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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Vegetable vendors face financial trouble

Vendors find no takers in the operating hours allotted to them resulting in surplus stock going to waste and unhappy vendors.  Vapi, Ghaziabad: With lockdown restrictions in place, the allotment of limited functioning hours for vegetable and fruit vendors has become a reason behind their low sales. Markets are overcrowded, yet vendors remain under financial stress. […]

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Black Day at the protests against the ‘black farm laws’

Six months of the protests and seven years of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rule has been observed as Black Day. Chandigarh: Houses in Punjab took down their farmer-supporting green and yellow flags for the first time in six months to replace them with black flags to observe May 26, 2021, as Black Day. People […]

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Delay in Kisan Nidhi payouts puts farmers in debt

Small and marginal farmers have been affected by the delay in crediting the PM Kisan Nidhi Scheme. Mumbai: Datta Karande, a farmer from Solapur, has been dependent on the Pradhan Mantri (PM) Kisan Nidhi for the last two years to continue farming. This year, his instalment was delayed by more than a month. He said, […]

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Pushing vegetable carts through the pandemic

Mysuru district administration, to avoid crowding, has asked all vegetable and fruit vendors to get push carts if they have to sell at open marketplaces. Mysuru: Tayamma has wonderfully arranged brinjals, carrots, tomatoes and capsicums on a push-cart. However, her face, tattooed with wrinkles, does not reflect the emotion involved in doing so. “It has […]

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Lockdown drives down mango demand; farmers fear losses

Drop in demand and increase in prices have left mango farmers struggling.  Ramanagara: Farmers in the district are finding it difficult to harvest mangoes that are left rotting in farms due to lockdown restrictions. Small scale farmers in Ramanagara district,the second-largest mango producer in Karnataka after Kolar district, are looking at huge losses, as restrictions […]

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