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Drought casts spell on Maharshtra economy, growth stagnant at 7.5% -Sandeep Ashar

arashtra accounts for about 14.4 per cent of India’s gross domestic product. The state is amidst the third drought in five years, with harsh climatic conditions ravaging both kharif and rabi Crop Production in 2017-18 and 2018-19. “The decline in agriculture output for two consecutive years has adversely affected the rural economy which is highly dependent on agriculture,” said a senior official. Even as Maharashtra enjoys the

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Systemic transformation in agriculture must put the farmer at the centre -Arunabha Ghosh

imate-impact scenario, average production across six crops (rice, wheat, maize, oilseeds, sugarcane, cotton fibres) would fall by 5% by 2030 and by a quarter by 2100 relative to business-as-usual. If Crop Production were even more sensitive to average warming, a high-climate-impact scenario results in 40% fall in production. Larger states such as Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, which cultivate sugarcane and oilseeds, may be most affecte

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Growth in Agri GVA deflator shows a declining trend in comparison to growth in other sectoral GVA deflators

e y-o-y growth rate in real Agri GVA was -0.22 percent in 2014-15 and 0.65 percent in 2015-16. Please note that during those two years, the country witnessed severe drought, which could have affected Crop Production. Although the y-o-y growth rate in real Agri GVA jumped to 6.27 percent in 2016-17, it slowed down to 4.98 percent in 2017-18 and further tapered off to 2.75 percent in 2018-19. It may be noted that the country saw demonetisation in the pe

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Only nine crops account for two-thirds of global food output, finds FAO report -TV Jayan

species had significant production levels globally, with only nine (sugarcane, maize, rice, wheat, potatoes, soyabeans, oil-palm fruit, sugar beet and cassava) accounting for over 66 per cent of all Crop Production by weight,” said the first-ever State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture report, released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). According to the report, which analysed country reports presented

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Rythu Bandhu scheme: Is RBS a panacea to loan waivers? -Kushankur Dey

dhu Scheme (RBS) on a scaled down version? RBS has a grant component of Rs 4,000 per acre per farmer for one season (kharif/rabi). So, in a year, an eligible farmer will receive Rs 8,000 of grant for Crop Production that includes purchasing of critical inputs, irrigation and hiring of farm labour. The fiscal burden of the scheme can strain the Centre to the tune of Rs 600-700 billion per year, and the Telangana government has allocated about Rs 120 bi

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Addressing agrarian distress: An alternative 'area planning' price support scheme for farmers -Sher Singh Sangwan

-The Indian Express The existing MSP-based procurement system is fiscally unsustainable. The time has come to consider market intelligence-based regulation of Crop Production Farmers are always in distress when prices of their produce are subdued. The response of governments, obviously prompted by political pressures, has been to sharply hike minimum support prices (MSP) of crops or declare loan waivers. Thus, the current government at the

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A double-edge sword for farmers -- Loan waivers shrink credit supply to the farm sector -Kushankur Dey

vers would have on rural credit offtake and farmers should attract the immediate attention of policymakers and academics. Note, credit is a critical resource for farming households in carrying out Crop Production, meeting consumption and pecuniary expenses. More than 85% of India’s farmers have small and marginal holdings, and under the priority sector lending route, at least 8% of the agriculture lending should reach them. However, credit ac

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Monsanto's profits, not Diwali, creating smoke in Delhi -Arvind Kumar

y in setting fires which already began in previous year was a reflection of the upcoming law. The seasonal shift post-2009 continued in the wake of the Monsanto law in conjunction with the increasing Crop Production, hence residue burning, making the air quality even worse during the last and first week of Oct and Nov.” Please click here to read more.

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Kharif food output estimated at a record high -Sayantan Bera

n 2018-19, raising chances that wholesale crop prices will continue to hover low ahead of crucial elections in states like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. The first advance estimate of Crop Production issued by the agriculture ministry on Wednesday showed that output of foodgrains is 11.9 million tonnes higher than the average production of 129.7 million tonnes between 2012-17. However, foodgrain production in 2018-19—which inc

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