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The pulse of Indian agriculture -Devesh Chaturvedi

engthen market mechanism and make pulses affordable for the economically and socially backward households. As a first step, action was initiated in collaboration with the States under the National Food Security Mission to increase the production of pulses. Adoption of quality seeds and model agricultural practices through extension programmes were given priority. The overall objective was to reduce the gap between domestic demand and production as

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

ling to pay to farmers. Thus, the procurement prices could be higher than the MSP and would reflect market conditions. The MSP needs to be protected in all the regions across the country. ii) The Food Security basket should be widened to include the crops of dryland farming areas such as 'bajra', 'jowar', 'ragi', minor millets and pulses. The PDS should include these nutritious cereals and pulses, which is purchased at a reasonable MSP. This will

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Rice procurement reaches 238.8 lakh tonnes

r, total rice procurement stood at 381.8 lakh tonnes. Procurement is undertaken by state-run Food Corporation of India (FCI) and State agencies for the central pool to meet the requirements of the Food Security law. Rice is purchased at the minimum support price (MSP). Data from States According to FCI data, rice procurement has reached 113.3 lakh tonnes in Punjab, 39.09 lakh tonnes in Haryana and 22.42 lakh tonnes in Chhattisgarh so far.

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How reviving traditional farming helped Kerala tribal communities become healthy -Sandeep Vellaram

members are involved in the farming of the rare variety of foods in 30 cents of leased land under the project. "Long back, all families in the settlements were engaged in farming and it assured Food Security for all. Now we have resumed our traditional food culture and it will assure our sustainability," says Chandran Kani. Sumithiri, 65-year-old native at Thayannankudy settlement, says she is happy to return to their traditional food h

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60 Economists Send Wake-Up Call to Arun Jaitley on Maternal Benefits

1,680 crores. 2. Maternity entitlements: Maternity benefits of Rs 6,000 per child are a legal entitlement of all Indian women (except those already covered in the formal sector) under the National Food Security Act 2013. For many years, the central government did not act on this. Last year, a scheme was finally launched for this purpose: the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMVVY). However, the provision made for it in the Union Budget 2018-19

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Powering agriculture via solar feeders -Ashwin Gambhir & Shantanu Dixit

n two crore electric and 75 lakh diesel pumps. Access to groundwater depends on reliable and affordable electricity supply. This is an important issue as it concerns livelihoods of the rural poor and Food Security of the country. Agriculture is a major consumer of electricity, accounting for one-fourth or one-third of consumption in many States. Since the 1970s, agriculture in many States has been receiving electricity at either low tariffs or for

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Farm suicide as an indicator of agrarian crisis should be used with caution

ons) by Consumer Price Index-Rural, which is brought out by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI). It needs to be added here that in the wake of the enactment of National Food Security Act in 2013, the rate of inflation of Consumer Price Index for Agricultural Labourer (CPI-AL, 1986-87=100) and Consumer Price Index for Rural Labourer (CPI-RL, 1986-87=100) may be lower vis-à-vis the inflation rate of Consumer Price I

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Manifesto of tribal rights issued -Mohammed Iqbal

nment-friendly practices were also highlighted in the charter of demands. The document was released by the Tribal Development Forum, Vaagdhara, and other institutions working for tribal rights and Food Security here last week. Vaagdhara secretary Jayesh Joshi said on Thursday that the manifesto was handed over to the ruling BJP and all Opposition parties for its inclusion in their agenda for the Assembly election. Sustainable farming Mr. J

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Making every citizen an auditor -C Dheeraja and Karuna M

sed. Adequate disciplinary action against people responsible for the irregularities has also not been taken. The way forward In 2017, the Supreme Court mandated social audits under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) to be conducted using the machinery that facilitates the social audits of MGNREGA. Social audits of the NFSA have failed to take off due to lack of funds. Like the Rural Development Ministry, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food

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