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Maharashtra farmers are asserting their freedom by celebrating HTBt cotton crop harvest 

‘Skill India', 'Make in India' and 'Ease of doing business' have nothing to offer farmers. Every aspect of agriculture in India is tied up in regulations.

Damp Diwali for Maharashtra farmers as post-monsoon showers destroy crops

Farmers of Aurangabad district, who struggled with alarmingly low rainfall this year, also lost a major part of their crop due to insect infestation last year.
Day labourers cutting sugarcane during a harvest in Taloda, Maharashtra | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Cows may rescue India from sugar glut with Maharashtra’s farmers selling it as fodder

Months of dry weather has caused a shortage of fodder, boosting prices and prompting Maharashtra farmers to sell sugarcane as cattle feed.
Cotton balls grow on a plant | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

What’s the fuss over the new variety of GM cotton that farmers are batting for

Farmers planted the illegal HTBt cotton in Maharashtra last month, saying they wanted ‘independence’. Here’s all you need to know about the controversy.
Farmers empty bags of hand-picked cotton bolls onto a tarp in a field. | Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan | Bloomberg

Maharashtra farmers find support in BJP MP for movement against GM crop ban

Ramdas Tadas, BJP MP from Wardha who has raised the issue in Lok Sabha, said farmers should have the right to choose what to sow in their fields.
GM seeds

More Maharashtra farmers demand GM seeds: Is Indian policy dictated by politics or science?

Maharashtra farmers’ protest movement in favour of GM seeds has now spread to 11 districts.

Maharashtra farmer destroys plantation in despair after earning 20 paise a kg for brinjal crop

The distraught farmer uprooted all brinjal plants from his field and threw them away.
Day labourers cutting sugarcane during a harvest in Taloda, Maharashtra | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Why the 26% rise in crop loan disbursement in Maharashtra isn’t great news

Despite an overall rise, fresh crop loans disbursed in Vidarbha and Marathwada, two regions battling the deepest agrarian crisis, are still tepid.
A worker farmer in Vidarbha, Maharashtra | Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

These Indian farmers are using Whatsapp and Facebook to demand GM seeds technology

The Shetkari Sanghatana is circulating posts and organising conferences where farmers share knowledge of GM crops even as the state cracks down on use of unapproved variants of GM cotton.
Devendra Fadnavis

Challenge for Maharashtra collectors: Fulfil promises to farmers, get good appraisals

To keep its word to ‘kisan long march’ farmers, the Devendra Fadnavis govt has made settling claims under Forest Rights Act part of collectors’ KRAs.

On Camera

Is India’s coronavirus lockdown leading to stress in families or strengthening relationships?

The 21-day nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus has led to people working from home and thus, spending more time with their families and partners.


Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.