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Enrolment under PMFBY crop insurance scheme sees steep decline -Sayantan Bera Delayed assessment of loss and settlement of claims by insurance companies may have led to Farmers losing faith in Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, say analysts New Delhi: Sharad Markad, a lanky teenager from a marginal farming family in Maharashtra, spent the first day of 2019 scrounging for funds. Faced with a drought, the third in the past five years, Markad had taken it upon himself to build a community cattle shed in Novemb

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Rajasthan farm loan waiver: Villagers who didn't take loans named as beneficiaries, probe on -Deep Mukherjee

-The Indian Express According to the Cooperative Department website, the three societies, which are currently under investigation, have waived loans of 3,073 Farmers. Jaipur: Several residents of Govadi village in Rajasthan’s Dungarpur district on Saturday discovered that they were beneficiaries of the farm loan waiver announced by the previous BJP government in the state. However, the realisation soon led to confusion among the residen

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Fundamental flaws in crop insurance scheme's design makes it ineffective -Devinder Sharma

lf was faulty Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), the flagship programme launched with much fanfare in 2016, has run into rough weather. With both the area covered and the number of enrolled Farmers declining, the country’s premium crop insurance scheme is certainly in need of an overhaul. While Parliament’s committee on estimates, chaired by senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Murli Manohar Joshi, has in its latest report cal

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Farm loan waivers are not the panacea -Anjani Kumar & Seema Bathla

must look for long-term solutions. There is also the danger of intense competition among the political parties to win by promising the farm loan waiver and projecting themselves as the protectors of Farmers becoming the norm of the day before each election. India has a long history of loan waivers. In 1990, the then Prime Minister announced an agricultural debt relief scheme totalling to Rs.10,000 crore for agricultural borrowers. In the same year

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India's Cow Crisis Part 2: Threat of decline looms over livestock economy after 35 years' growth -Jitendra

The circular economy of cattle has ruptured, threatening livelihoods of India’s poorest. The value output of the livestock economy is Rs 9.18 lakh crore, managed mostly by small and marginal Farmers It is almost a year since Rahamdin Khan hasn’t got any good sleep. A resident of Khoabas, a bucolic village of 500 households at the foothills of Aravalli mountain range in Rajasthan’s Alwar district, Rahamdin witnessed a cruel turn

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Farm crisis: Short-term palliatives are futile -G Chandrashekhar

-The Hindu Business Line To help Farmers, a long-term plan to improve input delivery, irrigation and rural infrastructure is a must Some 60 years ago, the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru said: “Everything can wait except agriculture”. But for the last two decades, agriculture has been waiting even as the economy has continued to make rapid strides. The country is today paying a price for the omissions and c

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Another Lifeline Smothered: MGNREGA in Shambles -Samarth Grover

Pradesh, Maharashtra and Bihar, prominent economists and activists, members of the Peoples’ Action for Employment Guarantee, NREGA Sangharsh Morcha, Samruddha Bharat Foundation, and leaders of Farmers’ movements wrote to the Prime Minister, seeking more funds and demanding the government to renew its political commitment for MGNREGA. Please click here to read more.

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Farm loan waiver: How to nip it in the bud -Naveen P Singh

-The Economic Times Despite substantial increase in agriculture production and productivity levels over the years, Farmers’ indebtedness has not changed significantly. According to the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) All India Rural Financial Inclusion Survey (Nafis) 2016-17, 52.5% of agricultural households were indebted. Considerable efforts have been taken in channelising institutional credit to More »

An answer to rural distress -Ashok Gulati & Shweta Saini

ll then: The Union agriculture minister described farmer agitations as “political drama”. However, the party not only acknowledges the crisis today but is also looking for ways to address Farmers’ issues. The most pressing problems facing the Indian farmer are the persistently low market prices. From onions to potatoes and pulses to oilseeds, prices of most crops are much below expectations and normal trends. Ideally, the solution

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India's Cow Crisis Part 1: Nepal bears the brunt of India's cow vigilantism -Jitendra

-Down to Earth Hounded by cow vigilantes and trade restrictions, Farmers in Uttar Pradesh's border areas abandon their unproductive cattle in Nepalese villages creating havoc there Residents of Semri village in Uttar Pradesh's Sitapur district drew a plan for "invasion" on April 2, 2018. They called a meeting of Farmers and agriculture labourers to take a call on the stray cattle menace.

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