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Linking farmers to Futures Market in India -Tirtha Chatterjee, Raghav Raghunathan and Ashok Gulati

-Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), Working Paper 383 Farmers, especially small and marginal, do not directly trade in agri-Futures Market in India. Their small size, lack of trust and understanding of Futures Market and dependence on middlemen, are some of the main deterrents. The role of Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) is crucial in this context since they

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Pulses farmers' profit falls sharply in 2016-17 due to adverse govt policies, record harvest: CRISIL -Sayantan Bera

ist at CRISIL. Joshi added that the solution to volatile prices which hurt both consumers and farmers is a nimble trade policy which responds in time to production numbers. “A well-regulated Futures Market can also help stabilise prices and help farmers take better decisions,” he said. Falling prices of pulses, oilseeds and vegetables, following a record harvest in 2016-17 led to protests by farmers in several states demanding a waiv

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Agriculture: Here's why farmers are in trouble despite high pulse procurement

a surge in prices is another face of the same policy that discourages the private sector from emerging as a viable alternative to government purchases. The report also talked of the need to introduce Futures Markets—that is the most credible way of developing long-term markets and is a much better alternative to government procurement which, by its very nature, tends to be limited in both volume as well as to just a few states. Please click h

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Farmers are using futures contracts to counter price risks -Sayantan Bera

e dips during the harvest season. For instance, Samriddhi Mahila Crop Production Co. Ltd, a farmer-producer organization (FPO) for women in Bundi district of Rajasthan with 2,300 members, used the Futures Market to sell produce at prices that were higher than what wholesale markets offered two months later. In September, it sold 100 quintals of soybean on the NCDEX (National Commodities and Derivates Exchange) futures platform at Rs3,300 per qui

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

ramework for integration of the spot and derivatives markets for agri-commodities can be a potential game-changer. Thankfully, we do have examples of farmers’ organisations interfacing with the Futures Market to build upon, even though they might be just a handful. One of us (Raghav Raghunathan) has been directly associated with the roll-out of an experiment involving a farmer producer company in Madhya Pradesh. In 2012, Ram Rahim Pragati Pro

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Orphan food? Nay, future of food -Satish Deodhar

ill to convert whole tur dal into market-ready dried split tur dal, thus doubling the income of the women who used it. Similar technologies can provide incentives to farmers to grow pulses. Sixth, Futures Markets provide a price discovery mechanism to farmers and traders. High futures prices signal the need for more pulse production in the following season. Government must allow farmers and traders to buy and sell pulses in the More »

Govt cracks the whip on price rise -Sanjeeb Mukherjee

ure smooth supply and action against hoarders as well as profiteers. Market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on Thursday barred launch of any fresh contracts in chana in the Futures Markets. It also asked the investors to wind down their existing positions. Total open interest in chana on NCDEX is 0.19 million tonnes as of Thursday. Chana futures prices have risen 17.37 per cent in the past one month and on Thursday it closed

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Pulses hit Rs 200/kg: Govt curbs cartels and futures trade, raises buffer

Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday, the Food Ministry decided to enhance the buffer stock of pulses from 1.5 lakh tonnes to 8 lakh tonnes. Markets regulator Sebi joined hands by banning any fresh Futures Market position in chana, the only commodity among pulses where such trading was allowed. At the outlets of the government agencies, further stocks were added to sell pulses at subsidised rates, including at Rs Rs 60 per kg for chana (gram) dal

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The pulse of India’s agrarian economy

ncreasing the area under pulses as well as its productivity. It also needs a more transparent system of price discovery through unified agricultural markets and revival of systems such as forward and Futures Markets with adequate risk management provisions. The MSPs for pulses have often been lower than wholesale prices. Procurement levels are often low or nil. The central government had revised support prices of certain pulse groups last year as a

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Who Cares About Budget? -Ajay Jakhar

ch industry. At their behest, India allowed duty-free import of 5,00,000 tonnes of subsidised maize. Consequently, the February spot price of maize fell by over Rs 400 and, for June deliveries in the Futures Market, to Rs 1,172, way below the MSP. The average maize yield is 25 quintals per acre. Farmers will suffer a loss of Rs 10,000 for each acre of maize sown. India has over 200 lakh acres under maize cultivation. That translates to a collective lo

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