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Rajasthan alleges Centre's discriminatory attitude towards farmers

nt in Rajasthan has accused the Centre of adopting a “discriminatory attitude” towards the State’s farmers, reflected in the lower targets set for procurement of mustard and gram on Minimum Support Prices in comparison with the national average. A ceiling of 25-quintal purchase on a day has been set for the farmers. State Cooperative Minister Udai Lal Anjana has taken up the matter with Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Si

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Tackling the agrarian crisis, differently -V Kumaraswamy

rejuvenating soil health Agrarian crisis is staring on our face and, as usual, a flood of familiar suggestions have resurfaced. The political responses have been on expected lines. Fixing MSPs (Minimum Support Prices) at 50 per cent over costs is as disastrous as it can get. There is no inherent incentive in cutting down the bill on government or the rest of society. It may be possible in Western societies where 2-10 per cent of farmers depend u

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Crumbs for farmers -R Ramakumar

the current agrarian distress that are striking. Between 2003 and 2010, Indian agriculture grew commendably thanks to two fortuitous factors: externally, higher global prices and, internally, higher Minimum Support Prices (MSPs). The terms of trade—the ratio of “prices received” to “prices paid out” by farmers for inputs—rose, allowing farmers to survive a period of rising costs of production. After 2011, however,

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An appeasement Budget -Puja Mehra

ong the reasons to which it can be ascribed are legacy farm sector policy issues which no government has addressed in a meaningful way. In this, Mr. Modi’s government has been no different. The Minimum Support Prices and procurement policies it followed were more ineffective than is normal. In fact these policies reversed some of the corrections made by the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in the terms of trade for agricultu

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Removing the roots of farmers' distress -C Rangarajan & S Mahendra Dev

index (CPI) also shows that the rise in prices for agriculture was much lower than general inflation in recent years. Market prices for several agricultural commodities have been lower than those of Minimum Support Prices (MSP). All these trends show that the terms of trade to be moving against agriculture in the last two years. When output increases well beyond the market demand at a price remunerative to producers, market prices decline. And in

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Jean Dreze, the Belgian-Indian economist, interviewed by Ujjawal Krishnam (National Herald)

port is what Mark Twain would have called “a classic”, in other words a book or report that everyone cites but nobody reads. The report is remembered mainly for the recommendation that Minimum Support Prices should be at least 50% above the cost of production. But that was just one among many recommendations, and not the most important one by any means. In fact, it was a passing suggestion in a paragraph concerned with the role of th

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What the farmer is owed -Ashok Gulati

rgeted segments of society that could potentially bring the BJP/NDA back to office. One important segment, perhaps the largest one, is that of farmers. The attempt to woo them by announcing higher Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) based on 50 per cent margin over paid out costs plus imputed value of family labour (cost A2+FL) has fallen flat on its face as market prices of most of those commodities remain 20 to 30 per cent below MSPs. Procurement by go

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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

e.in 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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