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Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana: A scheme with a difference -Milind Ghatwai

y of this scheme that the BJP government in MP launched in October, four months after widespread agrarian protests over falling crop prices. Sendhav sold 18.86 quintals of soyabean at the Sonkatch Agriculture produce mandi from October 16 to 24 in four instalments, for which he received between Rs 2,500 and Rs 2,600 per quintal. Apart from what he got from traders, the young farmer was entitled to Rs 8,464 of payments under BBY, in which the state

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Budget 2018: Can Centre allay farmers' concerns over price crash, low market density? -Jitendra

lowest in the last four years to 1.9 per cent While presenting Union Budget 2017-18, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley gave much emphasis on farmers. He even announced an increased budget outlay for Agriculture, which made media houses declare it as a budget for rural India. Soon, the dust settled down and reality came to the surface. The budget was increased by mere Rs 3,053 crore to Rs 51,026 crore. Only 0.30 per cent of total GDP has been spent on

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What's Smart About Climate-smart Agriculture? -Marcus Taylor

-FoodFirst.org Over the past seven years, institutions (such as the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization) have increasingly turned to the rubric of 'climate-smart Agriculture' to tout the objectives of increased productivity, greater resilience, and a reduction in emissions. Though climate-smart Agriculture's objectives are laudable, the

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If it's a farm budget from Arun Jaitley, then it needs to be a smart one

-The Economic Times Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has given ample hint that Budget 2018 is going to be a farmer's Budget. Jaitley has said the Agriculture sector is the top priority for the government because the country's economic growth is not justifiable and equitable unless the benefits were clear and evident in the farm sector. After launching options trading in guar seed on commodity exchange NCDEX yesterday, Jaitley said, "We see i

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Jaitley may lend an ear to farm sector -TV Jayan

-The Hindu Business Line Lingering distress in the sector may force the govt to think innovatively New Delhi: Agriculture sector, which suffered badly despite higher production in the last two years, may be a key focus area for the NDA government, when it presents its last full-fledged Union Budget before the 2019 general elections. Attending a function recently in the Capital, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley unequivocally said that tha

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Arvind Subramanian's course on Indian economy emerges most popular on HRD minstry's web learning portal

rary themes in Indian economic development and economic survey—and offers reading material apart from recorded video talks. The course, which includes chapters on monetary and fiscal policy, Agriculture, inflation, challenges for Indian economy apart from demonetisation and other topics, also has six tests to assess the understanding of students enrolled for the programme. Swayam, an indigenously developed IT platform to bridge the digital

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Warm winter spells doom for farm, tourism sectors in Himalayan states - Saurabh Chauhan, Anupam Trivedi and Malavika Vyawahare

g across the Himalayan region. The dry weather may also impact rabi crop cultivation in the hills. “The drought-like situation is likely to hit wheat production,” said Himachal Pradesh Agriculture department director Dr Des Raj Sharma. Meanwhile, the governments of these states are looking at alternative measures to alleviate the situation. JC Sharma, principal secretary of the Himachal Pradesh horticulture department, said the gover

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Towards solar-powered Agriculture -Abhishek Jain

n pumps, calls for a reflection on existing deployment approaches. In India, 53% of the net-sown area is still rain-fed. Solar pumps hold potential to enhance irrigation access, advance low-carbon Agriculture, reduce the burden of rising electricity subsidies, and improve the resilience of farmers against a changing climate. But farmers’ perspectives have to be considered and the local context appreciated when deploying the technology to maxi

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Ability versus aspiration -Rukmini Banerji & Wilima Wadhwa

ar in school. On the one hand, aspirations run high. Parents and children expect that such “graduates” from school will go on to high school and college. Hardly anyone wants to go back to Agriculture where their parents may have spent their entire working life. On the other hand, abilities, at least in terms of academic competencies, are far lower than they should be even based on curricular expectations of Class 8. Whether in terms of fur

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Panel sets out an action plan to make Agriculture profitable -Sayantan Bera

-Livemint.com The committee’s suggestions on major reforms include an overhaul of the Union Agriculture ministry New Delhi: In a detailed action plan for doubling farmers’ incomes, a top government panel has proposed major reforms to the existing administrative structure. This includes an overhaul of the Union Agriculture ministry, setting up a three-tier planning and review mechanism

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