Water crisis is becoming a problem for Centre

Although Modi’s BJP dominates parliament after a big win in last year’s election, he needs to tread a fine balance between shifting to less water-intensive crops and ensuring his government produces enough food to feed the poor. On a scorching summer day in northern India, Ajay Singh sat next to his water pump and scanned his 10 […]

In seed-potato belt, farmers produced less for planting in new season

Punjab produces just over 5% of India’s potatoes. But the state’s Doaba region — covering the four districts of Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur and Nawanshahr — supplies practically the entire potatoes that farmers across the country use as fresh “seed”. Gurminder Singh Sangha harvested 41,000 50-kg “packets” of potatoes from his 2019-20 crop, as against the […]

Policymakers still talk of ‘food security’, it’s time to plan for ‘nutritional self-reliance’

Farmers will need to be supported in perpetuity; they can never become atmanirbhar. The question is how best to support farmers such that India may become nutrition self-reliant Imagine, while constructing a multi-storey building the contractors discover the building foundation has begun to sink. It is scary, but wait. Now, imagine that even though the […]

State intervention is needed to make farming economically and ecologically viable

Instead of further liberalisation of agriculture, state intervention for better pricing, investments in water harvesting and an agroecological transition could ensure a more resilient system to weather shocks like the current one. In rural India, the COVID-related economic crisis should be addressed as a priority, not only because of its social dimension but also because […]

Admin expense 3 times more than expenses of research in ICAR: Tomar

He added that till resource allocation improves, agriculture scientists need to think about how to produce best results in the current circumstances. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Thursday pointed out that salary and other administrative expenditure of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is three times more than the actual expenses of research. He […]

PMFBY: Insure your Kharif Crop and Compensate for losses, Know how to Avail Benefits!

Indian farmers face changing weather conditions every year which brings disease on the one side and, troubles on the other side. Due to unseasonal rains, drought, water logging, cloud bursts, or other natural calamities, there is considerable loss of crop of farmers. In such a situation, any farmer who has not yet got his crop […]

Organic Farming Market Changing Strategies to provide Competitive edge | Picks Organic Farm, Organic Farmers, The Indian Organic Farmers

Latest released the research study on Global Organic Farming Market, offers a detailed overview of the factors influencing the global business scope. Organic Farming Market research report shows the latest market insights, current situation analysis with upcoming trends and breakdown of the products and services. The report provides key statistics on the market status, size, share, growth factors of […]

Prometheus Unbound: India Must Look to the Farmer for Way Forward

The low-intensive and high-potential agriculture sector should be the country’s best bet to recover from the economic losses caused by the coronavirus and subsequent lockdowns. In his recent nationally televised speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi openly thanked the Indian farmer and the taxpayer in the same breath. The farmers though wear both hats as they […]

The good news With India headed for a bumper kharif harvest, agriculture continues to hold out hope amid crisis

Farmers have completed sowing of kharif crops in nearly 55 per cent of the season’s normal area by the first week of July. Last year at this time, they had achieved hardly 38 per cent coverage, while undertaking the bulk of plantings after mid-July and all through August. The primary reason has been the southwest […]

WhatsApp groups to keep farmers alert over locust threat

The district Agriculture Department has been organising mock drills and keeping farmers updated on the current location and chances of locust attack in various areas. The department is on alert and has formed various WhatsApp groups. Around 250 progressive farmers from the district are a part of these groups. These groups keep farmers updated about […]