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Wake up and change, Hazare tells govt on land bill

Social activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday took the fight against land acquisition bill to the parliament by holding farmers rally near parliament building. Addressing the rally he ask

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

Govt rate for pulses hiked to boost production

Prices of pulses have been under stress and the food has remained high due to expensive pulses. To bring down prices of pulses and incentivise farmers the government has approved an increase in MSP

What can be done for farmers?

Bad news is good news; media revel in news of crisis and catastrophe. No news is bad news; some space has to be filled with news if anyone is going to look at accompanying views and ads. But if the

Understanding the Indian farmer

The story goes like this: A bunch of news photographers had pooled resources and hired a taxi for an assignment in rural West Bengal. The taxi driver – a sardar – pulled over in a deser

With farmers on agenda, Rahul seeds Cong revival in TN and AP

The countdown to the 2016 assembly elections began in Tamil Nadu with the byelection to RK Nagar, where chief minister J Jayalalithaa contested and won with a huge margin. The impending assembly el

Drought surcharge imposed in Maharashtra to mop up funds for farmers

The Maharashtra government has introduced a `drought surcharge` on a host of items ranging from fuel and liquor to cigarettes and jewellery to raise Rs 1,600 crore. The new taxes came into effect f

A virtual market for farmers

Imagine two onion farmers from Hissar district of Haryana. One goes to sell his produce in a mandi in Delhi and the other in a Haryana mandi. Though they have the same quality and quantity, the far

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

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

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

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

Start-ups culture can solve farmers’ issues: Nandan Nilekani

We need to find out a way for incorporating farmers into the industrial sector, said Nandan Nilekani, at a talk show hosted by NDTV on Sunday. He was responding to a query from a student who wanted

A fifth of Indian farmers covered under crop insurance scheme

 The implementation of the crop insurance scheme in the country is crucial as there has been a steady rise in the suicide of farmers. Currently, 20 percent of the farmers and 23 percent of tot

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

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

Livestock insurance scheme in the works

The government is mulling an insurance scheme for livestock in which farmers’ share of premium would also be in the range of one to two percent per annum per animal, while the centre and the

Singur Saga: Back to homeland

It was a major victory for the country’s farmers when the supreme court (SC) quashed the acquisition of land in Singur for Tata Motor Limited’s Nano car project. The judgment took a s

All benches should appreciate SC ruling on Singur: Medha Patkar

Now that the SC has given the judgment for returning the land of the farmers in Singu

SAUNI yojana: Saurashtra is no longer bone dry

Gopalbhai Patel, a 51-year-old farmer of Bagthala village in Rajkot district of Gujarat, has always looked at the skies in monsoon, wishing it to rain copiously so that he can grow his crop

Procurement must on war footing when price of pulses decline: Report

Enhancing domestic productivity and production rapidly and sustainably is the only reliable way of minimising volatility in prices of pulses, and safeguarding the interests of farmers and also cons

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

Farmers in Cauvery delta region fear crop failure

The supreme court has asked Karnataka to release 2,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu every day till further orders. However, farmers living near Cauvery delta region are worried as their li

GM Mustard is ready. But are we?

People who fear that genetically engineered crops are not healthy or will harm them in some way are either misguided or mischievous,” says Deepak Pental, rearranging a pile of research pape

If we have the technology, it is absolutely silly not to use it: Deepak Pental

If the GE mustard hybrid was developed in 2002, why has the environment ministry not taken a decision on it yet?   Nobody had the guts to release it, and till today,

GM tech is already obsolete: Suman Sahai of Gene Campaign

Will the release of GE mustard reduce oilseed imports? Saying that GE mustard will slash the oil import bill is just baloney. Farmers are not able to make money from the

The great Indian flip-flop trick

Chances are you have already chosen which side of the fence you are on when it comes to the demonetisation debate. Demonetising 86% of the currency is an unprecedented step and India is flying by t

Propitious neem

In agriculture, neem oil, fruit and the different byproducts such as seed cake are used as bio-pesticides, fungicides and organic manures. Neem is decomposed slowly, leading to a slower release of

Farmers feeling neglected by policy makers: NHRC

Despite being the most crucial and significant section of the society, farmers are feeling neglected by the policy makers, said the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). The right

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

AAP’s uncertain future, irony of being Advani, and an author seeks freedom of speech

The Narendra Modi- Arvind Kejriwal antagonism has always been about two different kinds of populism. While it may not play out in a municipal election, the fact remains that a Kejriwal chastened

We aren’t like this, say TN farmers on Delhi stir

  Tamil Nadu farmers have criticized an agitation at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, which is being led by Ponnuchamy Ayyakkannu from Trichy district. The agitation had grabbed

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.

Cooperative banks not playing to script

The cooperative banks, largely controlled by politicians, are today groaning under the weight of its own contraindication – it is flush with funds following demonetisation, yet it suffers fro

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

Grasp the nettle by taxing rich farmers

  The tax net needs to be expanded and the rich farmers must pay up their taxes. This week saw quite a bit of going back and forth over this prickly issue after Niti Aayog member

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 are incensed and a fast won’t calm them

There are different arguments for the farmers’ agitation which first caught Maharashtra in its octopus grip and then spread to Madhya Pradesh where six people were killed in police firing. Un

Pay remunerative price to farmers: Activists

 Remunerative prices must be paid to farmers of Madhya Pradesh, said Medha Patkar of National Alliance of People’s Movement (NAPM), Yogendra Yadav of Swaraj Abhiyan, Kisan Sangharsh Sami

DBT still has a long way to go

The government has decided to launch the Direct Benefit Transfers (DBT) for fertiliser subsidies on January 1, 2018.  After oil and food, fertilisers account for the third-biggest sh

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

NHRC notice to MP govt over police atrocity on farmers

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to the Madhya Pradesh government after a group of farmers returning from a protest against anti-farmer policies were allegedly forced

Ripe for a new deal

Wherever you look, the red fruit can be seen growing in large patches. In fact, the red is the green in Rayalseema, the southern part of Andhra Pradesh. But tomato growers here are mostly in a dile

Farm loan waiver isn’t a good practice

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has informed that “a former governor of RBI in his letter to the Chief Election Commissioner had mentioned the risk of promising loan waivers by political parties

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