, Bharatiya Krishak Samaj (BKS), a farmers’ body said on Monday. According to BKS, 13 out of a total 50 samples of pesticides sold in open market have been found to be substandard in a test conducted at a...

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Two museums in Mandya are saving native paddy grains from extinction -R Krishna Kumar

-The Hindu A farmer’s house in the nondescript Kirugavalu village is the country’s largest private rice museum A serpentine road from Mysuru cuts through lush green fields and leads to an obscure village dotted with run-down houses and petty shops with thatched roofs. Sidestepping a passing herd of sheep, I enter a narrow lane and reach a 75-year-old house with a row of pillars. It is this house, in the nondescript Kirugavalu village in...

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This gel can protect farmers from toxic pesticides -Dinesh C Sharma

-The Hindu Business Line The gel, poly-Oxime has been prepared by InStem researchers from nucleophilic polymer New Delhi: Indian farmers usually do not wear any protective gear while spraying chemicals in fields. This exposes them to harmful toxics contained in pesticides, causing severe health impacts and even death in extreme cases. Indian scientists have now developed a protective gel to address this problem. The gel can be applied on skin and can break...

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How the state and the market failed farmers -Sarthak Gaurav

-Livemint.com Farmers continue to be vulnerable to frequent episodes of losses that neither the state nor the markets have been able to mitigate The dramatic long march to Mumbai involving thousands of distressed farmers on 12 March is a remarkable feat of peaceful protest against the state, given its apathy towards farmers’ distress as well as its failures in safeguarding tribal land rights. However, what is surprisingly missing in this poignant narrative...

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