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India | 28 November 2016
Farmers take to profitable medicinal farming

Ever since Sachidanand Rai, a farmer from Khushinagar in Uttar Pradesh, started growing medicinal plants, he has significantly increased his income, while also contributing to preservation of rare med...


India | 25 November 2016
India and its long-standing agrarian crisis

More than a billion people in the world are employed in agriculture, and in India, one out of four people are farmers or agricultural workers. Farm output contributes $325 billion. ( about 15 per cent...


India | 21 November 2016
We need to learn from Israel in agriculture, says President Pranab Mukherjee

Diverting country’s attention towards limited water resources, President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said India needed to learn a lot from Israel, particularly in the field of agriculture about optimum...


India | 11 November 2016
Indian farmer commits suicide after rupee note ban

A farmer in southern India committed suicide fearing she would be left penniless after the government's shock decision to withdraw high denomination notes from circulation, police said Thursday. Ka...


India | 8 November 2016
Delhi pollution: Before blaming farmers, take a look at what is choking them

'It's not the crackers, the farmers are burning crops’ is an argument that's doing the rounds in the national capital. Union Environment Minister Anil Dave called a meeting of all environment minister...


India | 7 November 2016
Bird flu: Surveillance of poultry farms stepped up

Though there is no cause for scare in Erode district due to outbreak of bird flu in Kerala, the Animal Husbandry Department has stepped up surveillance of farms, particularly at places where ducks are...


India | 4 November 2016
Poultry prices fall on lower demand amid bird flu scare

Recent bird flu scare has led to decline in poultry prices by up to 15% in the last two weeks. Data compiled by the independent agency papaak.com revealed that the retail value of broiler chicken h...


India | 31 October 2016
Despite revision, US questions India’s poultry import rules

India has not been able to satisfy the US with its implementation of the World Trade Organisation’s ruling on poultry import restrictions, despite bringing about a second round of revision in rules to...


India | 27 October 2016
Bird sites, poultry farms put on alert

With avian influenza being reported from different parts of the country, the Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Department of Odisha has asked the districts to keep a watch on unusual mortalit...


India | 26 October 2016
Cheap frozen Indian buffalo meat undercuts Australian beef in Indonesia

Increasing sales of cheap, low-quality Indian buffalo meat in Indonesia are undercutting Australian beef, according to a report. BMI Research has revealed the export price for Indian carabeef (buff...


India | 24 October 2016
Government launches organic farming scheme

In an effort to reduce the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides, and to promote organic farming in Goa, the state department of agriculture has launched a state sector scheme titled assistance f...


India | 20 October 2016
Sweet paradox: India’s drought-stricken farmers plant thirstiest crop

Despite pleas from the government not to, Indian farmers like Santosh Wagh went right back to planting sugar cane as soon as the first nourishing monsoon rains brought water to his drought-stricken re...


India | 18 October 2016
As India's "granary" exhausts groundwater, farmers eye new crops

It is hailed as India's granary, but Punjab faces a drastic decline in agricultural output unless it halts the rapid depletion of its groundwater, experts warn. Groundwater irrigates almost three-q...


India | 3 October 2016
Bountiful rains to boost agriculture output this year; can investment demand keep pace to buoy economy?

If a little over 30 percent of districts report less than sufficient rainfall, and 44 percent of these don’t have adequate irrigation facilities to fall back on, is an agriculture and rural demand rev...


India | 3 October 2016
Incessant rain ends years of drought but damages crops

Marathwada, the central Maharashtra region which faced severe droughts in the last four years, now has a problem of plenty with incessant rains causing flooding in many parts. Rains have been lashi...


India | 27 September 2016
For a GM-driven agriculture revival

Agricultural growth has shown signs of stagnation of late. Some of the recent developments do not augur well for the sector and unless corrective measures are initiated, it could damage India’s long-t...


India | 23 September 2016
Farming on the edge: the Indian salt producers coping with 48C heat

On the sunbaked salt flats of Gujarat, India, the vast, shimmering expanse of salt shines starkly in farmers’ eyes as they toil in the intense heat. India is the world’s third largest salt producer. M...


India | 20 September 2016
Farmer writes: Is India the next dairy powerhouse?

With a national herd exceeding 133 million animals, small changes in the Indian dairy industry could have massive implications for global dairy production, writes Debbie McConnell. India is the lar...


India | 19 September 2016
Fresh wet spell revives sagging hopes of farmers

Just when it seemed that monsoon was retreating, the rain God has smiled on Saurashtra with most districts in the region getting significant showers in the last three days. The wet spell was crucia...


India | 16 September 2016
Monsanto isn’t making life harder for smallholders – the Indian government is

It’s refreshing to read a Guardian editorial describing the benefits of GM crops (The Guardian view on GM cotton: handle with care, 5 September). However, we disagree with the article regarding our re...


India | 26 August 2016
GM mustard clears hurdle in India but more remain

A government panel has cleared commercial use of what would be India's first genetically modified (GM) food crop, but politicians still have to give final approvals amid wide-spread public opposition....


India | 22 August 2016
Farmers stare at drying crops

Krishna Delta, the rice bowl of Andhra Pradesh, is facing severe crisis due to inadequate water for irrigation purposes. Thousands of farmers are in distress as paddy seed beds are withering. The ...


India | 22 August 2016
Why are India's farmers killing themselves?

Harsha Vadlamani knows India's drought cycles. As a photographer, he's documented life without water. But then he heard about crops turning to dust and farmers committing suicide. How could t...


India | 17 August 2016
Tamil Nadu farmers urge government to declare state drought affected

After the December floods in Chennai, mass prayers were on for the sun to shine again in its glory. Unfortunately, this prayer has come as a bane to the farmers in the state. The regular South Wes...


India | 28 July 2016
India's farmers seize offer of free registration of land sold on 'plain paper'

When the Indian state of Telangana announced a three-week window for free registration of land that had exchanged hands via handwritten notes on plain paper, the offer triggered more than a million ap...


India | 25 July 2016
Agriculture earnings barely adequate for farmers in India

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Sunday said agriculture in India barely give subsistence earnings to farmers and this was leading to inequality. He said the country cannot afford to have 55 per...


India | 11 July 2016
Global dairy players unsure of India entry

Restrictions and controversies over cow slaughter could be a hurdle for the policy initiative to attract foreign investment to the animal husbandry (dairy) sector, industry insiders say. While the ...


India | 5 July 2016
RSS to promote organic farming in State

Taking a cue from the Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)], the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has decided to promote organic farming in the State. A resolution adopted at the two-day Sta...


India | 27 June 2016
Dairy farmers find the going tough

Dairy farming, which has been proposed and encouraged on an extensive basis in the district as an alternative livelihood for the drought-ridden farmers is fast losing its charm among the farmers, if t...


India | 23 June 2016
Cow urine kills farm pests in India's first fully organic state

Nimtshreng Lepcha seeps medicinal leaves in cow urine and sprays the brew over his tomatoes. It’s the main way pests are repelled on his farm in the Himalayan foothills and across the northeastern sta...