Between August 1 and 10, rains battered south-western Maharashtra, and rising water levels in local rivers breached the banks. Areas in Pune, Kolhapur, Satara and Sangli saw large areas flooded, houses and roads damaged and lakhs of people displaced.
Pramod Chaudhari, executive chariman of Pune headquartered Praj Industries Limited, who has been a pioneer in the ethanol sector, speaks to The Indian Express about the developments in the sector and the way forward
Amid a continuing moratorium on all genetically modified crops except Bt cotton, prohibited seeds are now in use across the country. The government knows it, and defiant farmers have started challenging it to do something about it.
While the Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra can claim satisfaction for doing everything possible to ensure payment by mills — and before state polls, hardly three months away — that sentiment isn’t really echoed on the ground.
July is a crucial month for farmers as it coincides with the vegetative growth phase of the crops. Any break in rainfall can be detrimental, which might force farmers to go for resowing which entails financial losses.
Subhash Palekar — came in the Union Budget speech of Nirmala Sitharaman, where she talked of the need to “go back to basics” and “replicate this innovative model (that) can help in doubling our farmers’ income in time for our 75th year of Independence”.
The seasonal streams, for the flow of rainwater, have given way to concrete structures and in many cases, retaining walls have been constructed on these streams. “Such areas are especially vulnerable during heavy rains, as they are weakened by flash floods,” said Gabale.