Sanjeeb Mukherjee

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What are locusts? And why are they such a big menace?

What are locusts? And why are they such a big menace?

Rediff.com5 Aug 2020

Swarms of immature pink locusts and adult yellow locusts are currrently active. Not only are fresh locusts swarms expected to arrive in the coming weeks, but even those already present in India have mated and are breeding new offspring.

Rainfall in Aug, Sep to be normal, says IMD

Rainfall in Aug, Sep to be normal, says IMD

Rediff.com1 Aug 2020

The met department said that rainfall in August is projected to be within the normal range at 97% of LPA. In August and September, India receives around 43 mm of rainfall.

As labourers get jobs in farms, MGNREGA work demand drops

As labourers get jobs in farms, MGNREGA work demand drops

Rediff.com1 Aug 2020

However, demand was still much higher compared to the previous years, underlining the scheme's vital role in providing employment to the rural poor, a vast majority of whom are migrants.

For milk cooperatives, it's a problem of plenty

For milk cooperatives, it's a problem of plenty

Rediff.com29 Jul 2020

The demand for milk and milk products slumped during the Covid-19 lockdown mainly from hotels, restaurants, sweetmeat shops which were shut to control the spread of the disease.

Monsoon gains wiped off on scanty July rains

Monsoon gains wiped off on scanty July rains

Rediff.com29 Jul 2020

Between June 1 and July 28, about 32 per cent of the 685 districts in the country did not receive adequate rainfall.

How chana saved govt's plan to distribute free pulses

How chana saved govt's plan to distribute free pulses

Rediff.com17 Jul 2020

Distributing chana is easier than other varieties of pulses as it only requires cleaning and sorting and can be consumed whole; it was also abundantly available with Nafed.

Will govt's move to limit use of herbicide glyphosate hit India's food security?

Will govt's move to limit use of herbicide glyphosate hit India's food security?

Rediff.com10 Jul 2020

Kerala, Punjab, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are among the major agriculturally important states that have banned the use of glyphosate citing its adverse impact on human health.

Kharif crop sowing picks up pace as monsoon moves in

Kharif crop sowing picks up pace as monsoon moves in

Rediff.com27 Jun 2020

Data from department of agriculture showed that kharif crops had been sown in around 31.56 million hectares till Friday, which was 104.25 per cent more than the same period last year. Acreage of almost all crops was higher than last year.

MP, not Punjab is now the top wheat-procuring state

MP, not Punjab is now the top wheat-procuring state

Rediff.com9 Jun 2020

Till date, MP has procured around 12.77 million tonnes of wheat, which is expected to reach 13 million tonnes by the time the process ends in the next few weeks.

Centre's agri market reform ordinance comes under fire

Centre's agri market reform ordinance comes under fire

Rediff.com7 Jun 2020

Kiran Vissa, co-convenor of National Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, said that amendments to the EC Act have nothing to do with farmers' welfare but instead meant to please big players and agriculture companies. This is because small and marginal farmers don't have the storage capacity to attract provisions of the EC Act.

Agriculture grew 4% in FY19-20, but what about this year?

Agriculture grew 4% in FY19-20, but what about this year?

Rediff.com30 May 2020

As the growth figures relate to pre-Covid lockdown period it does not reflect the real picture of distress which unfolded from April onwards in the sector, when acute supply disruption led to sharp drop in prices of many commodities largely perishables impacting farmers.

Locust invasion puts summer crop in many states at risk

Locust invasion puts summer crop in many states at risk

Rediff.com27 May 2020

The locusts initially entered Rajasthan from Pakistan and from there the swarms moved towards Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, and Punjab over the last few weeks and are now threatening to enter Uttar Pradesh, putting at risk the summer crop.

How Centre plans to enable free inter-state agri trade

How Centre plans to enable free inter-state agri trade

Rediff.com17 May 2020

The government is looking at tweaking provisions of the Indian Contracts Act of 1872 to bring agreements between farmers and companies under its ambit, aiming to prevent exploitation of farm people.

Wheat procurement finally picks up

Wheat procurement finally picks up

Rediff.com28 Apr 2020

In total, the Centre plans to purchase around 40.7 million tonnes of wheat from farmers this year, which is almost 19 per cent more than last year.

States open up PDS to non-cardholders to meet crisis

States open up PDS to non-cardholders to meet crisis

Rediff.com24 Apr 2020

However, experts say that unless clear guidelines are there, it remains to be seen how many people fall within the ambit and who remains excluded.

Rabi procurement starts slowly across North India

Rabi procurement starts slowly across North India

Rediff.com19 Apr 2020

In MP, farmers say sales under new 'Sauda Patrak' method below MSP; Haryana mustard farmers wait for their turn to sell. The annual purchases of major rabi crops in North India largely wheat, mustard and also chana to some extent have been delayed as most cereal mandis were closed in the aftermath of the nationwide coronavirus lockdown.

Why 100 million Indians are left out of the food ration system

Why 100 million Indians are left out of the food ration system

Rediff.com17 Apr 2020

A recent study shows that more than 100 million people are excluded from the public distribution system because the central government insists on using 2011 population figures to calculate state-wise PDS coverage, which effectively leaves out 100 million people, reports Sanjeeb Mukherjee.

India's ration story: Mounting stocks but hungry mouths

India's ration story: Mounting stocks but hungry mouths

Rediff.com17 Apr 2020

A study by eminent economists, by Jean Drze, Reetika Khera and Meghana Mungikar released few days back shows that more than 100 million people are excluded from the PDS because the central government insists on using 2011 population figures to calculate state-wise coverage under the National Food Security Act.

Modi asks states to alter mandi rules

Modi asks states to alter mandi rules

Rediff.com12 Apr 2020

The agriculture ministry, in the last few weeks, issued guidelines and letters to states to ensure agriculture and food products reach consumers in a timely manner, while farmers don't have to come to the mandis to sell them.

Will a warmer summer help slow down coronavirus spread?

Will a warmer summer help slow down coronavirus spread?

Rediff.com2 Apr 2020

IMD has said the temperature in April-June across most parts in India is expected to be 0.5-1 degrees Celsius warmer than normal. However, doctors and scientists say they haven't found any direct correlation between the speed of COVID-19 spread and warm weather.

Brace yourself, this summer's going to be hotter than usual

Brace yourself, this summer's going to be hotter than usual

Rediff.com28 Feb 2020

The India meteorological department has stated that day temperatures are likely to be above normal by 0.5 degree Celsius, reports Sanjeeb Mukherjee.

Record wheat output expected, arranging storage for harvest a worry

Record wheat output expected, arranging storage for harvest a worry

Rediff.com19 Feb 2020

India is expected to harvest 291.95 mt of foodgrain in 2019-20

FCI to get Rs 2.15 trillion as food subsidy in 2020-21

FCI to get Rs 2.15 trillion as food subsidy in 2020-21

Rediff.com3 Feb 2020

This is the highest in the past five years and almost 24 per cent more than last year.

Why high food inflation is good news for the farmer

Why high food inflation is good news for the farmer

Rediff.com14 Jan 2020

While rising food inflation is a matter of grave concern for a significant chunk of the population and for policy makers as well, it marks a turnaround in the fortunes of the farmer, reports Sanjeeb Mukherjee.

Farm growth likely to remain subdued at 2.8% in FY20

Farm growth likely to remain subdued at 2.8% in FY20

Rediff.com8 Jan 2020

A pick-up in farmer income could have a cascading impact on the rural economy, though agriculture is becoming a smaller part of India's overall rural incomes.

Centre halves onion stock holding limit for retailers

Centre halves onion stock holding limit for retailers

Rediff.com4 Dec 2019

India exported $102 million worth of dehydrated onions in 2018-19.

Why govt fund and monsoon failed to lift rural economy

Why govt fund and monsoon failed to lift rural economy

Rediff.com22 Oct 2019

Although demonetisation and improper implementation of GST along with falling prices are being blamed for much of the distress in rural India for some time, experts believe those may not be the only reason.

Why it makes sense for farmers to rear birds

Why it makes sense for farmers to rear birds

Rediff.com21 Oct 2019

A data shows the number of backyard poultry has risen by 46 per cent between 2012 and 2019. The development is extremely positive because it provides an incentive for small and marginal farmers to rear birds.

Why India's milk production has grown at over 6% past few years

Why India's milk production has grown at over 6% past few years

Rediff.com17 Oct 2019

As the number of cross-bred female cattle rise, the entire concept of lean and flush seasons for milk will go away, as these animals give similar quantities in all seasons.

Kharif crop: No major production loss seen

Kharif crop: No major production loss seen

Rediff.com24 Sep 2019

However, the estimates could change in the coming months, as full impact of excess rainfall and floods on the standing soybean and urad crops in central and western India in late August and September has not yet been fully taken into account.

How govt plans to boost liquidity in the farm sector

How govt plans to boost liquidity in the farm sector

Rediff.com17 Sep 2019

It has decided not to levy the 2 per cent tax deducted at source (TDS) on cash payments above Rs 1 crore made through Agricultural Produce Market Committees.

Monsoon withdrawal delayed, might begin after mid-Sep: IMD

Monsoon withdrawal delayed, might begin after mid-Sep: IMD

Rediff.com11 Sep 2019

This should augur well for the rabi crops as delayed withdrawal will leave enough moisture in the soil for early sowing.

Maximum sowing area for each crop to be notified in a year

Maximum sowing area for each crop to be notified in a year

Rediff.com6 Sep 2019

Farmers should be encouraged into crops needing less of water, while ensuring a market for what they sow, said ICAR's head.

Cabinet nods Rs 6,268 crore export subsidy for sugar

Cabinet nods Rs 6,268 crore export subsidy for sugar

Rediff.com29 Aug 2019

The subsidy will be credited to bank accounts of farmers against cane price dues and are compliant with WTO norms. This will benefit millions of farmers in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka.

With near-normal rains, paddy sowing likely to pick up

With near-normal rains, paddy sowing likely to pick up

Rediff.com10 Aug 2019

The slowdown in sowing is mainly because of the delayed onset of the southwest monsoon and its slow progress in June.

Pulses and coarse cereal sowing gets a boost from good rains

Pulses and coarse cereal sowing gets a boost from good rains

Rediff.com5 Aug 2019

However, the areas under paddy - the biggest cereal grown during the kharif season - continue to be less than last year, mainly due to delayed onset of rains and also on account of shift towards the more lucrative maize.

Monsoon cheer for India's farmers

Monsoon cheer for India's farmers

Rediff.com2 Aug 2019

Officials said good rain in August - though it might not improve acreages much for most crops except urad, moong, and paddy - would help in improving yields in the crops already planted.

Why farmers in several states are turning to maize

Why farmers in several states are turning to maize

Rediff.com30 Jul 2019

Low rain coupled with the fact that maize prices in the open market have surged from around Rs 15-16 a kg to almost Rs 25 this year have forced farmers to turn to this crop.

August rain to determine final output of kharif crops this year

August rain to determine final output of kharif crops this year

Rediff.com29 Jul 2019

Till July 26, kharif crops have been sown in around 68.87 million hectares, which is 6.43 per cent lower than the area covered during the same period last year.

States keen on linking central grants with reforms

States keen on linking central grants with reforms

Rediff.com19 Jul 2019

The high-level panel also asked the government to work towards re-orienting subsidies in a targeted manner from the crop sector to the non-crop sector and redesign the electronic National Agriculture Market.

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