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MSP was not 1.5 times the cost of production for most kharif crops during the last 6 agricultural years

of MSP in different regions of the country for all commodities. Farmers get less than remunerative prices as a result of exploitation by traders/ middlemen, less than satisfactory performance of the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committees (APMCs), large supply chain, absence of grading, post-harvest losses and lack of value addition. Apart from uncertainty of prices, farmers undertake distress sale. Micro-level studies show that 50 percent of the sm

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Why didn't Madhya Pradesh farmers gain from farm growth? -Abhiram Ghadyalpatil

utside a wholesale market at Unhel, on the road linking Ujjain to Mandsaur. When we met him on the morning of 16 June, Pipawat was still in the queue, along with 200-odd vehicles waiting to enter the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) market. Pipawat and other farmers had been living on the road for three to four days, eating in the shade of their tractors what they could buy from street food stalls. “We are running out of cash,&r

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'Tur' farmers in Maharashtra remind Modi of his 'chai pe charcha' promise -Abhiram Ghadyalpatil

mise he made right here in Vidarbha three years back,” Borkute says. If the promise was kept, Borkute would have benefitted. But on 25 May, he was among the 200-odd tur farmers at the Wardha Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee’s (APMC) market yard waiting for the APMC staff to arrive and start purchasing their produce at the MSP of Rs5,050 per quintal. “Forget 50% profit, we are struggling to get even MSP,” says Arun

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A year after drought, Latur makes comeback as major foodgrain market -Abhiram Ghadyalpatil

ade up for the deficient monsoon in 2014 and 2015, and powered a three-fold increase in Marathwada’s foodgrain production, traders and Latur residents say. Dilip Shah, chairman of Latur’s Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee, a regulated market for farm commodities, said tur arrivals had increased to 10,000-15,000 quintals per day from a mere 2,000 quintals in 2016. “This year, we are dealing with excess arrivals and procurement i

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Demonetisation derails cashless plan at APMC markets -Abhiram Ghadyalpatil

a the Real-Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) option. But many farmers are not able to encash the cheques due to currency shortages at banks, according to government officials and elected office-bearers of Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) markets. While both perishable and non-perishable agriculture commodities are still witnessing a moderate to high impact of the withdrawal of the notes, most APMC-regulated markets have started cheque and

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Rs. 35,000 cr. to ease rural cash crunch -Manojit Saha & Vikas Vasudeva

ral bank also allowed firms to withdraw upto Rs 50,000 a week from their cash credit accounts to continue their operations, in line with the limit set for current accounts and traders registered with Agriculture Produce Marketing Committees or APMCs. However, the RBI is yet to notify another relaxation announced for farmers last Thursday allowing withdrawal of Rs 25,000 per week against payments received in their bank accounts against sales of thei

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Demonetisation hits onion farmers

lkot market The scrapping of the notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination by the Central government has severely affected onion traders in the district. Following a request by the traders, the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee has deferred onion trade for an indefinite period. The traders had requested the APMC to stop trading till the currency situation becomes “normal.” However, the move has not gone down well with the fa

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e-NAM - a long way to go -Rajalakshmi Nirmal

f the previous platform provided by NCDEX e-Markets. It followed the failure of the software to accommodate the heavy volumes of the peak season arrivals, beginning with maize and soyabean. The Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) in Nizamabad, which was using the e-platform provided by NCDEX e-Markets under the mandi modernisation programme, recently moved to e-NAM after the State’s order. But on October 15, 1and subsequently

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How Maharashtra is changing the way farmers sell their produce -Abhiram Ghadyalpatil

askar Patil, a senior assistant manager at MSAMB, there are plans to open 100 such markets across the state. A government agency, MSAMB also supervises the functioning of Maharashtra’s APMC (Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee) markets constituted under the APMC (Regulation) Act of 1963. “Except milk and sugar cane, APMC markets in the state are licensed to carry out transactions in all farm commodities,” Patil says. “Bu

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Report highlights use of non-approved pesticides in food items in India -Ananya Tewari, Sugandh & Priya Ojha

-chlorine, organo-phosphorous, synthetic pyrethroids, carbamates and herbicides in fruits, vegetables, spices, meat, fish/marine, milk, egg, tea and surface water. Samples were collected from several Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC), local markets, farm gate, organic outlets and public distribution system shops from across the country. Of 20,618 samples, 18.7 per cent were found to contain residues of pesticides, 12.5 per cent contain

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