Farmers in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region are committing suicide due to droughts and mounting debt, with their widows left to deal with the state, moneylenders, in-laws and social stigma.
A recent study in Jharkhand showed that farmers are unaware of how to correctly use different chemicals and do not use any protective gear during the process.
The human rights commission has said the farmers’ right to life and livelihood has been violated because of government negligence.
Land owners as well as builders have been affected by the Jaipur Development Authority’s botched up housing project.
After two women collapsed during the protest, state authorities agreed to meet with farmers’ leaders for talks.
Dozens of farmers had gathered outside the collectorate in Bundelkhand’s Tikamgarh district to present a list of demands to the district administration.
A group of farmers have turned a shunned wetland into a fish farming, agroforestry and horticulture practice, generating employment for local residents.
The cashless future that demonetisation promised never came, and many in rural Marathwada scoff at the idea.
Several farmers and union leaders were arrested or detained ahead of a planned farmers’ protest in Chhattisgarh and Section 144 was imposed in three districts.
The first phase of the UP government’s much-hyped crop loan waiver has turned into another farce for farmers.
Private moneylenders are a major source of loans across the region, and with the collapse of banking in rural areas, their role has only grown.
Only 13% of women in the country own the land they work on. The farms are never in their names as current inheritance laws are depriving them of their right.
From the ban on cattle trade for slaughter to the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, the Centre’s changes to the agricultural sector aren’t going down well with Rajasthan farmers.
Agriculture officials and experts are voicing strong criticism of the government’s farm policy and its performance.
As more cows reach the non-productive age, the number of abandoned cows will swell and spill over to fields. Will ear tags and bovine sanctuaries end the farmers’ curse?
The recent proliferation of weekly farmers’ markets in urban areas is quite useful for consumers but their benefits to farmers are limited at best and cannot replace the practice of selling at wholesale yards.
The interim relief of Rs 10,000 for the monsoon sowing season that was announced by Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis after the farm strike in June has only added “salt to wounds”.
Through their work, farmers in Odisha’s Nuapara district are showing the need for eco-friendly agriculture and self-reliance in rural farming communities.
Despite weather related and other difficulties, some Vidarbha farmers are hopeful for a better future thanks to the results of their small-scale initiatives.
A steady decrease in rainfall, the switch to water-intensive cash crops and ever-increasing borewells have lowered the water table in Nagarur village of Anantapur, leaving farmers struggling to keep their crops alive.
Farmers with the smallest land holdings and landless agricultural labourers who need financial support do not have access to formal sources of credit and do not benefit from loan waivers.
To Benefit Farmers and Not Private Insurers, the Crop Insurance Scheme Must Be Overhauled Completely
As it stands now, farmers have very little to gain from having their crop insured, while private insurance companies are raking in the profits.
Integrating crop production with livestock management helps to reduce operational input costs of farming and augments productivity, production and income per unit area.
We have an agrarian crisis today because we have failed to think through what kind of agriculture we need.
Punjab exceeds most states in metrics on mechanisation, chemical input and capital investment. What then explains the failure of its green fields?
Residents of a tribal village who were denied access to water have collectively restored farm ponds to harvest rainfall to fulfill their water needs.
Britain’s love for the potato is tied to notions of the utilitarian value of a good diet and how a healthy citizenry is the engine room of a strong economy.
India’s Lacklustre Approach Towards International Trade is Hurting its Foreign and Economic Interests
From alarming agricultural imports to losing Africa, India needs to aggressively protect its trade interests and explicitly link it to our foreign and domestic goals.
The story of Sangita Mhatre of Mande is an inspiring tale of how women in rural India can take charge of their destiny given the slightest of opportunities.
South India’s first ‘Seeds for Needs’ project will help farmers grow lost varieties of seeds and distribute them to other farmers.
The Reserve Bank of India is under pressure to cut its main policy rate beyond the 25 basis points markets have priced in for Wednesday’s policy meeting.
A substantial decline in the share of agriculture in a farm family’s income and the lack of quality education has eroded hopes of a better future for a majority of India’s farmers.
Amid a huge crisis that transcends the drought, some farmers of the region have died due to shock, while many others have committed suicide.
Vinod Dua discusses the latest report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India on Indian Railways, and how little has been done for farmers even as big corporations and insurance companies benefit from relief measures meant for them.
Data from 2013 and even 2011 – before the Modi government was in power – was referenced in a Lok Sabha session to answer queries on the current issues in the agriculture sector.
The schemes have largely benefitted the insurance companies, which, thanks to high premiums and unpaid claims, logged profits of nearly Rs 10,000 crore till April.
A growing number of men are moving from the hinterland to cities in search of a living, leaving women with farm responsibilities. Reversing this trend is important, for stable families hold the key to social stability in the nation.
Many Indian labourers in Italy are forced to work for virtually nothing to pay off debts to agents who promise good jobs and organise travel from India.
Institutional loan waivers and debt swapping can be effective only if they are supported by other measures that prevent farmers from falling back into debt.
In conversation with the Padma Shri awardee and chief proponent of Zero Budget Natural Farming on his methods, the agrarian crisis, cow vigilantism and more.