Parthasarathi Biswas


Erratic monsoon pushes Maharashtra to the verge of another agrarian crisis
Sun, Oct 14, 2018

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
Thu, Oct 11, 2018

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
Thu, Oct 11, 2018

Higher prices this year little consolation as poor monsoon hits yields

Pune: As commodity prices fall, farmer leaders seek urgent govt intervention
Fri, Oct 05, 2018

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
Wed, Oct 03, 2018

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.

Sugar mills that fail to clear cane dues will not be issued crushing licence
Wed, Oct 03, 2018

Cane dues has become a major issue with the sector as sugar mills have failed to pay the Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) for the current season

Maharashtra’s first embryo transfer lab inaugurated in Pune
Sat, Sep 29, 2018

The laboratory will work towards propagation of indigenous breed of cattle, using in-vitro propagation of embryo production.

Maharashtra: Now, registration mandatory for poultry farms with 5,000 birds
Wed, Sep 26, 2018

Now, farms with more than 5,000 poultry birds or with capacity of hatching 500 eggs per cycle will require compulsory registration.

Sugar mills across Maharashtra to start operations early this year, but many hurdles remain
Wed, Sep 26, 2018

About 190 sugar mills are expected to take season this year, Minister for Cooperation Subhash Deshmukh told The Indian Express.

Will private participation in procurement process be a game-changer, or is it too late?
Sun, Sep 23, 2018

The Cabinet cited the measure as one of the government’s initiatives towards doubling farmers’ incomes. However, it remains to be seen how these schemes end up being implemented on the ground.

At Hadapsar hostel: Over 40 tribal students left in the lurch as food contractor decamps with Rs 60,000
Sun, Sep 23, 2018

The students are planning to file a police complaint against the contractor and others.

Pune: Farmers worried as rain eludes crop-producing districts
Thu, Sep 20, 2018

Soybean, tur and cotton are some of the crops that the farmers fear will be hit if it does not rain in the next few days.

Cane dilemma: No sweet alternatives here
Thu, Sep 13, 2018

The Centre has no time to lose to address an unprecedented sugar glut ahead of the next crushing season — in an election year.

MSP protests: After eight days, markets to re-open but with riders
Tue, Sep 04, 2018

Traders in Maharashtra have been protesting against the state cabinet’s decision to make purchases below MSP punishable with a year’s jail sentence and a fine of Rs 50,000.

Amendment to APMC Act: As traders continue to protest, Maharashtra govt says no resolution issued so far
Mon, Sep 03, 2018

For the last few days, wholesale markets in Maharashtra have wore a deserted look as traders have kept away. Traders are protesting against the state Cabinet’s decision to penalise below-MSP trade with a year in jail as well as a hefty fine of Rs 50,000.

Another directive from Maharashtra govt to ‘mandis’: Set up labs to grade kharif commodities
Wed, Aug 29, 2018

While wholesale markets are supposed to grade commodities right at the market gates, not a single market committee in the state has such a facility.

Maharashtra again: For water-intensive crops, farmers need new OKs
Tue, Aug 28, 2018

As regards “notified areas”, the officials said that these would basically refer to those watersheds — Maharashtra has 1,531 of them — that are categorised as over-exploited or critical, where the rates of groundwater extraction exceed annual recharge level.

Explained: Why Maharashtra govt’s decision to penalise trade below MSP may not yield desired results
Sun, Aug 26, 2018

The Maharashtra government has decided to penalise trade below the government-mandated Minimum Support Price (MSP) by introducing amendments in the Agricultural Produce Marketing (Development and Regulation) Act, 1963.

Traders hit, 1-year jail in Maharashtra for buying below MSP
Fri, Aug 24, 2018

While the above amendment amounts to a significant reform, what may not be so, however, is the decision to make purchase of a farm commodity below the government’s MSP a punishable offence.

Pune: Co-op banks plan ways to keep away hackers
Thu, Aug 23, 2018

To prevent cyber attacks, banks to join hands to set up security centre