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Doubling Farmers' incomes differently -RG Chandramogan

Express Lowering production costs, and a policy shift from ‘managing shortages’ to ‘handling surpluses’, is the way forward for Indian agriculture The government wants Farmers’ incomes to double in five years by 2022. While a laudable objective, the reality today is that Farmers are suffering stress, if not shrinkage, in their incomes. The demand for loan waivers, and p

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Government may sow big scheme to weed out farm distress -Deepshikha Sikarwar

-The Economic Times With the general election a few months away, the central government has begun crunching the numbers in preparation for a comprehensive programme to help Farmers tide over challenges posed by a dip in prices and dwindling incomes. The government is keen on a more substantive intervention than a loan waiver at the central level to alleviate agrarian distress besides stepping up investments in the sector, having concluded that

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Modi govt to announce Rs 4,000 per acre direct transfer, crop loan at 0% in two-fold farm relief; to cost Centre Rs 2.3 lakh crore -Anilesh S Mahajan & Rajeev Dubey

he burden. Centre will likely announce direct benefit transfer (DBT) worth Rs 4,000 per acre per season plus interest-free crop loan up to Rs 1 lakh per farmer in an instant two-fold relief to the Farmers, sources in the know told BusinessToday.In. The initiatives will cost the Centre Rs 2 lakh crore towards DBT and another Rs 28,000-30,000 crore towards interest subvention, adding up to nearly Rs 2.3 lakh crore on an annual basis. At least the Rs

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Palanpur, a fascinating story of income growth, social change -Niranjan Rajadhyaksha

equality has increased because some social groups have adapted to change better than others. Economic growth in Palanpur was initially driven by agriculture. The abolition of zamindari gave tenant Farmers incentives to invest in the land. It is worth recalling that the early development plans looked at agriculture as a bargain sector, where productivity could be increased through institutional policies rather than large allocations of money. The ne

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Milk prices set to go up this year -Madhvi Sally

-The Economic Times Milk prices are likely to go up in 2019, cooperative dairies said, as supplies are less than usual during this period. Lower returns to Farmers have led to the drop in milk production in winter, when supplies tend to go up, they said. “Milk prices are bound to increase in 2019. Low stocks of skimmed milk powder (SMP) and a drop in milk supplies compared to previous year are the two major reasons,” said RS Sod

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Spurt in SMP prices cheers dairy Farmers -Rutam Vora

-The Hindu Business Line Export sops, higher consumption to help get rid of excess milk powder stocks The New Year is set to bring smiles on the faces of dairy Farmers, thanks to firm prices of the skimmed milk powder (SMP) following export incentives by the government. Most co-operative dairies and private players were able to get rid of their excess SMP stock, which led to firming up of prices by at least Rs.20 a kg in the past fortnight.

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In Marathwada, love for sons makes life miserable for daughters -Radheshyam Jadhav

n-India phenomenon, in the drought-hit Marathawada, sons are treated as saviours and daughters are looked down as a heavy burden. The dowry system is quite strong and pervasive in the region and many Farmers have ended their lives because of loans they had taken to pay dowry for their daughters, says Sunanda Kharate, a local activist. Dowry system Rates of dowry range from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.50 lakh here. Active sex selection via foetal abortions i

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As India rethinks labour rules, one item not on the agenda: Childcare facilities for women workers -Mirai Chatterjee

a crèche run by the Self-Employed Women’s Association or SEWA, a trade union of over 15 lakh poor, self-employed women workers. The children are cared for by Sumanben and Shardaben, both Farmers and now childcare workers of the cooperative. “Earlier agricultural labourers like me would put our babies in a sari tied between two trees,” said Savitaben. “Sometimes they would fall out and we could not hear their cries from t

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Slackening of demand indicators weakens India's growth impetus -Aanchal Magazine

-The Indian Express Farmers getting lower prices for their produce, much lower than the minimum support prices announced by the government for the kharif crops this year, has hit the rural consumption demand story. New Delhi: The consumption-driven story of India’s economic growth is expected to face a slowdown as wide concerns emerge about the weakening rural demand. At a time when public expenditure is likely to be curtailed by the

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