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Jagan promises fair deal to farmers
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Tela attack in wheat crop noticed in parts of Punjab
'Bees grown in city healthier'
2018-04-19 05:19:04 Urban beekeeper touts pesticide-free honey. There's a popular belief about honeybees: honey made by rural bees is healthier than urban bees, as the former is often portrayed as pollution-free. Many are unfamiliar with urban beekeeping because it has long been regarded as an agribusiness that's possible only in the pollution-free countryside. Lee Jae-hoon, a beekeeper and the owner of APE Seoul (pronounced "ah-pae" meaning honeybee in Italian), said this is not scientifically correct, noting pesticide-free urban bees are healthier than rural bees   Read More ...
Foot-and-mouth disease confirmed at pig farm
2018-03-30 05:14:05 Quarantine officials have slaughtered more than 900 pigs near Seoul, the agriculture ministry said Tuesday, as South Korea confirmed an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) with a rare A-type virus at a pig farm. The farm in Gimpo, 30 kilometers northwest from the capital city, on Monday reported a suspected case, and the sick pig tested positive for FMD, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said   Read More ...
Bribery: State veterinary director among two suspects detained
2018-03-26 21:04:52 KUALA LUMPUR: The Perlis Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has arrested the State Veterinary Services Department director over allegations of bribery and abuse of power. The 44-year-old suspect is alleged to have approved 'poultry farming and other activities' licences for two companies without following prescribed procedures. According to a source, the 39-year-old owner of the two companies was also detained. "The two suspects were detained at the Perlis MACC when they were called to give their statements at about 1pm," she said   Read More ...
Farmers pledge to limit pesticides
2018-03-20 05:13:00 than 1,000 farmers are gathering in Seoul Tuesday to promise self-discipline in using pesticides in preparation for harsher restrictions to begin by the end of this year. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs arranged the meeting of farmers from about 1,100 agricultural cooperatives and local government officials. The meeting comes before the ministry activates its Positive List System (PLS) at the start of 2019   Read More ...
Bird Flu confirmed at farms in Gyeonggi and South Chungcheong
2018-03-20 05:11:34 The Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs confirmed the highly pathogenic H5N6 strain of avian influenza in chickens at three poultry farms in Pyeongtaek and Yangju, Gyeonggi Province, and Asan, South Chungcheong Province, Sunday. Authorities culled more than a million chickens from these farms over the weekend -- 800,000 chickens in Gyeonggi Province and 450,000 in South Chungcheong Province -- within a three kilometers radius of where the H5 strain was detected in an effort to stop the avian influenza from spreading   Read More ...
Agriculture Ministry cuts US-based Monsanto's GM cotton seed royalty, may trigger another row
2018-03-13 10:14:54 India has cut royalties that local seed companies pay to Monsanto Co. for the second time in two years, potentially fuelling another row with the U.S. company that threatened to leave the South Asian country in 2016. Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare has decided to reduce royalties paid by Indian seed companies to Monsanto for its genetically modified (GM) cotton by 20   Read More ...
Ghanti Bajao: Government guesses political motive behind Maharashtra farmers protest
2018-03-13 03:14:11 than 30,000 farmers and tribals from across Maharashtra have marched on Mumbai from Nashik. They intend to surround Mantralaya, the state’s seat of power, on Monday, to protest against what they call the government’s breach of promises to them.Young and old peasants, men and women are on the streets, halting along the roads or rivers, sleeping under the open sky, eating together, some of them walking bare feet, some of them playing the drums and flutes and singing folk songs, but briskly walking on to knock on the government’s doors. Subscribe our YouTube channel here: Like us on Facebook: Follow   Read More ...
Maharashtra says yes to farmer demand for right to forest land, waiver of loans
2018-03-13 02:08:45 With a sea of agitating farmers swamping Mumbai and pressure mounting, the BJP-led Maharashtra government Monday accepted almost all demands of the farmers, including their right to till forest land and extension of farm loan waiver to those who had borrowed between 2001 and 2008. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, even before he met a delegation of the Left-affiliated All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) that led an estimated 40,000 farmers on a 180-km march from Nashik to Mumbai, told the Vidhan Sabha that the state government was “sensitive and positive” to the demands of the farmers, many of them tribals   Read More ...
Maharashtra farmers’ march: No piecemeal solutions to the farm crisis
2018-03-13 01:14:23 The nearly-200-km farmers’ Nashik-to-Mumbai march may have ended on Monday with the Maharashtra government offering a seemingly amicable resolution to the protestors, but there are some significant fallacies that policy makers must caution themselves against. The first is the perception that the current agrarian crisis facing the country’s most industrialised state is restricted to loan waivers; and second, that the state-wide resentment is monolithic   Read More ...
Online platform for farmers launched
2018-03-12 20:48:04 Farm Cart, an online platform for farmers to enable them buy various inputs at competitive prices was inaugurated at Thiruchitrambalam in Villupuram district recently. Farm Cart has been launched in Tamil Nadu in tie up with Indian Bank branches. According to a release, farmers can select the required farm inputs such as fertilizer and pesticides online at nominal rates from their residence   Read More ...
Maharashtra kisan rally: Farmers are being misguided, says BJP
2018-03-12 19:31:36 The government and the BJP on Monday reacted sharply to Opposition criticism of the Maharashtra government over the farmers’ march, saying that while issues related to farmers needed to be sorted out, the movement was under the thrall of political forces. ‘Political reasons’ Minister of State for Agriculture Gajendra Singh Shekhawat told TV channels outside Parliament that “farmers were being misguided by some people for political reasons   Read More ...
Viral Sach: Anti-Modi planning during farmers' Mumbai march?
2018-03-12 18:33:42 After walking with blistered feet for about 180 km under the scorching sun over the last five days, All India Kisan Sabha's protest march, led by around 40,000 farmers, on Sunday entered Mumbai. The farmers, who began their march from Nashik, have turned the roads of India's financial capital into a sea of red.To press their various demands, the peasants plan to lay siege to the state legislature complex on Monday. The huge crowd arrived at Azad Maidan early morning. Subscribe our YouTube channel here: us on Facebook: us on Twitter: do not miss any updates on our website:   Read More ...
Maharashtra farmers end strike as CM accepts demands; BJP leader calls protest CPM agenda, draws flak
2018-03-12 16:38:11 Maharashtra’s protesting farmers decided to call off their stir on Monday after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis agreed to most of their demands. “We have accepted most of their demands and have given them a written letter,” Fadnavis said after meeting a delegation of agitating peasants. Special train arrangements have been made as the Central Railway will run two special trains from Mumbai’s CSMT to Bhusawal at 8   Read More ...
Maharashtra farmers want govt. to give accepted demands in writing
2018-03-12 14:22:33 After walking with blistered feet for about 180 km under the scorching sun over the last five days, All India Kisan Sabha's protest march, led by around 40,000 farmers, on Sunday entered Mumbai. The farmers, who began their march from Nashik, have turned the roads of India's financial capital into a sea of red.To press their various demands, the peasants plan to lay siege to the state legislature complex on Monday. The huge crowd arrived at Azad Maidan early morning. Subscribe our YouTube channel here: Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter: And do not miss any updates on   Read More ...
Farmers raise fruit trees on barren lands
2018-03-12 14:21:11 TIRUCHI. About 52,000 cashew plants, 70,200 mango plants and 1,04,000 silver oak plants have been supplied to identified tribal families on the Pachamalai hills in Tiruchi and Salem districts under a tribal development project funded by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD). Disclosing this there during an inspection of the implementation of the project here recently, A   Read More ...
Sena, MNS, Cong Back Protesting Maha Farmers, Fadnavis Govt Gives In | Farmers' Crisis
2018-03-12 12:23:19 As over 30,000 farmers marched from Nashik to Mumbai demanding complete loan waivers, opposition parties Shiv Sena, MNS and the Congress have backed the farm   Read More ...
Protesting India farmers: 'We want what we were promised'
2018-03-12 12:08:50 Subhash Kalu Gangode We are here to protest against the unfair policies adopted by the state government of Maharashtra with respect to farmers. I had borrowed 40,000 rupees (about $615; £444) under a "crop loan" [loans for farmers to buy fertilisers, seeds and other materials required for farming]. The state government announced in June 2017 that it was waiving loans to help farmers in debt   Read More ...
Maharashtra to Madhya Pradesh: A year of farmers on the march
2018-03-12 11:13:21 Tens of thousands of farmers protested in Mumbai on Monday after walking more than a hundred kilometres to demand better crop prices and land rights. The farmers, wearing red caps and carrying red flags, arrived in the city following a six-day trek from Nashik, situated 165 kilometres north of the financial capital. Farmers and farm workers who have want proper implementation of Maharashtra’s loan waivers, implementation of the 2006 Forest Rights Act, implementation of the Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations, compensation for crop damage and fixed prices for agricultural produce   Read More ...
Aichi farm machinery firm taps foreign talent in the region to drive overseas sales
2018-03-12 08:09:21 Kohshin Engineering Co., which produces and sells agricultural equipment for poultry farming, has successfully expanded its overseas sales by hiring foreign employees. Based in Ama, Aichi Prefecture, Kohshin Engineering is a small company with 35 employees. Its annual gross sales are approximately ¥700 million, and in some years sales from abroad have constituted up to 80 percent of the total. “Everybody, regardless of nationality, likes to work by utilizing their unique skills   Read More ...
Mumbai: Maharashtra Farmer's March reaches Azad Maidan to meet CM Devendra Fadnavis
2018-03-12 06:13:11 After walking with blistered feet for about 180 km under the scorching sun over the last five days, All India Kisan Sabha's protest march, led by around 40,000 farmers, on Sunday entered Mumbai. The farmers, who began their march from Nashik, have turned the roads of India's financial capital into a sea of red.To press their various demands, the peasants are planning to lay siege to the state legislature complex on Monday. The huge crowd arrived at Azad Maidan early morning. Subscribe our YouTube channel here: Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter: And do not miss any updates   Read More ...
Agri market reform hit by differences between farm ministry, Nabard
2018-03-12 04:13:06 Two government arms have simultaneously pitched proposals to the finance ministry to develop 22,000 agricultural markets — critical rural infrastructure aimed at raising farmers’ incomes. Now, the two can’t agree on how to get going. These new markets, essentially village ‘haats’, are conceived as aggregation points for farmers with minimal rules. The aim is to provide an alternative to rigged farm-to-fork supply chains that drive down farmers’ profits   Read More ...
Maharashtra: Farmers’ march reaches Mumbai, meeting with CM Fadnavis today
2018-03-12 00:13:53 Thousands of farmers reached Somaiya ground in Sion, central Mumbai, on Sunday, a day before their planned march on Mantralaya to protest the government’s alleged lack of response to the continuing distress in the farm sector. The farmers, who have been marching towards Mumbai over the past several days, started from the fringes of the city’s eastern suburbs around 1 pm, after lunch on the Eastern Express Highway   Read More ...
Maharashtra: Farmers marching toward Mumbai supported by Shiv Sena
2018-03-11 16:14:39 All India Kisan Sabha's protest march led by over 30,000 farmers, heading to Mumbai from Nashik, on Saturday reached Thane. The protest, which is to demand a complete farm loan waiver, among other things, will reach Mumbai on March 12. The farmers, who are covering a stretch of 30 km every day, aim at gheraoing Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha in Mumbai.   Read More ...
Maharashtra: Over 30,000 farmers march towards Mumbai to protest against agrarian distress
2018-03-11 12:18:24 than 30,000 farmers continued their march towards Mumbai on Sunday with an aim to stage a protest outside the state legislature against what they call the Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP government’s failure to respond to prevailing farm distress in Maharashtra. The farmers’ “long march” has been called by Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha (ABKS) which is affiliated to the CPI (M) and the farmers are expected to reach Mumbai on Sunday   Read More ...
747 farmers receive flood aid from MOA
2018-03-11 12:00:48 KEPALA BATAS: A total of 747 paddy farmers in North Seberang Prai received cash aid from the Agriculture, Industry and Agro-based Ministry (MOA) under a special scheme initiated by the ministry.   Read More ...
In shadow of nuclear disaster, Fukushima’s rice farmers look to rebuild their market
2018-03-11 09:05:02 FUKUSHIMA – For 36-year-old rice farmer Emi Kato, the first few years after the 2011 core meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant were grueling. Due to fears of radioactive contamination, several customers terminated their contracts for rice she and her husband, Koji, 38, had harvested far inland in the city of Fukushima. She also saw online comments bashing local farmers despite the fact that no radioactive material was ever detected in their products   Read More ...
Maharashtra: Shiv Sena, MNS, AAP support farmers’ long march
2018-03-10 23:05:02 With more than 30,000 farmers marching towards Mumbai to protest against what they call the state government’s failure to respond to continuing distress in the farm sector, several political parties, including ruling NDA ally Shiv Sena, have extended their support to the “long march”. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) of Raj Thackeray and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have also lent their support for the march, expected to reach Anand Nagar, in next-door Thane district, on Saturday night   Read More ...
Spike in TS energy demand after 24×7 supply to farms
2018-03-10 12:44:33 Consumption of energy and peak load of power in Telangana have been on steadly on the rise following the introduction of uninterrupted supply to agriculture sector from January 1. The peak load on the system touched 10,250 mega watt (MW) on Thursday morning. According to officials, both the maximum intra-day load of power and consumption of energy are expected to be in the range of 11,000 MW or beyond and about 250 million units (MU), respectively, in the coming weeks when the demand from agriculture sector is likely to go up, particularly during the key stages of standing crops such as paddy, groundnut, maize and vegetables   Read More ...
Farmers urged to grow oil palm in clusters
2018-03-10 12:32:58 Additional Director of State Horticulture (Oil Palm) H.S. Shivakumar said here on Friday that taking up oil palm cultivation in clusters will help farmers. Addressing a meeting of oil palm growers of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi, he said the country imported 144 lakh tonnes of edible oil in 2016-17. In that, 70% constituted oil palm, which is a profitable crop. Of the country’s edible oil requirement 50% is imported   Read More ...
Rs 26,345 crore for agriculture, irrigation in Maharashtra
2018-03-10 11:15:29 Maharashtra has allocated Rs 26,345.29 crore for the state’s farm sector in this year’s Budget. Work on all the major projects under agriculture and irrigation, which were launched in last three years, will continue along with new plans to channalise the farm produce for the benefit of farmers, the government said. The state Budget has accorded high priority to the agriculture and irrigation sector   Read More ...
Demanding complete loan waiver, 30,000 farmers march towards Mumbai
2018-03-10 11:04:54 Close to 30,000 farmers are marching towards Mumbai to stage a protest outside the state legislature against the government’s response to the distress in the state’s farm sector. The farmers’ “long march” has been called by Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha (ABKS) which is affiliated to the CPI (M) and the farmers are expected to reach Mumbai on Sunday. On Friday, the farmers reached Bhatsa river in Thane district where over 5,000 people from Palghar district joined the march   Read More ...
Farm loan waiver Phase-II in Punjab: 35,000 farmers to get certificates on March 14
2018-03-08 22:19:50 After a gap of over two months, the Punjab government going to disburse farm loan waiver certificates to around 35,000 marginal farmers in five districts at a function in Jalandhar on March 14. The scheme was rolled out on January 7 from Mansa district where around 47,000 marginal farmers from five districts in Malwa region were given cheques towards loans taken from cooperative lenders only   Read More ...
Cong. MLAs bat for Haryana’s sugarcane farmers
2018-03-08 14:17:00 Congress legislators on Wednesday staged a symbolic protest outside the Assembly complex against the Haryana government, accusing it of ignoring the plight of sugarcane farmers in the State. The MLAs shouted slogans against the State government while holding sugarcane stems in their hands. “Sugarcane farmers are forced to sell their produce in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand because the State-owned and private sugarcane mills in Haryana are not purchasing their produce at the assured price,” alleged Congress leader Kuldeep Sharma   Read More ...
Thousands Of Farmers March From Nashik To Mumbai, Demand Loan Waiver
2018-03-08 14:11:13 Nashik: Thousands of farmers in Maharashtra are marching from Nashik to Mumbai, protesting what they call government's anti-farmer policies. Farmers are demanding a complete waiver of loans and electricity bills, and the implementation of recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission, which addresses issues of providing minimum support prices and safeguarding interests of small farmers. "We want the state government to refrain from forceful acquisition of farm lands in the name of development projects like the super highway and tracks for bullet trains," said Raju Desle, the secretary of All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), the farmers' group organising the march   Read More ...
Uttar Pradesh: Farmer ends life, wife alleges bank pressure to return loan
2018-03-08 10:12:33 A farmer committed suicide after being allegedly pressurized by bank officials to return the loan that he had taken for fish farming in 2016. While the deceased man’s wife alleged bank authorities for her husband’s grave step, his brother denied any such reason. As per reports, the farmer Manoj Kumar, 40, resident of village Ganj Baderwa in Balmau, had consumed some poisonous substance on Saturday   Read More ...
Flush season extends, dairy farmers worry about further dip in procurement prices
2018-03-08 04:08:26 This year has so far failed to bring cheer to the dairy industry in Maharashtra. The extended flush season has added to the woes of the industry already reeling under low commodity prices. With around 10 per cent more milk being produced as compared to last year, dairies are now worried about further reduction in the farmer’s price. For the last few months, procurement prices of milk has become a bone of contention between farmers and dairy firms in Maharashtra   Read More ...
Jagan promises fair deal to farmers
2018-03-07 19:24:34 YSR Congress Party president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has promised to bring smiles back on the faces of the farmers by providing them financial assistance to offset the increasing cost of farm inputs, including seed and fertilizers. Mr. Reddy, whose Praja Sankalpa Yatra entered the 106th day on Wednesday, gave this assurance to a group of farmers from Hanumojipalem, which formed part of the agrarian Parchur Assembly segment in Prakasam district   Read More ...
Humiliation of farmers in Maharashtra: Show-cause notice to ten government employees
2018-03-07 12:12:53 Maharashtra government has issued show cause notices to ten government employees including local tehsildar and agriculture officers for humiliating farmers while assessing crop damage to award compensation. The officers in question had handed slates to hailstorm affected farmers, akin to history sheeters, during their field visits to assess compensation to crops damaged in a hailstorm. DNA had on February 21st highlighted this following which the government issued orders to stall the humiliating method of assessment the following day   Read More ...
Maharashtra Animal Husbandry Minister faces allegations of favouritism in award of contract
2018-03-07 02:14:47 A senior Maharashtra minister on Tuesday faced allegations of favouring a private contractor for a government contract. During the proceedings of the Legislative Assembly, the Opposition trained guns on the state’s Animal Husbandry Minister Mahadev Jankar, accusing him of “favouritism” in a multi-crore contract for cattle vaccination. At the heart of the controversy is a multi-crore contract for the vaccination of 2   Read More ...
Armed with demands, farmers start ‘long march’ to Mumbai
2018-03-07 02:11:47 THOUSANDS of farmers and farm labourers from various districts of the state gathered in Nashik city before setting off on a six-day ‘long march’ to Mumbai on Tuesday afternoon. At least 10,000 protestors including a large number of women covered 15 km of the 180-km distance to the financial capital, where they plan to demonstrate outside the state legislature on various agrarian issues including the farm loan waiver and transfer of forest land to tillers   Read More ...