Sandalwood cultivators wait for access to open markets

Sandalwood farmers want to sell their crop as agricultural produce and do not want to deal with the forest department. Private sandalwood cultivators in Karnataka demand permission to sell the wood in open markets  to realize better profits. Farmer Shivappa Matturu has more than 1300 Sandalwood trees at his farm in Haveri district. “Selling it […]

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Domestic rose market blooms as exports wither

While the export-oriented Indian flower industry has yet to recover from the pandemic’s losses, rose farmers got a break on Valentine’s Day. After two years, rose exports have managed to dampen the spirits of Indian flower farmers, who are being compensated in terms of price by domestic markets. Rose markets suffering from poor exports due […]

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Bengaluru catching up with new agritech

Urbanites adopting suistainable farming thanks to hydroponics The trend of hydroponics is taking off as agri-preneurs transform urban spaces into vertical farms that require no soil and use less water in Bengaluru.  The science of soil-less gardening is called hydroponics. It involves growing healthy plants without the use of traditional soil but by using mineral […]

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Small farmers unable to benefit from e-markets

Lack of knowledge about technology is making farmers continue to sell in traditional markets. Despite the state and central government’s effort to help the farmers sell their crops by creating advanced digital platforms like ReMS (Rastriya e-market service) and National Agriculture Market (e- Nam), many farmers lack technological knowledge about its usage. A farmer in […]

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A bitter existence for sugarcane farmers

Even though India is the second-largest exporter of sugarcane in the world, the sugar mills owe Rs. 15,683 crores to the farmers, across the nation to date.   Sugarcane farmers across the state plan to continue their agitation until the government accepts their demands, said Kurubur Shanthakumar, President of the Karnataka State Sugarcane Growers’ Association, and […]

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Sandalwood farmers wait for the watcher in the woods

The Forest department said that hundreds of cases of sandalwood theft are reported each year in Karnataka alone. Bengaluru: A microchip developed by the Institute of Wood Science and Technology (IWST) to detect sandalwood theft cannot be produced on a mass scale because the central government is yet to release funds for it. V. Soundarajan, […]

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Farmers’ lives choked by poisons in the field

Accidental pesticide poisoning cases increase proportionally with the sales of chemical fertilizers Cases of unintentional pesticide and insecticide poisoning have increased by 13 percent in Karnataka, and about six percent across the country between 2019 and 2020, shows data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report. In Karnataka, 862 cases were reported in 2019 […]

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City HOPCOMS on a slow decline

Private players, policies, eat up market share. The farmer produce procured by Horticultural Producers’ Co-operative Marketing and Processing Society Ltd.(HOPCOMS) has declined from 60 tonnes a day to 40 tonnes a day in the last three to four years. Jayaprakash, Marketing Head of HOPCOMS said that out of 270 outlets in the city, only 100 […]

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