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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...


India | 4 June 2018
Veggie, fruit prices spike as farmer protest enters fourth day

Vegetable prices across the country soared on Sunday, the day three of the 10-day farmers’ protest. Farmers continued to dump their produce on roads to protest against the alleged anti-farmer policies...


India | 1 June 2018
India's agriculture growth slips to 4.5% in Q4 on higher base

India’s agriculture growth in the January to March quarter of 2017-18 dipped to 4.5 per cent as compared to 7.1 per cent in the same period last year despite a bumper production largely because of hig...


India | 17 May 2018
How has tech sown the seeds for advancements in agriculture

The Indian agriculture industry has long been the backbone of the Indian economy. Which has now become a non profitable affair for the small and marginalised farmers, giving rise to large scale despai...


India | 11 May 2018
4,000 rupees can’t compensate for 4,000 farmer suicides

The Congress has described the distribution of input subsidy to farmers under Rythu Bandhu scheme as an effort by the Government to cover up the suicide by 4,000 farmers in the last four years, and ju...


India | 11 May 2018
Walmart Go Back! Indian farmer groups decry Flipkart deal

A day after U.S. retail giant Walmart (WMT.N) struck its largest deal with a big ticket investment in Indian online marketplace Flipkart, a right-wing Hindu group that fears small traders will suffer ...


India | 10 May 2018
Modi's tax reforms should also address agriculture

It was good to see some positive outcome of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s economic reforms ( “Modi shake-up brings millions into tax fold”, FT, May 8). Another area ripe for reform is to bring the...


India | 8 May 2018
India needs a systematic overhaul in agriculture to ensure food security

Food insecurity continues to be one of the most pressing challenges before India. Despite high rates of economic growth, the prevalence of undernutrition declined marginally from 210.1 million in 1990...


India | 28 April 2018
How technology is taking over agriculture in India

Everybody knows about the various technologies and their role in various schemes like Soil health card and Neem Coated Urea etc. As an agricultural minister, I would like to cite some technological in...


India | 19 April 2018
Only Indian farmers prone to suicide, says agricultural expert

India is the only country where farmers commit suicide though it became self-sufficient in foodgrain production in 1977, according to agriculture expert R. Haley. He has urged agriculture minister V....


India | 12 April 2018
Modi puts inflation goals at risk in bid to meet farm pledges

Inflation may be easing in India, as data on Thursday is set to show, but there are mounting risks. At the top of the list is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to raise the prices of food crops t...


India | 9 April 2018
Suicides in India's agriculture sector decline 32% in 2016

As many as 6,351 farmers/cultivators committed suicide in 2016 across India, or 17 every day, according to the latest home ministry data. Suicides declined 21 per cent from 8,007, or 22 every day, in ...


India | 4 April 2018
Agriculture start-ups emerging a promising segment as IT sheen wears off

Agriculture start-ups, which were hitherto overlooked by investors, are finally emerging as a promising segment in the Indian start-up ecosystem. Springing up of several incubators focusing exclusivel...


India | 3 April 2018
Ministry of Agriculture rejects India rice shipment for pest contamination

The Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), through the Aqaba border center, rejected entry of 12 rice containers of Indian origin, due to the pesticide residues within the final sample examined at the laborat...


India | 29 March 2018
How vulnerable is Indian agriculture to climate change?

Climate change has hit farmers and governments hard as drought, hailstorms and floods become more frequent. Most Indian farmers are not covered by insurance and all do not receive relief for crop dama...


India | 27 March 2018
Farming in Tamil Nadu ready for a turnaround

Across the State, farmers are coping with emerging market trends and constraints in availability of inputs by adopting modern methods, crop diversification and innovative practices but among the most ...


India | 26 March 2018
Indian PM Modi uses radio to address farm woes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi used his ‘Mann ki Baat’ to address farmers and their distress, elaborating on the Budget promise to pay a support price that is one and half times the cost incurred. But t...


India | 22 March 2018
India: Agricultural worker suicides rising

More agricultural workers committed suicide in 2016, but the overall number of suicides in the farm sector dipped almost 10% in comparison with the previous year, according to provisional data from th...


India | 20 March 2018
India: Agriculture jobs see low interest from millennials

The level of interest in jobs pertaining to agriculture and farming has declined markedly over the past year. According to job site Indeed, there was a 25 percent drop in the average number of agricul...


India | 15 March 2018
Thousands of Indian farmers end protest after talks with government

Farmers in the western Indian state of Maharashtra have ended their protest over loan waivers, prices and land rights after meeting state ministers. Ministers said disputes still pending over triba...


India | 14 March 2018
Why an agriculture economist wants India to dump food subsidies

According to Ashok Gulati, the system’s bias towards consumers needs to be dumped, as do the dole model and export bans. New Delhi: Prioritising food subsidies over the price paid to farmers for th...