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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...


India | 22 April 2015
Sugar industry crisis hits farmers hard

The area under sugarcane cultivation is expected to shrink substantially in Erode district during 2015-16 to 19,000 hectares from over 22,000 hectares last year. Due to the crisis confronting the s...


India | 21 April 2015
Losing out on agriculture

Analyses of agrarian troubles in India are full of tragedy. The tragedy lies in two parts. In the first part is the sad story of a farmer who was distressed enough to commit suicide. In the second par...


India | 20 April 2015
Beef ban not the answer to modern India's problems

The sacredness of cows in India might be a cliche but it is deeply felt, rooted in the history of Hinduism. In Mumbai, one often encounters women selling grass for a few rupees to feed the cow they...


India | 20 April 2015
Why India's cotton farmers are killing themselves

Yogita Kanhaiya is expecting a baby soon. She already has a two-year-old son. Her husband, Moreshwor, a cotton farmer, won't be around to see his children grown up. He committed suicide early in th...


India | 17 April 2015
India’s die-hard Hindus push hard to ban beef

Every morning just before dawn, hundreds of trucks loaded with buffaloes trundle into New Delhi’s sprawling slaughterhouse complex where young men rush to unload the bellowing cargo. Skidding on heaps...


India | 17 April 2015
Don't obstruct farming, HC tells AP

The Hyderabad high court on Thursday directed the AP revenue authorities and Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) commissioner not to create hindrances to the agricultural activities of the far...


India | 16 April 2015
India's die-hard Hindus push to ban beef in blow to poor

Every morning just before dawn, hundreds of trucks loaded with buffaloes trundle into New Delhi's sprawling slaughterhouse complex where young men rush to unload the bellowing cargo. Skidding on h...


India | 15 April 2015
Unseasonal rain in northern India destroys crops

April is usually a time of celebration for millions of farmers across northern India. The winter wheat crop is ready to be harvested, and there's money to clear past debts and plan future planting. ...


India | 14 April 2015
Rain fury: two killed, crops damaged

Pre-monsoon showers, accompanied by gusty winds, thunder and lightning, that lashed on late Sunday has claimed two lives besides damaging standing crops in hundreds of acres in three districts of the ...


India | 13 April 2015
Rains cause heavy damage to standing crops

Incessant rain accompanied by heavy gales lashed several parts of Telangana causing widespread damage to the standing crops since Saturday night. Reports reaching here said turmeric kept for drying...


India | 13 April 2015
When will farmers under stress get help

Taking a sceptical view of Micro Units Development Refinance Agency (MUDRA) Yojana launched by Centre to support farming and micro-level enterprises, Shiv Sena today sought to know when will the distr...


India | 9 April 2015
Three farmers died of cardiac arrest after seeing their crops destroyed

Three more farmers died of cardiac arrest after seeing their crops destroyed in untimely rains in the region. According to sources, all three were reeling under distress after losing their entire c...


India | 7 April 2015
India's 2015 wheat output could fall

India's wheat output prospects in 2015 appeared to have been hit by unseasonal rains during the harvest season, farm minister Radha Mohan Singh said on Tuesday. "There's some initial reports that s...