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How the millennial demand for high-quality coffee can help climate change

The global coffee industry’s value has nearly doubled to $90 billion in the last decade. But communities with rich histories in coffee farming are struggling.
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India’s water crisis is forcing farmers to finally rethink what they grow

Water crisis has forced Modi govt to try & turn around established farming practices & convince farmers to shift from water-guzzlers like rice and wheat.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Why Modi govt’s contract farming ordinance is a win-win for farmers, buyers & even traders

Farmers can lock in prices and buyers for their produce even before the harvest, and intermediaries can be assured of supply and price at the time of harvest.
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.
Workers sort onions at the Agriculture Produce Market Committee wholesale market in Lasalgaon, Maharashtra | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Modi govt must treat farmers as businessmen & introduce ease of doing agri-business index

If Narendra Modi wants to double farmers’ incomes, then the Centre has to create a system that can rank states according to agricultural performance.
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Not Hindu-Muslim, this issue can become the polarising factor in 2019 elections

In electoral politics, heated discussion over a specific issue is always desirable at the local level to fire up the voters.
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In 100 years, we may not need soil to grow our food

We may not need to rely on soil to achieve adequate & quality food for as many as 20 billion people in the future.
A cow shelter where urine is processed in Uttar Pradesh | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Niti Aayog pushes for cow dung & urine farming technique, experts cast doubts on method 

Experts, including those at Niti Aayog, say ZBNF method doesn’t provide vital nutrients, may not stand up to pest attack.
Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field in Kolkata | PTI Photo

In this Budget, ignore science at farmers’ peril

The lasting legacy of this government will be that it oversaw the lowest average growth rate of agriculture in almost three decades. As the Narendra Modi-led government readies to present its fifth and final full-year budget, many are hoping that the government’s focus will finally fall on filling the farmers’ empty plate. In the last four years, the government has been a mute spectator to the stress building up in the rural heartlands. Prices of all major agriculture produce have been under pressure while cost of farming has increased. The surplus in farm exports has steadily eroded from $28.2 billion in 2013-14 to just $8.7 billion in 2016-17. Imports of agriculture produce have increased by 66 per cent in the same period to $25.09 billion while exports have dropped from $43.2 billion to $33.8 billion. The outstanding farm loans have swollen to about Rs.14.3 lakh crores. The situation in some states...
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India’s democracy crumbling? Constitution shows how to create democracy in unlikely settings

Ashutosh Varshney, in his reading of Madhav Khosla’s new book, writes how India is a democracy by design and the Constitution its teacher.

Jugaad and Covid pose new threats to India’s diesel consumption

Rise of natural gas & electric vehicles will crimp diesel demand over longer-term, but coronavirus is adding to the pressure by cutting economic activity.

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Govt will take more steps towards indigenisation of defence infrastructure, says Rajnath Singh

Kick-starting the 'Atmanirbhar Week' in the defence sector, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the govt is looking to expand defence manufacturing capability in India.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.