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Monsoon to be normal, El Nino to lose steam by May

As various communities celebrate harvest festival like Baishaki and Vishu on Tuesday, it can be told that the Indian monsoon will be normal. Even though the official word on the mons

This is govt of suit and boot, says Rahul and slams land ordinance

The land acquisition ordinance was tabled in the Lok Sabha on Monday by minister of state for parliamentary affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy. The ordinance was promulgated by President Pranab Mukherjee on

Brace up for drought year as monsoon is going to be ‘below normal’ to ‘deficient’

India`s northwest region which includes Delhi, Haryana, Western Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan are going to be affected by ‘below normal’ to ‘deficient’ monsoon.  The Indi

Weak monsoon soon, farm & power ministries raise contingency flag

The southwest monsoon, which would be below normal this season, is likely to set over Kerala in the next 24 hours and two crucial ministries have announced plans to face the impending drought.

Agri sector gets a boost with Rs 50,000 crore scheme

The government has unveiled an ambitious programme to increase agriculture sector output and efficient management of water resources. For this it will spend Rs 50,000 crore over the next five years

Maharashtra panel wants govt to set up agri risk fund

As the Marathwada region of Maharashtra reels under drought like conditions due to failure of monsoon, a panel constituted by state government has recommended moratorium on debt recovery and establ

Morning briefing: India`s GDP growth accelerates to 7.4% in Q2

Higher manufacturing output pushed India`s GDP growth to 7.4 per cent in the September quarter as compared to 7 per cent between April and June 2015. Analysts said GDP growth in Q2 was in line with

Unseasonal rains damage crops in north India

Five months of regular hard work of farmers went down the drain when heavy rainfall lashed northern India over the weekend. Unseasonal rains and hailstorm in past 36 hours (Started late on Friday a

Farmers feel they are alone, they are losing self respect: Nana Patekar

Veteran actor, writer and filmmaker, Padma Shri Nana Patekar is known for leading a simple life. In September 2015, along with noted Marathi actor, Makarand Anaspure, he started

Restoring the parched land

Standing on the dry Bindusara river in the middle of Loladgaon village, in Beed district, Maharashtra, Veersen Ghodke, a farmer, points to a well and says, “This is my bawadi [well]. It is dr

Towards second green revolution

The Indian agriculture is at the verge of a revolution that will modernise the entire food chain in the country. We would not only double the farmer’s income but also increase the country&rsq

Bundelkhand drought: NHRC issues notices to governments of UP, MP

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the governments of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh asking them to give a detailed report on the drought-hit

Technical teams to visit drought-hit areas, suggest water management

Several states are facing water crisis, with Maharashtra being the worst hit. Now, the technical teams of Central Water Commission and Central Ground Water Board will now study water situation in d

Time for a water law

Fifty-two-year-old Shanti Devi from Sarkhadi village in Uttar Pradesh’s Bundelkhand region walks 12 km every day to fill two earthen pots with water, that lasts for two days. Then she fetches

Water scarcity: It’s the crop pattern

“The world has enough for everyone’s needs, but not everyone’s greed.”                

Water scarcity: It’s the crop pattern

“The world has enough for everyone’s needs, but not everyone’s greed.”                

Scary scarcity of water

One billion people will be facing severe water shortage in India and neighbouring areas by 2050 thanks to climate change and expansion of economic growth, according to a projection made by the rese

Scary scarcity of water

One billion people will be facing severe water shortage in India and neighbouring areas by 2050 thanks to climate change and expansion of economic growth, according to a projection made by the rese

There is a water emergency now: Rajendra Singh

Are you aware of the MIT study which projects acute water stress in India 35 years from now? Why wait for 35 years? Even now 11 states are facing a water eme

There is a water emergency now: Rajendra Singh

Are you aware of the MIT study which projects acute water stress in India 35 years from now? Why wait for 35 years? Even now 11 states are facing a water eme

Take your kids out to Nainital lake this summer...

Here is no water but only rock, Rock and no water and the sandy road. The road winding above among the mountains, Which are mountains of rock without water.

Take your kids out to Nainital lake this summer...

Here is no water but only rock, Rock and no water and the sandy road. The road winding above among the mountains, Which are mountains of rock without water.

Thirsty world stares at limp economy

India along with the rest of the world is facing an acute water scarcity, a crisis that is deepening with each passing year and now posing a threat to the world economy. A World Bank

Thirsty world stares at limp economy

India along with the rest of the world is facing an acute water scarcity, a crisis that is deepening with each passing year and now posing a threat to the world economy. A World Bank

Everything you need to know about rainwater harvesting

Eleven states in the country are hit by drought this year. And, ironically, almost all states face the problem of water logging during monsoon. What if we can stop the surface run off and use this

Beyond the rate: Rajan’s prognosis for economy

In the second bi-monthly monetary policy statement of 2016-17, RBI governor Raghuram G Rajan on Tuesday decided to keep the policy repo rate under the liquidity adjustment facility (LAF) unchanged

Bihar village gets first solar-powered cold storage

Bihar’s Kedia village has become the first to have a solar-powered cold storage in the state. Bought through individual donations secured via a crowd-funding campaign managed by NGO Greenpeac

A case for taxing agricultural income

At a time when the government is trying to shore up its revenues so that it can carry on its ambitious projects, a key sector that has been left out of taxation is agricultural income. Policy maker

NAM: 17 states have modified their APMC Act

National Agriculture Market (NAM) is a pan-India electronic trading portal which networks the existing APMC mandis to create a unified national market for agricultural commodities. T

Indians may have shifted to high risk farming due to crop insurance: UN

The rapid transformation of farming and food systems to cope with a warmer world, such as adopting climate-smart practices, particularly to curb greenhouse gas emissions, is critical for hunger and

Agriculture has shown resilience to demonetisation effect: Niti Aayog blog

The growth story of agriculture is intact as demonetisation is found to cause small and insignificant effect on growth of output as well as farmers’ income, said a blog hosted on the Niti A

Budget 2017: Rs 75 lakh for each online agriculture market

Each online agriculture wholesale market will receive Rs 75 lakh each for the development of cleaning, grading and packaging of the farmers` products. There are 250 regulated markets available on t

Agriculture in Budget 2017: Radical change in approach needed

 Both the finance minister and later the prime minister spoke about the highest priority given to the welfare of farmers in the budget related speeches in the parliament  soon after the b

India improving rice variety for flood prone areas

Farmers would no longer have to fret when the surging river water inundates their fields as scientists are working on rice varieties that are hardy and would grow in fields which have been submerge

Post-demonetisation slow down in GDP

 The growth in GDP during 2016-17 is estimated at 7.1 per cent as compared to the growth rate of 7.9 per cent in 2015-16, authorities said. The Central Statistics Office (CSO), Ministr

Plan scheme to bridge irrigation gap: Niti Aayog

Repair, Renovation and Restoration of existing water bodies should be given very high priority for water management particularly in drought-prone areas. In such areas, inventory of water bodies in

Tamil Nadu farmers: Broken, Battered, Bleak

The footpath near Jantar Mantar, which is considered Delhi’s (and the nation’s) own protest plaza, has been seeing a demonstration that is bizarre by the usual standards of the place. F

Tamil Nadu: Cracked earth, parched throat

Tamil Nadu, one of India’s largest states and home to about 67 million people, is facing a severe drought, forcing many farmers to commit suicide as their crop withers.

A recurrent script plays out again in Odisha

On February 28, 2017, Khainu (Hadu) Bagarti, a farmer from Bargarh district of Odisha, died at the Burla government hospital. Burdened by crop failure and debt, he had consumed pesticide. T

Niti Aayog bats for GM seeds

 Niti Aayog is open to the idea of utilizing genetically modified (GM) seeds to help in agricultural growth. The three year action agenda of Niti Aayog says, “Genetically modif

Doubling farmers’ income challenging, yet attainable: Niti Aayog

The low level of farmers` income and year to year fluctuations in it are a major source of agrarian distress. This distress is spreading and getting severe over time impacting almost half of the

Farmers’ protests: RBI blames it on DeMo

Farmers in several parts of the country are on the warpath. Under stress, they are demanding more support from the government, especially higher MSPs and a loan waiver. But after a year of normal

Why the farmer is unhappy: chief economist explains

Just as farmers in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and elsewhere were gathering for violent protests to press their demands, the chief economic advisor to the government of India, Arvind Subramanian,

Farm loan waivers to lead to deflationary shock: Economic Survey

Farm loan waivers could reduce aggregate demand by as much as 0.7 percent of GDP, imparting a significant deflationary shock to an economy yet to gain full momentum, said the Economic Survey 2016

Tweaking MSP: Is PDP the right formula?

Should the practice of paying farmers a minimum support price (MSP) for some crops be scrapped? That is what several experts have suggested. This is part of the discourse that follows the recent su

Soil Health Cards scheme moves at snail’s pace

An ambitious scheme to provide Soil Health Cards for 14 crore land holdings spread across the country seems to be moving at a painfully slow pace.   Prime minister Na

MGNREGS had significant impact on agricultural productivity: Expert

Results indicate that Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) had a significant impact on agricultural productivity, in part by supporting diversification, said World

India plans to establish voluntary carbon market

 India is planning to establish a voluntary carbon market with World Bank assistance with focus on areas that are not covered, union minister for environment, forest and climate change, Dr. Ha

Developing resilience in agriculture a challenge: Expert

 Developing resilience in agriculture to regular weather shocks in the short-term and to climate change in the medium- to long-term is one of the biggest challenges facing Indian farmers today



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