India Must Shift Rice Growing East From Punjab & Haryana To Prevent Desertification

Mumbai: Shifting the major chunk of rice production to India’s central and eastern states like Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, while encouraging wheat cultivation through sustainable irrigation in the r...

Hindu Vigilantes Push Rajasthan’s Cow Trade Into Decline

New Delhi: The cow trade at a leading cattle fair in Rajasthan, India's second-largest cattle-trading state, fell 95% over six years to 2017, an indication of the decline in cow rearing--once a popula...

In India’s Richest State, Drought, Farm Crisis Arrive Early

Shirur (Beed), Maharashtra: Water tankers had to be brought in by February this year to Dahiwandi, a village in Beed, a drought-prone district in the southeastern region of India’s richest state eco...

Drought-Hit Gujarat Has Water For Factories, But Not For Farmers

Ahmedabad and Kutch: Bhavanbhai Patel stood facing his farm, as dry and cracked as his farming hands. The 65-year-old farmer lives in Dayapur village in Lakhpat taluka of southern Kutch, which has bee...

Losing Their Fields And All Hope, Andhra Farmers Turn Daily Wagers

Tuggali (Kurnool district), Andhra Pradesh: B Chennaiah looked anxious as he waited with his family for the 16:30 Hubbali-Vijayawada passenger train to arrive at the Tuggali railway station in Kurnool...

42% India’s Land Area Under Drought, Worsening Farm Distress In Election Year

Bangalore & New Delhi: About 42% of India’s land area is facing drought, with 6% exceptionally dry--four times the spatial extent of drought last year, according to data for the week ending Marc...

Annual Crop-Burning Health Bill = 3 Times India’s Health Budget

Mumbai: India’s five-year air-pollution-related health bill from burning crop stubble can pay for about 700 premier All India Institutes of Medical Sciences or India’s 2019 central government heal...

Rs 1.2 Lakh Crore Cost Overruns–Worth 72 Rafale Jets–In Large Irrigation Projects

Bengaluru: In the decade to 2017, when India was hit by five droughts, only a quarter of centrally funded major to medium irrigation schemes, covering area more than 2,000 hectares of land, were compl...

Top 12 Corporate NPAs Cost Exchequer Twice As Much As Farm Loan Waivers

Delhi: Farm loan waivers by state governments engender heated media debates and thus loom large in public consciousness, while use of government funds to infuse fresh equity into government-owned bank...

144% More Funds For Agriculture, But Not Enough To Quell Farm Unrest

New Delhi: Agriculture has got an unprecedented 144% rise in allocation in the interim budget announced by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government--from Rs 57,600 crore in the 2018-19 budget estim...