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A farmer jumps over an irrigation channel between fields of rice growing on farmland in the Bhagpat district of Uttar Pradesh | Bloomberg

India could see winter crop cultivation shrink by 20% as groundwater depletes, study finds

Study by Indian and US researchers says that alternate plans needs to be devised as a complete switch to canal irrigation will not compensate for groundwater loss.
US President Joe Biden speaks at the State Department in Washington, D.C., U.S., on 4 February, 2021. | Photographer: Jim Lo Scalzo | EPA/Bloomberg

Indian-American energy expert gets key position in US agriculture department

Bidisha Bhattacharyya has been appointed as Senior Policy Advisor in the Farm Service Agency. Previously, she has spent 3 years deploying solar energy solutions in rural India.
Farmers blocking Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway near Singhu border as part of their country wide 'chakka jam' on 6 February 2021 | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Everyone agrees farm reforms are needed. Here’s how Modi govt can break political deadlock

Disparaging the ongoing debate and fuelling divisions within the farming community will only undercut the roots of much-needed reforms in agriculture.
Maharashtra farmers

Rural India can’t be dustbin of history. Three farm laws have shown farmers need a New Deal

Indian agriculture will follow an Indian path. Farmers are not vestiges of the past. They are here to stay.
Famers during a tractor rally at Singhu border in New Delhi, on 26 January 2021

Farmers’ protests are the birth pangs of a more urbanised India

It’s not enough to say giving free rein to markets will automatically make farmers productive & prosperous. Someone has to explain the new arrangements.
Finance secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey. | Illustration: Soham Sen/ ThePrint

Customs duty on gold cut to discourage smuggling, money laundering, says finance secretary

Finance Secretary A.B. Pandey says the cut on customs duty shrinks the price difference of gold in the international and the domestic market, and helps enforce a simple and compliant regime.
A farmer cuts mustard in a mustard field in the outskirts of Jaipur | Photo: Prashanth Vishwanathan | Bloomberg

What explains lower allocation under Modi’s flagship scheme for farmers PM-Kisan?

The overall budget for the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers’ Welfare has been reduced by about 8.5 per cent or about Rs 11,382 crore.
Representational image of farmers threshing paddy in Nadia, West Bengal | File photo: PTI

Economic Survey bats for farm laws, says small & marginal farmers will no longer be ‘enslaved’

2020-21 survey also says agriculture, the only sector with positive growth in Q1 & Q2, can fuel India’s post-pandemic economic recovery.
Farmers put wheat crop through a crusher in Uttar Pradesh | Photo: Samyak Pandey | ThePrint

Market linkage, value addition, research — what Modi govt can do for farm sector in Budget

Govt has taken many steps towards PM Modi’s stated goal of doubling farmers’ income by 2022, but the attempts haven’t made much of a difference.
Dr Sardara Singh Johl is one of the most prominent agricultural economists in India | Urjita Bhardwaj | ThePrint

Save Punjab from desertification, move paddy-wheat to UP, Bihar, Bengal — agronomist SS Johl

93-year-old Dr Johl explains why Punjab has been in an agrarian crisis for years, and how the lives of its stressed farmers can be made easier.

On Camera

Is Neera Tanden a ‘cancel culture’ victim? Wrong question

Tanden’s defeat doesn't ask the broader question of how tolerant our culture is but focuses on how you shouldn't insult a group of thin-skinned people if you may need their support.

New Umbrella Entity is the new digital payments race as Amazon, Google, Facebook jump in

The companies are part of four consortia preparing to apply for licenses to operate retail payments and settlement systems, with more firms banding together before a 31 March deadline.


An Indian Army truck on a Kashmir highway leading to Ladakh | Representational image | ANI

Self-reliance in defence, cyber challenges in focus at Combined Commanders’ meet starting today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to address the Combined Commanders’ Conference, which will be held in Gujarat between 4 and 6 March.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint Team

Habeas Porcus — how our judiciary is murdering the principle of ‘bail, not jail’ routinely

Judiciary is responsible for ensuring our liberty, and habeas corpus is the usual route. But magistrates are acting as if the rule is ‘jail, and bail is above my pay grade’.