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How a rural distress helpline in Telangana is preventing Farmer Suicides -Priyanka Richi

-TheNewsMinute.com Set up in 2017, Kisan Mitra provides counselling to distressed farmers and acts as a bridge between them and the government. “It was during the 2018 floods that we got a call from a farmer in Adilabad. The caller didn’t need any help for himself but said that his neighbour has been sitting in a corner of his field since morning with a bottle of pesticide in his hand. The...

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The problem with cherry-picking data -Arun Kumar

-The Hindu If it’s the government’s case that NSSO figures are suspect, what has it based policy decisions on? Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri said last week, “we definitely have a data crisis,” and blamed academics for creating a “false narrative”. Yet, at the heart of the data crisis in India is the Central government, which has been holding back important data. Most recently, it did...

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MS Swaminathan, father of Green Revolution, interviewed by Jitheesh PM & Jipson John (Newsclick.in)

-Newsclick.in In an interview, the ‘father’ of India’s Green Revolution, says while technology is necessary, policies on procurement and public distribution are far more important in making agriculture economically viable and sustainable in the country. No one has played a more instrumental role in India’s self-sufficiency in food production than Dr MS Swaminathan — world-renowned agricultural scientist, known as the ‘Father of Green Revolution in India’. After getting a PhD from Cambridge...

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32 years after first farmer suicide in Maharashtra, 'nothing has changed' -Radheshyam Jadhav

-The Hindu Business Line Farmers observe fast to ‘denounce apathy’ to agrarian crisis Pune: Thousands of farmers and activists in Maharashtra observed a day-long fast on Tuesday to commemorate the suicide of Sahebrao Karpe, the first farmer to end his life in the State, and to denounce what they called the government’s apathy towards the agrarian crisis. Karpe, a farmer from drought-prone Yavatmal district of Maharashtra, committed suicide along with his wife and...

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Maharashtra saw 4,500 Farmer Suicides despite 2017 loan waiver -Radheshyam Jadhav

-The Hindu Business Line In the last 5 years, 14,034 ryots from the State — 8 a day — have killed themselves Pune: In the last five years (2014-18), Maharashtra saw 14,034 farmers — that’s eight a day — end their lives. In fact, over 4,500 committed suicide after the State announced a ?34,000-crore loan waiver in June 2017. This information on farmer-suicides over the last five years has come to light from...

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