Monday, 8 August, 2022
TopicAgriculture sector

Topic: Agriculture sector

Covid crisis has shown India’s food policy must have buffer stocks at community level too

Easing of lockdown restrictions to revive Indian economy may suggest end of Covid-19 ordeal for agriculture. But gaps in food value chains show fight is far from over.

Wheat procurement has now hit an unusual problem — lack of jute bags

The problem has chiefly arisen due to lack of coordination between Modi govt & Mamata govt as West Bengal supplies 95% of the gunny sacks required in the country.

UP farmers can now sell crops anywhere, don’t have to pay mandi tax on 46 vegetables, fruits

The Yogi government has exempted highly perishable items such as mangoes, watermelons, cabbages and bananas from the market tax.

Agriculture, manufacturing units will drive GDP but more relief needed, say industry bodies

The govt Wednesday issued fresh guidelines for phase 2 of the lockdown, allowing hospitals, agricultural, manufacturing sectors, among others, to function.

The ‘insect plague’ that’s eating crops in India & why monsoon may not bring good news

India has been battling locust attacks with moderate success since December. However, the onset of monsoon could bring more trouble.

Link Indian agriculture with global chains, liberalise agro-commodity markets: Experts

On the sidelines of Centre for Policy Research Dialogues 2020, experts urged the Modi govt to take comprehensive reforms in the sector.

Draft bill proposes fund to compensate farmers for bad pesticides, hike in penalties

The Pesticides Management Bill, 2020 — meant to replace the existing Insecticides Act of 1968 — will be introduced in the Budget session which reconvenes in March.

Locust army from Pakistan ravages oilseed, cumin and wheat crops in Gujarat, Rajasthan

Agriculture ministry official says it’s the biggest locust attack in Gujarat and Rajasthan since 1993-94 & will take another week to bring under control.

RSS body accuses minister of giving false info on ‘cancer-causing’ herbicide in Parliament

RSS affiliate Swadeshi Jagran Manch says contrary to agriculture ministry's claims on glyphosate, the herbicide has the potential to be a carcinogen.

BJP’s promise vs delivery — it’s a mixed bag for Modi govt on black money, jobs & more

Although Modi govt scores high in terms of launching promised schemes, when it comes to implementation, the track record has been middling.

On Camera

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Illustration by Manisha Yadav | ThePrint

After Mammootty and Mohanlal, who? Fahadh Faasil is the new poster boy of Malayalam cinema

Fahadh Faasil won’t play your garden-variety hero. He’s bending the norms, creating his own multiverse and getting pan-Indian acclaim.
A suspension pylon in Tamil Nadu | Commons

You thought power subsidy is a Delhi-Punjab problem? Check out Tamil Nadu’s power sector mess

RBI data shows Indian discoms owe power generation firms over Rs 4.5 lakh crore, almost a third of which is owed by Tamil Nadu, where power subsidy cost is twice that of food subsidy.

Defence

The Flying Dolphin — how a former Indian Navy submariner qualified as a commercial pilot 

Vivek Chaudhary retired from the Indian Navy in 2017 after serving on the  Short-Service Commission. After that, his dreams took flight. 

In Kashmir 3 years on, 3 positive changes, 3 things that should’ve happened & 3 that got worse

Kashmir as a crisis has fallen off our headlines and from the top of our collective minds. Which is precisely the most important change for the better.
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