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?
Despite near-normal monsoon rainfall in India coupled with record farm production, prices for agricultural commodities sank for most of the year.
Over the last two years, actual and budgeted expenditure for the programme has fallen far short of the announced average expenditure of Rs 10,000 crore every year.
Debt waivers are supposed to help farmers make agricultural investments, repay future debts and tackle any other situation. But the history of waivers in India tells a different tale.
Native varieties of millet which can grow in drought-like conditions are making a comeback thanks to the indigenous Dognria Kondh community in Odisha and its growing traction among affluent consumers for their many health benefits.
A fortnightly column from The Wire’s public editor.
Naidu’s statements come at a time when a spate of farmers suicides have rocked Indian polity and a number of agitations led by farmers are underway across various parts of the country.
Despite farmers citing demonetisation as one of the chief causes for their distress and protests, the government is still projecting it as an excellent move.
An unregulated borewell economy thrives through the dry summers in Osmanabad district of Marathwada, with agents and rig owners cashing in on the desperation of farmers to find water at any depth, any cost.
The Indian farmer is not just a poor, helpless victim who deserves a waiver because he cannot pay. The root cause of the debt trap is that his income has not increased with rising expenditure due to state policies.
While suicides and shock deaths have seen a sudden spike in Tamil Nadu’s Cauvery delta region, the government does not believe the drought is the cause and is continuing to direct water away from rural areas.
According to a report by a committee headed by Dr. Abhay Bang, as many as 10,000 children die of malnutrition and related illnesses each year in tribal areas of Maharashtra.
Prices paid to local farmers for common grade paddy rice are to be raised by 5.4% to Rs. 1,550 per 100 kg for the year starting on July 1, while long staple cotton prices have been hiked by 3.8% to Rs. 4,320 per 100 kg.
Although the Maharashtra government has announced a loan waiver, Marathwada’s indebted farmers still do not know how they will get the money to buy farm inputs this sowing season.
Rs 10,000 initial crop loan assistance is provided to farmers under the Maharashtra scheme.
While most farmers and farm land are from rainfed areas, the government focuses only on irrigated areas. How long will this unfair treatment continue?
In the sixty-eighth episode of Jan Gan Man Ki Baat, Vinod Dua discusses the recent Aadhaar-PAN judgment and the impact of demonetisation on farmers.
The government has offered Rs one crore as financial aid to the kin of those who died in the recent stir in Mandsaur.
Activists allege that the government’s actions in the area, including not letting anyone in, are undemocratic and an attempt to hide what happened.
Patel was on his way to meet the families of the farmers killed in police firing on June 6, as well as other farmer leaders.
The cows were being taken for a national cattle breeding programme, the ‘Rashtriya Gokul Mission’, which aims to preserve indigenous cattle breeds.
After the previous offer of waiving off approximately Rs 300 billion was rejected by the farmers, the 11-day strike ended once all loans were waived.
It is about agriculture’s place in the life of our country, equity’s place in the life of our agriculture and farmers’ place in the world of equity.
On June 1, farmers from a village in Ahmednagar district went on strike followed by many farmers groups in other parts, who tried to suspend vegetable and milk supply to Mumbai.
Over 1,300 drought-prone villages of the state, as part of the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2017, are creating rainwater-harvesting structures to end their water woes.
The centre in Pathanamthitta not only enables farmers to sell directly to consumers, but also allows them to decide the selling price of their produce while the centre monitors the quality.
Despite having the best water infrastructure in the country, Sindh has high poverty and malnutrition levels due to the manipulation of water outlets for the benefit of the rich and powerful.
At least now we have a partial answer to why agrarian distress isn’t going anywhere – the minister in charge seems to care more about posture than pasture
Besides showing farmers’ frustration with the government’s agricultural policies, the agitations are also resistance against a development model that favours the urban.
“I am a farmer, Dhanaji Chandrakant Jadhav. I am committing suicide today. Please take my body to the village and do not cremate me till chief minister Devendra Fadnavis comes here.”
As Tamil Nadu faces one of its worst ever droughts, farmers and experts in the state share some organic, low-cost hacks.
Farmers in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh have been agitating since June 1, demanding a loan waiver and better procurement prices.
In the 64th episode of Jan Gan Man Ki Baat, Vinod Dua talks about what led farmers across multiple states to militant protests.
In 45ºC heat, farmers are walking from market to market to sell their cattle but others are reluctant to buy, knowing it will be difficult to get rid of them later.
The Maharashtra chief minister has been trying to make farmers forget election promises by shifting focus to his pet irrigation scheme. But after multiple errors, this does not seem to be working.
Thos leading the protest said they were “satisfied” with what the Shivraj Chouhan government was offering.
Villagers in Navagam in the Dang district of Gujarat have said they will boycott the upcoming assembly polls if the government does not resolve the long pending issue of land and house titles.
In villages across Goa, the juice of the cashew apple, a summer fruit, is distilled to produce feni, which now has its own Geographical Indication. At their small family-run distillery in North Goa, Inacina and Luis Fernandes spend four months every year on this laborious task, an art handed down across generations.
The strike also turned violent in a few places, as farmers vandalised trucks of those who did not participate in the strike and threw produce on the roads.