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The Modi Years: Do Farmers have better protection against crop losses? -Mridula Chari

-Scroll.in Private insurance companies have benefitted more than Farmers from the new crop insurance scheme.     Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana was launched to expand crop insurance coverage in India     But coverage has shrunk, despite compulsory enrollment of Farmers at the time of taking loans     Private companies retain a larger share of governme

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Families of Farmers who Committed Suicide Protest in Punjab Assembly

-TheWire.in The Shiromani Akali Dal has accused the Amarinder Singh-led congress government of not fulfilling its promise of loan waivers for Farmers in the state. New Delhi: A total of 919 Farmers have committed suicide in Punjab in the last two years. On Tuesday, the families of some of the deceased Farmers protested at the Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh, T

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Grain populism: As polls near, states embark on aggressive paddy procurement -Harish Damodaran

-The Indian Express Chhattisgarh, Bengal and UP emerge frontrunners in extending MSP-plus support to Farmers Call it the impact of the ensuing national elections: Governmental procurement of rice, the country’s largest crop by planted area, looks set to surpass 40 million tonnes (mt) for the time ever in the current marketing year that runs from October to September. That would work out to more than a third of the total projected produc

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Farmers or corporates: Who benefits from Andhra Pradesh's natural farming project? -Aritra Bhattacharya

ble in the local ecosystem so as to make farming sustainable and environment-friendly. Called Andhra Pradesh Climate Resilient Zero Budget Natural Farming, the programme seeks to wean away 60 lakh Farmers from conventional chemical-based agriculture. It was launched after a three-year pilot project covering 700 villages.  With less than 3% of India’s cultivable land under organic agriculture, Andhra’s programme has attracted imm

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PM Kisan Yojna: Small, marginal Farmers to get Rs 4,000 by early April

-The Indian Express The Centre plans to transfer Rs 4,000 to small and marginal Farmers under the PM-Kisan scheme by the first week of April, well before the Lok Sabha polls start. The transfer of Rs 2,000 to the bank accounts of Farmers will commence from February 24 under the income support scheme and preparations are on to cover as high as 1 crore Farmers

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Crumbs for Farmers -R Ramakumar

-Frontline.in Hidden in the Modi government’s Budget promises to India’s Farmers, who are in distress, is the admission: we have failed you. No section of society has perhaps fared worse under the Narendra Modi regime than small peasants and agricultural labourers. Rural India, particularly peasants, voted in large numbers for the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in 2014. Once in power, the NDA governm

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'Rainfed Farmers are the most neglected'

unsuitable programme design, has ensured that potential of rain-fed areas remains unrealised, a conference was told here on Thursday. Difference in income And this is reflected in the income of Farmers too. “While Farmers in irrigated areas earn 60 per cent of their income from agriculture, their counterparts in rainfed areas earn only 20-30 per cent from farm-related activities,” said Ash

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With an eye on polls, Centre hikes sugar sale price by Rs.2/kg

imum selling price (MSP) of sugar by Rs.2 per kg to Rs.31. “We have increased the minimum selling price of sugar from ?29 per kg to ?31 per kg. This will help sugar mills to pay dues to cane Farmers,” Food and Public distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan told a press conference here. Sugar mills owe around ?20,000 crore to sugarcane Farmers till the end of January. Please click here to re

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Apart from inconsistent data on coverage from different sources, target was not achieved in case of PMKSY-Per Drop More Crop

s on area brought under micro-irrigation pertaining to the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY)-Per Drop More Crop (PDMC)--a scheme which is implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare? The dashboard (https://pmksy.gov.in/mis/frmDashboard.aspx) of PMKSY-Per Drop More Crop clearly shows that 11.25 lakh hectare was brought under micro-irrigation in the financial year 2017-18. Please check chart-1. Chart 1: Physical

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The PM-KISAN challenge -Aparna Roy

-The Hindu The top-down, rushed approach of the government in reaching out to Farmers is likely to end in failure This year’s Interim Budget is being regarded as a big spread for Farmers. The government announced its decision to transfer Rs.6,000 every year directly to 12 crore Farmers holding cultivable land up to 2 hectares through the Pradhan Man

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