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Swaraj is the kisan's birthright and he should have it -Harish Damodaran

-The Indian Express Agrarian crisis is an opportunity, for the government that assumes office after elections, to enact a law giving Farmers the right to sell any quantity of their produce to anybody, anywhere and at any time. The German obsession with sound currency has been conditioned by the collective memory of the Great Hyperinflation of 1922-23, just as American intolerance to double-digit unemployment and stock market crashes is tracea

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Growth in Agri GVA deflator shows a declining trend in comparison to growth in other sectoral GVA deflators

Recent studies and media reports have confirmed that Indian Farmers are facing non-remunerative and sometimes falling prices. A past news alert by the Inclusive Media for Change team indicated deflation in wholesale prices of 8 kharif crops (viz. maize, arhar, moong, urad, groundnut, soybean, sunflower seed and Niger seed) on average between 2016-17 and 2018-19. Based on data analysis, that news alert also demonstrated how the rural areas have witne

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Deepening slowdown: on the Indian economy

July-September and 4.6% a year earlier. With rabi sowing showing a shortfall across most crops after a deficient north-east monsoon, and the abiding structural issues that have pushed a multitude of Farmers into acute distress nowhere near resolution, it is hard to foresee an early revival in this crucial primary sector. This, in turn, continues to dog demand in the hinterland for manufactured products, from two-wheelers to tractors, and is evident i

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Tackling the agrarian crisis, differently -V Kumaraswamy

-The Hindu Business Line The focus must shift away from sops, to raising Farmers’ income by promoting better seeds and rejuvenating soil health Agrarian crisis is staring on our face and, as usual, a flood of familiar suggestions have resurfaced. The political responses have been on expected lines. Fixing MSPs (minimum support prices) at 50 per cent over costs is as disastrous as it can get. There is no inherent incentive in cutting d

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'Access to formal credit increases income of Farmers' -TV Jayan

-The Hindu Business Line Letting Farmers use Kisan Credit Card for non-farm use for a limited time can help improve credit facility to small Farmers The returns earned by Farmers, who have access to formal credit, are on an average 17 per cent higher than what Farmers, who are dependent on informal sources incl

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How Modi govt managed to transfer funds to 2 crore Farmers just 3 weeks after big promise -Remya Nair Modi govt is looking to deliver first instalment to all 12 crore beneficiaries by 31 March but faces a host of challenges, including non-cooperative opposition states. New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government managed to transfer funds to nearly one crore beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) scheme on 24 February, a little over three weeks after it was first announced in the budget, and within a week of first receiving data from the states. T

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Cancer ravages rural Punjab due to chemicals in pesticides; govt assistance fails to improve situation -Arjun Sharma

ilments among many. A study reiterates that cancer's unusually high incidence, especially in the cotton-growing districts of southwestern Punjab, has been linked to the use of pesticides by cotton Farmers, among other factors. “The consequences people in Malwa region are facing ought to serve as a warning to the rest. Indiscriminate pesticide usage combined with an absence of regulations limiting its use could have far-reaching adverse effect

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'How do fans produce wind?': New Kerala helpline is encouraging children to ask questions -TA Ameerudheen

ervation in the state. The “First Question” helpline is not the institute’s first outreach programme. Since 2009, the institute has been running a “Tree Helpline” for Farmers and nature enthusiasts that addresses their queries on plant diseases and insect infestations. In 2012, the institute launched a temporary helpline to provide correct information on the recommendations of the Gadgil Committee that studied the ecol

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In Rajasthan, 10 lakh Farmers identified for loans in next crop cycle -Mohammed Iqbal

es during the next crop cycle of kharif season from April 1 to August 31 and rabi season from September 1 to March 31 Jaipur: The Congress government in Rajasthan has identified a whopping 10 lakh Farmers for grant of loans through cooperative banks during the next crop cycle, amid allegations by the Opposition BJP that its "populist measure" of farm-loan waiver had failed to extend the benefit to the eligible agriculturists and led to sc

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'Seed Mother' who never went to school has lessons for scientists -Radheshyam Jadhav

r and water for cultivation. Rahibai, who was illiterate, established a seed bank in her small mud house for the conservation and revival of crop diversity and wild food resources. Over time, many Farmers obtained indigenous seeds from her. She toiled for 20 years and, today, she has conserved and multiplied about 43 landraces of 17 crops (paddy, hyacinth bean, millets, pulses, oil seeds etc) by establishing a germplasm conservation centre. S

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