Follow Us:
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Parthasarathi Biswas


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

Internal dispute in party forces Raju Shetti to say no to MLC nomination
Thu, Jun 18, 2020

In view of the open feud, Shetti has announced that he will not accept the MLC nomination. Leaders close to him said only Shetti would have been able to be nominated under Governor’s quota given the status he has created for himself.

Murmurs of disapproval in Swabhimani Paksha as Raju Shetti accepts Legislative Council nomination from NCP
Thu, Jun 18, 2020

On Tuesday, Shetti, along with party leader Rajendra Dhavan Patil, had met Pawar at the latter’s home in Baramati. During the four-and-a-half-hour-long meeting, Pawar finalised the decision to nominate Shetti as the candidate for the upcoming Maharashtra Legislative Council polls.

Maharashtra: Despite good monsoon forecast, farm credit offtake dull as farmers report hurdles in getting fresh loans
Wed, Jun 17, 2020

While the target for the agriculture sector fixed by the State Level Bankers Committee (SLBC) in its annual credit plan for 2020-21 is Rs 62,458.83 crore, banks have disbursed only Rs 7,799.14 crore until May end.

GM seeds: the debate, and a sowing agitation
Fri, Jun 12, 2020

In the current kharif season, farmers would undertake mass sowing of GM seeds for maize, soyabean, mustard brinjal and herbicide tolerant (Ht) cotton, although these are not approved.

Manchar gram panchayats members step forward to take care of child of COVID positive mother
Wed, Jun 10, 2020

The new born tested negative for COVID and when the hospital decided to discharge her on Tuesday, the question rose before her relatives on who will take care of the new born child as her relatives were all in quarantine.

Maharashtra government likely to extend milk procurement scheme to support farmers
Mon, Jun 08, 2020

The scheme was introduced to help farmers get a flat price for their milk, after dairies slashed procurement prices amid the nationwide lockdown citing ‘demand destruction’.

Maharashtra: As lockdown eases, APMCs see improvement in arrival of commodities
Mon, Jun 08, 2020

Efforts by the state government and the easing of the lockdown has seen supplies and functioning of these markets return to normalcy.

Union ministry opposes Centre’s plan to ban 27 generic pesticides
Sat, Jun 06, 2020

R K Chaturvedi, secretary, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, has dashed off a letter to the Agriculture ministry, opposing the proposed ban and stating that the move would not be appropriate at this moment.

Maharashtra: Ahead of Kharif, cotton growers reignite demand for Ht Bt cotton
Mon, Jun 01, 2020

India, till date, has permitted just one GM crop-BT cotton. This variant was permitted for commercial release in 2002 by the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC).

ICAR admits: No recent research on locusts, wake-up call
Sun, May 31, 2020

Locust plague cycles – defined as a period of two or more consecutive years of widespread breeding, swarm formation and crop destruction – were a recurrent phenomenon throughout the nineteenth century and the first half of the 1900s.

Locust attack: How they arrived, seriousness of the problem, and ways to solve it
Fri, May 29, 2020

Over the last few days, swarms of desert locust have reached urban areas of Rajasthan, and parts of MP and Maharashtra. A look at how they arrived, the seriousness of the problem, and ways to solve it

Industries grapple with reverse migration of workforce, disrupted supply lines
Wed, May 27, 2020

When the civic body allowed small and medium scale industries in Pimpri-Chinchwad to reopen after almost two months, many enterprises realised that much of their workforce, comprising migrant labourers, had already returned home with little or no plans of returning early.

Locust plague explained: Why locusts are being sighted in urban areas, what it can mean for crops
Fri, May 29, 2020

Locust Attack: Over the last few days, swarms of locusts have been sighted in urban areas of Rajasthan, which is unusual. Why are locusts being seen in urban areas? What led to their early arrival?

32 lakh quintals of cotton remains unsold in Maharashtra and Gujarat
Tue, May 26, 2020

While kapas is an agriculture commodity, most district collectors had not allowed the opening of wholesale markets.

Explained: Behind Uddhav Thackeray’s appeal to sons-of-the-soil, the labour shortage
Wed, May 27, 2020

In his address to the state, the Chief Minister urged sons of the soils in the green zone districts to come forward and restart the stalled engines of the industries.

IIHR report finds a plethora of viruses behind tomato crop loss in state
Fri, May 22, 2020

The report showed that the samples had tested positive for CMB, GBNV, TCV, ToLCNDV, TbVDV and ToMV. Most of these viruses, the report stated, were transmitted by aphids and whiteflies.

Maharashtra: Farmers strongly oppose Centre’s plan to ban 27 commonly used insecticides
Thu, May 21, 2020

Entomologist and cane grower Ankush Chormule said Arazine is the most commonly used weedicide in cane and costs only Rs 250 per kg as against its available alternative, which costs Rs 1,000 per kg.

Demand hit, dairy co-ops pay less for milk they buy
Thu, May 21, 2020

In Maharashtra, private dairies in districts such as Pune, Solapur and Osmanabad were paying a procurement price of up to Rs 32.50 per litre for cow milk with 3.5% fat and 8.5% SNF until early March.

Insurance worries before Kharif: Maharashtra reports record claim settlement
Tue, May 19, 2020

Maharashtra has seen robust registration, with farmers lapping up the scheme enthusiastically. While the scheme is optional for farmers who do not avail of institutional finance (crop loan) the state has seen such non-loanee farmers outnumbering farmers for whom it is compulsory.

Maharashtra’s millers clear 95 per cent of cane dues
Tue, May 19, 2020

With the next season promising to be a bumper one, the National Federation of Cooperative Sugar Mills is actively promoting diversion of cane into ethanol in mills which have surplus sugar stock they are unable to sell.

Oilseed processors, exports feel the pinch as migrant workers return home
Mon, May 18, 2020

Working as manual labour in wholesale markets or processing units, these workers are engaged in loading and unloading material, transporting the finished product to godowns etc. Operations in most units can come to a grinding halt if such labour is unavailable.

Pune: Paucity of labourers, raw material plague small scale units in PCMC areas
Sun, May 17, 2020

Sandeep Belsare, president of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Small and Medium Scale Industries Association, said they are in talks with the PCMC commissioner to find a solution to challenges before them.

Samples of affected tomato crop sent to Bengaluru to identify ‘unknown’ disease
Thu, May 14, 2020

Since early April, rabi or summer tomato growers from Maharashtra have reported that the fruit is ripening earlier than usual, which is seriously undermining its yield.

Film shootings on hold in Mumbai, minister promotes Kolhapur as alternative
Thu, May 14, 2020

Other than being the financial capital, Mumbai also houses numerous studios where shootings of both movies and television serials take place. The industry that employees lakhs of people has come to a standstill. Work has come to a halt at numerous studios in and around Mumbai.

Pune: Domestic helps fear loss of livelihood post lockdown
Mon, May 11, 2020

Pointing out the need of written directives from authorities, domestic workers are demanding that the labour commissioner’s office step in to help them.