Parthasarathi Biswas


To boost prices, Centre declares 5 per cent export incentive for onions
Fri, May 25, 2018

Onion prices have crashed in the wholesale markets of Maharashtra due to the bumper crop in the state. This year, Maharashtra reported plantation of over 3.5 lakh hectares of land, instead of the usual 3 lakh hectares.

To keep Nipah virus away from Maharashtra, animal husbandry, forest departments to join hands
Fri, May 25, 2018

The surveillance of bat habitats will be conducted jointly with the forest department and experts concerned, said Umap. It will include keeping a watch on places frequented by bats and alerting the authorities in case of sudden mortality in the local bat population.

Maharashtra: Sugar mills eye exports before start of next season, seek rule relaxation
Fri, May 25, 2018

With a bumper crop expected next year, mills have expressed reservations about their ability to pay the growers as sugar prices remain subdued.

Maharshtra government to deploy drones to spray insecticide on cotton crop
Wed, May 23, 2018

The flying machines are used extensively in the United States and other developed countries for spraying chemicals and surveillance of crops.

Nipah virus: Maharashtra Animal Husbandry department keeps strict watch on pig farms in state
Wed, May 23, 2018

Orders have also been issued to carry out regular cleaning and disinfecting exercises at the pig farms. Along with the state Animal Husbandry Department, local bodies in both urban and rural areas have been alerted to the situation and asked to take necessary action.

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: To encourage people to use toilets in rural areas, a plan to offer incentives
Mon, May 21, 2018

Now, a pilot project in Pune aims to resolve this issue, by offering an incentive to local residents to use the toilets.

A start-up project that aims to resolve solid waste issues, provide alternate livelihood to wastepickers
Sun, May 20, 2018

Pune generates around 1,000-1,200 tonner of garbage, of which around 60 per cent is wet waste. Majority of the wet waste is being treated at the decentralised waste disposal facilities.

Slow disposal, lack of storage space make Maharashtra lag behind in agri procurement process
Sun, May 20, 2018

The state government is hopeful that the Centre will give it another extension to tide over the crisis. But because of its failure to intervene successfully in the agricultural market, many farmers are now stuck with their produce.

After a week of free distribution, milk farmers to go on offensive, plan protest across Maharashtra next month
Sat, May 19, 2018

No threat to supplies in urban areas as farmers would continue to supply to the dairies

Sugar season almost over, Maharashtra sees highest production in 2017-18
Fri, May 18, 2018

This year's sugar production has crossed the earlier record, made in the 2014-15 season, when the state had seen production of 105.14 lt of sugar.

Maharashtra: Solution to state’s milk sector crisis may be found in neighbouring state
Sun, May 13, 2018

Days after they started distributing milk free of cost to protest against low procurement prices, dairy farmers in Maharashtra have threatened to take their protest all the way to Mantralaya in Mumbai.

Three years after beef ban, slaughter of buffaloes in Maharashtra at an all-time high
Thu, May 10, 2018

Given the complete ban on cattle slaughter, abattoirs are reporting an overwhelming number of buffaloes being brought in for slaughter.

Maharashtra: Not impressed by Rs 3/litre govt subsidy to dairies, farmers vow to continue protests
Wed, May 09, 2018

“Dairies which produce 20 per cent extra SMP than their normal per month production will be eligible for the subsidy,” Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries, Mahadev Jankar, said.

Maharashtra govt to roll out Aadhaar-linked fertilizers
Tue, May 08, 2018

This will be the first season, where the state government is implementing the direct benefit transfer scheme for fertilizers — a flagship programme of the central government.

Low sugar prices, pending arrears: At meeting with Sharad Pawar, mill owners share their woes
Sat, May 05, 2018

Rohit Pawar said millers in Maharashtra are facing an unprecedented crisis over short margin — the difference between the advance released by the banks to the mills and the realisation of the latter.

Pune: Grape exports dip by 10 per cent
Fri, May 04, 2018

Maharashtra accounts for at least 80 per cent of the grape exports, and Nashik is a major producer of grapes.

Amid row over procurement prices, Maharashtra govt mulls subsidy to dairy farmers
Fri, May 04, 2018

Barring Gokul, the cooperative union of Kolhapur, most dairies have been paying farmers an amount between Rs 19 and 22 per litre of milk, with 3.5 per cent fat and 8.5 SNF (solid-not-fat).

Karnataka Assembly elections: From BSY to Siddaramaiah, the land of milk and money
Thu, May 03, 2018

In August 2013, Siddaramaiah government launched a ‘Ksheera Bhagya’ scheme which provides a 150-ml glass of free milk daily to around 1.04 crore children: 65 lakh studying in government/government-aided schools and another 39 lakh in pre-school anganwadi centres.

‘Without government intervention, dairies will not be able to pay farmers’
Sun, Apr 29, 2018

To understand why unions were not able to pay the prices, The Indian Express spoke to Dr Vivek Ksheersagar, managing director of the Pune union that sells Katraj-brand milk and dairy products.

Non-payment to onion farmers: DDR issues showcause for suspension to boards of five Nashik markets
Sun, Apr 29, 2018

The notices were issued after an investigation by Nilkanth Karhe, DDR, Nashik, revealed that about 20 traders operating in the markets had allegedly duped 1,500 farmers to the tune of Rs 5 crore.