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Elections strike sour note across UP's sugarcane belt

Monday, April 1, 2019, 7:40 AM

Tractors loaded with cane waiting to be crushed line the roads across swathes of western UP, telling the bitter story of sugarcane farmers caught in a-pincer-trap of unpaid dues and low-prices. With posters, buntings and rallies, clamour of poll-time campaigning is all around in the area famed as the country's sugar bowl but the very word election strikes a sour note for many farmers.
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Paddy stubble catalyses employment, business in Punjab, Haryana

Saturday, November 24, 2018, 8:43 AM

Paddy stubble, a cause of air-pollution due to open burning, is driving new avenues in business and employment in the hinterlands of Punjab and Haryana. In the two-breadbasket states of India, agricultural remnant has become a dominant-fuel for a string of biomass projects. Entrepreneurs, mostly well-heeled farmers, have set-up firms to collect stubbles from farms by employing modern equipment and deliver to power plants.