Agriculture Set To Cushion Impact Of Covid-19 On Economy In 2020-21: Government

Impact of COVID-19: Farming activities were exempted from the nationwide lockdown to facilitate uninterrupted harvesting of rabi crops and sowing of kharif crops. The Indian economy has taken a huge hit from the coronavirus pandemic and resultant lockdowns. The International Monetary Fund expects the global output to contract by 4.9 per cent in 2020 and […]

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 […]

Move to ban 27 pesticides will hand over Rs 12,000-cr market to China: Indian manufacturers

New Delhi: Pesticide manufacturers have threatened to take the government to court if it goes through with banning the manufacturing and export of 27 pesticides in India. The Ministry of Agriculture had issued a draft notification on 14 May, intending to ban the chemicals for being harmful to humans and animals, many of them are widely […]

Farmers liberated today, claims Modi govt; ‘One Nation, One Market’, other agri reforms announced

With the latest move, commodities such as cereals, edible oils, oilseeds, pulses, onions, and potato are likely to get deregulated as no stock limit will be applicable to processors or traders. The Union Cabinet today approved the amendment to the decades-old Essential Commodities Act, following up on Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’ economic […]

Covid-19 and climate action in India’s provinces

The collective efforts to contain the Covid-19 pandemic in India offer vital lessons that could inform science-based climate action strategies in various states India’s lockdown to contain the coronavirus epidemic emptied roads in cities, leading to a marked decrease in air pollution (Photo by Pixabay) The year 2020 is an important milestone to enhance global […]

MONSOON RAINS FORECAST TO ARRIVE ON INDIA’S SOUTHERN COAST AROUND JUNE 1

NEW DELHI, May 28 (Reuters) – Monsoon rains are likely to enter India through the southern coast around June 1, the state-run weather office said on Thursday, marking the start of the four-month rainy season that is crucial for the country’s farm-dependent economy. Weather conditions are “very likely to become favourable from June 1, 2020” […]

Locust attack may be beneficial for agrochemical companies in India

MUMBAI: Locust attack in India has triggered concerns over the Indian agriculture sector in the financial year 2021, even as challenges to tackle covid-19 related issues stay. However, the pest attack is likely to create additional demand for agrochemical companies in India. Shares of Bayer Cropscience, UPL Ltd, Sumitomo Chemicals, Insecticides India, BASF, and Rallies […]

Why India needs to tread with caution on agricultural changes

Impact on small & marginal farmers and implications for food security & poverty important factors to bear in mind The changes proposed by the government raise important issues about the possible impact on the farming community. The proposed changes are fundamental and hence it may be useful to consider their possible impact. Since the fine […]

Is the Agricultural Package Addressing Challenges Small Farmers Face in a Pandemic?

The stimulus package has not made clear whether or how small farmers will really benefit. As agricultural activities are in full swing due to ongoing rabi harvest and forthcoming kharif sowing, the continuing lockdown in India is pushing small farmers further to the margins. While various governments (both Central and states) have announced relaxations for agricultural activities and support […]