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Low prices leave turmeric farmers in distress -P Ram Mohan

per quintal a month ago now fell down between Rs. 4,000 and Rs. 5,000. The heavy variation in price is due to the fact that it is based on national market situation and traded through the e-National Agriculture Marketing system. The traders are offering to pay a little more for the best quality turmeric. However, only a price not less than Rs. 15,000 per quintal will fetch a profit, farmers feel. “If we sell our crop at the existing price we

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Neem works its magic on urea -Harish Damodaran

e up”. Moreover, even the purported mismatch between sale and consumption cannot account for the extent of drop in the former. The nearly two-mt drop in urea sales is particularly striking. The Agriculture ministry’s data on annual urea consumption show this to have hovered between 30 mt and 30.6 mt from 2012-13 to 2015-16. Assuming no major discrepancy between sales and consumption, the latter may end up at around 28 mt for this fiscal, a

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Tamil Nadu: Lion's share of bank loans against gold, villages fall prey to loan sharks -Arun Janardhanan

uarantee, he says, “Many of our women have never owned jewellery.” The inability of banks to come to the help of Tamil Nadu farmers as they battle two failed monsoons is clear from the Agriculture loan portfolios of leading banks, including State Bank of India (SBI), over the last five years. While the Agriculture portfolio of SBI grew from Rs 8,510 crore in March 2011 to Rs 18,528 crore i

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Centre rules out farm loan waivers to states

ified that the Centre will not adopt a selective approach by helping one state and not the others. "This issue (loan waiver) has cropped up in several states. The Centre has its policies for Agriculture sector under which we provide interest subvention and other support. We will continue to give all that. "If a state has its own resources and want to go ahead in that direction, it will have to find its resources. The situation where t

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Govt considering imposing import duty on wheat: Agriculture Secy

-PTI New Delhi: The government is considering imposing import duty on wheat in order to protect farmers amid projections of a record output this year, Agriculture Secretary Shobhana K. Pattanayak said today. On December 8, the government had reduced customs duty on wheat to zero from 10 per cent to boost domestic availability and check retail prices. Now that the country is all set to harvest a record production of 96.64 million tonnes in t

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Closed mill robs farmers of sugarcane sweetness

y begins in December. The sugarcane mill, which is the lone such facility in Bargarh, was closed down by the CPCB following violation of pollution control norms. According to the reports of the Agriculture Department, a target was set to grow sugarcane in 1,000 ha of land but being a water-intensive crop, it could be cultivated in 750 ha in the last kharif season. Subsequently, it was planned to increase the area of cultivation to 1,350 ha in th

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Government in talks with key stakeholders on plan to double farm incomes by 2022 -Sayantan Bera

s per unit by reducing costs of cultivation, increasing yields and ensuring higher market returns on the produce New Delhi: In a bid to draw up a plan on ways to double farmer incomes by 2022, the Agriculture ministry is holding a series of consultations, seeking suggestions from stakeholders ranging from seed and fertilizer associations to research organizations and farmers. The wide ranging consultations, in which the ministry is hearing the v

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Farm loan waiver is no solution to farmers' woes -Tamal Bandyopadhyay

ent has doled out concessions to farmers. In 1989, the Janata Dal government, a coalition of several parties representing socially underprivileged and lower castes and farmers, floated the first-ever Agriculture loan write-off scheme. A brainchild of the then deputy Prime Minister and minister of Agriculture Devi Lal, the scheme waived loans up to Rs10,000 issued to farmers, landless cultivators, artisans a

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Centre initiates discussion on farm loan waiver

-PTI Maharashtra, TN among States seeking relief; hold talks with Finance Minister New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday initiated discussions on a farm loan waiver scheme with the Agriculture Ministry and some States in line with the BJP’s promise ahead of Uttar Pradesh elections. Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Tamil Nadu

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Rise in farmer suicides in NE -Sumir Karmakar

two in Meghalaya and one each in Manipur and Tripura. Suicides of 54 agricultural workers in Assam and 48 in Tripura were reported in 2015. These comprise persons who do not own land but depend on Agriculture. (See chart)     The bureau's report, however, showed no farmer suicides in Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand. Altogether 12,602 people involved in the farming sector (comprising 8,007 farmers/cultivators and 4,595

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