As coronavirus outbreak exposes faultlines in long supply chains, are locally self-sufficient economies the way forward?
A lot of food in India was and largely still is produced by small and marginal farmers. The lives of such farmers tended to be hard even at the best of times. The coronavirus crisis and its economic impact probably won’t leave them untouched. A shift to local may help at least some of them.
Google Doodle dedicated to all grocery workers ensuring essential goods are available during the pandemic
This week is is dedicated to the teaching community and workers in the food industry that is ensuring goods are available to people.
Pre-monsoon sowing of kharif crops begins, paddy acreage up 27%; govt to hold national video conference on 16 April
Total area planted under all kharif crops has increased to 48.76 lakh hectare so far this season as against 37.12 lakh hectare in same period last year.
The government has disbursed the first instalment of Rs 15,841 crore to 7.92 crore farmers under the PM-KISAN scheme, since 24 March, the day lockdown was announced to curb COVID-19
Coronavirus Outbreak: Indian farmers feed strawberries, broccoli to cattle as lockdown hits transport
Maharashtra:</strong> As hundreds of millions of Indians remain locked down to stem the spread of coronavirus, some of its cattle are getting treated to strawberries and broccoli that farmers are struggling to transport and sell in cities amid the three-week lockdown
In its maiden budget, the Maha vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra on Friday announced sops for farmers, proposed to increase VAT on petrol and diesel by Re 1 per litre and reduced electricity duty for industries
Over 14,000 farmers committed suicide in Maharashtra between October 2014 and August 2019, govt tells Legislative Council
The Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra recently announced a loan waiver scheme for farmers.
Govt to allow onion export from 15 March as kitchen staple's price stabilises; decision to boost farmers' income: Piyush Goyal
The government last week decided to lift nearly six-month-old ban on onion export as prices are likely to fall sharply due to bumper rabi crop.
P Chidambaram slams Centre's move to make crop insurance voluntary; says there can be nothing more anti-farmer
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Thursday termed as "retrograde" the decision of the Centre to make crop insurance voluntary and said there can be nothing more anti-farmer
Farmers’ stir in Noida enters 10th day as meetings with officials remain inconclusive; demands include compensation for land acquired by authorities
Scores of young men held a shirtless protest on Wednesday as part of an ongoing farmers' agitation against the Noida Authority
Budget 2020: Govt must give priority to agriculture, empower farm sector to revive economy; don't hand out doles and sops
In Budget 2020, it is fervently hoped that the government will focus on genuinely empowering the farm sector.
'Uttam' changes to Best, 'Sutar' to Carpenter as PM-Kisan Yojana beneficiaries' names in Maharashtra's Sangli get lost in translation
Several farmers in Sangli district of western Maharashtra had to face hardships after their names got translated into English while enrolling for the PM-Kisan Yojana.
Union Budget 2020-21 to be presented on 1 February; stock exchanges to remain open despite being a Saturday
This will be the first full-year budget of the Bharatiya Janata Party led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government after returning to power in 2019
Gujarat Congress accuses state govt of ‘multi-crore’ crop insurance scam, say farmers in Junagadh paid 80-90% less than entitled amount
Opposition Congress on Tuesday alleged a "multi-crore crop insurance scam" under the watch of the BJP government in Gujarat, a charge denied by the ruling party.
13 farmers booked for stubble burning in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli; case registered in Thanabhawan, Jhinjhana
District Magistrate Rakhilesh Singh said nine farmers in Jhinjhana police station area and four in Thanabhawan police station area
Centre disburses Rs 36,000 cr to farmers under PM-KISAN scheme: Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar
Since PM-KISAN is an ongoing scheme and beneficiaries are added continuously, it is not possible to give an estimate of the expenditure till 2022, the minister said.
Karnataka Assembly bypolls: BS Yediyurappa says BJP will win all 15 constituencies, promises pro-farmer budget in February
Among 15 Karnataka constituencies going to the bypolls, 12 were held by Congress and three by JD(S), whose coalition government collapsed due to rebellion by the disqualified MLAs.
In Jharkhand poll rallies, BJP's Amit Shah sets 2024 deadline for NRC, Congress' Rahul Gandhi promises farm loan waiver
At poll rallies in Jharkhand, Amit Shah set a 2024 deadline for implementing the hugely divisive NRC across the country, asserting 'each and every' infiltrator will be identified and expelled before the next general election
Bhagat Singh Koshiyari says Maharashtra govt concerned over unemployment, to enact law providing 80% reservation for locals
BS Koshyari on Sunday said the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government is concerned over unemployment and it will enact a law to ensure 80 percent reservation in private sector jobs for the "sons of the soil".