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Waiving loans doesn't end the distress -Rajalakshmi Nirmal

ut contrary to common belief, debt waivers aside from possibly guaranteeing electoral victory, do little to alleviate the plight of farmers. Neither do they help kick-start the rural economy nor spur Agriculture investment. In fact, loan waivers only compound the problems faced by farmers by tarnishing their credit history and restricting access to institutional credit. Worse, they create a moral hazard by disrupting the credit discipline among borrow

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Ministry comes up with model APMC Act to integrate agri markets

-The Hindu Business Line Proposes single trading licence, single-point levy of market fee New Delhi: The Agriculture Ministry has come up with a new model Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act proposing single-point levy of market fee across a State and a united single trading licence for cost-effectiveness of transactions. It has also suggested abolition of fragmentation of market with the State/Union Territory by removing the c

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Dantewada village without mobile network awarded for going cashless -Avishek G Dastidar

l Bima Yojana went to Gomati district of Tripura and Jalna district of Maharashtra. Solan district of Himachal Pradesh and Nizamabad district of Telangana were awarded for implementing the e-National Agriculture Market(e-NAM). Sivasagar district of Assam and Bihar’s Nalanda district were felicitated for their performance under the Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana. This year, 599 districts participated in the PM’s awards competit

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Cotton turns 'white gold' after highest productivity in Punjab -Parshant Krar

197 lint kg per hectare in 2015-16. "This year cotton is likely to make revival in several South Western districts where paddy was grown in the last few seasons," joint director, Punjab Agriculture, JS Bains said. "In recent years famers had opted for paddy in this region that traditionally grew cotton after yield declined and liberal sanction of new tube wells facilitated paddy sowing," he said. "The state has recorded hi

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Do farmers disturb credit culture more than industry? -Prabhakar Kulkarni

-TheHoot.org Maharashtra’s farm daily Agrowon offered a counter to the SBI chief, the RBI governor, and English newspapers critical of the UP farm loan waiver. The Marathi Agriculture daily Agrowon has criticized both the RBI governor Urjit Patel and State Bank of India’s Arundhati Bhattacharya  who have objected to the farm  loan waiver in Uttar Pradesh and similar demands elsewhere. The paper’s line is quite diffe

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IMD predicts normal monsoon this year; sends positive signals to farm sector -Vishwa Mohan

. "Even the distribution of the rainfall is expected to be good this year," said IMD chief KJ Ramesh, sounding quite optimistic about the prospect of having a good year for the country's Agriculture. Good spatial distribution of rainfall is an important indicator of pan-India prospect of having better farm output. Quantitatively, the seasonal monsoon rainfall this year is likely to be 96% of the Long Period Average (LPA) with an error

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Stubble burning; It's all talk but no help from Punjab govt: Farmers -Raakhi Jagga

-The Indian Express Say subsidy applications made last year for purchasing machines to clear fields are still pending Ludhiana: While the departments of Agriculture and pollution control are active enough these days in their campaign to control burning of wheat fields, farmers complain the Agriculture department has failed to call any applications from them for seeking subsidy against the agricultu

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Agri reforms soon to augment farm income -Vishwa Mohan

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: The Agriculture ministry in consultation with the Niti Aayog has identified a set of nine marketing reforms to ensure remunerative prices to farmers for their produce by reducing intervention of middlemen. The measures are likely to be in place by July and are considered one of the key steps in doubling farmers' income by 2022. "PM Narendra Modi wants these reforms to be implemented by July. We have been

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Record global harvest of cereals, India too heads for a new high -Subodh Varma

s of India Humanity harvested the largest ever cereal crop in its history in 2016-17 — a staggering 2.6 billion metric tonnes, according to the latest estimates of the UN-affiliated Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The year is ending with the largest ever global stock of foodgrains in history, some 682 million tonnes. India too is heading for a record cereal crop as the previous year's final wheat is harvested and counted in. As re

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Drop in pulses prices despite good rains reveals India's flawed agri policy -Abhishek Waghmare

en cited as key reasons for pulses to follow “the usual roller-coaster of high and low prices” in consecutive years, according to this article by Ashok Gulati, Infosys Chair professor for Agriculture at Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, on March 15, 2017, in The Indian Express. Markets proved us wrong, and here’s why After two consecutive drought years, a good monsoon prevailed in most parts of In

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