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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.
Representational image | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Maharashtra plans radio channel for farmers to help them deal with climate change

The Maharashtra State Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices is aiming to set up the station by year-end which an expert panel will discuss farming issues related to climate change.
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A ‘smart’ device will test rice quality now as govt says manual system promotes corruption

In 7 states, FCI will use the portable AnnadarpanSMART device to determine the quality of rice at 3 stages — procurement, storage and distribution.

Onion export ban: Is it smart to always protect interest of the consumer over the farmer?

The Narendra Modi government has banned the export of onions with immediate effect to lower rising prices and provide relief to consumers.
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This season’s heavy rains & cash handouts to farmers can revive demand, says BNP Paribas

BNP’s outlook also relies on the RBI’s consumer confidence survey that indicated consumers are looking to reduce non-essential spending.
Farmers plant paddy saplings as monsoon rains fill their fields, at a village in West Bengal | PTI

Modi govt’s Zero Budget Natural Farming still in trial mode, scientists say not viable

The low-cost method uses a cowdung-based mixture called ‘jeevamrut’ instead of chemicals. Scientists say it could lead to decline in farmers’ income.
A gathering of Brahma Kumarisin Mount Abu last year

Meditation, ‘yogic agriculture’ answer to all environment problems, Brahma Kumaris tell UN

At ongoing 12-day UN convention, members of Brahma Kumaris spiritual group claim application of ‘pure mind power’ could help farmers increase crop yield.
Pakistan PM Imran Khan

C. Raja Mohan speculates Trump-Imran agenda, Nitin Pai wants private sector in space race

The best of the day’s opinion, chosen and curated by ThePrint’s top editors.
Coffee growers

Everyone wants fancy coffee, but the farmers growing it are in crisis

Competition has gotten so fierce, and prices so low, that coffee farming has become untenable for many small growers -- leading their adult children to shun the business.
Farmers in Karnataka

2.69 lakh farmers fail to get first tranche under PM-KISAN scheme: Modi govt tells Rajya Sabha

The PM-KISAN scheme, launched this year in February, aims to provide Rs 6,000 annually in three equal instalments to 14.5 crore farmers who hold up to 2 hectare land.

On Camera

UP anti-CAA protest and police

UP Police didn’t become anti-Muslim under Yogi. Look at secular Congress’ bloody past

It was 1972 and Indira Gandhi was the PM and HM. Muslims were protesting a law curtailing autonomy of AMU. And then secular Congress set a template for state action.

Should Delhi’s Republic Day parade be held in a state capital every year?

As India celebrates its 71st Republic Day of the Constitution coming into force, many ask if this extravagant display in New Delhi is really necessary in the 21st century.

Defence

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Pilots of IAF chopper shot down in friendly fire in Budgam awarded gallantry medals

Four other IAF personnel on board the chopper have been awarded ‘Mention-in-Despatches’ posthumously by the President.

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.