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How India lost its historic agriculture recovery growth phase in just four years -Richard Mahapatra

most important factor for improved performance of agriculture, post 2004-05 period, has been the price received by the farmers caused by a number of underlying factors: hike given to MSP, increase in Foodgrain procurement, increase in global agricultural prices and strong domestic demand for food,” it finds. All recent farmers’ protests amid bumper harvests are for increasing the government’s minimum support price (MSP) and to for

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The BJP’s borrowed feathers -Dr. Manmohan Singh

setting the pace in the implementation of the National Food Security Act. I should also mention here that I worry at the cavalier manner in which the Centre is dealing with issues relating to MSP and Foodgrain procurement. Diluted legislation Right now, the land acquisition law is the subject of intense political debate. That is because of the insensitive manner in which the Centre has tried to force through its amendments. But this is not the o

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Stopping foodgrain buying by FCI will be harmful for farmers: Punjab

-PTI Chandigarh: Punjab government on Friday asked the Centre to reconsider its decision of stopping Foodgrain procurement by FCI from Punjab, saying it will prove to be "very harmful" for the farming community and could lead to "distress selling". "The Centre's move of stopping procurement of foodgrain from states like Punjab could prove to be very harmful for state growers as they could be denied of appropriate p

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Karnataka cries foul over Centre’s ‘reduced’ role in PDS -Bageshree S

State for Food and Civil Supplies Dinesh Gundu Rao is writing to his counterparts across the country on the "reduced" role of the government in providing minimum support price to farmers in Foodgrain procurement and the cut in kerosene quota to States. Cut in MSP Speaking to reporters here on Monday, Mr. Rao said the Centre had written to States saying it "will not take part in MSP operations" in any State that announces

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Punjab to procure, distribute grains under food law -Sanjeeb Mukherjee

-The Business Standard In a move that could lessen the Centre's Foodgrain procurement burden, it has allowed the Punjab government to purchase and distribute grains in advance to beneficiaries of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) for the next few months. As a result, 800,000-900,000 tonnes, mostly wheat, will not come to the Centre's pool for a while. Punjab is one of the main wheat and rice producers in the country. It had alread

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National food security gets lukewarm response from states -Sanjeeb Mukherjee & Vrishti Beniwal

oned in all states for a year, the Centre would save about Rs 20,000 crore. Starting October, the government might also be able to limit its food subsidy as it has adopted various steps to limit Foodgrain procurement to the requirements under the public distribution system. Officials said the food department had decided to purchase only 25 per cent of levy rice, sold through ration shops, from mills against the earlier practice of 35-70 per cent.

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Ram Vilas Paswan, the minister in charge of food and public distribution talks with Sanjeeb Mukherjee

and the other the transportation wing of FCI. It is because of problems like these that we have to take a considered view on the unbundling. * The ministry of food recently decided to limit its Foodgrain procurement from states which declare a bonus over and above the Centre-fixed Minimum Support Price (MSP). It has been opposed by some states. How does the government plan to implement this? Our view is if any state wants to promote a certa

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BJP’s maiden budget disappointing for farmers -Jyotika Sood

ct. Jaitley also announced Rs 500 crore for a Price Stabilisation Fund to mitigate the risk of price volatility. Kuruganti fears this move may become an excuse of the government to dismantle the Foodgrain procurement system in India. "There has been an orchestrated effort in the recent past around this," she said. However, she welcomed the additional support available under Producers' Development and Upliftment Corpus for 2000 producer

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Necessary changes

ged quota, therefore, is just around half the actual requirement. Since increasing the grain entitlement may not be feasible for fiscal and logistic reasons, the government should at least modify the Foodgrain procurement system to leave sufficient grain in the market to keep prices low, since beneficiaries will need to supplement their needs from the open market. Any supply crunch in the market due to an excessive grain mop-up by government agencies

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From the granary to the plate -Jean Drèze

rkhand, and Madhya Pradesh, among other prime offenders. The main reason for this vulnerability is that the APL quota is treated as a dumping ground for excess foodgrain stocks. In recent years, Foodgrain procurement has increased by leaps and bounds, but distribution under the BPL and Antyodaya quotas has remained much the same, since allocations are fixed and lifting is close to 100 per cent. To moderate the accumulation of excess stocks, the C

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