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Policy must tackle not just dissatisfaction of large farmers, but distress of most vulnerable -Bina Agarwal

nt, and institutional innovations, and not a one-size-fits-all approach. The two main policy interventions repeatedly discussed in recent months to tackle farmer distress — loan waivers and Minimum Support Prices (MSP) — treat all farmers (large/small, male/female) alike. But farmers are heterogeneous. They differ especially by income, land owned and gender. And farmer dissatisfaction is not the same as farmer distress. Better-off farm

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Addressing agrarian distress: An alternative 'area planning' price support scheme for farmers -Sher Singh Sangwan

lation of crop production Farmers are always in distress when prices of their produce are subdued. The response of governments, obviously prompted by political pressures, has been to sharply hike Minimum Support Prices (MSP) of crops or declare loan waivers. Thus, the current government at the Centre has significantly raised the MSPs of both the kharif and rabi crops for 2018-19, while claiming to have implemented the ruling party’s 2014

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A Plague of Promises -Yogendra Yadav What the Modi economy has done to farmers On his way to the prime ministership in 2014, Narendra Modi promised that, if his Bharatiya Janata Party won power, the government would raise the Minimum Support Prices paid for crops such as rice and wheat to guarantee farmers a 50-percent profit on their production costs. The benchmark was first proposed by the Swaminathan Commission, formed in 2004 to address farmers’ economic plight, and

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

Note: Calculated by the Inclusive Media for Change team based on the formula of relative difference between MSP and Cost of Production Source: Figures related to MSP are accessed from: (i) Minimum Support Prices Recommended by CACP and Fixed by Government (Crop Year), Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare, please click here to access (ii) MSP for kharif crops 2018-19, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare, please click

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MSP intervention: A different surplus -Harish Damodaran

and 3.61 lt of groundnut pods by Nafed and SFAC in 2013-14, when the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance was in power. But in the last two years, especially 2017-18, governmental purchases at Minimum Support Prices (MSP) have been across the board for major pulses — arhar/tur (pigeon-pea), moong (green gram), urad (black gram), chana and masoor (lentil) — and oilseeds, including groundnut, rapeseed-mustard and soyabean (see table).

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An answer to rural distress -Ashok Gulati & Shweta Saini

ail a long gestation period and with the Lok Sabha elections barely four months away, demands for quick-fix solutions are increasing. Three significant solutions have been doing the rounds: Higher Minimum Support Prices (MSPs), loan waivers, and direct income/investment support. In this article, we evaluate the three to identify one that can be a winner, both politically and economically. For political acceptance, we evaluate the scheme for its rea

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Farm loan waivers can derail India's growth story -Ramesh Chand

’ discontent is the low level of farm income. Farmers have been seeking higher prices to address this. To meet this demand, the Central government announced a change in cost criteria for fixing Minimum Support Prices (MSP) and thereby substantially raised MSP for kharif 2018 and rabi 2019 crops. Simultaneously, the government also expanded procurement operations to oilseeds and pulses. This has pulled up the farm harvest prices of almost all kha

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Prof. Abhijit Sen, a former member of the erstwhile Planning Commission, interviewed by M Rajshekhar (

doing a song and dance about it is [agricultural economist] Ashok Gulati. I suppose there is the following economic argument: We have been trying to deliver income to farmers through things like MSP [Minimum Support Prices]. Quite apart from the fact that these are not working very well, such schemes create some price distortion or the other, and that is bad economics, and we should move towards less distorting systems of payment. And income support m

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Slackening of demand indicators weakens India's growth impetus -Aanchal Magazine

-The Indian Express Farmers getting lower prices for their produce, much lower than the Minimum Support Prices announced by the government for the kharif crops this year, has hit the rural consumption demand story. New Delhi: The consumption-driven story of India’s economic growth is expected to face a slowdown as wide concerns emerge about the weakening rural demand. At a time when public expenditure is likely to be curtailed by the

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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

tur (pigeon pea), moong, urad (black gram), cotton, groundnut, soyabean, sunflower seed, sesamum and Niger seed by the Inclusive Media for Change team has found that the average annual growth rate of Minimum Support Prices - MSP (kharif) surpassed the average annual growth rate of Wholesale Price Index (WPI) during the period 2016-17 to 2018-19. Chart-1 shows that for all the 14 kharif crops the above-mentioned statement holds true. For example, i

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