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.
If the Meteorological Department had got their predictions right, farmers in Vidarbha and Marathwada say, they wouldn’t have sowed their kharif crops when they did.
A curd-based mixture has been central to cutting down cultivation costs while increasing productivity for many small and marginal farmers in Bihar.
Sugarcane used to be something of an ‘insurance’ crop in the region, bound to bring returns. But not anymore.
Numerous policy decisions have made the domestic market less remunerative for farmers.
The Maharashtra government’s Rs 34,000-crore farm loan waiver may not provide much relief to small and marginal farmers in Marathwada, who are caught in the debt trap of private moneylenders.
The cultivation of safflower for its oil is declining because farmers are not finding a ready market and are discouraged by low prices.
Scientist R.H. Richharia’s research showed that several indigenous rice varieties gave high yields without the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides.
In 2011, the minimum daily wage and the MGNREGA wage in Bihar was Rs 120, today the minimum daily wage has increased to Rs 232 per day but the MGREGA wage is Rs 168.
According to government data, the rate of increase of farm yields for many crops was higher in the pre-green revolution period when compared to later years.
Direct Benefit Transfers in form of subsidies to offset farming costs have a shaky track record given the complex and varied social reality of rural India.
Demonetisation destroyed rural incomes and the cattle slaughter ban choked off the farmer’s main source of emergency funding.
Organic farming has doubled the crop yield and increased tribal farmers’ profit margins, helping relieve their previous debts.
Some years ago, Western UP was better off than other parts of the country, but farmer suicides and stories of struggling families have been on the rise since.
A closer look at the government crop insurance schemes shows that they have been of little help to distressed farmers.
In a Latur hamlet, Shalubai works eight hours daily to fill water; some spend less time, but pay three times the rate for water than Aurangabad breweries do.
Anantapur is facing one of its worst droughts this year – and the depletion of groundwater and skyrocketing debts have only made it worse for the farmers in the district.
Due to supply crunch retail prices of tomato have more than doubled, peas saw a price increase of around Rs 40-50, while cauliflower, potatoes and lemons have also seen hikes.
Legislative action that primarily looks at cattle mobility as ‘acts of smuggling cattle out of state for slaughter’ is deeply misguided and betrays a misunderstanding of how India’s cattle have been bought and sold since the British Raj.
Can we use technology to solve the problems of farmers and create a possible e-governance framework to solve issues scalable from a farm level perspective to the entire nation?