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Marginal & small holdings undergo increased fragmentation & contracted size between 2010-11 and 2015-16, indicates latest Agriculture Census

Jharkhand Source: Agriculture Census 2015-16 (Phase-I): All India Report on Number and Area of Operational Holdings, Provisional Results, Agriculture Census Division, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare, please click here to access --  The latest Agriculture Census also shows that there is a fall in operated area from 159.59 million-hectare in 2010-11 to 157.14 million-hectare in 2015-16, which is a decrease by 1.53 percent. I

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Fields of ferment -Ashok Gulati

alysing the verdict, since the reasons for the BJP’s defeat have important implications for the parliamentary election of 2019. One factor that is being flagged by analysts is farm distress. Farmers across the country are not happy with what has happened to their incomes and this is increasingly getting reflected in their protests. The Union minister for agriculture had earlier described these protests, and More »

A self-goal for India -Santosh Mehrotra

es at constant prices were much higher from 2004-05 to 2013-14 than since then. Two back-to-back drought years (2014 and 2015) notwithstanding, policies have not been exactly supportive. Why else are Farmers agitating year after year? The Index of Agricultural Production, with a base of 100 for the triennium ending 2007-08, had risen to 129.8 in 2013-14. But after falling, it barely recovered to 130 in 2017-18. Agriculture, like the non-agricultural i

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Loan waiver promise tipped the scales in favour of Congress in Madhya Pradesh

nesday. This was done to avoid paying loan installments to banks as sale proceeds would have been directly deposited in their accounts, he said. The Congress chief had promised loan waiver for Farmers within 10 days of forming the government in the state. Madhya Pradesh State Cooperative Marketing Federation, popularly known as MP Markfed, procured just 67,148 metric tonnes (MT) of paddy from Farmers More »

No farm loan waiver: Centre

written reply to Shiv Sena MP Bhavana Gawali Patil, Union Minister of State for Agriculture Parshottam Rupala said “the Union government at present is not considering any loan waiver scheme for Farmers.” During the campaign for the Assembly election, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had vowed to waive Farmers’ loans in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh within 10 days of coming to power.

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Farmer devises machine to handle straw -Archit Watts

f seeds. The officials of the Agriculture Department visited my fields and appreciated it.” However, he said he never wanted to become famous through his machine. “I am satisfied that Farmers from Haryana are coming to see the machine and liking it. The stubble becomes invisible as it gets mixed with soil after almost a month,” he said. Meanwhile, Sukhchain Singh, Agriculture Development Officer, Lambi block, said, “I ha

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No signs yet for escape from cycle of farm distress

-The New Indian Express The consecutive droughts, with intermittent floods, have shown the impact that climate change can have on the lives of Farmers. BENGALURU: Farmers in the state are preparing for one more round of showdown with the state government, even as Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy made a beginning to deliver on his promise of farm loan waiver by launching  the distribution of &lsqu

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Constituency Of Farmers -Ajay Vir Jakhar

-The Indian Express Assembly election results show that deceiving Farmers comes with a price Frustration on the farms has reached an inflexion point. All of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promises could actually go against him. To gauge if the Farmers’ anger can become a potent political force in 2019, it is important to understand the “farmer’s identity”. Identities r

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She is the answer -Bina Agarwal

ies with several other goals. Advertising Women play key roles in food provisioning as producers, home food managers, and consumers. As producers, they constitute a high and growing proportion of Farmers. In India, 35 per cent of agricultural workers are women (NSSO 2011-12) and women farm operators grew from 12.8 per cent to 13.9 per cent between 2010-11 and 2015-16 (agricultural censuses), not counting women working on male-managed farms. But wo

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Quick fix for the farmer -Tirtha Chatterjee & Ashok Gulati

-The Indian Express In the absence of patience and vision, the loan waiver remains the most favoured response to farm distress Thousands of Farmers from different parts of India marched to Delhi on November 29-30 to register their protest against the Narendra Modi government’s perceived apathy and neglect of Farmers’ demands. They were basically demanding three things: One, debate in Pa

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