A high-powered government body has fixed the price of each acre of agriculture land at Tk 4 lakh and the price of each acre of commercial land at Tk 7 lakh for the affected people in Barapukuria coal mine areas.

"The Barapukuria Coal Mine Authority will start the disbursement of the compensation package next month,

Parliament could see a sharp division on those seeking to protect interests of the farmers and those of the consumers during the debate on price rise in coming days. While Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar has taken a position in favour of food grain producers, the Opposition is gearing up to censure the Centre for ignoring aam aadmi.


Construction of a new structure in place of the Mullaperiyar dam will be a grave threat to Tamil Nadu as it will deny water to a vast stretch of cultivable land in the southern districts, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary Vaiko said here on Wednesday.

I am extremely happy to note that this year, India Today State of the States Conclave has decided to keep agriculture at the top of its agenda. The topic, "Second Green Revolution: What the States Need to Do", is extremely appropriate though I would modify it slightly to read "Second Green Revolution: What the Nation Needs to Do".

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The district shot to national prominence when it elected Sonia Gandhi to the Lok Sabha, but in more recent times, Bellary in Karnataka has stayed in the news because of its mining tycoons"the Gali Reddy brothers, two of whom are members of the state Cabinet.

The government has allocated 35,000 acres of land in the Trincomalee District for Banana cultivation to a private company, while the people in the area don

The country has suffered a financial loss of several hundred crores of taka in agriculture and its sub-sectors, including fisheries, poultry and livestock, due to the cyclone Aila, said sources at the ministry concerned on Sunday.

Only a short time ago, African farmland seemed of little interest to outsiders. But last year's food crisis and water scarcity in many countries has changed foreigners' appetite with the result being that fertile soil in Africa is now sought by international investors to the tune of hundreds of thousands of hectares.