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MSPs should have an expiry date, but job is tough: Arvind Subramanian

-PTI New Delhi: Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) Arvind Subramanian today took the line that the minimum support price on foodgrains for Farmers should not continue forever and there should be an "expiry date". "Minimum support price (MSP) originally came into being because we had a big problem of lack of self-sufficiency in foodgrain production. It (MSP) was used as means of providing incentives to More »

Bumper foodgrain output expected in 2016-17 but production during rabi may be lower vis-a-vis 2013-14

each a record level of about 272.0 million tonnes in the crop year 2016-17. As per the second advance estimates of foodgrain production, which has been released by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare on 15 February, 2017, the total foodgrain production in the crop year 2016-17 is not only expected to be higher than that in 2014-15 and 2015-16, it is also anticipated to surpass the previous record level of nearly 265.0 million tonnes of

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Budget and agri-commodity trading: Searching for a spot in the future -Pravesh Sharma & Raghav Raghunathan

There isn’t much from the recent Union Budget as far as new ideas for agriculture goes, yet it sends out a couple of signals suggesting the Narendra Modi government’s intent to integrate Farmers better with the markets. One such signal is the proposal to come out with a ‘model law’ on contract farming for adoption by the states. This would enable Farmers to legally enter into lon

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Why Modi govt is handing out a raw deal to small and marginal Farmers -Sayantan Bera Repeated price shocks take the sheen off horticulture crops grown by small and marginal Farmers New Delhi: In the past few years, horticulture crops emerged as a favourite for small growers across the country. 2016-17 marks the fifth straight year when production of fruits and vegetables is estimated to surpass that of foodgrains. This signals a fundamental shift in India’s farm economy towards a growing share of horticultu

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Powered by good monsoon, India set for best-ever foodgrain output -Vishwa Mohan & Dipak K Dash

to reap the benefits of favourable conditions, India is likely to have an all-time record foodgrain production (271.98 million tonnes) in the 2016-17 crop year - a scenario which may not only benefit Farmers but also help in further bringing down the price of pulses that was sky-rocketed due to two consecutive drought years. Besides the production of pulses which may also make an all-time record, production of wheat, rice, coarse cereals and oilsee

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Record foodgrain, oilseed output likely this year

ime-high of 265.04 mt achieved in 2013-14, while registering a sharp jump from the 252.02 mt and 251.57 mt levels for the consecutive drought-hit years of 2014-15 and 2015-16, respectively. Indian Farmers are seen to harvest record crops of rice (108.86 mt), wheat (96.64 mt), coarse cereals (44.34 mt) led by maize (26.15 mt), and pulses (22.14 mt, including arhar/tur or pigeon-pea at 4.23 mt, urad or black gram at 2.89 mt and moong or green gram at

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Beyond Drought: Tamil Nadu's Chain of Misfortunes -Seetha Gopalakrishnan

annels remain bone dry in the delta districts. Most reservoirs reached dead storage levels from the Vaigai dam in Madurai to the Manimuthar dam in Tirunelveli down south. As a consequence, around 102 Farmers, mostly farm labourers and marginal Farmers, have either taken their lives or suffered fatal heart attacks owing to crop losses. But are poor monsoons alone to be blamed for Tamil Nadu’s predic

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Farming goes to seed -Jayshree Sengupta

Demonetisation didn’t overly impact the sector, but devitalisation is a concern THERE has been a lot of speculation about the extent of damage due to demonetisation on agriculture. Small Farmers suffered most because cash in hand means a lot to them. They were unable to pay for inputs like fertilisers, seeds and farm labour and experienced low demand for their perishable produce. The latest data from government’s agricultural minist

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Farmers being encouraged to construct farm ponds -HS Narasimha Kumar

-The Hindu The govt. will provide the complete unit cost of the ponds under MGNREGS Karnataka: In a bid to recharge the ground water table and enable Farmers to provide water to domestic animals in summer, the Agriculture Department is promoting the construction of farm ponds. Farmers will be provided with the complete unit cost of farm ponds under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guaran

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Panel on doubling Farmers' income mulls major reforms

king at suggesting market reforms in a big way and increasing focus on sub-sectors of agriculture like animal husbandry, poultry and fisheries Hyderabad: A committee formed by the Centre to double Farmers’ income by 2022 is considering major reforms in agriculture sector, like adopting a profit-centric approach and to aim at increased productivity and reduced cost of cultivation. The inter-ministerial panel, constituted in April last year,

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