In landmark move, Yavatmal pesticide contact poisoning victims file case in Bern against agrochemical company Syngenta
In 2017, over 60 farmers died, and hundreds were affected reportedly by the increased use of pesticides sprayed without any protective gear, on the cotton crop in Yavatmal and other districts of Maharashtra.
The country is estimated to achieve an all-time high foodgrain production of 295.67 million tonne in 2019-20 crop year, the fourth consecutive year of record production, buoyed by good rains, the Agriculture Ministry's latest data released on Friday said
Govt sets foodgrain production target at record 298.3 mn tons for 2020-21 crop year on hopes of normal monsoon
The agriculture ministry aims to increase foodgrain production by 6.35 million tonnes to record 298.3 million tonnes in the 2020-21 crop year riding high on hopes of normal monsoon
Govt pegs wheat production at record 106.21 mn tonne in 2019-20 on increase in acreage, good monsoon rains
Wheat production has been estimated at a record level for this year as acreage under wheat crop has increased substantially due to better soil moisture following good monsoon rains.
Amid Maharashtra govt formation impasse, Devendra Fadnavis, Uddhav Thackeray tour regions that suffered crop damage due to unseasonal rains
Fadnavis is in Akola on Sunday to meet farmers and review the crop damage and Thackeray is touring Aurangabad district on Sunday where he will take stock of the crop losses in Kannad and Vaijapur talukas
Kutch's Wagad cotton lost popularity to American and later, Bt-cotton. The ‘by default organic’ Wagad cotton now has certification, is branded Kala Cotton, and is more sustainable.
The government has raised the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy, a key kharif crop, by 3.7 percent to Rs 1,815 per quintal for the 2019-20 crop season, said Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Wednesda
Bt cotton still effective to control bollworms; crop covers 88% of total cultivation area in kharif season: Govt
In the current kharif season of 2018-19 crop year, he said around 88.27 percent of the 122.38 lakh hectares cotton area is under Bt cotton.
Cotton output may dip 12% to nine-year low on scanty rainfall in Gujarat, Maharashtra; exports to be cut
Lower cotton shipments from India will allow rivals such as the United States, Brazil and Australia to increase cargoes to key Asian buyers such as China and Pakistan.
India rejects US charge of subsidising cotton beyond WTO limits; says support extended to protect poor farmers
The US has alleged that India was providing substantial market price support for cotton well in excess of India's WTO spending limits
Cottonseed is otherwise unfit for people to consume since it has high levels of a toxic chemical.
India harvested a record 284.83 MT of foodgrain in the 2017-18 crop year (July-June).
Vidarbha's cotton farmers dread repeat of last monsoon's pink bollworm attack which destroyed 80% of their crop
With the onset of a steady monsoon, farmers of water-starved Vidarbha in north-eastern Maharashtra are getting ready to sow cotton.
Govt approves MSP hike for Kharif crops: Decision draws mixed reactions from agri-experts, farm bodies
Stating that Kharif crops' MSP announcement was a "small victory" for farmers, Yogendra Yadav said, the support price fixed is not the rate the PM had promised in 2014
India's trade deficit with China up two-fold in a decade; can New Delhi benefit from Beijing's 'trade war' with Washington?
India's trade deficit with China increased more than two-fold from $16 billion in 2007-08 to $51 billion in 2016-17, according to commerce ministry data.
Union minister says cotton production nearly doubled since Bt Cotton's introduction in 2002; facts show yields have stagnated
Cotton yields have stagnated in the past decade even as the proportion of Bt Cotton in India's total cotton harvest rose seven times, a FactChecker analysis of government data shows.
Marathwada Diary: With farm returns falling, farmers brave health risks, low wages to toil as labourers in sugarcane fields
Marathwada's farmers are now working as labourers in sugarcane fields, despite health risks, low wages, and the loss of their children's education.
BJP veteran leader Yashwant Sinha was detained by the police in Maharashtra's Akola on Monday evening while protesting against the government's "apathy" towards farmers of the Vidarbha region, a senior official said
Task force chairman Kishor Tiwari said the preliminary loss caused to the cotton economy due to a multitude of factors across Maharashtra is around Rs 10,000 crore
Yavatmal cotton farmer deaths Part 1: Blame games galore as toxic pesticides continue to claim lives
It is mostly landless labourers who put their lives at risk to earn anywhere between Rs 250 to Rs 500 a day.