Traders flout Covid-19 guidelines; claim the disease is a myth

Despite fears of resurgence around the city, APMCs in Yeswanthpur flout guidelines in broad daylight Bengaluru: The Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) yard in Yeswanthpur is always buzzing with farmers and buyers. And yet most of them seem to care little about social distancing and sanitation. Only a couple of people were observed wearing masks.  […]

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Farmers’ profits undercut by Big Tobacco

With the increase in labour, fertilizers and other costs, farmers incur losses as they fail to get good prices.  Mysuru: Tobacco farmers incur losses each year during the auction that takes place between September and March, as they don’t get good prices for what they grow.  Farmers contend that corporations in the auction quote very […]

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Warangal farmers face crisis due to lack of funds

Since 2016, no farmer in the Warangal district has received crop loss funds from the Telangana government.  Warangal: Farmers across Warangal district have not received crop loss funds from the Telangana government for the last four years. Around 17 lakh acres of crops were drastically damaged in 2020 due to recent rains in Telangana.  However, […]

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Traditional paddy farmers want better policies

Traditional paddy varieties being cultivated in Tamil Nadu do not have government procurement policies. Farmers who cultivate them often face losses. October 30, 2020 | Written by Shivaane Srinivasan Karur: There are no Direct Procurement Centers (DPCs), Minimum Support Price (MSP), or subsidies given for marketing traditional paddy varieties in Tamil Nadu.  As the demand […]

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Shifting from Jowar to cash crops

Low profits earned from jowar or sorghum cultivation leads to farmers shifting to commercial crops. By Archita Chakraborty February 25, 2020 | Shahapur Jowar production in Shahapur has dropped by 50 percent over a decade as farmers are shifting towards commercial crops and paddy. Commercial crops (or cash crops) are crops grown mainly for profit. […]

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The recurring sight of a Nilgiri Tree

Eucalyptus trees still cultivated by farmers for easy money, despite Karnataka High Court ban. February, 25, 2020 By Bibek Baidya. Nilgiri/Eucalyptus trees can still be found growing alongside farms in Yelahanka near the Yelahanka Airforce station. Sideshwara, M, one of the farmers in Yelahanka growing Eucalyptus trees, elucidated the various benefits of growing one. “These […]

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Farmers blissful in ignorance about cattle feed

The farmers of Maski Taluk are either unaware about the prescribed feed for cattle from the Karnataka Milk Federation or refuse to buy stating high prices. By Yamini Chincholi Four in ten farmers in Maski Taluk are unaware about the cattle feed prescribed by the Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) and many of them can’t afford […]

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Millets—Magic grains of yesteryear, nutri-cereals of today

Exclusive millet-based restaurants have been gaining ground in the city in the last 2-3 years, pushing further the growth in the production of millets. By Riya Sharma Millet-based restaurants have been springing up in Bengaluru in the last two to three years bringing back the long-forgotten food. Millets are now being considered the food of […]

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