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Expect more distress in farm sector, warns expert -M Ramesh

-The Hindu Business Line Opening farm sector for global trade will give Farmers a bigger market: S Narayan Farm sector distress is expected to worsen, cautioned S Narayan, who was the Economic Adviser to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. No remunerative prices Speaking on ‘Economy in Election Year’, organised by the Chennai chapter of the Observers Research Foundation, Narayan said the underlying problem is one of a

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As cattle market collapses, stray cows raid UP farms -Omar Rashid

-The Hindu With no money to feed them, Farmers abandon animals It could take Vijay Rawat a week’s labour to build a temporary fence of Babool tree branches and twigs around his 2.5 bigha field. The thorny plants make the process arduous; he has already suffered cuts and scratches. But if he wants to protect his valuable crops, there is little choice. He cannot afford a wire fence. For Farmers More »

Doubling Farmers' income: Dalwai committee empowered to oversee implementation

-Financial Express The government has asked the Ashok Dalwai committee to oversee the implementation of its recommendations so that the promise of doubling Farmers’ income is achieved by 2022. The committee on doubling Farmers’ income (DFI), headed by Ashok Dalwai, the CEO of Rainfed Area Authority, will act as an ‘empowered body’ to coordinate with different ministries as we

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Will farm loan waiver go the way of the property tax repeal? -Indira Rajaraman

-Livemint.com All recent reforms mooted on farm credit do not address the needs of Farmers for whom formal credit doors are shut Farm distress has been a sadly persistent feature for the past five years, the initial two years on account of failed rains, but in the last three years because of policy failure on a number of fronts, including, most visibly, unremunerative prices for farm produce. That it shapes electoral outcomes has also been kn

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Farm loan waivers can derail India's growth story -Ramesh Chand

potential risk of fiscal slippage . India’s agricultural economy witnessed significant changes during the post reforms period, many of which were positive, but some were negative. Income of Farmers could not keep pace with their aspirations and fast growth in the income of non-farm workers. Agricultural prices became highly volatile, at times falling too low, and at other times going very high. This period also experienced a fast shift towar

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At this dairy in UP, stray cattle are no longer stray, Farmers fighting hordes -Sourav Roy Barman

-The Indian Express Villagers in western UP have started herding strays to schools in Agra, Aligarh and Mathura. FROM A distance, it seemed as if they were trying to break into Parag Dairy near the Hathras-Mathura highway, repeatedly banging on its locked metal gate. Except, it was a group of desperate villagers from nearby Hardpur, trying to get rid of a truckload of stray cattle Wednesday afternoon. They shouted and argued but staff at the dairy were firm that there was no space in

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For these Farmers in Bihar's Jamui, hope is 27-years-old -Santosh Singh

-The Indian Express A post-graduate returns home to help Farmers battle rural distress by growing, packing and selling additional, organic vegetable crop. Patna: Till nearly two years ago, Suhawan Singh Rathore from Bihar had the world before him. He had completed his Masters in Development at the Azim Premji University in Bengaluru, and started working as an innovation officer at a private firm in Bhubaneswar. But then, he had a change of

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Agra farmer earns Rs 490 from potato crop, sends it to PM Modi in protest

uesday. He showed the receipt obtained from the postal department after sending Rs 490 through money order to the Prime Minister. “The central government has promised to enhance income of Farmers by 1.5 times, but corruption in the agriculture department has foiled all the plans for welfare of Farmers who are deprived of insurance claims,” he alleged. Please click here to read more.

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Reforming Agricultural Markets in India: A Tale of Two Model Acts -Sukhpal Singh

-Economic and Political Weekly The union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare had prescribed a model Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee Act in 2003. The state-level adoption of the act has been tardy and varied in terms of both the magnitude and content of agricultural market reforms. Yet, the ministry under the current central government has come up with another model act, the Agricultural Produce and Livestock Marketing (Pro

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Prof. Abhijit Sen, a former member of the erstwhile Planning Commission, interviewed by M Rajshekhar (Scroll.in)

n January 1, when Indian news agency ANI asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the government’s plans to reduce agrarian distress, he said loan waivers do not work as a very small segment of Farmers take loans from banks. “A majority of them take loans from money lenders,” said Modi. “When governments make such announcements, those Farmers do not become beneficiaries of the waiver

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