Parthasarathi Biswas

Articles By Parthasarathi Biswas

Will 1,646 fodder camps for 11 lakh cattle count in Maharashtra polls?

Out of the 1,646 fodder camps, the maximum were opened in Beed (549, with 3.49 lakh animals), Ahmednagar (507 and 3.34 lakh), Solapur (248 and 1.75 lakh) and Osmanabad (92 and 0.85 lakh) districts.

Crop insurance scheme: Few firms respond to agri dept tender, delay may hit farmers in rabi season

A flagship programme of the central government, the majority of PMFBY premiums are paid jointly by central and state governments, while farmers only pay 2 per cent of the amount.

When politics spills over to agri sector: Pulses, oilseed growers lose out to cane farmers in Maharashtra

Soyabean, which covers around 5.34 lh of area in the region, is being cultivated more recently, said Ashok Bhutada of the Kirti Group.

Maharashtra: Amid rural distress, crop insurance remains a ray of hope for farmers

Maharashtra’s fairly decent record of payment is one reason for more and more farmers opting for the scheme

In Latur, ‘ghost’ of Ujjani pipeline rears its head again

This is the second consecutive year, when water scarcity has raised its ugly head in Latur. While rainfall over the last fortnight has alleviated water crisis, around 15 tankers are still used to ferry water in the rural parts of the district.

British Council Library has become a cultural hub: Director Helen Silveste

"Pune is known for educational and professional opportunities as well as the vibrant lifestyle it offers to its residents. In this context, the British Council Library has grown to become a convergence destination for Pune residents," says Helen Silvester Director (West India) of the British Council.

Abhimanyu Pawar, BJP candidate form AUSA: Got ticket only on basis of work I had done

The BJP candidate from Ausa in Latur, Abhimanyu Pawar speaks to The Indian Express about how he hopes the development works undertaken in Ausa will help him wrest the seat from Congress.

Maharashtra: Fear of action on violation of stock limit hikes onion prices

Average trading prices, which dipped by over Rs 1,000 per quintal, have bounced back in the last fortnight.

Pune: Dussehra sees dip in motorcycle, commercial vehicle sales, car numbers up

The festive season of Dussehra and Diwali normally reports brisk sales of both two- and four-wheelers.

2019 a mirror of 2014 in Junnar Assembly seat

Sonawane was the only MNS candidate elected in the state, cornering over 60,000 votes. Sena’s Buchake and NCP’s Atul Benke had each polled around 40,000 votes and had come second and third, respectively.

Govt announcement of stock limits on onion: Nashik traders say move impractical, stage protest

They termed the move “impractical” and threatened to boycott the auction of onions if action was taken against them for violating the stock limits.

Nashik: Onion markets remain shut as traders and farmers protest against export ban

Wholesale traders will be able to hold 500 quintals while retail traders are allowed to stock 100 qunitals of the bulb as per the notification. All these measures are in order to cool down the prices of onion in the wholesale and retail markets.

Explained: Economics and politics — why govt has banned export of onions

The retail prices of onions in most cities have since then crossed the Rs 60/- per kg mark, resulting in a slew of measures by the government to control it.

Two key state polls looming, Centre bans onion export

Stocks capped: Only 100 quintals for retailers, 500 quintals for wholesalers

How Maharashtra’s Farmer Field Schools are teaching prosperity

Sunday morning schools run by the govt teach small farmer groups how to control pests, increase yields.

Explained: Maharashtra sugar commissioner lays down the law, but millers are not having it

A directive by state Sugar Commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad, asking mills to pay farmers 15 per cent interest for delayed cane arrears for the 2014-15 season, has ruffled many feathers.

Pune: Sugar mills to pay interest for delayed payment to growers

The case dates back to the cane crushing season of 2014-15, when a drastic fall in sugar prices had seen mills failing to clear the minimum Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) to growers for cane procured from them.

After steady rise, onion prices dip sharply

Farmers and markets sources blamed ‘unnecessary interference’ by the government for the sudden dip in prices.

Maharashtra revises estimates, will produce 58.28 lakh tonne of sugar this season

Maharashtra’s dip in production will not have a major impact as the production levels from Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are expected to take the country’s production figure to 270-280 lt.

Explained: What’s fanning onion price hike & why govt steps aren’t cooling it down

With elections in Maharashtra and Haryana only a month away, the government has to walk the tightrope of not upsetting onion growers, who are part of the voter base in rural areas, and urban consumers who have to shell out more money for the bulb.