‘To Double Farm Incomes, India Must Get People Off Farms’

New Delhi: Increasing climate variability, extreme weather events and rising temperatures pose challenges to India’s food and nutrition security, according to the 2018 Global Food Policy Report by I...

‘Land Reforms Have Failed, Formalising Tenancy Only Option To Address Farm Distress’

New Delhi: In the last 10 months, farmers across the country have staged half a dozen large protests. On March 12, 2018, 35,000 farmers from all over Maharashtra walked 180 km over seven days to reach...

Climate Change Could Reduce Farm Output, Increase Number Of India’s Hungry People: Report

New Delhi: In 2030, India’s agriculture output might be 7 points lower at 1.56 times the 2010 level against a potential 1.63 times without climate change, and the number of hungry 22.5% higher at 90...

How Govts Across India Are Violating Forest Rights

Mumbai: As many as 26 cases across 11 states show that forest land is being acquired by the government for development projects like mining and dams by forging consent of tribespeople or by ignoring i...

Farmer Suicides Down 21% In 2016; Farming Sector Suicides At Decade Low

Hyderabad: Family members of the farmers who committed suicide stage a demonstration in Hyderabad on Nov 17, 2014. Mumbai: As many as 6,351 farmers/cultivators committed suicide in 2016 across In...

Fadnavis Has Promised Land Titles To Tribal Farmers. But Maharashtra Has A Bad Record

Kamli Babu (85), a tribal farmer from Dahanu in Palghar district, at Mumbai’s Azad Maidan on March 13, 2018. She was among 35,000 farmers who had walked 180 km from Nashik to Mumbai to demand a bett...

Maharashtra Govt Accepts All Major Demands, After Farmers Flood Mumbai

Mumbai: Faced with a public-relations crisis, the government of India’s richest state accepted four major demands made by thousands of farmers, after they flooded in to Mumbai on March 12, 2018. ...

Lakshadweep, Meghalaya Have Most Women Land Holders; Punjab, West Bengal Fewest

Lakshadweep and Meghalaya are the best among all 35 states and union territories of India at providing land rights to women, while Punjab and West Bengal are the worst, according to an index created b...

#Budget2018: Farming, Infrastructure Get Big Boost

In the last full budget by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance before the election in 2019, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley increased the allocation for agriculture by 13% ...

Budget 2018: Why Record Harvests, Govt Spending Not Enough For Farmers

Indian farms produced record harvests in 2017, and the government’s agricultural budget rose 111% over four years to 2017-18. Yet, prices crashed, 8,007 farmers committed suicide in 2015, unpaid agr... ... Similarly, horticulture output was a record, nearly 300 million tonnes, or 4.8% more than 2015-16, with potatoes–now experiencing a glut, leading to unrest among potato farmers in Uttar Pradesh&... We are working towards doubling farmer incomes by 2022. For this, optimum utilisation of land resources, ensuring minimum wastage and understanding the needs of the market assume importance: PM @naren... The slowdown could be witnessed in India’s agricultural exports, which dipped to Rs 2.1 lakh crore, after growing more than five times over a decade ending 2014, while agricultural imports grew five... The fault lines of the farm crisis are sending tremors far beyond the immediate community itself. Potters, leather workers, carpenters & numerous other non-farm groups are hit by the crisis of agr... Nearly 70% of India’s 90 million agricultural households spend more than they earn on average each month, IndiaSpend reported on June 21, 2017. In 2017, with farmers in eight states demanding loan w... ... As the water crisis grows, programmes like the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY)–Prime Minister’s Crop Insurance Programme–started in 2016 to insure farmers and provide financial ... ... FCI stocks classified as damaged dropped from 18,847 tonnes to 8,776 tonnes over two years to 2016-17, according to this August 8, 2017, government response to the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parlia...