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Hard reality and political compulsions may force a rural-focused budget

  Budgetary allocation to a particular sector indicates how much priority the government assigns to that sector as compared to the rest. A preliminary analysis by the Inclusive Media for Change team indicates that the actual expenditure (net of receipts and recoveries) by two of the country’s most important ministries, namely the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (MoAFW) and the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) was less than 1 percent...

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Organic farmers claim natural pesticide saved paddy from pests -Shishir Arya

-The Times of India NAGPUR: Amid paddy growers of east Vidarbha reeling under a major pest attack, some of them who have adopted organic farming claim they could prevent losses in their fields using natural pesticides. They had gathered at a meet organized in the city by Bijotsav — an organization promoting organic agriculture. As each of them spoke about their experiences, the farmers from Gondia and Chandrapur districts claimed to have...

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The permanent debt trap of Gujarat -Rutam Vora

-The Hindu Business Line Farmers have been borrowing from banks to repay lenders and reversing the cycle Ahmedabad: In the Saurashtra region of Gujarat, a saying goes: “A farmer is always indebted. He is born in debt and dies with a debt. What matters is how he manages this debt in his life.” There is a skew in Gujarat’s water resource distribution. Saurashtra covers 31 per cent of the State’s landmass but gets...

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Multiple, inter cropping can trap insects before they become pests, says expert -Snehlata Shrivastav

-The Times of India NAGPUR: Multiple cropping (growing many crops simultaneously), and intercropping (growing different crops between rows of a single crop) can completely do away with the problem of Pest Attacks, and help minimize or eliminate use of pesticides. Ignoring this well known fact, agriculture department as well as farmers have resorted to extreme and unscientific use of pesticides, raising costs for farmers, and even leading to farm labour deaths...

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Paddy plea at PM door -Subhashish Mohanty

-The Telegraph Bhubaneswar: An Assembly committee will seek a fresh appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to consider Odisha's demand to increase the minimum support price for paddy. The decision to meet Modi was taken on Friday at a House committee meeting presided over by Speaker Pradeep Amat. The committee had approached the Prime Minister's Office twice this year, but without any success. Leader of the Opposition Narasingh Mishra said: "The Speaker will write...

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