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India’s poultry industry needs Rs 20,000 cr to recover from crash caused by Covid rumours

Chicken prices at the farm gate plummeted as much as 70% in March from January, forcing farmers to cull large numbers and causing huge losses.
A drone operates to capture high-definition pictures of crops. | Bloomberg

How a former Israeli spy’s start-up hopes to transform farming in Asia

Taranis developed AI that helps drones capture high-definition, detailed images of crops which can be used to make real-time decisions about fertilizer, pesticides and cultivation.

India rolls out red carpet for global firms, Modi makes fresh investment pitch to investors

At the India Global Week 2020, Modi said India remains one of the most open economies in the world, adding that green-shoots are visible in the economy.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrinr

APMC laws had shackled farmers, Modi govt’s ordinance makes them as free as other sectors

The govt hasn’t done away with APMCs but given farmers the ability to sell outside mandis. Arguments that the ordinance violates the Constitution are flawed.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Why Modi govt’s contract farming ordinance is a win-win for farmers, buyers & even traders

Farmers can lock in prices and buyers for their produce even before the harvest, and intermediaries can be assured of supply and price at the time of harvest.
Labourers unloading sacks of onion in Azadpur mandi in Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Wholesale vegetable prices soar as demand rises, retail rates to spike too if supply gap stays

Wholesale traders cite a nearly 20% increase in demand for vegetables as restaurants, dhabas, canteens and other eateries have opened since 1 June.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Modi govt walks the talk on agriculture reforms. Now, fix the loopholes

Modi govt has made actual legal changes to implement its policy statements on agriculture reforms. It should now plug loopholes to realise their full potential.

Indian-American soil scientist Dr Rattan Lal wins World Food Prize — ‘Nobel’ of agriculture

Dr Rattan Lal's model could help restore soil health, more than double global annual grain yield and decrease the land area under grain cultivation along with fertiliser use.
File photo | Farmers thresh paddy in Nadia | PTI

Modi govt’s three rushed ordinances can help agriculture, but not farmers

None of the new agri-marketing laws have anything to do with the coronavirus or the lockdown, but were brought in by Modi govt when Parliament was shut.
Representational image of lentils (masoor). | Photo: Needpix

‘Govt sabotaging atmanirbhar plan’ — farmers criticise masoor duty cut as global prices rise

Modi govt reduced the import duty on masoor to less than half on 2 June. Farmers and traders allege move is to aid influential trading groups.

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Shaktikanta Das

Inflation in India well above benign level, but RBI is yet not uncomfortable: Manpreet Badal

Should India go back to Keynes and start spending? Sadly, Modi govt does not have sufficient fiscal space to propel a strong enough multiplier.
A woman in a marketplace deserted due to lockdown in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh | Photo: ANI

India isn’t facing up to the true financial cost of Covid

Truth is currently as scarce as capital in India. The govt doesn’t have the appetite for large-scale socialisation of private losses, lest the opposition accuse PM Modi of cronyism.

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Women recruits at the Corps of Military Police Centre and School in Bengaluru

Army begins process to recruit second batch of 100 women soldiers for military police

Army intends to induct 1,700 women recruits in the military police by 2036, increasing the percentage of women in the cadre to 20 over 17 years.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.