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A farmer rests in a wholesale market (Representational image)

Labour shortage amid coronavirus may hamper agricultural production & hit supply chain

As people flock home during the 21-day Covid-19 lockdown, dearth of labourers at cold storages & godowns in West Bengal signal a potential crisis in supply chain.
Agriculture in Odisha

Heavy damage to rabi crops after unseasonal March rainfall, hailstorm in North India

India registered an over 80 per cent increase in rainfall in the first two weeks of March, with Punjab, Haryana, UP and Rajasthan bearing the maximum damage.
Farmers in Karnataka

Indian policymakers get it wrong because farmers’ lack of market access is not the problem

Farmers are the only producers who don't get to declare the price of their produce in market. And this is highly unfavourable.
Minister of Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar at the press conference Monday

Agriculture minister blames Mamata for 10 lakh Bengal farmers not getting PM-KISAN benefits

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said he has written twice to Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to push for implementation of PM-KISAN, but hasn’t received a reply yet.
Vendors carry onion sacks at a market in Mumbai

No one wants imported onions. So, Modi govt plans distress sale to states at Rs 10/kg

Govt spent Rs 226 crore to import the onions, but has only sold worth Rs 17-19 crore to the states.
Golden rice is seen as a tool to fight Vitamin A deficiency

Now, Bangladesh set to steal march over India with GM rice that fights malnutrition

A GM rice variety called golden rice has been deemed safe in fresh tests conducted by researchers from the Philippines-based International Rice Research Institute.
A labourer takes a break at a green peas field in Amritsar, Punjab| Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

India can’t have true reform in agriculture if we keep hitching it to rural development

The systematic marginalisation of agriculture in Indian economy, including by Nirmala Sitharaman in her Budget, reveals why we can never fix it.
Cherry tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes are 80,000 yrs old. No humans were domesticating plants that long ago

For many years, scientists believed that humans domesticated the tomato in two major phases. But maybe the tomato as we know it started as a wild species.
A farmer in Sirsa, Haryana | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Budget 2020 pays little more than lip service to farmers and agri sector. Just like last year

Nirmala Sitharaman's Budget has missed the opportunity to give farm sector the much-required thrust. And by reducing food & fertiliser subsidy, it has made matters worse.
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.

On Camera

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Tablighi Jamaat brought out Republic, Zee and Times Now’s fangs that Covid-19 had withdrawn

The unity of TV channels against coronavirus was too good to be true. The Tablighi Jamaat gave most of them the chance to show their true colours.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Is there a risk of Modi govt using Covid-19 to curb media and freedoms or is it necessary?

Surveillance is becoming a key concern during the Covid-19 crisis. The Supreme Court has also directed media to publish the official version of the developments.

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Coronavirus doesn’t stop Indian Army from carrying out its annual cyber security exercise

Army had earlier issued advisory claiming India's adversaries were launching coronavirus-themed campaigns to infect official or personal IT assets of defence personnel.  

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.