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‘Govt sabotaging atmanirbhar plan’ -- farmers criticise masoor duty cut as global prices rise -Samyak Pandey

-ThePrint.in Modi govt reduced the import duty on masoor to less than half on 2 June. Farmers and traders allege move is to aid influential trading groups. New Delhi: Farmers and traders are disappointed with the Narendra Modi government over its decision to cut the import duty on Lentils (masoor dal) to less than half even as the international prices have spiked by over 12 per cent. The agricultural stakeholders criticised the move...

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The Global Economy of Pulses: Impressive gains and the way forward -Boubaker Ben Belhassen and Vikas Rawal

-Networkideas.org Pulses are highly nutritious and their consumption is associated with many health benefits. They are rich in proteins and minerals, high in fibre and have a low fat content. Pulses are produced by plants of the Leguminosae family. These plants have root nodules that absorb inert nitrogen from soil air and convert it into biologically useful ammonia, a process referred to as biological nitrogen fixation. Consequently, the pulse crops do...

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Expect more distress in farm sector, warns expert -M Ramesh

-The Hindu Business Line Opening farm sector for global trade will give farmers a bigger market: S Narayan Farm sector distress is expected to worsen, cautioned S Narayan, who was the Economic Adviser to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. No remunerative prices Speaking on ‘Economy in Election Year’, organised by the Chennai chapter of the Observers Research Foundation, Narayan said the underlying problem is one of abundance of production and farmers not getting...

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Bihar: 48 per cent rain deficit, 35 districts stare at drought -Santosh Singh

-The Indian Express Though drinking water supply has not been hit yet, officials said that as per the assessment of the public health and engineering department, the water table has gone down by one to three feet in 28 districts as compared to last year. Patna: As many as 35 of the 38 districts in Bihar stare at drought because of a 48 per cent rain deficit at the end of three...

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A crop revolution -Anupama Katakam

-Frontline.in The women-led climate-resilient farming model created by Swayam Shikshan Prayog in drought-hit Marathwada has yielded encouraging results and is worthy of emulation across the country. “LOOK at our quinoa. It has grown so well,” says a beaming Shailaja Narwade from Masia village near Solapur in interior Maharashtra. Shailaja has planted the traditional South American plant not for consumption but in order to harvest its seeds. “Quinoa seeds are very valuable...

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