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Union Minister of Agricultural and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar distributes agro-equipments among beneficiaries at a programme organized at the International Auditorium in Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra in Guwahati. Assam Agricultural Minister Atul Bora and Rajya Sabha MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa are also seen.

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Happy gardening

Take care of the plants. They need sunlight and water. Be sure to take expert advice on insecticide and fungicide spray and fertiliser application based on plant age and growth

If you have a bigger area, like this farm, you can go for sapling plantation from sapling trays or sapling bags

If you have a bigger area, like this farm, you can go for sapling plantation from sapling trays or sapling bags

For containers, you can use pots with holes so that water may drain out, or cow dung pots, or recycled containers like milk cartons and paper cups

You can either buy or use available vegetable seeds. For better germination, use coco peat (soil made from the pith inside a coconut husk, which is anti-fungal). Place the seeds on the surface evenly and cover with a thin layer of the mix, and moist using little water. Do not spray water with force. Better cover the seed trays/bags with newspaper and sprinkle water on the paper to maintain right amount of moisture.

Similarly handle fertilisers with care. Make sure it does not contain hazardous chemicals. Kitchen waste (including used water from sink), used tea leaves, bits of well-soaked papers, etc. can also be used

Be careful when spraying pesticide and fungicide. Try to avail expert help. In case of smaller gardens use organic substance like neem extract or diluted alcohol

Be careful when spraying pesticide and fungicide. Try to avail expert help. In case of smaller gardens use organic substance like neem extract or diluted alcohol

The soil may require compost or topsoil. Use a hand till or broad fork to mix the soil

Your garden should have sunlight for at least four to five hours a day. Be careful not to overdo the watering, for fruit plants once a week is enough

Vegetables may be grown in an area as small as 100 sq ft, but fruits may require bigger area. In this photograph of a home garden in Lonavala (near Mumbai), vegetable is grown in around 1,200 sq ft and fruits in about 5,000 sq ft area

Home garden should have rich, fertile soil that is well drained. Break the large clumps of dirt, remove weeds, and to prevent them from growing again remove the roots

Use a shovel or spade to turn over the dirt in the area. If the area is smaller, you may use a miniature which are available at stores or online

It is advisable to wear a pair of gardening gloves, especially when working with soil or chemicals like fertilisers or pesticide

This process of preparing the earth to play host to your plants is the basic and the most critical aspect in the road to successful home gardening

Preparing the ground literally means that when you intend to grow your own food. The garden should have the right exposure to sun and a water source.

Samples of pulses at a shop, in Guwahati. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the MSP regime has undergone a "sea change" to assure price at least 1.5 times of production cost with sharp increase in procurement of foodgrains and payment to farmers.

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A vendor sells vegetables at a market, in Guwahati. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the MSP regime has undergone a "sea change" to assure price at least 1.5 times of production cost with sharp increase in procurement of foodgrains and payment to farmers.

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Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar with Minister for Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal and Minister of State Som Prakash addresses a press conference after the 11th round of talks with farmers' representatives on new farm laws, at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.

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Women spread paddy grain on a field to dry them in the sun, in Nadia.

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Union Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad with Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai during 'Kisan Chaupal Sammelan' for new agricultural laws, in Patna.

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Farmers raise slogans beside a burning effigy during a protest against the Central Government over the recent farm reform bills, in Amritsar.

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Union Minister for Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar during a farmers' representative meeting, at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. Union Ministers Piyush Goyal and Som Prakash are also seen.

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Farmers shout slogans during their ongoing 'Rail Roko' protest over new farm laws, at Devi Dass Pura village in Amritsar.

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Members of various farmers' organizations block the rail track of Rajpura Thermal Plant during their protest over new farm laws, at Rajpura in Patiala district.

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A woman collects water chestnut from a pond, in Ajmer district,.

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Farmers shout slogans during their ongoing 'rail roko' protest over new farm laws, at Devi Dass Pura village in Amritsar.

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Women prepare 'chapati' as they block a railway track during the ongoing 'Rail Roko' protest over the recent farm reform bills, at Devi Dass Pura village in Amritsar district.

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Farmers shout slogans during the ongoing 'Rail Roko' protest over the farm reform bills, at Devi Dass Pura village in Amritsar.

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Shiromani Akali Dal activists carry cotton and corn as they stage a protest outside the Krishi Bhawan over farmers' issues including minimum support price (MSP), in New Delhi.

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Police stop activists of Shiromani Akali Dal who were staging a protest outside the Krishi Bhawan over farmers' issues including minimum support price (MSP), in New Delhi.

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Shiromani Akali Dal activists stage a protest outside the Krishi Bhawan over farmers' issues including minimum support price (MSP), in New Delhi.

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Farmers from Punjab stage a protest outside Krishi Bhawan after they walked out of a meeting with Agriculture Secretary over the new farm bills, in New Delhi.

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Farmers raise slogans as they block train tracks with tractors on the twentieth day of their ongoing 'Rail Roko' protest over recent farm reform bills, at Devi Dass Pura village in Amritsar.

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Farmers raise slogans as they block train tracks with tractors on the twentieth day of their ongoing 'Rail Roko' protest over recent farm reform bills, at Devi Dass Pura village in Amritsar.

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Farmers raise slogans as they block train tracks with tractors on the twentieth day of their ongoing 'Rail Roko' protest over recent farm reform bills, at Devi Dass Pura village in Amritsar.

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Members of various farmers organisations block a Reliance refilling station during a protest over the recent farm bills, in Amritsar district.

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A farmer burns paddy stubble in a field, in Amritsar district. Farmers continue the practice, a contributor to air pollution in winter season, despite several steps taken by the government.

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A farmer burns paddy stubble in a field, in Amritsar district. Farmers continue the practice, a contributor to air pollution in winter season, despite several steps taken by the government.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at the launch of the process of sprinkling newly-developed bio-decomposer solution on farm fields to prevent stubble (Paraali) burning in the national capital, at village Hiranki, North Delhi.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launches the process of sprinkling newly-developed bio-decomposer solution on farm fields to prevent stubble (Paraali) burning in the national capital, at village Hiranki, North Delhi.

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Farmer raise slogans during the ongoing 'Rail Roko' protest over the farm reform bills, at Devi Dass Pura village about 20 km from Amritsar.

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Sangrur MP and Punjab AAP president Bhagwant Mann addresses a gathering during the 'Gram Sabha and Kisan Jagrukta Abhiyan' event against three agriculture-related acts at Bhalaiana village in Sri Muktsar Sahib district.

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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Ghelot being felicitated during the State-level Farmers Conference over the recent farm reform bills, at Birla Auditorium in Jaipur.

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A Congress worker poses for photographs during the State-level Farmers Conference over the recent farm reform bills, at Birla Auditorium in Jaipur.

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SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal interacts with cotton growers, at a yard in Fazilka district.

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Farmers sitting on tractors take part in Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's Kheti Bachao Yatra in protest against new farm laws, at a village in Patiala district.

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Farmers light candles during a protest over the farm reform bills, on the outskirts of Amritsar.

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Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh and others during their 'Kheti Bachao Yatra' over new farm laws, at Samana in Patiala.

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Swaraj India President Yogendra Yadav addresses farmers at Garhi Mandi, in Hisar district.

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Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi along with Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh and PPCC President Sunil Kumar Jakhar during 'Kheti Bachao Yatra' over the farm reform bills, in Sangrur district.

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Punjab CM Capt. Amarinder Singh (L), Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (R) and other leaders during 'Kheti Bachao Yatra' against the recently passed ‘farm laws’, in Sangrur district.

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Punjab CM Capt. Amarinder Singh (R) and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during 'Kheti Bachao Yatra' against the recently passed ‘farm laws’, in Sangrur district.

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Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh addresses as Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and others look on before a tractor rally, 'Kheti Bachao Yatra', in protest against the new farm bills 2020, in Punjab's Moga district.

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and other leaders during a tractor rally, 'Kheti Bachao Yatra', in protest against the new farm bills 2020, in Punjab's Moga district.

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and other leaders during a tractor rally, 'Kheti Bachao Yatra', in protest against the new farm bills 2020, in Punjab's Moga district.

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and other leaders before a tractor rally, 'Kheti Bachao Yatra', in protest against the new farm bills 2020, in Punjab's Moga district.

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and other leaders during a tractor rally, 'Kheti Bachao Yatra', in protest against the new farm bills 2020, in Punjab's Moga district.

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and other leaders during a tractor rally, 'Kheti Bachao Yatra', in protest against the new farm bills 2020, in Punjab's Moga district.

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Members of various farmers organisations block a national highway during a protest against Central Government over farm reform bills, in Patiala district.

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and other leaders during a tractor rally, 'Kheti Bachao Yatra', in protest against the new farm bills 2020, in Punjab's Moga district.

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi before a tractor rallies, 'Kheti Bachao Yatra', in protest against the new farm bills 2020, in Punjab's Moga district.

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Former Patiala member of Parliament Dharamvir Gandhi addresses farmers during a protest of various farmers organisations against the recent agricultural reform bills, near Punjab-Haryana border in Ambala district.

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses during a tractor rallies, 'Kheti Bachao Yatra', in protest against the new farm bills 2020, in Punjab's Moga district.

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Members of various farmers organisations block Dhareri Jattan Toll Plaza during a protest against Central Government over farm reform bills, in Patiala.

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Members of various farmers organisations block NH-7 Toll Gate during a protest against Central Government over farm reform bills, in Patiala.

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Labourers dig a canal along agricultural fields at a village in Nagaon district of Assam.

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi interacts with farmers as he discusses the three agricultural reform bills passed in the recently concluded Monsoon Session of Parliament, via video conferencing, in New Delhi.

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi interacts with farmers as he discusses the three agricultural reform bills passed in the recently concluded Monsoon Session of Parliament, via video conferencing, in New Delhi.

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Protestors raise slogans as they arrive to join farmers in their ongoing 'Rail Roko' or 'Stop the Trains' agitation against the central government's newly introduced agri-bills, at Devi Dass Pura village, 20km from Amritsar.

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Trinamool Congress Lok Sabha MP Sougata Roy addresses as party's Rajya Sabha MP Dola Sen (L) looks on, during a rally of INTTUC over the recent farm bills, in Kolkata.

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Jharkhand Congress workers stage a dharna in front of Mahatma Gandhi statue in protest against the recently passed farm bills, in Ranchi.

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Punjab Youth Congress activists set on fire a tractor near India Gate during a protest against the new farm laws, in New Delhi.

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Punjab Youth Congress activists set on fire a tractor near India Gate during a protest against the new farm laws, in New Delhi.

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Punjab Youth Congress activists after they set on fire a tractor in protest against new farm laws, while observing Shaheed Bhagat Singh's birth anniversary, near India Gate in New Delhi.

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Farmers set on fire a tractor near India Gate during a protest against the new farm laws, in New Delhi.

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Protesters block a road to demonstrate against the three agri-marketing bills passed recently by Parliament at Sohana, in Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar.

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Vegetable vendors wait for customers to sell onions, at Mahatma Phule market in Thane.

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SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal along with senior party leaders Prem Singh Chandumajra (C), Surjit Singh Rakhra (3rd L), and party supporters during a meeting over the farm reform bills passed in Parliament recently, at Gurudwara Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib in Patiala.

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Farmers harvest soybean at a field, in Karad.

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Police personnel try to stop Bhartiya Kisan Union activists during 'Bharat Bandh', a protest against the farm bills passed in both Houses of Parliament recently, in Lucknow.

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Members of All India Democratic Women's Association along with ASHA workers and mid-day meal workers during a protest against the farm bills passed in Parliament recently, in Gurugram.

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Farmers stage a protest over new farm laws near APMC market in Haridwar.

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All India Kisan Sangharsh Struggle Coordination Committee protest against the recently passed farm bills, in Hyderabad.

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Farmers block a railway track during their protest against the new farm bills, at Devi Dass Pura village, about 20 kilometers from Amritsar. Farmers across the state have threatened to stop train services to press for the rollback of three new farm bills of the Central government, claimed to be against the interest of farmers.

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Congress and Left-wing trade union activists paint on a road during their joint rally to protest against the recently passed farm bills, in Kolkata.

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Swaraj India President Yogendra Yadav addresses various farmers' organisations during a protest against the recently passed farm bills 2020, in Sangrur district.

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Left Front Chairman Biman Bose and Congress MLA and Leader of the Opposition of West Bengal Legislative Assembly Abdul Mannan participate in a joint rally rally of trade unions and Congress, to protest against farm bills, in Kolkata.

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Congress party activists shout slogans during a protest over the passage of recent farm bills, in Amritsar.

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Representatives of various farmers' organizations stage a protest against the Central government over agriculture related issues, in Patiala

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West Bengal Pradesh Kisan Congress committee activists participate in a protest rally against the farm bill, in Kolkata.

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Jharkhand Congress President and State Finance Minister Rameshwar Oraon along with other legislators during a protest against passage of farm bills in the Parliament, outside Jharkhand Assembly in Ranchi.

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Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar with Minister of State for Agriculture Kailash Choudhary addresses the media in Parliament House premises, in New Delhi.

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Members of various farmers' organizations stage a protest against the central government over agriculture related ordinances, in Patiala.

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Karnataka State Farmers Association members take part in a protest rally against the State Government over their various demands, in Bengaluru.

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Derek O'Brien of TMC and other opposition parties members stage a protest over suspension of eight Rajya Sabha members, farmers' problems and other issues, during ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi.

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Congress workers being detained during a protest against farm bills, in New Delhi.

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Police stand guard as Congress workers protest against farm bills, in New Delhi.

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