Banks are deducting ‘crop insurance premiums’ from farmers’ current accounts without their knowledge.
The corporate sector is responsible for 70% of the country’s NPAs, but their loans are being waived off while waiving farming loans is still being frowned upon.
Bhagath Kumar Neerudu, a computer professional in the US, decided to move back to India to pursue a career in farming.
Falling prices and a lack of adequate procurement centres have left tur producers grasping for a way out.
Owning a desi cow breed could enable farmers to cut most agriculture costs and also earn money from cow-based products, saving them from debt.
The researchers have now set their sights on developing software to calculate optimum fertiliser amounts for crop fields given other cultivation parameters.
Worldwide, farmers are already using untreated waste water to irrigate their crops. Here’s how to mitigate the danger.
Local prices for oilseeds have plunged around 40% in the last six months, while pulses have dropped by nearly a third.
The formal closure of POSCO’s steel plant project in Odisha is seen as a victory for the agrarian economy and the betel leaf farmers of Jagatsinghpur, but those who lost their land face new challenges.
The charge of moral hazard reeks of double standards. However, will India’s fiscal deficit targets allow for such a waiver?
Growing profusely in the state, jackfruit is no longer a neglected crop in God’s own country.
Thiruvengadam from Tamil Nadu has diversified from simply cultivating paddy to growing vegetables and selling saplings to increase his income.
Mangal Singh continues to display the potential to install many of his turbines, which can lead to a useful reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as well as costs.
The ‘drought fighter’ helps reduce fuel consumption, making crop cultivation cheaper and more efficient.
Residents of Hesatu village have raised a thriving forest over 365 acres of wasteland without intervention from the state or civil society organisations.
The historic Tamil Nadu Agricultural University’s vice chancellor spoke to The Wire about the state of Indian agriculture and what Indian youth and the government can do to improve things.
Farmer suicides and hunger deaths plague flagship village of SP government.
The VNR-Bihi variety of guava, which often weighs more than half a kilo and has a long shelf life, is being grown by enthusiastic farmers across the country in large numbers for its handsome returns.
The country is slowing down imports ahead of the harvest in April and purchases in the months ahead will depend on production this year.
The Budget does nothing to assure incomes for farmers, lift them out of indebtedness or protect them from natural calamities.
As Punjab goes to polls in a few days, we travel to the Malwa region of the state to speak to small and marginal farmers and families of those who have committed suicide
While the planned expenditure on irrigation is commendable, Gulati told The Wire, the major disappointment was the lack of talk on direct benefit transfers.
Despite all the talk of a big push to the agricultural sector, the last Union Budget turned out to be a missed opportunity to provide genuine relief to farmers. The government must rectify this.
A common, unified market will benefit buyers far more than farmers unless logistical and procedural issues are quickly fixed.
Demands are growing in coastal Karnataka for the revival of kambala, the buffalo race which has feudalism stamped all over.
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.