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India | 24 December 2018
High debt isn't driving Indian farmers to suicide

It’s election season in India and the money is flowing. Governments in many states have begun waiving tens of millions of dollars’ worth of loans to poor farmers in an effort to buy their loyalty. The...


India | 19 December 2018
India's Gandhi ratchets up pressure on PM Modi to waive farm loans

Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi pressed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday to write off farm loans to help growers reeling from lower food prices, ratcheting up demands for debt write-offs ...


India | 1 December 2018
India farmers: Tens of thousands march against agrarian crisis

Tens of thousands of Indian farmers have marched to the parliament in the capital, Delhi, to highlight the deepening agrarian crisis. They arrived on Thursday from across the country and held a ral...


India | 22 November 2018
Amitabh Bachchan pays off farmers' loans worth $500000

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan says he has cleared farmers' loans worth more than 40m rupees ($560,000; £436,000). He wrote on his blog on Tuesday that he had "taken care" of 1,398 farmers by...


India | 24 October 2018
Delhi holds breath as burning farms herald pollution season

Harpal Singh struck a match and watched his fields burn, the acrid smoke drifting toward New Delhi where a lethal smog cocktail is once again intensifying over the world's most polluted megacity. E...


India | 24 September 2018
Will organic revolution boost farming in India?

In 2016, Sikkim, a small state in India’s northeast, was declared the country's first fully organic state. Since then, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has been trying to promote chemical-fre...


India | 19 September 2018
Swiss NGO links Syngenta pesticide to Indian farmer deaths

The Swiss NGO Public Eye called on Tuesday for an export ban on the pesticide Polo, produced by agriculture giant Syngenta, implicating it in the death of 20 Indian farmers last year. Syngenta, bou...


India | 12 September 2018
Rice farming up to twice as bad for climate change as previously thought, study reveals

Rice farming is known to be a major contributor to climate change, but new research suggests it is far bigger a problem than previously thought. Techniques intended to reduce emissions while also c...


India | 4 September 2018
Threatened by real estate boom, Goa village takes up farming

Amidst real estate boom and rapid decline in rice cultivation in Goa, residents of a village in the state have gone back to cultivation due to alleged fear of “gated migrant communities encroaching up...


India | 3 September 2018
Two Indian farmers become internet sensations after performing the 'Kiki Challenge'

Two farmers have become internet sensations after performing the 'Kiki Challenge' in a mud-soaked rice field in southern India. A heartwarming 40-second clip of the men splashing around to a hip ho...


India | 31 August 2018
As climate changes, Himalayan farmers return to traditional crops

Climate change is making food production harder for communities in the Indian Himalayas. Over the past few decades, there have been significant changes including higher temperatures, lower rainfall an...


India | 29 August 2018
Brave farmer chases away charging elephant with just a stick

A brave Indian farmer chased away a charging elephant with just a stick. This video shows the moment a brave farmer in Odisha, India, made a charging elephant turn its back with just the help of a ...


India | 28 August 2018
In India, some give up city jobs to modernise their farms

Engineering graduate Mishank Bhatia is turning to farming after failing to find a suitable job – the hours were long and the salary too low. But the 23-year-old wants to tread a different path from hi...


India | 23 August 2018
Women in Punjab village say no to 'cancerous farming'

Amarjit Kaur gets out of bed on her tiptoes early morning while it is still dark and the rest of her family is in deep slumber. She quickly fetches a sprinkler kept outside her house to water her smal...


India | 16 August 2018
Modi says agriculture export policy on the anvil

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said a new agriculture export policy will be unveiled soon to boost farm income as the government is on track to achieve the target of doubling farmers’ income by 20...


India | 16 August 2018
How is India’s organic-only farming experiment in Sikkim going?

India’s farm sector is in massive flux and strife right now. After a massive ten-day strike in June, Indian farmers are entering into a general strike in coalition with army veterans across much of th...


India | 9 August 2018
More Indian farmers take to organic farming

Tamil Nadu Organic Certification Department has certified 30,207 acres so far. B. Shivakumar, an entrepreneur-industrialist, started farming about five years ago on 40 acres at Sathyamangalam. In 2...


India | 7 August 2018
Bollywood star to buy plot in India for farming

Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui will buy a plot in Kasara for farming, says his brother Shamas Siddiqui. Nawazuddin, who enjoys going to his hometown Budhana in Uttar Pradesh and indulging in farming, al...


India | 30 July 2018
Modi courts India's farmers with higher prices

Smoking a large hookah in his village outside Delhi, Surander Singh glances anxiously at the overcast sky, hoping rain will pour down on his three acres of newly sown rice paddy. India’s monsoon, on w...


India | 27 July 2018
India offers Uganda credit to boost energy, agriculture

India has offered Uganda a total $205 million worth of credit to help the East African country expand its electricity distribution infrastructure and invest in its agriculture sector, which employs ma...


India | 19 July 2018
India braces for farmer protests over Modi price 'betrayal'

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pre-election move this month to raise minimum prices for summer-sown crops has failed to impress farmers, who have revealed plans for nationwide protests. The ...


India | 18 July 2018
Pesticides help bring modern farming to India

Fifteen years ago, the tiny Indian state of Sikkim launched a radical experiment: its leaders decided to phase out pesticides on every farm in the state, a move without precedent in India – and probab...


India | 9 July 2018
Pesticides help bring modern farming to India

Fifteen years ago, the tiny Indian state of Sikkim launched a radical experiment: its leaders decided to phase out pesticides on every farm in the state, a move without precedent in India – and probab...


India | 6 July 2018
Farmers in India fertilise fields with prayer and meditation

The government of the Indian state of Goa is promoting “cosmic farming” to channel spiritual energy into the soil. Vijai Sardesai, the agriculture minister, said that local farmers should sit and m...


India | 5 July 2018
Goa minister wants farmers to use ‘cosmic farming’ instead of fertilizer

For the past week, farmers in the tourist haven of Goa have been getting WhatsApp videos promoting a new technique to improve crop yields — by chanting ancient Hindu mantras. According to the India...


India | 24 June 2018
India agriculture budget doubled to help double farm income by 2022

Continuing his outreach programme of direct interaction with beneficiaries of his pet schemes, Modi spoke to farmers from over 600 districts via video-conferencing, highlighting the government interve...


India | 21 June 2018
India raises import duties on agriculture, steel products to protest US tariff hike

India has increased import duties on some agricultural and steel products that are imported from the United States in retaliation against Washington's new global tariff on steel and aluminium. Last...


India | 18 June 2018
Andhra Pradesh to become India's first Zero Budget Natural Farming state

The Government of Andhra Pradesh has today launched a scale-out plan to transition 6 million farms/farmers cultivating 8 million hectares of land from conventional synthetic chemical agriculture to Ze...


India | 8 June 2018
Indian farmer kills another over Rs 2000

A 55-year-old farmer was beaten to death for his failure to clear dues of another farmer in the village. The incident took place late on Wednesday when two young farmers reminded the victim of clea...


India | 6 June 2018
Why are Indian farmers protesting?

Thousands of Indian farmers began 10-day protests on Friday demanding farm loan waivers and higher prices for produce, such as cereals, oilseeds and milk. Farmers from the states of Maharashtra, Ma...



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