Kumar (35), a farmer from Ayyanahalli committed suicide on Thursday, consuming pesticide after the potato crop he had grown in his 2 acre land failed due to

The bumper production of potato has led to a glut-like situation in Punjab and if immediate measures are not taken, nearly 1 lakh tonnes of the produce will rot in the next 15 days. The government may also find it difficult to dispose of the over 16 lakh tonnes of potato kept in cold stores.

With no buyers, the prices of potato have crashed from Rs 800 per quintal to Rs 250.

Malda, March 28: A group of farmers burnt quintals of potatoes in a Malda village yesterday to protest the lower price for the produce, prompting the district administration to order the agricultural marketing department to buy the crop at Rs 3.50 per kilo.

Misleading the public on safety of genetically modified crops or organisms without scientific evidence would not be made a punishable offence, the government has decided following concerns raised by some scientists and civil society groups.

After receiving flak from his political opponents over price rise, Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar is now trying to win them over.

Sharad Pawar Acting on a request from Left leaders, Pawar will provide transport assistance to the farmers of West Bengal to help them export potatoes in a competitive international market.

In a departure from traditional policy, the EU has approved German chemical company BASF

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Ahmedabad: Those present at a farm in Deesa on Sunday may have been lucky to witness the sight. A huge mound of potatoes dwarfed everything else in sight. The awe-struck farmers and government officials were milling around to catch the sight of 87 tonnes of potato produced on just one hectare of land.


The European Commission began a new push on Wednesday to allow farmers in Europe to grow more biotech crops. In doing so, they have cleared the genetically modified potato for cultivation, despite persistent public opposition to the technolo- gy.

The European Union, where genetically modified food crops face stiff opposition on grounds of health and environmental risk, has approved the cultivation of GM potato

Pune A tie-up between potato research station in Gujarat and Rajgurunagar on the cards

When potato grower Ashok Bajare of Khed taluka went to Deesa