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Tackling farm distress is high priority

ning issues around agrarian distress on the back burner; but once the victory euphoria dies down, these will be pushing for recognition again. A crash in prices of farm produce and the demand for Remunerative Prices, and waiver of back-breaking loans are some of the issues staring the new government in the face. The interim budget recognised the distress by hiking the allocation for agriculture from Rs.56,000 crore to over Rs.1.4 lakh crore, takin

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Perils of over-promising -Ashok Gulati

nt lower than Cost C2. Farmers saw through the trick and felt cheated. And when market prices remained 10 to 30 per cent lower than the announced MSPs for most crops, farmers lost any hope of getting Remunerative Prices for their produce. Please click here to access.

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Growth in Agri GVA deflator saw a rising trend between 2005-06 & 2009-10, despite using different sources of back-series data

ave;-vis the agrarian sector during those 2 years.   Media reports and analyses suggest that the recent problems related to Indian agriculture, among other things, include farmers not getting Remunerative Prices against the crops, which they have been growing. On top of that, farmers have faced deflation in prices for various crops. Farmers' agitations, demanding for remunerative crop prices, among other things, have intensified during the rec

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Lok Sabha elections: Congress releases poll manifesto with focus on jobs, farmers, Nyay

ambaram among others. For farmers, Congress promised to put them on the path from "Karz Maafi" (loan waiver), to "Karz Mukti" (freedom from loans). This will be done through Remunerative Prices, lower input costs, and assured access to institutional credit, the party said, adding it will present a separate "Kisan Budget" every year, if voted to power. Please click here to read more.

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Everybody loves a farmer -Vijoo Krishnan

the Narendra Modi government and several State governments have announced to woo the peasantry ahead of the election, like the loan waivers, short-change farmers because they avoid the vital issue of Remunerative Prices for farm produce. In a sudden flurry of new-found concern for the long-suffering Indian peasant, parties across the political spectrum are desperately trying to woo this section of society. In fact, ever since the Assembly election

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Budget allocation for agrarian welfare is utter betrayal to farmers: Kisan Sabha -Pratyaksh Srivastava

cash dole of Rs 6,000 per year to small farmers, the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), an umbrella organisation of farmers, said it’s an effort to avoid the main issue of farmers’ demand for Remunerative Prices for their produce and a complete loan waiver. Ashok Dhawale, national president of AIKS, said, “At Rs 500 a month or Rs 15 a day, this is an utter betrayal of the farmers of India. Rs 15 per day will provide a cup of tea. Much

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Income transfer can ease farm distress -A Narayanamoorthy & P Alli

farmers from the agrarian distress? Why loan waiver is not useful For more than 15 years, farmers have been struggling to get adequate income mainly due to increased cost of cultivation and un-Remunerative Prices in the market. Instead of creating a conducive atmosphere to increase farm income on a permanent basis, policymakers at different periods have been resorting to the quick-fix solution of loan waivers, which do not cover even one-third

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The pulse of Indian agriculture -Devesh Chaturvedi

e formulation and implementation of this comprehensive strategy was initiated at the level of the Cabinet Secretary. The key aspects of this strategy were to increase production/productivity, provide Remunerative Prices to the farmers for their produce, strengthen market mechanism and make pulses affordable for the economically and socially backward households. As a first step, action was initiated in collaboration with the States under the Nationa

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P Sainath, acclaimed journalist and Founder-Editor of the People's Archive of Rural India, interviewed by Anuradha SenGupta (

uot;It may be noted that pricing policy that is fixing of MSP is not a cost plus exercise though cost is an important determinant of MSP. The pricing policy seeks to achieve the objective of fair and Remunerative Prices and is not an income policy. Hence prescribing an increase of at least 50 percent on cost may distort the market." Is the statement at the heart of the NDA government's agricultural policy – which is to let market forces det

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