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Foodgrain Output Up 5-Fold In 60 Years, Hides India’s Farm Distress

Foodgrain Output Up 5-Fold In 60 Years, Hides India’s Farm Distress

  India’s foodgrain production rose five times over six decades, according to 2016 government data, the latest available. But with the average Indian farm half as large as it used…

A 54-mm Disagreement In Rain Data Foxes Maharashtra

A 54-mm Disagreement In Rain Data Foxes Maharashtra

An unmanned weather station at Pandharpur in Solapur district, Maharashtra. Picture: Yashwantrao Yadav   A 54-mm disagreement in rainfall data could delay insurance payouts to farmers and future agricultural investments…

Farm Sector Growth: 0.2%. Rural-Urban Divide Widens

Farm Sector Growth: 0.2%. Rural-Urban Divide Widens

  India’s agriculture growth rate dropped to 0.2% in the last quarter of 2014-15, according to the latest government data, compounding predictions of a bad monsoon ahead.   The meteorological…

For India’s Farmers, Harder Life Ahead: Latest Studies

For India’s Farmers, Harder Life Ahead: Latest Studies

  The unseasonal rain and erratic weather unsettling the Indian farmer—and the nation’s agriculture, economy and politics—are no aberrations.   Extreme rainfall events in central India, the core of the…

A Farmer’s Life Crisis—And India’s Farming Predicament

A Farmer’s Life Crisis—And India’s Farming Predicament

Ramlal, 35, of UP’s Rajwada village, could not escape the effects of India’s increasingly uncertain weather, despite being part of India’s farming elite and its middle class. His wheat farm…