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World News: India
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.


India | 19 May 2015
Scientists to submit GM mustard report to government

Indian scientists have completed final trials of a genetically modified (GM) variety of mustard and will submit a report to the government in a month, hoping to win over stiff opposition to make it th...


India | 18 May 2015
Drought, beef ban force distress sale of cattle in villages

The first thing that strikes you about Dahegaon village is its run-down and abandoned bullock-carts. They can be found lying outside most huts, with their paint peeling off, almost frozen in time. The...


India | 15 May 2015
Efforts on to increase agriculture production

Himachal Pradesh government was laying special emphasis on sustainable growth of agriculture sector which was the mainstay of the majority population of the state and efforts were on to increase the p...


India | 13 May 2015
India’s missing farm leaders

In a year of crisis for Indian agriculture all kinds of solutions have been proposed. Stock answers range from farm loan waivers to halting amendments to the law on land acquisition. Leaders such ...


India | 11 May 2015
Dam fails to give relief to drought-hit farmers

The Neera Devghar dam project in Pune district was completed in 2008. But the benefits of the project are yet to reach the farmers as the government has failed to build the canal system to take the wa...


India | 6 May 2015
Protest against beef ban turns out a damp squib

In a symbolic protest against the beef ban in Maharashtra, workers engaged in the industry from across the State on Tuesday attempted to bring a truck-load of old bullocks to a venue here where they s...


India | 5 May 2015
Where have India’s farmer leaders gone?

Almost everyone agrees Indian agriculture is in crisis. And while 2014-15 may have produced the “perfect storm” by way of sliding global commodity prices, monsoon failures and untimely rains/hailstorm...


India | 4 May 2015
Rain-hit farmers’ rotting crops kill livestock feeding on them

Death of around 225 sheep due to consumption of wheat crop rotting in the fields of a village in Mathura district on Saturday has sparked a fresh tussle between the administration and rain-hit farmers...


India | 28 April 2015
India needs to get serious about upping farm yields

The forecast of another weak monsoon is bad news for farmers. But it’s exactly the jolt policymakers needed to get their act together. For too long, they have seemed comfortable with crawling agri...


India | 27 April 2015
Are farmers' suicides in India hyped to attract attention, divert funds?

Doesn’t everybody love a good drought? Sure, and so does he love to shudder each time there is news about a farmer ending his life. Nobody bothers to get into the details of the reason for the suicide...


India | 24 April 2015
Delhi farmer death highlights countryside crisis

If you believe media reports, Gajendra Singh, the man who died after hanging himself at a political rally in Delhi on Wednesday, was hardly the poorest of farmers. Journalists visiting his village ...


India | 23 April 2015
Delhi farmer suicide rocks Parliament

Opposition members on Thursday created ruckus in the Lok Sabha over Wednesday’s suicide of a farmer in New Delhi, leading to adjournment of proceedings even as the government said it was ready to disc...