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World News: India
India | 27 March 2015
Efforts on to protect cattle breed

Even as the ban on ‘jallikattu’ poses a grave threat to survival of bulls, the State government has initiated steps to protect and promote the Pulikulam breed that provides raging bulls for the rural ...


India | 19 March 2015
Parties seek financial assistance

Political parties cutting across party lines on Thursday demanded immediate financial assistance and relief including loan waiver for farmers in North and Western India whose crops have been hit by un...


India | 19 March 2015
Farmers not getting proper benefits of agriculture

Most peasants in Odisha are not getting proper benefits from agriculture because of lack of proper training for use of scientific techniques in cultivation as well as preservation and processing of ha...


India | 17 March 2015
Rain destroys crop, farmer dies of shock

A 62-year-old farmer reportedly died of shock after seeing his standing crop ruined by the heavy rain on Sunday. However, the district administration denied the claims saying the deceased was sufferin...


India | 17 March 2015
Heavy rain, hailstorms destroy crops in north India

Unseasonal thundershowers and hailstorms left behind a trail of destruction, leveling standing crops across swathes of north India on Sunday, with the region still reeling under its effect on Monday e...


India | 16 March 2015
Farmers worried over unseasonal rains

Moderate to heavy rains lashed many places in Punjab and Haryana today, increasing worries of farmers whose crops had already suffered damage due to heavy spell of showers earlier this month. A MeT...


India | 16 March 2015
BJP for law against cattle slaughter in all States

The Bharatiya Janata Party will press for stronger anti-cattle slaughter laws in all States and actively pursue the legislative route in the States ruled by it. After Haryana, Rajasthan is likely to t...


India | 13 March 2015
Now Maharashtra to nurture cattle

After banning beef, Maharashtra is planning to set up an authority to nurture cattle. Finance Minister Sudhir Munguntiwar on Thursday told The Hindu that the State had initiated a programme to set ...


India | 11 March 2015
Let’s get on with GM crops

In February 2010, a moratorium was announced on the commercialisation of Bt brinjal by the ministry of environment and forests, bringing great uncertainty to the field of agri-biotechnology in India. ...


India | 9 March 2015
58 cattle die in shelter, officials suspect food poisoning

Just two days after the mass death of 41 cattle in Darjipura panjrapole in Vadodara, 58 more cattle met the same fate in Sayajipura Panjrapole run by the same trust, Jaina Jeevdaya Committee. The trus...


India | 6 March 2015
Farmers introduced to use of bio pesticides

Around 100 farmers from five blocks of the district took part in a one-day awareness programme on usage of bio pesticides in crops at Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Virinjipuram recently. Farmers from...


India | 6 March 2015
Unseasonal rain damages 80% oilseed, pulse crops

The unseasonal rain last week has wrecked havoc in the region, causing extensive damage to crops and farmers in tears, especially in the tehsils of Nawabganj and Aonla. According to reports, nearl...


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. ...


India | 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...


India | 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...


India | 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...


India | 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...


India | 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...


India | 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...


India | 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...


India | 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...


India | 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...


India | 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...


India | 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...


India | 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 ...


India | 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...


India | 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...


India | 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...


India | 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...


India | 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. ...