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Fixing food prices

a further rise can drive prices further up. That is precisely what is happening. At least one explanation of government spokespersons, that food price inflation is due to improved terms of trade for Farmers, is not borne out by any data as yet. The gap between farm-gate prices and retail prices is so wide that Farmers do not seem to be the most important beneficiaries of the recent spurt. Middlemen, wholes

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Cost-push element behind rise in food prices, says Pranab

. “It has to be understood that a cost-push element is responsible for the rise in food prices … it emerges from the Centre’s decision to give fair and remunerative prices to Farmers among others [procurement, transportation and stocking prices].” The situation rose from a “supply-side bottleneck,” he said. Mr. Mukherjee emphasised the need for making the public distribution system more effective for th

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Farmers offer Gram Sabha land to Govt. for opening varsity

At a time when Farmers across the country have been agitating against acquisition of their land for developmental works, a delegation from Delhi’s villages called on Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and presented to her a resolution offering 540 bighas of land in the Ghumanhera village in Najafgarh for opening of a State university. The delegation, led by Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary Naresh Kumar and president of 360 Kh

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Pawar rules out rice imports by Gargi Parsai

egic reserves.” FCI to U.P.’s rescue Mr. Pawar said the Food Corporation of India (FCI) would intervene in the market in Uttar Pradesh from where complaints were received about Farmers having to sell rice below the minimum support price set by the Centre. “We have to gear up the FCI machinery, for which we have requested the State government to allow us to purchase,” he said, adding that once FCI entered the ma

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Climate change will hit small Farmers most: Pawar by Gargi Parsai

Small and marginal Farmers would be the worst sufferers of climate change, Union Minister for Agriculture and Food Sharad Pawar said here on Wednesday. “In the wake of water scarcity, erratic rainfall and changing temperature regimes, in addition to prevalent diseases and threat of new race of wheat stem rust Ug99, small and marginal Farmers will be challenged. With the cost of cultivation alre

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A Full Round Meal by Sharat Pradhan

iced to meet the downswing in its price," he explains. The risk cover Verma derived out of switching from banana to tomato to potato to mentha to wheat has become increasingly popular with Farmers in a large part of not only Barabanki, but also in neighbouring districts like Lakhimpur Kheri, Sitapur and Sultanpur. Interestingly, even as Verma was tilling a huge area of 85 acres, his ownership continues to be limited to a paltry six acres. T

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Joan Mencher interviewed by Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed

niversity of New York. She is the chair of an embryonic not-for-profit organisation, The Second Chance Foundation, which works to support rural grass-roots organisations that work with poor and small Farmers in India and the United States on issues of sustainable agriculture. She has worked primarily in South India, but also in West Bengal briefly, on issues relating to ecology, caste, land reform, agriculture, women, and so on over the past half a ce

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No guarantees for work in Melghat by Meena Menon

yly. In village after village in Chikhaldhara and Dharni talukas, migration is the norm. In Kohana village nearly 200 people have already left a month ago. The unseasonal rain has been lucky for Farmers here — they have planted some green gram and wheat. The government is using that as an excuse not to start work. People’s experience with employment guarantee schemes (EGS) is that they never get paid on time. “Not many have job

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Reform markets to tame food prices by Ashok Gulati and Kavery Ganguly

on private trade to import and stock those commodities. This is critical to augment the overall supply of agri-commodities in the country. There are ample foreign exchange reserves to do this. Farmers’ incentives can be maintained by giving them direct income support, especially where they have lost their crops due to droughts or floods. Third, taxes and various cesses that are often imposed on primary commodities need to be urgently abol

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Fertilising change

ow import parity pricing for specialised fertiliser products, such as quoted and fortified fertilisers, as also for urea produced from new capacity addition. Third, payment of subsidy directly to the Farmers, rather than routing it through the industry. These ideas need to be implemented without delay. With international prices of fertilisers, their raw material and intermediaries at levels far below last year’s peaks, this seems to be the right

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