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.
Farmers are once again wondering which crop will fetch them guaranteed good returns.
New restriction on cattle slaughter will severely cripple the livestock economy which is bigger than crop economy; poor farmers shifted to livestock in face of uncertain rain and dwindling income.
Farmers of Vedaranayam in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu are surviving the current drought by growing diverse crops that suit their soil, despite the failure of the rains and not getting water from the Cauvery River for many years.
In addition to destroying livelihoods linked to dairy farming, leather production and beef export, the government’s move will lead to an explosion in the number of ‘stray’ cattle.
Agricultural policy continues to focus on production and not the living condition of farmers – which is what got us to this miserable position in the first place.
In the Middle East and North Africa, conflict and insecurity remain the key barriers to progress, with most of the countries across the region requiring humanitarian and food assistance.
The Modi government’s pulses promotion programme raised hopes of a lot of tur farmers. But a bumper crop later, weak state procurement and an export ban is forcing them to sell at prices well below the MSP.
Many African countries are still searching for inclusive commercial farming models that can bring in private investment without dispossessing local people.
Community seed banks can enhance the resilience of farmers’ by securing access to diverse, locally adapted crops and varieties.
Instead of dismantling the regulated APMC mandis, the government needs to make them stronger and build supporting infrastructure like warehouses.
Only about 1.6% of the total waste generated by cities is being composted and fertiliser companies are reluctant to market it, saying it affects their fertiliser sales.
Apart from economic gains and increased production, mixed cropping has helped a Tamil Nadu farmer save on water for irrigation – a precious resource in the drought ridden region.
Developed by BARC and notified in 1992, TAG 24 has been held in high stead by many administrators – but official records of its prowess paint another picture.
Agitating farmers have given the state until June 1 to organise a loan waiver and a minimum support price for all products, failing which they have threatened to commit mass suicide.
Some Mexicans are working in the US on H-2A visas, allowing them to work temporarily as seasonal agricultural labourers on US farms.
Perched on the mountains of Karakoram, this indigenous community is trying to balance modernity with heritage.
Inadequate freshwater supply from rivers and saline ingress has dealt a double blow to the rice farmers of Kole paddy lands in Kerala even as the state tries to cope with a severe drought.
Despite playing a crucial role in food production, women are often not considered to be farmers because, in India, the legal recognition is derived from land ownership.
The early onset of monsoon comes after the India Meteorological Department said that India looks likely to receive higher rainfall than previously forecast.
Sericulturists in India’s tropical zones often struggle to produce good yields in the summer months, but one scientist may have the solution.
The Indian Ocean Dipole phenomenon – which counters the impact of an El Nino – will have an incremental positive effect on the Indian monsoon, the chief said.
Raising productivity, reforming land policies and solving the remunerative price mess will require massive amounts of public investment and political will. Is the Modi government up to the task?
Farmers in the southern reaches of Pudukottai district in Tamil Nadu have turned to agroforestry to boost incomes after falling groundwater levels and overuse of chemical fertilisers made agriculture unsustainable in the area.
Highly water- and energy-scarce countries like India and Pakistan are losing huge amounts of groundwater and energy because of their food exports.
By taxing the incomes of the top 4.1% of total agricultural households, as much as Rs. 25,000 crore could be collected as agriculture income tax.
The insurance coverage in 2015 was 22.3%, with a government expenditure of Rs 2,955 crore. But by spending 4.5x since, how does the government admit to a coverage of only 23%?
Climate-smart agriculture involves pursuing sustainable productivity increases while implementing climate adaptation strategies and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Every day, a half-complete well reminds Karbhari Jadhav of Ganori village in Aurangabad of his losses, all because he never received the approved funds for sinking the well.
A timeline of the recent protest by farmers from Tamil Nadu at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.
Researchers and farmer groups have lauded the KCR government’s proposals, but grass-roots level workers have questioned their sustainability, calling for a more holistic and eco-friendly approach instead.
Most technocratic interventions introduced in MGNREGA appear to be designed to aid administrators rather than for actually helping workers.