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World News: India
3 March 2015
Farmers face massive losses as sudden rain wreaks havoc on crops

The unexpected rains that lashed a large part of north and central India in the last two days have spelled doom for farmers, as reports of extensive damage to crops are pouring in from many states. ...


2 March 2015
Campaign to vaccinate 45,000 cattle begins

A campaign to vaccinate cattle in various parts of The Nilgiris district against Foot and Mouth disease got under way on Sunday. Setting the campaign in motion at Kuruthukuli near here, The Nilgiri...


26 February 2015
Crop-raiding elephants bane of farmers

Elephants straying into villages and staying put in the farms for days has become a norm in Tumakuru district, causing much distress to farmers. The herds tend to stand in shallow water in tanks durin...


26 February 2015
Indian farmers balk at land law reforms

Anna Hazare, the prominent social activist who led the mass anti-corruption movement that so rattled Delhi in 2011, descended on the Indian city again this week. But this time, he brought a contingent...


25 February 2015
Friction over India's beef trade heats up after attacks

Hindu nationalists in India have stepped up attacks on the country's beef industry, seizing trucks with cattle bound for abattoirs and blockading meat processing plants in a bid to halt the trade in t...


25 February 2015
Farmer's death leads to controversy in Aurangabad

Death of Vitthal Pawar (60), a farmer in Vaijapur, due to poisoning on Wednesday has caught become a controversy as the police were claiming it as a case of suicide while the family members and witnes...


24 February 2015
CM urges dairy farmers to increase milk production

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has called upon dairy farmers to initiate steps to achieve self-reliance in milk production within two years. Addressing dairy farmers at the State Dairy Meet at Manikk...


23 February 2015
Agriculture share in GSDP falls

Though agriculture continues to be the prime occupation of over 60% of Odisha population, the share of agriculture sector in gross state domestic product (GSDP) is declining over past one decade. It w...


19 February 2015
Indian farmers say GM cotton reduces pesticide use, improves yields

The debate over genetically modified crops rears its head every now and then, but for many farmers, it is an open-and-shut case. Take the example of Basavaraj F Rudagi and Kallanagouda Patil, of Sa...


19 February 2015
Drones to help Rajasthan, Gujarat farmers detect crop diseases

Farmers in Gujarat and Rajasthan could soon have an unmanned aerial vehicle flying over their fields to survey their crops, helping them map crop diseases along with assisting insurance companies in s...


17 February 2015
Farmers bidding adieu to paddy

Depleting water levels in reservoirs and persisting severe power crisis have forced Telangana farmers to go for dry and cash crops instead of paddy during the ongoing rabi season. Depending on the nat...


16 February 2015
Farmers trying to preserve local crop varieties

The promoters of organic cultivation, mostly farmers, across Vidarbha are also trying hard to conserve the traditional varieties of crops. They are in their own way contributing towards conservation o...


16 February 2015
Farmers seek direct procurement of cotton

Cotton farmers are concerned over the declining price of cotton and looking forward to a better price. Though cotton production witnessed an increasing trend following good rainfall, the market price ...


10 February 2015
How to reap a good harvest

I recently witnessed protests in Berlin, against industrialised farming and the planned free-trade agreement between the European Union and the United States, under the banner “We Are Fed Up”. Tra...


9 February 2015
Financial woes push up India’s suicide rate

Shobha Singh Bais waited for her husband Govind to finish his dinner of vegetables and flatbread before eating her own, as is the custom in their village of Hivar and many others in India. When Gov...


6 February 2015
Farmers urged to adopt modern methods

Dharmadhikari of Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala, Dr. Veerendra Heggade called upon farmers to carry out planned and systematic agricultural activities to get good yield and profit. After inaugurating “Kr...


6 February 2015
India's land modernisation policy takes toll on rural communities

Millions of India's poor people have lost their homes and livelihoods because their land was grabbed by the government for development projects, and huge numbers of them have yet to be resettled. The...


5 February 2015
India farmer suicides on rise as cotton slump spurs debts

Shobha Singh Bais waited for her husband Govind to finish his dinner of vegetables and flatbread on Jan. 15 before eating her own, as is the custom in their village of Hivar and many others in India. ...


3 February 2015
Drought hits 90L farmers in Maharashtra

Nearly 90 lakh farmers in Maharashtra have been impacted by the drought that has devastated the kharif crop, official data shows. The figure is almost on a par with the population of Sweden. Mahara...


3 February 2015
India looks set to harvest bumper wheat crop in 2015

India looks likely to harvest a bumper wheat crop this year, its eighth in a row to exceed demand, possibly encouraging the government to allow exports from overflowing grain bins. A slow start to ...


2 February 2015
India world’s 4th in GM crop acreage

India has the fourth largest area planted under genetically modified (GM) crops, according to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA). Farmers in India pl...


30 January 2015
Farmers allege foul play in dairy farming loans

Farmers in Morva Hadaf taluka of Panchmahal district are caught in a fix as amounts they were promised as loan for a scheme for dairy farming were withdrawn from their accounts without them getting an...


30 January 2015
Ban on cultivation draws farmers’ ire

Following the ban imposed on cultivation in the proposed capital city area, angry farmers from Krishna river bank villages on Thursday staged protests alleging that the state government did not consul...


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...