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Affan Yesvi

Affan Yesvi

Social activistaffanyesvi@gmail.com
The writer is a young social activist from Jammu and Kashmir.

By Affan Yesvi

Why the fear of Covid spread among animals is a cause of worry for India’s livestock sector

If wild animals in captivity can be infected by the Coronavirus, there are concerns about the risk to nearly 130 crores of domesticated livestock and poultry in the country.

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Why Himachal Pradesh may not be your ideal getaway this summer

Himachal Pradesh is staring at an acute water crisis, with the state recording 99 per cent less than normal rainfall in some months.

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How porcupine terror is making Kashmiri farmers shudder

Almond and apple farmers have approached wildlife experts to seek a solution to the porcupine mayhem and have been advised fencing.

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Why Kashmir needs GI tagging for its Gucchi mushroom, rice, cumin and chilli

Kashmiri farmers say the GI tag will establish the exclusivity of their products and establish their correct value in the international market.

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Why Kashmir needs more focus on its horticulture produce

Appropriate branding and marketing of fruit crops and establishment of market linkages for exotic and non-seasonal vegetables and flowers in different metro cities of India will ensure a wider reach for the horticultural produce from Kashmir.

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Why Kashmir’s walnut industry needs a booster shot

The government must realise the high international value of walnuts from Jammu and Kashmir, and provide the required infrastructure support.

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Why the traceability of honey is essential

While FSSAI permits some amount of sugar mixing, traceability is the only answer for consumers who insist on procuring real and natural honey.

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Why Punjab must act fast to stop the inflow of paddy from other states

It is a matter of concern that till now, the Punjab government has not taken any concrete steps to stop the inflow of paddy from other states.

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To bee or not to bee: Why Kashmir must act fast to protect its honey industry

it is a matter of concern that the prized Kashmiri honey is losing its sheen with the waning interest of the local apiarists or bee farmers.

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How microbial treatment can help solve the stubble-burning problem

The microbial spray is an effective long-term solution to stubble burning and the pollution problem, that is economically viable for farmers as well.

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Why Punjab cannot declare itself a ‘principal market yard’ to negate Farm Bills

Declaring the entire state as a principal market yard can isolate Punjab since the Centre is the major buyer of the wheat and paddy produced in Punjab.

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Why Punjab needs a thrust for start-ups to deal with stubble burning

Stubble burning will begin in Punjab in just about a week from now. And it won't be too long till Delhi-NCR turns into a gas chamber yet again.

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How Telangana farmers will benefit from the state becoming Seed Bowl of the World

With favourable agro-climatic conditions, skilled manpower, infrastructure and logistics for quality seed production and storage, Telangana meets more than 60 per cent of India’s seed requirement.

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Why Punjab's ruling elite won't let the state rationalise farm power subsidy

Subsidised power means that the farmers continue to draw up groundwater indiscriminately through tube-wells for paddy cultivation.

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Why Haryana MLAs want red flags on their vehicles, yet claim it isn't VIP culture

VIP culture has much deeper roots than we are ready to acknowledge.

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How shrinking imports from China is the big boost that desi pharma firms needed

Increased dependence on China in the last few years had been detrimental to the growth of Indian MSMEs in the pharmaceutical sector.

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Why Punjab farmers are angry with the state government

The Punjab farmers are irked with the government for blowing a chance to save water and in turn, help them save money.

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Why the Jammu deaths are a tragic reminder of our Covid-19 paranoia

Two cousins from Jammu died of dehydration while on their way to cremate their uncle who died of Covid-19. Authorities were apathetic due to the fear of contracting the coronavirus.

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Toxic Water: How Fazilka district is on the receiving end of a man-made disaster

The water in Fazilka's drains is so dirty and filthy that Pakistan has built a wall along its border to prevent the entry of these drains into its territory.

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How Covid-19 is helping water-stressed Punjab change its agricultural practices

With the non-availability of labour, farmers shifted to Direct Seeded Rice (DSR), that saves about 20 per cent of water used for agriculture.

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Game changer: Telangana to begin regulating crop pattern

Following herd mentality, farmers produce the same crop. The KCR government move is to make the farmers produce what the market wants.

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Why Haryana doesn't want its farmers to grow rice

In order to save its fast depleting water table, Haryana is disincentivising the cultivation of paddy.

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Why saffron farmers of Kashmir are hopeful of prosperous times

The famed Kashmiri saffron has been granted the Geographical Indication (GI) tag, symbolising its exclusivity in the international market.

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How misinformation and rumours made Russian poplar trees surprise victims of Covid-19 in Kashmir

The trees were planted to generate employment for the rural poor and improve environmental conditions.

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Why all poultry-producing states must follow the Haryana example to revive distressed industry

The poultry industry is estimated to be losing Rs 1,500 crore-Rs 2,000 crore per day.

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CORONICLES: Kashmir has seen many lockdowns, but this one beats them all

Kashmiris are used to socialising at the mosques, around street corners and at common compounds.

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How Alberto Uderzo's Asterix comics made me get through Kashmir's lockdowns

As a boy, sitting in my room overlooking the Dal through Kashmir’s many lockdowns, I rolled with laughter at the wit of Rene Goscinny and the artistic genius of Alberto Uderzo.

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Step towards Sharda Peeth: Pakistan's proposal for a corridor to the famed temple breaks the ice in Kashmir rhetoric

All leaders in Kashmir have welcomed the move to open a corridor to Sharada Peeth. Such a step could hold significance for both nations and for worshippers who once visited this temple for pilgrimage.

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After Christchurch: We are talking about Islamophobia today. But humanity itself is at stake

There is a sharp spike in Islamophobia globally, and Kashmiriphobia in India. Both are attacks against all goodwill and humanity.

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The song of Altaf Mir, Kashmir's voice of pain and hope 

Why Coke Studio Pakistan, and its Koshur star, has become a household name in Kashmir.

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