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India | 28 August 2015
Firms fleece farmers with spurious seeds

The seed companies have once again hoodwinked the officials of the Agriculture Department and managed to soft-sell low quality seeds to farmers. This has led to farmers going through sowing operation ...


India | 14 August 2015
Beware of fake organic farm produce; A panel exposes the weak certification system

Worried over fake organic farm produce entering into domestic markets without being tested and certified properly, a parliamentary panel on Thursday suggested stringent punishment for individuals and ...


India | 10 August 2015
Chalk out action plan to make agriculture profitable

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday urged the Centre to constitute a committee to chalk out an action plan to make agriculture a profitable venture so that farmers don’t commit suicide...


India | 7 August 2015
‘Government has never supported agriculture’

Kodihalli Chandrashekhar, State president of his faction of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS), said agriculture had been neglected in independent India. Addressing presspersons here on Thursday,...


India | 27 July 2015
Dairy farmers upset over delay in payment

A large section of dairy farmers supplying milk to Tamil Nadu Cooperative Milk Producers Federation (Aavin) have complained about delay in payment for the milk that they supplied to the federation. ...


India | 23 July 2015
Why people, including farmers, commit suicide in India?

The issue of farmers' suicide has been jolting the country's conscience for years and for the first time the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has collected detailed data in this regard. A total...


India | 21 July 2015
1 in 3 farmer suicides in Vidarbha over Rs 10,000 debt

Just how much debt does it take for a farmer in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra to take the extreme step of killing himself? The shocking findings of a new study reveal it could be as little as Rs ...


India | 20 July 2015
Maharashtra sees 1,300 suicides by farmers

As the farm crisis rocks the state assembly, there is no escaping the fact that the despair in Maharashtra's countryside is only deepening. The farmer suicide count in the six-month span from January ...


India | 14 July 2015
Global warming may eat up $200 billion crops globally by 2050

A whopping USD 200 billion worth of wheat, rice and maize crops could be lost by 2050 globally if the issues arising from global warming are not addressed on a war-footing, an independent study on the...


India | 9 July 2015
Sowing at 50%; rain delay worries farmers

The heavy rains in the last week of June led to increased sowing across the state. As a result, sowing in about 50% of the 85.53 lakh hectares of land in which farming takes place, had been completed....


India | 8 July 2015
India: Land in demand

Ashok Yadav was optimistic when Uttar Pradesh authorities took 589 hectares of land from his village, Patwari — including his fields — for new factories. Officials paid Rs850 per square yard, and prom...


India | 6 July 2015
Tiruchi farmers float company

A group of farmers in Tiruchi has come together to form a company in a bid to reduce cost of cultivation by pooling in resources, optimising subsidy schemes and marketing strategies. The company float...


India | 2 July 2015
Government allocates Rs 200 crore for national online agriculture market

Government has allocated Rs 200 crore for three years to set up an online national agriculture market by integrating 585 wholesale markets across India - a move that would help farmers realise better ...


India | 1 July 2015
Government considers imposing 10% import duty on wheat

The government is considering imposing 10 per cent import duty on wheat to curb shipments and liquidate poor quality grains lying in FCI godowns. At present, there is no import duty on wheat. Flour...


India | 30 June 2015
India's unlikely saviour from climate change: the humble dwarf-cow

According to experts, the worsening heat, fodder shortages and the constant threat of drought has forced many hard-hit diary farmers in the Anantapur area of Kerala to reduce their herds. "This is ...


India | 29 June 2015
PM Modi stresses on need for research in agriculture

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday stressed on the need for research in the agriculture sector, stating that India is 'desperate' for a second green revolution. "How can we make our agriculture...


India | 25 June 2015
On the field, tracking the farmers as they wait for rain

Dinkar Kulkarni isn’t aware the Narendra Modi government has raised the minimum support price (MSP) for toor (arhar or pigeon pea) this year by Rs 275 to Rs 4,675 per quintal: “No one has told me abou...


India | 23 June 2015
Promoting sustainable agriculture practices

A two-day Njattuvela festival, intended to promote organic farming and sustainable agricultural growth, organised by the Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishad (KSSP), began at the Town Hall here on Monday....


India | 16 June 2015
Farmers sowing crops that offer high market prices

Despite the forecast of a deficient monsoon, coupled with its poor start, farmers are trying to maximise their returns. Choosing the crops that have high market prices is their strategy, shows the mea...


India | 15 June 2015
Drought may hit rural Indian economy

India's farm economy could contract this fiscal year for the first time in over a decade because of drought, threatening Prime Minister Narendra Modi's drive to lift millions in the countryside out of...


India | 11 June 2015
Punjab farmer, who met Rahul Gandhi, commits suicide

On April 28, Surjit Singh, a farmer from Dadu Majra village in Fatehgarh Sahib district, was among those who met Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi at the Sirhind grain mandi during the latter’s whi...


India | 9 June 2015
What India can learn from Chinese agriculture

According to one of his ministers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants India to have a China-like dominance in manufacturing. China’s success in manufacturing holds several lessons for India but Ch...


India | 4 June 2015
Cattle smuggling sans borders

Ever since the Border Security Force (BSF) intensified its operations against cattle smuggling syndicates along the India-Bangladesh border, there has been a spurt in attacks on security personnel, pa...


India | 2 June 2015
Farmers in dire straits as rain damages crops

Large-scale damage to crops was reported, following strong winds and heavy rains in the taluk on Sunday evening. A total of 100 acres of pomegranate crops were destroyed due to hailstorms in Hagari...


India | 1 June 2015
Beef ban: 'Cattle in gaushalas, men in jail!'

He sits despondently with his array of unsold cow-bells and cattle ornaments at the Ghatanji cattle bazaar. Arun Nandeshwar's livelihood is now collateral damage in the fallout of Maharashtra's beef b...


India | 29 May 2015
Farmers' interests will not be ignored

The government on Thursday assured farmers that it would go ahead with the controversial land bill only after incorporating their suggestions and that their interests would not be ignored. This was...


India | 27 May 2015
India's Modi urges farmers to boost output

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday urged farmers to boost lentils and oilseeds output to cut expensive imports but skirted the issue of rural distress that has turned peasants against his ...


India | 25 May 2015
What makes Indian farmers kill themselves?

In February this year Ram Rao Narayan Panchlenvar tried to poison himself. After rain destroyed his cotton crop, he lost hope of earning anything from his farm in the western state of Maharashtra. ...


India | 22 May 2015
Rising India's farmers selling children to survive

While the Indian government and Ministers are claiming of making the country an economic power of the 21st century, its toiling farmers are committing suicides and selling children to survive. One far...


India | 21 May 2015
Tardy lifting of wheat: Farmers block highway

Farmers and Congress workers on Tuesday blocked Phagwara-Chandigarh state highway for around an hour to protest against delay in procurement and lifting of their crop in mandis in the district.