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Cotton farmers counting the losses -Rutam Vora, KV Kurmanath and Vishwanath Kulkarni

-The Hindu Business Line Rising Pest Attacks are mounting pressure on cotton farmers even as prices play truant. Rajeshbhai Patel is not amused. The farmer in Kadi, northern Gujarat grew cotton on four bigha in this year’s kharif season, instead of 11 in 2016. He had reduced the acreage fearing increasing costs owing to pests attacks. But as cotton prices rule at unusually high levels in the ongoing harvest season, he...

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Notebandi takes the sauce out of Nashik's tomatoes -Aniket Aga & Chitrangada Choudhury

-RuralIndiaOnline.org Farmers in Maharashtra’s Nashik district – where one in every four tomatoes in India comes from – are destroying standing crops on a scale never seen before, following persistent rock-bottom prices since the November 8 demonetisation On Christmas morning, barely 24 hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation of the Rs. 3,600 crore Shivaji statue in Mumbai, Yashwant and Hirabai Bendkule were slashing and uprooting the tomato vines on...

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Grand scheme to befriend farmers -Amita Bhaduri

-India Water Portal Despite farmers’ apprehension, the new crop insurance scheme, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, is considered a game changer. “Agriculture is a highly risky venture,” says Nagi Reddy, a farmer in Anantapur. Reddy is a small farmer affected by uncertainty in crop production stemming from unpredictable weather events and Pest Attacks, especially in his cotton crop. He works on his 2.5-acre farm and the rest of the time, he...

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Crop devastation: After whitefly, brown plant hopper turns nemesis for Punjab's farmers -Anju Agnihotri Chaba

-The Indian Express Paddy growers in the poll-bound state suffer huge losses from unanticipated insect pest attack. Jalandhar: For Punjab’s farmers, fortune always seems to smile on the other side. Last year, it was the whitefly sucking pest that ravaged their cotton crop. This time round, it’s the brown plant hopper (BPH) that has caused significant yield and price realisation losses for paddy grown in large swathes of the state. And there...

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Dry State: Gujarat hoping rain forecasts come true -Rutam Vora

-The Hindu Business Line State faces 73% deficit in rainfall;next 10 days most crucial, says farm minister Ahmedabad: Even though overall monsoon rainfall has been a tad above the Long Period Average (LPA) for the country, Gujarat remains the driest place and faces a severe rainfall deficit of 73 per cent of the LPA. As the key sowing period of July nears its end, the State government is betting big on the optimistic...

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