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

essures, 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 election promise of pegging these at 1.5 times the estimated production costs of farmers. State governments, whether ruled by the BJP or the Opposition, have similarl

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NREGA progress remains slow as drought worsens -Kavitha Iyer

aharashtra’s performance on MGNREGA until now this year has been lacklustre on several counts. Mumbai: As drought conditions worsen in across large parts of rural Maharashtra and sowing for Rabi crops adversely affected, the state is expected to give a fresh push to the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), a key policy measure to tackle drought-driven agrarian distress. But while a focused jobs guarantee t

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

t at least 1.5 times the cost of their production. So, the ruling NDA government at the Centre, which has been sensitive to that resolution, declared a minimum support price (MSP) for the majority of Rabi crops during rabi marketing season (RMS) 2018-19 at least at 1.5 times the cost of production, said Jaitley. He added that the NDA government decided to extend that formula for fixing MSP for the rest of crops (viz. kharif crops). So, his government

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Enrolment under PMFBY crop insurance scheme sees steep decline -Sayantan Bera

s dependent on the vagaries of the four-month-long south-west monsoon, PMFBY promised increased cover for a variety of risks at a premium of just 2% (of sum assured) for kharif and 1.5% for winter or Rabi crops. It was decided that the centre and states will equally share the cost of actuarial premium payable to insurance companies. Please click here to read more.

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Desert blues -AM Jigeesh

have such a market,” adds Rathore. Agriculture is the mainstay for about 80 per cent of the people in the state. After the green revolution and the expansion of irrigation, farmers turned to Rabi crops such as wheat and paddy. Just about 20 per cent of the state is irrigated, yet it is one of the largest contributors to the country’s grain store. Rajasthan farmers also diversify crops because farming is unpredictable in the state. In

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Parched until year ago, village digs deep into resolve to see water table rise -Vivek Deshpande

fort, however, is just enough for drinking and other daily use. “While agriculture is still rain-fed, now that the wells have all recharged, farmers with wells in their fields can now even grow Rabi crops,” says Agriculture Assistant Vinod Aglave. “The next part of the mission is to install solar pumps on all wells for uninterrupted water supply in case of power cuts,” says Mahatale.     The Indian E

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Agriculture ministry withdraws report that said demonetisation adversely affected farmers

odi government’s decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes. At the time, farmers were either selling kharif crops – harvested around October and November – or sowing Rabi crops, which is done around mid-November. The latest report, however, claims that the the farm sector saw an “encouraging growth” in the inflow of agriculture credit, distribution of seeds, coverage of major More »

Farmers badly hit by demonetisation, admits Agriculture Ministry -Sobhana K Nair

uo; The report submitted by the Ministry of Agriculture, reviewed by The Hindu, said that demonetisation came at a time when farmers were engaged in either selling their Kharif crops or sowing the Rabi crops. Both these operations needed huge amounts of cash, which demonetisation removed from the market. “India’s 263 million farmers live mostly in the cash economy,” the report said, adding, “millions of farmers were unable t

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Is crop insurance scheme losing steam? -Ashok Kumar

and IFFCO, among others, have registered a total profit of around Rs. 15,795 crore since the launch of the scheme, though the final profit margins could change since the insurance claims for 2017-18 Rabi crops are yet to be estimated. The profits for 2016-17 are approximately Rs. 6,459 crore, said the RTI reply.     Please click here to read more.

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

f millets in the country and the only way to ensure profitability for millet farmers is to promote domestic consumption. On October 3, the government announced the minimum support prices (MSP) for Rabi crops that will be sown between October and December. While the MSP for wheat has been raised by 6.1%, that of safflower has seen an increase of 20.6%, the highest. These crops will be harvested next year and enter the market from April 2019 onwards.

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