Rope in private players for boosting farm exports: Finance Commission panel

The Finance Commission said it will look into all the recommendations made by the panel for finalising its own report to the Central government for revenue sharing with states for the five years from FY22 to FY26 Private sector players should be roped in for anchoring specific schemes to scale up farm exports from India […]

Centre launches pilot project to reduce emissions from agriculture

The project will be implemented in Mizoram, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Uttarakhand The Union government on July 28, 2020, launched the Green-Ag Project in Mizoram, to reduce emissions from agriculture and ensure sustainable agricultural practices. Mizoram is one of the five states where the project will be implemented. Other states include Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and […]

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 […]

Improvement in economy might slow down or even stagnate in the second quarter

India has had little option but to open up the economy. That has led to some improvement in economic activity towards the latter part of the April-June quarter — but this is unlikely to sustain. In the July-September quarter, we expect the pace of improvement to slow down or even stagnate and fall in some […]

The Lockdown Revealed the Extent of Poverty and Misery Faced by Migrant Workers

This lockdown hunger is not the only worry. Post-COVID, access to safe and nutritious foods would be uncertain if adequate policy measures are not taken. The COVID-19 pandemic has further worsened India’s hunger and malnutrition woes, more so for the millions of informal workers, on their way back home or struggling to meet two ends […]

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 […]