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Corn grows in a field of a farm outside of Phulambri in Maharashtra (representational image) | Karen Dias/Bloomberg

Climate extremes are slashing rice & maize yields, threatening global food supply: Study

Australian researchers find that adverse weather causes nearly 50% of global yield losses for maize and spring wheat, 25% for rice and 20% for soybeans.
Pesticide application | Commons

Modern agricultural methods may end up killing us more than cancer

Indiscriminate use of fungicides in agriculture & food production is perhaps the reason for a sudden rise in drug-resistant infections.
Fields of sugarcane and rice | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

It will not rain enough in 2019 & that’s more important than who comes to power in Lok Sabha

There is an alarming need to acknowledge and prepare for the upcoming monsoons. And it can’t wait for the formation of a new government.
Representational image | A worker sorts fried crinkle-cut potato chips at a factory in UP | Prashanth Vishwanathan | Bloomberg

To help Indian farmers, we have to support PepsiCo in its fight for the potato

The PPVFR Act, under which PepsiCo registered its potato variant, might be imperfect but we should still condemn its violation.
Representational image | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Want to help farmers, remove middlemen? Scrap the law governing agri markets

Model APMC laws suffer from the same economic problem as the old ones. We should repeal APMC laws and not replace them.
Farmers sell their produce in the main mandi in Mandsaur | Ruhi Tewari/ThePrint

Cabinet approves Rs 2,000 crore Agri-Market Infrastructure Fund

The Rs 2,000 crore corpus will be created with NABARD for development and upgradation of rural agriculture markets.
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Cabinet likely to approve agri-package for farmers tomorrow

The agriculture ministry has recommended several options to provide both short and long term solutions to address agrarian distress. A final call will be taken in the cabinet meeting.
M. Venkaiah Naidu

Farm loan waiver only a temporary step, says Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu

Naidu emphasised the need to bring structural changes in the sector that accounts for 18% of India's GDP.
Farm land on the outskirts of Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh | Udit Kulshrestha/Bloomberg

Land reform a game-changer that Narendra Modi government has overlooked

It must be the core priority for any government that wants to improve the agricultural situation.
Gross Domestic Product

Govt says GDP will grow at 7.2% in 2018-19, up from 6.7% last fiscal

Data released by the Central Statistics Office said the improved growth will be thanks to agriculture and manufacturing sectors.

On Camera

File photo of BSP supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav | PTI

Modi’s big UP win means Akhilesh Yadav’s SP & Mayawati’s BSP will soon be rivals again

With Narendra Modi keen on winning UP again in 2022, there will be pressure on Yogi Adityanath’s government to perform better.
elections

Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.

Defence

Ministry of Defence building

On new govt’s defence agenda — 4 key projects to boost India’s military prowess

Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are in dire need of fighter jets, helicopters and submarines, and the new government has to ensure that they get them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.