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Parthasarathi Biswas


Partha Sarathi Biswas, is an Assistant Editor with The Indian Express, Pune. He writes on agriculture, commodities, business and politics

Sudden rise in tomato prices, farmers blame rain and disruptions due to Covid-19
Mon, Aug 31, 2020

Traders and farmers said the present trend will continue till the new crop hits markets in the next fortnight or so.

Crop insurance: Soybean farmers take the lead, 65% sown area insured
Fri, Aug 14, 2020

The oilseed, which stays on the fields for around 120 days, is also the most popular crop in the state with 31 per cent of the total 1.37 crore hectares cropped area this season.

Barring Nagpur, more farmers across state opt for crop insurance
Tue, Aug 11, 2020

The last date for farmers to fill up the forms for the scheme ended on July 31, but the work of reconciliation of data on the bank’s end is expected to continue till August 15.

Directed to set up Covid care centres in premises, Kolhapur sugar millers point to lack of resources, space
Tue, Aug 11, 2020

Expressing concern about the order, which was issued on Monday, some millers told The Indian Express that it was not clear about the financial details of the arrangements or for how long they were expected to run these centres.

Maharashtra: Cotton farmers concerned as pink bollworm infestation spreads
Mon, Aug 10, 2020

D B Undirwade, professor of the Akola-based Punjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, had first reported infestation in Talera taluka of the district. The pest was reported in fields where farmers had done pre-monsoon sowing.

Women vigilance groups of Pune ZP to don role education counsellors for girls in villages
Sun, Aug 09, 2020

At the beginning of a countrywide lockdown imposed in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, incidents of domestic violence recorded a spike.

Maharashtra: Lower demand, good crop dampens prospect of higher pulse prices
Sat, Aug 08, 2020

The latest sowing report released by the Agriculture Ministry shows an year-on-year increase in sowing of pulses. As against the 114.77 lakh hectares of kharif 2019-20, farmers have sown pulses over 119.59 lakh hectares of area this season

Maharashtra: State govt indicates readiness to provide bank guarantee to cooperative sugar mills
Fri, Aug 07, 2020

Officials said the state government has asked them to ensure the pre-seasonal loans have to be repaid before the end of the season. “So, the banks will not revoke the guarantee and save the government from coughing up the amount if mills fail to repay it,” he said.

Early signs of PBW infestation in Maharashtra’s cotton fields worry farmers, Agriculture Department
Tue, Aug 04, 2020

Cotton growers count PBW as one of the most dreaded pests for their crops. The worm completes its lifecycle in the crop and eats through the square (bud) flower and the lint of cotton. If not controlled early, PBW can wreak havoc in the cotton crop.

Uddhav Thackeray writes to PM Modi, seeks creation of buffer stock to help dairies pay better prices to milk farmers
Tue, Aug 04, 2020

In his letter sent on Monday, Thackeray said that Maharashtra has implemented a scheme to procure 10 lakh litres of milk per day and convert it into SMP and white butter. Till July 25, at least six crore litres of milk has been procured, he said.

Explained: Where the locusts are, and where they head next
Tue, Aug 04, 2020

On Monday, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to declare the locust outbreak in the state a “national disaster”.

Maharashtra: More than 1.5 lakh complaints, 83 FIRs against soyabean seed germination failure
Sun, Aug 02, 2020

As many as 83 FIRs have been lodged against seed companies in this regard, which has rattled both the companies and farmers alike.

In Pune malls post Covid: Marshals to ensure social distancing, deep sanitisation at every step
Sun, Aug 02, 2020

For those visiting malls after Aug 5 reopening, an experience like never before.

33 sugar mills apply for bank guarantee, committee finds only 4 mills fit for it
Fri, Jul 31, 2020

Interestingly, none of the 33 mills fulfilled all the five conditions laid down by the government. The four mills also didn't fulfil all the conditions, but the standing cane in their area makes it imperative that they start their operations soon .

SOPA seeks restoration of export subsidy, increased import duty on edible oil
Wed, Jul 29, 2020

SOPA has, however, expressed concern about the stoppage of online registration of Merchandise Export from India Scheme (MEIS) claims by the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) on its portal from April this year.

Pune: CCI gets good response after unlocking, reports record sales of cotton
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic brought sales to a standstill as demand from both domestic and international markets tanked. The CCI auctions its stock daily to traders bidding for the same.

Pune: Dairies threaten to go on ‘procurement holiday’ once a week
Sun, Jul 26, 2020

This is the first time dairies are being forced to take such action owing to the dip in demand for milk, said Gopalrao Mhaske, chairman of the Maharashtra Dairy Farmers and Processors Welfare Association, the umbrella body of private and cooperative dairies in the state.

Dip in demand, labour shortage put brakes on Pune’s industrial revival
Sat, Jul 25, 2020

Industrial activities were allowed to resume after the strict lockdown of first two months.

Maharashtra to record another bumper sugar production season
Fri, Jul 24, 2020

The state minister for cooperation had earlier indicated that the crushing season is likely to start on October 15. The Covid-19 pandemic is expected to affect the crushing season.

Pune Zilla Prishad digitises infrastructure records to track, prioritise developmental projects
Wed, Jul 22, 2020

The Zilla Parishad hopes this will help elected representatives better plan development projects in their respective areas.

Maharashtra: Dairies, govt ask NDDB to revive buffer scheme to help raise procurement prices for farmers
Tue, Jul 21, 2020

The state government as well as dairies feel this scheme will help get over the present crisis, which has seen a sharp drop in procurement price for farmers.

Maharashtra faces new challenge as only 4 of 39 sugar mills fulfill criteria to avail bank guarantees
Tue, Jul 21, 2020

As Maharashtra is expected to have another bumper cane crop this season, the state government was keen to see the maximum number of mills operational to help farmers sell their cane at the right time.

Explained: Why are dairy farmers in Maharashtra dumping their milk?
Thu, Jul 23, 2020

As farmers take to dumping their milk on roads and stopping milk supply to urban areas, dairies blame the COVID-19 pandemic and the frequent lockdowns as the reason behind the recent price corrections.

Dairy farmers pour milk onto streets to protest low realisation of milk prices, demand subsidies
Mon, Jul 20, 2020

Farmers, under the banner of All India Kisan Sabha, protested on Monday by pouring milk on streets across the state, while the opposition party BJP has also declared its decision to do the same from August 1.

Maharashtra: Dairies brace for further losses as lockdown returns in urban pockets
Sat, Jul 18, 2020

Of the 11.50 lakh litres of milk it collects daily, Gokul dairy said, it was forced to covert around 1 lakh litres into SMP. “This is an improvement from the situation in April- May, when our sales had dipped by 2-2.5 lakh litres per day,” he said.