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World News: India
28 January 2015
Talk to farmers, don’t bully them

With India’s capital formation rate hitting rock bottom and unemployment inching upwards to touch 4.9 per cent mainly on account of rural joblessness, there should be no doubt that land needs to be ac...


27 January 2015
Farmers burn copies of land acquisition ordinance

Farmers' organizations, on Sunday, burnt copies of the new land acquisition ordinance during a protest march. Members of BKU Ekta Ugrahan and Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union staged marches in the villag...


26 January 2015
Bees help farmer increase productivity by 20-30%

Conducting a research survey on honeybees, the students of Science College at Paoni in Bhandara, never thought that their project will lead to finding a way to improve crop productivity and providing ...


22 January 2015
No one can take land from farmers: Congress

Senior Congress functionaries Madhusudan Mistry and Nirmal Khatri launched an attack on the Modi government for its land acquisition ordinance on Wednesday while addressing farmers at Mirzapur village...


21 January 2015
Farmers held for protesting against stray cattle menace

Police detained 14 farmers for protesting against stray cattle destroying their crops and failure of the district administration to find any solution to their problem, at Rampura Phul on Monday. Farme...


21 January 2015
India, Germany losing out on traditional farming methods

Saving themselves from market techniques and keeping their own seeds for the next crop is not a small thing for farmers. The problem was not confined only to Telangana and India, even farmers in Germa...


20 January 2015
Farmland to make way for new city

Mr Katta Dasaratha Ramayya, 52, surveys the farmland that has been in his family for generations in the Guntur region of the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. He bends down and plucks out ca...


19 January 2015
Researchers to look at farm practices, ‘superbugs’ link

Researchers at Colorado State University are rolling out a series of projects to track antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the livestock industry, in an attempt to determine whether farm practices are fu...


16 January 2015
The next farm downtrend

It’s likely that India’s crop production this year will be lower compared to 2013-14, given deficient rains both in the southwest (June-September) and northeast (October-December) monsoons impacting k...


14 January 2015
Congress calls land acquisition ordinance 'anti-farmer'

Congress has said that it will oppose the land acquisition ordinance promulgated by the Modi government as it is against the interests of farmers. "There were discussions over the way the NDA gover...


13 January 2015
Reforms to blame for spurt in farmers’ suicides

The Human Rights Forum general secretary V.S. Krishna has attributed the implementation of new economic reforms since 1991 to the increasing suicides by the farmers across the country. Addressing t...


13 January 2015
Scientists to help Ganges rice farmers handle climate threat

Research scientists are coming to the aid of 300 million people along the River Ganges who face a hungry future because their staple rice crop is threatened by climate change. The team of scientist...


13 January 2015
Farmers want relief for crop damage

The harvest festival is around the corner but has brought no cheer to farmers here who are upset over the loss caused by a pest attack on the paddy crops. The aggrieved farmers are now demanding compe...


12 January 2015
50% of farmers indebted

The new year has brought bad tidings for India's farming community. Twelve farmers committed suicide due to crop failure in the Vidharba region of Maharashtra in just one week after 22 December. This ...


12 January 2015
Israel to open centres of excellence for farmers in India

Israel's Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir has announced that his country will open centres of excellence for farmers in India to encourage research in agriculture sector. Shamir told media here on ...


9 January 2015
Agriculture showed resilience to rain deficit in 2014

Two prominent events marked the Indian agriculture during the calendar year 2014. Firstly, a change of guard at the centre with BJP-led NDA forming the government and secondly, the deficit monsoon tha...


9 January 2015
Upset over urea shortage, farmers block highway

Farmers of Tohana area of Fatehabad district on Wednesday blocked Chandigarh-Hisar highway for more than one hour to protest against the non-availability of urea.


5 January 2015
Vegetable prices rise 25-50% as unseasonal rain hits crops

Wholesale and retail prices of vegetables have seen a 25-50% rise in the past few days, hitting Mumbaikars who were hoping to save on their monthly food budget this new year. Traders in the Vashi ...


5 January 2015
Despite ban and raids, cattle roam about city streets freely

Late one evening, when R. Niveditha took a quick turn at the turning past Thiruvanmiyur bus terminus, she hit her brakes hard and brought her car to a screeching halt. In front of her sat four cows...


1 January 2015
Roads become grazing grounds for abandoned cattle

Despite a series of accidents reported in the past few months and the death of a city resident, stray cattle continue to create problems. Earlier, cattle roamed peripheral areas or places around dairi...


28 December 2014
Farm loan waiver discomfort

RBI governor Raghuram Rajan today questioned the effectiveness of farm debt waiver programmes, saying such schemes have constrained the flow of credit to farmers. “In some states, on certain occasi...


23 December 2014
Farmer suicides on rise

There has been an upward trend in cases of farmer suicides in Maharashtra, Telangana, Karnataka and Punjab recently, besides reporting of instances in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, says an In...


22 December 2014
Organic farmers at agriculture fair unhappy

Genuine organic farmers selling their produce like rice, turmeric, chilies and oranges at the ongoing agriculture fair in city adjacent to Agronomy Hall at University library square are unhappy over t...


22 December 2014
Does it pay to be a farmer in India?

How profitable is farming? The answer to this most fundamental question about Indian agriculture can be found in the National Sample Survey Office’s new survey of India’s agricultural households. T...


19 December 2014
Opposition to GM crops lacks basis

I was very enthused to read a recently published research paper that published a meta-analysis on the impact of genetically modified crops, specifically soyabean, maize and cotton, on crop yields, pes...


18 December 2014
India rubs Iran the wrong way, rice farmers pay the price

Rice exporters and farmers are a sad lot these days. Their grouse is that Iran, the biggest buyer of their produce, has ditched them, for no fault of theirs. Iran, which used to impose an aromatic ric...


17 December 2014
India's wheat exports rise due to high prices

Contrary to earlier estimates that India’s wheat exports may reach a record high this year, high domestic prices and improved crop prospects in wheat producing nations are likely to lead to a sharp de...


15 December 2014
Congress to continue attack over farm package

The second week of winter session of state legislature may witness more fireworks as Congress has decided to keep its pressure on government over the farmers' relief package. However, if NCP continues...


8 December 2014
Scientist cautions farmers on toxic plants

Vigil must be stepped up to prevent a few exotic banana plants, which were highly disease prone, said Nicolas Roux, Senior Scientist and Project Coordinator, Genetic Resources and Genomics, Bioversity...


8 December 2014
Indian PM looks to eastern state for future of farming

From his sleepy village in eastern India's Bihar state, Ram Narain arrives at Gulab Bagh market to sell a truckload of corn that will fetch him enough money to buy a motorbike for his son, school unif...