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Farm Loan Waivers and Corporate Defaulters are Two Sides of the Same Coin -Seshadri Kumar

g to the information that the combined waiver amount may be Rs 60,000-70,000 crore. The government’s think-tank, the NITI Aayog, pointed out that farm loan waivers only benefit 10-15% of all Farmers, as the rest do not have access to institutional loans. Now, a reality check. How much will the farm loan waivers cost? MP’s waiver will cost around Rs 35,000 crore. Chhattisgarh’s waiver will cost Rs 6,100 crore. Rajasthan&rs

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A Plague of Promises -Yogendra Yadav

-CaravanMagazine.in What the Modi economy has done to Farmers On his way to the prime ministership in 2014, Narendra Modi promised that, if his Bharatiya Janata Party won power, the government would raise the minimum support prices paid for crops such as rice and wheat to guarantee Farmers a 50-percent profit on their production costs. The benchmark was first proposed by the Swaminathan Commission,

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Universal Basic Income can be funded by reducing subsidies to the rich -Pranab Bardhan

he poor — that’s what “universal” means. As I wrote in my earlier piece, many people, who are much above the official poverty line, suffer from variety of insecurities — Farmers, of course, face weather and market risks but non-Farmers also face several kinds of risks, including in their jobs, often in the informal sector, where some of them are refugees from agrarian and ecolo

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Explained: Why Farmers in the sugar bowl of Western Maharashtra are angry -Parthasarathi Biswas

-The Indian Express Farmers protested violently over the weekend in support of their demand for a one-time payment of the fair and remunerative price. Ballooning cane dues could become a major issue as LS polls near. Pune: Sugarcane Farmers in western Maharashtra Monday called off their violent four-day-old agitation, giving sugar mill owners and the government two weeks to find the money to pay th

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Worst price slump in 18 years shows scale of farm crisis -Roshan Kishore

rimary food articles has been negative for six consecutive months beginning July 2018. This means their prices are falling. WPI for primary food articles is a good indicator of farm-gate prices as Farmers sell their products in wholesale rather than retail markets. Even the food sub-component of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) basket has registered negative growth between October and December 2018. The disinflation in wholesale prices is not visible

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The dynamics of India's rice export boom -CP Chandrasekhar & Jayati Ghosh

of rice, paving the way for a rise in exports of those varieties. The second was a decision of the then Thai government under Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, taken in the same year, to favour Farmers by strengthening a Rice Pledging Scheme under which it promised to procure unlimited stocks at an enhanced price that reflected a 50 per cent increase over 2010. The consequent increase in domestic prices obviously reduced the incentive to sell in

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Farmers package in the works: Income support scheme and interest-free loans -George Mathew & Sunny Verma

-The Indian Express As there are 21.6 crore small and marginal Farmers — most of whom are not in a position to repay the loan or put collateral — such a scheme is the only way to support their fund requirements, apart from ensuring market prices for their produce. Mumbai: The NDA government is considering a package of proposals for the distressed agriculture sector that includes interest-free loans, loans without collateral and an

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India's Cow Crisis Part 5: Penalty for abandoning cattle final nail in coffin -Jitendra

-Down to Earth The increasing trend of legal penalty for abandonment will backfire Bruised by anti-cow slaughter laws and widespread vigilantism, Farmers simply don’t want cows around. This means tactical abandoning, with decreasing options to trade unproductive cattle. But several states, including Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan, have formed laws to penalise such abandonment too. Stray cattle has become a menace

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India's Cow Crisis Part 3: Brutal to kill India's ancient Uber economy -Sunita Narain

r vegan! But what many didn’t register was my emphasis: “I am saying this as an Indian environmentalist; not global or western environmentalist.” My argument has been that Indian Farmers practice an agro-silvo-pastoral system and that livestock is a crucial part of their economy. Taking away the meat would demonetise their assets. It would kill their income. I argued that it is the quantity of consumption and how we produce that m

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Centre asks NDDB to estimate India's milk demand -Jitendra

ia. “We have asked NDDB to estimate the present demand for milk and milk products and its forecast in India, as per the National Dairy Plan Phase I,” Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Radha Mohan Singh, told Parliament in a written reply. According to the national plan, the milk sector must grow annually by an average 4.2 per cent. But in the last two years, the growth registered has been much more. India also plans

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