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A quota for Farmers -Harish Damodaran

-The Indian Express It would have made more sense — economically, legally, politically, morally, constitutionally — to have limited 10 per cent EWS reservation to those with farming or rural backgrounds The last few years have seen the so-called dominant farming communities — especially the Jats, Marathas, Patidars and Kapus — mount violent agitations demanding quotas in government jobs and higher educational institutions, whether under the OBC (Other Backward Cl

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After 10% quota, Govt plans basic income for poor, aid for Farmers -Amitav Ranjan

Lok Sabha elections, the BJP-led government is now exploring the possibility of providing direct benefit transfers to those below the poverty line (BPL) through a universal basic income (UBI) and for Farmers through direct investment support. According to sources, the government may announce a UBI of Rs 2,500 per month initially to families below the poverty line. The money would be directly transferred to this section while ending other sops such

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Karnataka may weed out 7 lakh farm loans from waiver scheme -Sharath S Srivatsa

-The Hindu In case of loan in both cooperative and commercial banks, the former qualifies for waiver Bengaluru: The intensive de-duplication work to identity Farmers eligible for loan waiver is expected to identify at least 7 lakh people who have loans in both cooperative sector and commercial banks, resulting in saving of at least Rs.6,000 crore to the State exchequer. A farmer will be eligible for loan waiver from one of the two accounts if

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Pulses and Oilseeds: Nafed buy may drop by a third -Prabhudatta Mishra

-Financial Express Forget the fanfare about the PM-AASHA scheme that is designed to lend greater price support to Farmers, procurement of pulses and oilseeds by the public sector is likely to drop by more than a third in the kharif 2018 season from the year-ago period. The decline in procurement comes after two consecutive kharif seasons in which it surged and reached a critical mass, compared with very small quantities earlier. Just about 10

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Farmer producer bodies need help -BS Suran / N Lalitha

ly left out by schemes and sops. They need not just inputs but marketing support Agriculture provides livelihoods to millions of small landholders in India. A few government initiatives to support Farmers — such as increased MSP, interest subsidies, free electricity, and loan waivers — reach a limited percentage of Farmers and, hence, have a limited impact. The Telangana Government’s

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P Sainath, acclaimed journalist and Founder-Editor of the People's Archive of Rural India, interviewed by Anuradha SenGupta (News18.com)

ys the Modi government, with its shifting positions and policies like demonetisation has only aggravated the assault on agrarian livelihoods. Dismissing the buzz about imminent new initiatives for Farmers as political business as usual, P Sainath outlines why Parliament must convene an urgent special session if we want a comprehensive, long term fix to this distress. * Anuradha SenGupta: Assess the response the political class has had to this

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MSP was not 1.5 times the cost of production for most kharif crops during the last 6 agricultural years

ost of production". In his 2018-19 Union budget speech too, the Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley informed the Parliament that the 2014 election manifesto of the BJP had stated that the Farmers should get at least 1.5 times the cost of their production. So, the ruling NDA government at the Centre, which has been sensitive to that resolution, declared a minimum support price (MSP) for the majority of rabi crops during rabi marketing seaso

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MSP intervention: A different surplus -Harish Damodaran

ulses and oilseeds.   During the 2016-17 and 2017-18 agricultural years (July-June), the Central agencies — National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (Nafed), Small Farmers’ Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC) and Food Corporation of India (FCI) — together procured 18.78 lakh tonnes (lt) and 44.96 lt of pulses, plus 2.16 lt and 19.99 lt of oilseeds, respectively. a This extent of procurement, under the Cent

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Slumping potato prices hit Farmers, but worse is yet to come -Kiran Pandey

-Down to Earth Farmers and cold storage owners pay the price of producing and storing bumper crops as wholesale prices dip by 39-50 per cent in December Hit by low wholesale prices, potato Farmers in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab have not been able to recover even the production cost of the crop as market price of potatoes crashed by 39-50 per cent in December 2018, shows the latest report on the crop by

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