Parthasarathi Biswas

Articles By Parthasarathi Biswas

Pune: Tribal hostels on rented premises lack facilities, repairs delayed by red tape

One of the tribal hostels residents say that even the lights and taps in their bathrooms don’t work. In fact, residents of the tribal girls’ hostel in Hadapsar had gone on a hunger strike recently to draw attention to their grievances.

As glut hits prices in Maharashtra onion hub, farmers lose hope, brace for bleak new year

By all accounts, 2018 has been a year of deep losses for Maharashtra’s onion growers.

Steady for months, price of daal starts rising in state markets as drought hits supply

While Maharashtra has reported a drought, the neighbouring state of Madhya Pradesh, as well as Rajasthan, another major producer of pulses, have not reported moisture stress.

Maharashtra: Drought, market realities keep Gen Next away from farming

Families across rural Maharashtra find increasingly that the young at home see farming as a self-defeating cycle of losses.

Maharashtra: Fodder, water scarce, villagers blame govt

As rural Maharashtra once again finds itself in the grip of a major drought with fodder and water fast becoming scarce, farmers are complaining of a lack of early government intervention.

East and west, Maharashtra districts fight water wars

Across Maharashtra, as farmers mull another season of severe losses, disputes over scarce water resources have begun to percolate down to village and taluka levels.

Parched villages begin to empty out in drought-hit Maharashtra

Rabi crop severely hit; villagers migrate for jobs, animals in tow

Maharashtra govt’s market reforms are bound to shake things up, but will they benefit farmers?

APMCs or wholesale mandis allow farmers to sell their produce to commission agents or traders through competitive bidding or an open auction. These market committees also supervise trade in agricultural commodities and its their job to ensure that farmers receive payment the same day

Maharashtra dismantles monopoly of APMCs

Farmers can now bypass wholesale markets and sell directly to buyers.

IT employees to raise their issues at November 3 labour meet

Participation of FITE in the conference will mark another first for IT employees, who since the last two years have been taking baby steps in the field of labour unions

Businesses need to be socially responsible: MCCIA chief Pradeep Bhargava

Newly-elected president of Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA), Pradeep Bhargava, wants businesses to be socially responsible.

Pune: Water scarcity hits production, vegetable prices to rise after Diwali

The scarcity of water will impact, among other regions, the Junnar taluka of Pune district, said Shriram Gadhve, president of the Vegetable Growers Association of India.

Maharashtra: Brakes on early start of sugar season

The state was expected to crush 1,040 lakh tonne and produce 115 lakh tonne of sugar and 190 mills were supposed to take season.

Is food inflation round the corner?

First, it was low prices and, now, with soaring input costs, farmers may cut back on sowings

Devendra Fadnavis to attend Khot’s meeting as BJP takes fight to Raju Shetti’s territory

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is likely to be present during the meeting, which, analysts feel would be the start of BJP’s bid to take on Shetti in the upcoming general elections.

Erratic monsoon pushes Maharashtra to the verge of another agrarian crisis

Ironically, monsoon had started on a positive note this year: it had come early and weather scientists had said it would be normal.

Spectre of drought looms large over parts of Maharashtra, rabi season under cloud

The worst-hit areas are Nashik and Marathwada divisions, where the major reservoirs have not filled up to their capacity this monsoon.

Drought takes the oil out of soyabean for Marathwada farmers

Higher prices this year little consolation as poor monsoon hits yields

Pune: As commodity prices fall, farmer leaders seek urgent govt intervention

On Wednesday, the central government had declared a hike in the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of rabi crops, meant to placate farmers who have been receiving lower returns on agricultural produce.

Loan waiver fails to increase crop loan uptake

Almost 14 months since the enactment of the scheme, the credit crisis in the farm sector shows no sign of abetting as crop loan disbursal by the banks remain abysmally low.