Jaitley said he was making a record allocation to NREGA but the increase is a modest one in real terms and is even more suspect if one considers the backlog from previous year, particularly of delayed wages.
The state and central governments are likely to increase the focus on agriculture in their budgets. But the question remains: when will farmers receive the benefits of all these plans and programmes, and more importantly, how will they overcome the present crisis?
The Economic Survey, which is a precursor to the budget, makes the right noises about what is wrong with the agriculture sector, but does not come up with any policy back-ups.
The agricultural sector has been neglected when in fact it has the potential to reboot the economy. Arun Jaitley’s focus should therefore be on revitalising agriculture. Budget 2016 provides the opportunity to do this.
It is the first such order to come to light across the country where community rights of tribals have been summarily cancelled after being granted through process laid down in the FRA.
In 2015, Bundelkhand was hit by unseasonal rains and a prolonged drought. The Centre, and UP and MP state governments must act soon to help the region as food and potable water resources are fast depleting.
No matter what crop may be cultivated – rice, wheat or any other – the challenge lies in getting a good yield. A good harvest means a little more money into the farmer’s pocket. Across the country, emphasis is being placed on increasing crop yield. In Kashmir’s Poonch […]
Chitrakoot (UP): In the drought-affected Basiniha village in Uttar Pradesh’s Chitrakoot district, the situation is so bad that the villagers survive on a single roti a day. Despite this, Munni Devi was not eager to take up employment at a NREGA work site when an offer was recently […]
Wayanad has a rice variety for every situation. Many of them may be on their way out, but local farmers and biodiversity scientists have determined that a panchayat-led effort is our best chance at getting them back. The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami left paddy farmers in affected countries […]
An extract from the journal of an organic farmer in the Western Ghats, tracing the erratic shift in weather patterns in 2015, its impact on the ground, and the unnerving implications for the future.
Industrial agriculture has been a big driver of climate change – it’s time we took efforts to replace it with a more ecologically peaceful and culturally aware form of food production and consumption.
New Delhi: Come February 2, representatives of various states will visit Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi for the “Mahatma Gandhi NREGA Sammelan”, the annual ritual that celebrates the one-of-a kind rural employment scheme of the Government of India – the MGNREGA. However, along with sharing good practices for […]
A look behind the Andhra Pradesh government’s much touted land pooling policy for the new capital of Amaravati
Government agencies are trying to acquire land without explicitly establishing consent and farmers are up in arms about it
On the eve of their Nairobi ministerial, WTO members should remember it is not food procurement policies in developing countries like India but unfair US agricultural subsidies which threaten free trade and farmer livelihoods across the world.
Farm distress across the country is a warning signal for the BJP, which faces many state assembly elections in the next two years.
Of all states, Uttar Pradesh has the highest deficiency of rainfall this year, leading it to declare 50 of its 75 districts as drought-hit.
Rice millers are making thousands of crores, thanks to an official policy which allows them to sell the by-products from paddy procured for the PDS and keep the money for themselves.
One of the young trainees, Nataraju, left his masonry work in the city where he was earning only Rs. 200-300 a day and is now engaged full-time in palm climbing.
The Centre gave the UP and MP governments Rs. 7,500 crore in 2009 as a relief package to provide much-needed relief to drought-ravaged farmers in Bundelkhand. Thanks to the bureaucrat-contractor nexus, the intended beneficiaries ended up worse off.
Celebrated by Hollywood stars for its health benefits, rising demand for the ‘miracle grain of the Andes’ is pushing its nutritional equal – traditional millets – further into a corner in India.
Compared to 15-20 years ago, young people today are interested to try their hand in agriculture, Madhu Balan, the page’s owner, says.
Depleting grazing lands, the disappearing role for indigenous cattle breeds in agriculture production as providers of milk, energy, manure and beef, coupled with a ban on cattle slaughter have led to plummeting cattle populations
Ahmedabad: The Gujarat Agricultural Land Ceiling (Amendment) Bill, 2015, unanimously passed in the two-day monsoon session of the Gujarat state assembly – after Congress MLAs were suspended for creating a “ruckus” – is finally beginning to get national attention. The Bill is lying with President Pranab Kumar Mukherjee, awaiting his final […]
If the government does not focus on agriculture and farm distress, an already serious situation could get worse.