As the agrarian distress mounts in Punjab, political parties have failed to address the issue in their campaigns even as they trade blame.
Out of the 144 recorded farmer suicides, over 40 were from outside the Cauvery delta region. Observers and farmers directly attribute demonetisation as one major factor behind the suicides.
Partha and Rekha, who left their city jobs to become organic farmers, are now working to spread awareness on organic produce and make it accessible for all.
If the sport is banned, farmers will be forced to abandon the raising of native livestock, which already stands threatened due to the extensive use of motor pumps, tractors and mechanised agriculture.
To say that ‘agriculture’ has failed to keep up with the growth that the country has witnessed in the last 15 years is a clever ploy to cover up the neglect that has kept farmers impoverished.
A new farming app named ‘FEM@Mobile’, developed by KVK Malappuram, contains information about 100 crops and will help farmers to plan what they cultivate.
The prices of several vegetables have slumped in both wholesale and open markets all over the state.
Struggling to improve yield levels with traditional methods at his coffee plantation, Hoysala found great success with technological innovations.
Aflatoxin, the food contaminant which has left hundreds dead in Kenya, is now being countered by a new product called ‘Aflasafe’.
Chartered accountant K. Chitra gave up her comfortable job in the city to become an organic farmer. But the process of setting up and running a farm is far from easy, yet she perseveres in her goal to do something for society.
Farmers have little access to marketing facilities, making organic agriculture unviable for many, Dr Narsimhan told The Wire.
For agricultural labourers from remote villages, hunger is always around the corner and migration in search of work is absolutely necessary for survival.
Farmers in Vidarbha are being forced to incur terrible losses – by accepting lower prices, losing their perishable produce, or due to a fear of depositing cash payments in old notes in banks where they owe loan repayments.
Undertaking this demonetisation exercise is not merely an ‘inconvenience’ to those on the edge. It is a matter of life and death.
A large chunk of India’s farmers continue to depend on commission agents and not formal institutions for credit, thereby relying on cash.
Thought to have arrived from China in 2000 BC, latest research shows domesticated rice agriculture in India and Pakistan existed centuries earlier.
Will the supply of India’s vegetables and fruit falter before the new currency notes are widely circulated? And what will happen to farmer incomes in the short and medium-term?
Narratives that present the Green Revolution as necessary and successful ignore the context that it was brought around in and the fact that it did not lead to a food-secure India.
Value addition always lends more value for any crop that is marketed. It can be the common rice or wheat, or even the most ignored millet like ragi, when it is converted into some sort of value-based product like ready-to-mix dough in powder form, it brings in better […]
The safety review put out in the public domain has stoked skepticism in some quarters. Scientists want the government to publish the primary data and not just a review document.
The petitioner submitted that the ministries of environment and science have openly pushed GM mustard and that they shouldn’t be allowed to regulate GMOs.
Congress and AAP aim to write off farm loans if they come to power in Punjab. But such measures will only be useful only if accompanied by policy reforms like a sustainable farming system and assured monthly income for farmers.
A lack of jobs and an abundant workforce have meant that the agrarian states of India have become tinderboxes waiting to catch fire.
Every autumn in Spiti, shepherds pay villages a fee and have their flock graze in their pastures. This centuries-old tradition is now under threat from climate change.
Outsourcing food production to BRICS countries, and opening up the country to cheaper imports will only destroy food self-sufficiency – and the livelihood of millions.
On World Food Day – October 16 – it is essential that the consequences of the growing concentration of corporate control over seeds, agri-chemicals, food and farming systems be understood for what they are.
Each time a small farmer migrates to an urban area, it equals to one food producer less and one food consumer more.
Fifty years after high yielding variety seeds came to India, a look at how they got here – and what may have happened if they didn’t.
We need to start tilting the playing field back in favour of farmers and the environment.
Almost all the major and medium dams of Maharashtra, including Manjra, Ujani and Terna are overflowing for the first time since 2010.
When used with prudence, drones can be a potential tool to better control our agricultural productivity and to best invest our limited resources.
Excessive rain for the past ten days have led to dams in the region filling up, and has inundated villages. Eight people have reportedly died.
By moving people and businesses to smart villages, revenue, resources and job opportunities will increase in rural India, while cities can decongest.
Anyone for a 2,516-day-old burger?
In times of rural distress, it’s important that the debate around GM technology combines talks about food safety issues with their sociological ramifications.
Paramu from Dindigul in Tamil Nadu has big plans from little seeds.
The need and applicability for AI is more urgent in the remotest areas of the country than in the heart of the capital. Because it is in these remotest areas that the traditional governance systems are totally broken.
Besides increasing productivity, leaders are tasked to find ways of enticing young people into agriculture, especially now that the world’s buzzword is sustainability.
The Shah committee has recommended an overarching National Water Commission be created to encourage a shift in focus from the construction of dams to decentralised management and maintenance of water.
The question to ask is whether it makes environmental sense or effects social justice to ship our dals from across the seas?