Mental health

Did you know according to a report by WHO, 7.5% of India’s population suffers from mental health issues with only about 30% getting the necessary treatment? These numbers alone are a proof of how irrelevant this relevant topic is made to be. So, let’s talk about this “taboo” topic. Mental Health. Think for a minute….

Definition of a Farmer – Question in Rajya Sabha

Why in news? The Agriculture Minister evaded answering a question over the government’s definition of a farmer and the number of farmers in India by that definition. What happened in Parliament? The question was posed in the Rajya Sabha by BJP MP Ajay Pratap Singh. He also asked whether any survey had been conducted to…

Farm Loan Waiver

Why in News? Maharashtra government announced a loan waiver for farmers who had up to Rs 2 lakh in pending loans between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2019. Why this waiver is in spotlight? Maharashtra by doing so has became the only state to have offered two consecutive farm loan waivers within two-and-a-half years…

Rice-fish Farming System

What is the issue? Sustainable intensification of agricultural production systems is crucial to address the ever-increasing pressure on food and the environment. In this context, rice-fish farming constitutes a unique agro-landscape, and here is an overview on that. What are the concerns with rice farming? Rice, an important food grain, roughly feeds 50% of the…

COVID-19 Impact on Agri-commodities

What is the issue? The COVID-19-driven lockdown has led to a flattening of prices and demand destruction for agri-commodities. The two agricultural commodities – potato and milk – best indicates this trend. What is the overall scenario? Both potato and milk were experiencing significant production shortfalls. In ordinary circumstances, it would have resulted in prices…

Covid-19 & Food Security

Why in news? The agriculture sector needs to be reformed for ensuring food security. What should be the priority? India has contained the mortality rate from Covid-19 infections at around 3.3% (global average 7%). The real test will come when the lockdown is lifted. Next to saving lives is the necessity of having food to survive….

Direct Seeding Of Rice (DSR)

Why in news? Farmers could adopt ‘direct seeding of rice’ (DSR) in place of conventional transplanting. Why is DSR encouraged now? Punjab and Haryana (granary states) could face a shortage of labourers to undertake transplantation of paddy in the upcoming kharif season. This is mainly because the seasonal migrants from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh who…

Agri-marketing Reforms under Atmanirbhar Bharat

Why in news? As part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, the Centre announced a set of agricultural marketing reforms. Significantly, the Centre would deregulate the sale of six types of agricultural produce by amending the Essential Commodities Act, 1955. What is the reform proposal made? It was decided to remove restrictions and facilitate enhanced marketing freedom for…

APMC Reforms

What is the issue? The Central government will enact a law to dismantle the monopoly of APMC mandis in the wholesale trading of farm commodities. The initiative for APMC reforms should have come from the states. What is the similarity? 1966 – Agriculture is a state subject under the Constitution. But the Green Revolution wouldn’t have…

Keeping Farm Sector Afloat

What is the issue? The Central and state governments are providing income support for the farmers through different schemes. These schemes serve a purpose, but the farm sector needs a lot more. What are some income support schemes? The Centre’s PM-KISAN scheme provides Rs. 6,000 to farm families owning less than 5 acres of land….