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UP govt orders no diesel for tractors as farmers gear up for Jan 26 rally: Report -Amit Chaturvedi

-Hindustan Times The farmers want to take out the rally on Outer Ring Road, while the police have suggested alternate routes. With protesting farmers refusing to budge from their decision to take out a tractor rally on Republic Day, the administration has geared up to stop them. Hindustan Times' sister publication Livehindustan repoRTEd that Uttar Pradesh government has asked supply officers in all the districts to not give diesel to protesting farmers. Thousands...

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Policy Brief: Procurement And Public Distribution Of Millets In Odisha - Lessons And Challenges -Diptimayee Jena and Srijit Mishra

-Revitalising Rainfed Agriculture Millets are considered as smart crops that are resilient to climate stress and have nutritional advantages. Odisha’s initiative in millets, from farm to plates, has been intervening through four verticals in production (with new agronomic practices), processing, marketing and consumption (includes awareness campaigns and also through inclusion in nutritional programmes). Odisha also staRTEd procurement of mandia/ragi (finger millet) since 2018-19. These have important lessons for other states in...

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Ten gram sabhas object to mining in Chhattisgarh's biodiversity rich forest -Jayashree Nandi

-Hindustan Times Among the major concerns of the gram sabhas with the proposed acquisition of the forest land is that it is being done without their consent and even before the land is diveRTEd under the provisions of the forest conservation act Ten gram sabhas from Chhattisgarh’s Korba district, mainly consisting of people from the Gond tribe, have raised objections to Centre’s intention to acquire 712.072 hectares (ha) of land for mining...

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Crop risks, environmental damages, hunger and the 2020 farm laws -KAS Mani

-Down to Earth Improved access to new markets, better yields and higher income need to safeguard environmental sustainability and farmers’ indebtedness The ongoing agitation by farmers on the borders of Delhi provides an opportunity to flag concerns about various aspects in the agriculture sector, including the environment, society, economy, food security and risk coverage for farmers. Several commentators have already spoken about the 2020 farm laws, suppoRTEd by statistics, and experience. Many of...

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To PM Modi, with love: protesting farmers’ ‘Mann ki Baat’ -Divya Goyal

-The Indian Express While the unions deliberate over the government’s offer, some professionals and volunteers are making sure that farmers’ ‘Mann Ki Baat’ on the agri laws reaches Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Ludhiana: While the government may have yielded some ground on the three contentious farm laws proposing to suspend their implementation for 1-1.5 years, the fight for those demanding the repeal of the legislations, including the farmers and their suppoRTErs, is...

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