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 ‘[email protected]’, 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.
Thought to have arrived from China in 2000 BC, latest research shows domesticated rice agriculture in India and Pakistan existed centuries earlier.
Will the supply of India’s vegetables and fruit falter before the new currency notes are widely circulated? And what will happen to farmer incomes in the short and medium-term?
Narratives that present the Green Revolution as necessary and successful ignore the context that it was brought around in and the fact that it did not lead to a food-secure India.
Value addition always lends more value for any crop that is marketed. It can be the common rice or wheat, or even the most ignored millet like ragi, when it is converted into some sort of value-based product like ready-to-mix dough in powder form, it brings in better […]
The safety review put out in the public domain has stoked skepticism in some quarters. Scientists want the government to publish the primary data and not just a review document.
The petitioner submitted that the ministries of environment and science have openly pushed GM mustard and that they shouldn’t be allowed to regulate GMOs.
Congress and AAP aim to write off farm loans if they come to power in Punjab. But such measures will only be useful only if accompanied by policy reforms like a sustainable farming system and assured monthly income for farmers.
A lack of jobs and an abundant workforce have meant that the agrarian states of India have become tinderboxes waiting to catch fire.
Every autumn in Spiti, shepherds pay villages a fee and have their flock graze in their pastures. This centuries-old tradition is now under threat from climate change.
Outsourcing food production to BRICS countries, and opening up the country to cheaper imports will only destroy food self-sufficiency – and the livelihood of millions.
On World Food Day – October 16 – it is essential that the consequences of the growing concentration of corporate control over seeds, agri-chemicals, food and farming systems be understood for what they are.
Each time a small farmer migrates to an urban area, it equals to one food producer less and one food consumer more.
Fifty years after high yielding variety seeds came to India, a look at how they got here – and what may have happened if they didn’t.
We need to start tilting the playing field back in favour of farmers and the environment.
Almost all the major and medium dams of Maharashtra, including Manjra, Ujani and Terna are overflowing for the first time since 2010.