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"I have already made the position. States which want to go for these kind of schemes, will have to generate them from their own resources."
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"We only get one-fourth of the allotted amount. "
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The parched Indian fields may not have been able to provide us affordable pulses this year. But that is no reason to despair. Farmers across the world are rushing to plant a record number of acres to feed our love for the daily dal-chawal. India has become for the global pulses market what China is for metals. In short, it is calling the shots.
In a bizarre claim, a farmer has said he could earn only Re 1 from sale of nearly a tonne of onions at the district Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC). According to Devidas Parbhane, 48, the...
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PILIBHIT -- In a bizarre incident, a nationalized bank has frozen the account of Manmohan Singh, a farmer, for being a 'guarantor' to liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who is embroiled in charges of money la...
Even as Bundelkhand shrivels under the onslaught of a prolonged drought, the government is going ahead with a grand scheme to link two major rivers at this southern edge of the Ganga basin. At a time when moisture has fled the land and the rain-fed rivers are down to a trickle, transporting water some 230 km in a canal, irrigating farmland on the way, appears to be a mirage to many.
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Bundelkhand is a dirt-poor region where people are now desperately scratching the dirt for water. Only a few farmers have enough money to dig more than 50 metres and pump water out of the few aquifers that have not gone dry. A few others have built check dams and embankments to hold the rain where it falls, and their farms remain profitable. But such oases are too few and far between.
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Bundelkhand is amongst the worst places on earth to be a farmer. Decades of land and water mismanagement made worse by anaemic showers and changing rainfall patterns triggered by climate change have led to untold misery for its largely agrarian population. But many community workers and experts say the situation is not irrevocable. The region may yet prosper by adopting better ways to conserve water, in step with a more sustainable and varying use of the land.
Bundelkhand, the size of Ireland or Texas at some 700,000 sq km, is home to some of the poorest people in India, an unforgiving land where about half of its 18 million people live under the official poverty line, close to destitution.
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Do you know how much an Indian farmer earns? In 17 states, he earns less than ₹20,000 annually, according to National Sample Survey (NSS) data. When it came to power in 2014, the BJP had promised to double farmer incomes in five years. It is now trying to make good that promise, with this year's Budget taking a few big strides and some baby steps towards it.
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The Modi government has made a serious attempt to address agrarian distress in India by announcing the crop insurance scheme last week. It is imperative, however, that we learn from the mistakes of other countries and urgently fine-tune this simple product to make it financially viable in the long run. And the fine-tuning is easy -- instead of measuring the crop losses of farmers let us just measure the performance of the rain gods!
JAMSHEDPUR -- Irate over the loss of his farm produce, a farmer today took his hen to a police station, holding it responsible for an incident of fire that reduced his recently harvested crop to ashes...
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Did you know that Indian agriculture's net export earnings are higher than those by services and manufacturing? In fact, the agriculture sector enjoys one of the highest productivity and international competitiveness amongst all the sectors of our economy. Instead of handling it as a child with special needs, we have to start treating agriculture like the good business it is.
NEW DELHI -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Central Government and 11 states seeking their response on the steps initiated to provide relief to the people affected by drought. The...