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Crop insurance and the agrarian crisis in India -Sobhesh Kumar Agarwalla and Samir K Barua

agrarian crisis. As each death affects at least the immediate family of the deceased, the number of persons in severe distress is very large. With over half the country dependent on agriculture for a Livelihood, these suicides constitute a colossal agrarian crisis in India. There are multiple reasons for the crisis: rising costs of inputs, non-availability of key resources such as water for irrigation, volatility in prices of produce, inadequate kn

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Modi Government's Environment Policy Endorses Everything That Bodes Well for Business -Garima Maheshwari The government knows what it wants to achieve where the environment is concerned, even if it is at the cost of the protection of ecosystems, and people’s Livelihood and well being. The last three years under the Modi government have seen the transformation of the environment from being a field of relative stability and inactivity, to functioning as an active instrument of capital accumulation. The sharp polarisation between e

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Burden of farming outweighs rewards: Is India staring at another Nandigram moment? - Rajesh Mahapatra

ers’ unrest that has since spread to other parts of Madhya Pradesh and elsewhere in India is a wake-up call. For it is a result of years of neglect of agriculture, something that still provides Livelihood to two-thirds of the India’s 1.3 billion people. At the core of the problem lies a growing mismatch between what it takes to grow food and what a farmer fetches for his produce in the marketplace. Economists explain this using the phra

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Anguish over state of nation -Anita Joshua

slaughter and bullying by cow vigilantes to the throttling of dissent on campuses, crackdown on NGOs and moral policing. "The banning of slaughter-houses targets the minorities and affects their Livelihoods as well," they have said. Their letter refers to the lynching of Mohammed Akhlaque in Uttar Pradesh and of Pehlu Khan in Rajasthan, and the attack on nomadic cowherds in Jammu and Kashmir - all of which happened on the basis of unsubst

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Migrants dominate workforce in marine fisheries sector -U Hiran

CMID, men from Assam and West Bengal having no prior experience in fishing were being employed in fishing boats. “Only a very few young men from the State find fishing as an attractive means of Livelihood. As a result of which, native labour force diminishes and the shortage of labour is addressed by engaging workers from other States,” he said. Please click here to read more.

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Soft loans for women to run public transport -Subodh Ghildiyal

The plan flows from a study done by the rural development ministry in Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh. Slated to be launched on the Independence Day, the scheme, to be part of the ongoing National Rural Livelihoods Mission, envisages interest-free loan to women's SHGs with the objective that they buy 6-8 vehicles to service an entire administrative block. Plying transport in backward blocks would mark another avenue of self-employment for women, even

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MS Swaminathan, father of Green Revolution, interviewed by Prabodh Krishna (BusinessWorld)

now his views on current issues of farmers in India: * What are your views on the recent farmer agitations in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and other states? Farmers' agitations are due to erosion in Livelihood security. This is resulting from lack of proper public policy in the areas of, "pricing, procurement and public distribution." Their demands are not unjustified, they are more than half of the national population. Imagine, living in a

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World Environment Day: Despite increasing green cover, India is losing its forests -Malavika Vyawahare

ependent on forests for fodder, firewood and other produce. For Vanjam Rattamma, a 55-year-old tribal woman from Rathnapuram village in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, the only means of Livelihood is to procure various forest products such as tendu leaves, tamarind, broomsticks, honey and gum from the adjacent forests and sell them at the weekly markets in neighbouring villages. More than half the families in villages lying on the per

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Tears of joy: How onion farming is helping Madhya Pradesh's Korku Adivasis tide over drought -Rohit Jain

e Korku farmland, driving a population of over 40,000 spread across 100-odd villages to desperation. In Khari village, for example, more than half the farmers have been forced to migrate in search of Livelihood. Vishram Kajale, 33, has found work in a pulse-processing unit in Dhule, a town across the state border in Maharashtra. His three brothers have followed him out as well. “I have a well on my farm but it got filled up with mud,” h

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