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Maharashtra government again takes steps to amend APMC Act -Radheshyam Jadhav

by State Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil, farmers’ leaders and traders reached an agreement on scrapping cess on the produce brought and traded in Agriculture Produce Market Committee (AMPC) Mandis and also approved the provision to allow trade in all farm commodities outside APMC wholesale markets. Backlash In November 2018, a day after a bill to amend the Act was passed in the State Legislative Assembly, the government withdrew it fro

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Deflation in WPI of 8 kharif crops observed during 2016-17 to 2018-19, while their MSPs grew at a positive rate

ars had little impact on the inflation rate (WPI-based) of these crops. The analysis by the Inclusive Media for Change team is based on the assumption that most farmers bring their kharif crops to Mandis viz. market centres for bulk sale. Since there is no official information about the farm gate price, or the price that peasants actually get for their crops, we have relied on WPI (Base 2011-12=100) in our analysis. In reality, it may be the case t

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In election year, farmer on centrestage -Harish Damodaran and Parthasarathi Biswas

tions are due, farmers and rural India would be the key campaign theme. For farmers, the main concern today is prices for their produce. As the accompanying chart shows, average wholesale rates in Mandis during October-November, the peak marketing period time for the post-monsoon kharif season crop, ruled lower than the government’s minimum support prices (MSP) for practically every agri-commodity. The only exceptions were jowar (sorghum) and

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

armers in a year/ time period, the following indicators may be considered, among others, so as to indicate farm crisis and distress in the countryside:    * Prices received by farmers in Mandis (viz. markets centres) and their comparison with the declared minimum support prices (MSP); a related indicator could be the proportion of Mandis in a state/ region where a particular commodity sold belo

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Mathadi workers in Maharashtra to join traders' bandh today -Nanda Kasabe

gricultural Produce Marketing Development and the Regulation Act Ordinance, over 4-5 lakh Mathadi ( workers who carry loads) workers across the state have decided to join the bandh. Due to this, most Mandis in Maharashtra may remain shut on Tuesday. The Ordinance, submitted by Cooperation Minister Subhash Deshmukh in the winter session of the state Assembly, has been opposed by Mathadi workers across the state.The call for the bandh has also receiv

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Demonetisation: A circus, clowns and a silver bullet -James Wilson

ine months, India’s GDP tanked, and hundreds of thousands of small businesses went bust, and many more millions of people lost their jobs and means of livelihood. Agricultural produce rotted in Mandis as there were no buyers. Entranced by the story told to them by a snake oil salesman who dangled the carrot of a clean, corruption-free India, the public grinned and bore the tribulations of living in a cash-depleted economy as they had visions of

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PM-AASHA scheme falls flat; procurement backed by smart exports is need of the hour -Sanjay Kaul

-The Hindu Business Line A month into kharif arrivals, there has been no positive turn of events for farmers. Cereals, pulses and oilseeds are selling well below the Minimum Support Price (MSP) in Mandis. The government seems to have failed them with the shoddily designed PM-AASHA scheme and its inadequate implementation till now. Immediate steps are required to prevent a recurrence of farmers’ anger spilling onto the streets. The umbrella

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Punjab: Over 2,500 stubble burning cases so far, figure likely to shoot up -Raakhi Jagga

ted in Punjab this paddy season till October 21 in which Amritsar tops with 535 cases, followed by Tarn Taran with 494 cases. Ludhiana: WITH JUST one-fourth of the total estimated paddy arrival in Mandis till now, a total of 2589 fire incidents have been reported as per remote sensing data of the PPCB. Punjab’s air quality index has been rated as ‘moderate’ by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and also by the Punjab Pollu

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The spirit of mahua -Diya Kohli

the flowers are not as abundantly available as before. A full-bodied fruity smell permeates the markets of Jagdalpur, where 40-kilo sacks of dried mahua flowers lie stacked high in warehouses and Mandis. Incense sticks planted at corners produce clouds of smoke that keep the flies away. Business is flourishing for the big and medium traders, as a steady stream of koochiyas (small traders) arrive on scooters and cycles to carry away individual sack

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In the Year of Millets, Coarse Grains Remain Neglected Despite Nutritional Benefits -Siraj Hussain

on for all crops. The MSPs for ragi, jowar, bajra and maize were increased by about 52%, 43%, 37% and 19% respectively. These crops are being harvested now and large quantities will start arriving in Mandis in the next two-three weeks. In 2017-18, India produced 113 million metric tonnes (MMT) of rice while production of coarse grains (also called millets) was 47 MMT. Maize (29 MMT), bajra (9 MMT), jowar (5 MMT) and ragi (2 MMT) are the major mille

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