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Workers sort onions at the Agriculture Produce Market Committee wholesale market in Lasalgaon, Maharashtra | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Onion prices likely to fall this year as govt forecasts 7% rise in production

Onion prices had skyrocketed to Rs 100 per kg in several parts of the country last November due to a 30-40 per cent dip in its production.
A file photo of villagers walking down rice fields (Representational image) | Commons

Rice, maize, pulses production expected to fall because of erratic 2019 monsoon 

Kharif harvest for 2019-20 is expected to be around 17% lower than it was in 2018-19 — falling to 484.8 MMT from 589.6 MMT.
Agriculture in Odisha

India’s agriculture departments are complex. But Odisha is using data to fix it

In growing calls for mechanisation, Indian states have overlooked governance in agriculture. But Odisha didn't and here's how it revamped its agriculture sector.
Maharashtra farmers

Maharashtra farmers are asserting their freedom by celebrating HTBt cotton crop harvest 

‘Skill India', 'Make in India' and 'Ease of doing business' have nothing to offer farmers. Every aspect of agriculture in India is tied up in regulations.
Representational image of natural farming in India. | Photo: ANI

Modi govt supports Zero Budget Natural Farming but doesn’t have enough budget to promote it

From PM Modi to FM Nirmala Sitharaman, the govt has always spoken in support of ZBNF. But the budget allocation for its promotion is quite meagre.
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Modi govt backs cow dung-based farming. Now its own officials call it a ‘myth’

Over 60 serving and ex-govt officials, a NITI Aayog member & scientists have published a paper warning that ZBNF method could threaten national food security.
Women sort onions in Chikmagalur, Karnataka | PTI

This is how India can make sure onions are available throughout the year and at good price

India produces about 22.43 million tonnes of onion a year, but consumes only about 15.5 million tonnes. Hence, steady exports are necessary to maintain prices, writes Indian horticulture commissioner.
Plants extinction

To feed the world by 2050, we will have to build the plants that evolution didn’t

In 2050, we may have almost 10 billion people to feed. And farmland is already degraded by existing agriculture and climate change.
Onion prices in India have skyrocketed to Rs 80-100 per kg

Tackling onion price rise leads to policy distortions, but it seems nothing will change

Onion is a seasonal crop, and offseason shortages result in sky-high prices in September-November each year. But politicians’ response creates more distortions.
Representational image of wheat

High time Indian farmers are freed from shackles imposed by 1960s’ food-shortage mindset

India no longer has a shortage of cereals, but legacy of mid-1960s droughts has shaped the food economy. India doesn’t trust agricultural markets to work.

On Camera

Amit Shah raises Shaheen Bagh in Delhi election: BJP’s desperation or trump card?

As pre-poll surveys show a clear edge for Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP, BJP is pitching Shaheen Bagh as a campaign issue in the Delhi assembly election.

Defence

Arshad Sami Khan

Role Adnan Sami’s father played for Pakistan in 1965 that has landed his Padma Shri in row

Adnan Sami's father, Flight Lieutenant Arshad Sami Khan, was part of the raid by Pakistan Air Force that destroyed Patahnkot air base during 1965 war.

The world has a message for Modi: Brand India is severely damaged

India’s image — and by extension Modi’s — has been damaged by a combination of identity politics and economic decline. But the world isn’t writing us off, not yet.