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

g direct income support schemes and financial assistance schemes/ direct cash transfer schemes for farm households recently, it is essential to check whether the government’s MSP policy ensured Remunerative Prices over and above the cost of production. A comparison of MSP declared annually (in the last 6 crop years) with the projected cost of production shows that in case of most kharif crops (and also in most crop years) the difference was

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Expect more distress in farm sector, warns expert -M Ramesh

rade will give farmers a bigger market: S Narayan Farm sector distress is expected to worsen, cautioned S Narayan, who was the Economic Adviser to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. No Remunerative Prices Speaking on ‘Economy in Election Year’, organised by the Chennai chapter of the Observers Research Foundation, Narayan said the underlying problem is one of abundance of production and farmers not getting More »

Will farm loan waiver go the way of the property tax repeal? -Indira Rajaraman

y persistent feature for the past five years, the initial two years on account of failed rains, but in the last three years because of policy failure on a number of fronts, including, most visibly, unRemunerative Prices for farm produce. That it shapes electoral outcomes has also been known since, at least, the Gujarat elections. But what is new with the recent five state elections is that a particular palliative, farm loan waivers, is now seen as a n

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Transformation of Indian Agriculture? Growth, Inclusiveness and Sustainability -S Mahendra Dev (IGIDR)

eal based agriculture to non-cereal based crops and allied activities; (4) Doubling farm income also has to focus non-farm sector, look at different size classes and environmental considerations; (5) Remunerative Prices and market reforms can enhances farmers' incomes; (6) The country has to go beyond harvest and give freedom for farmers on markets and exports; (7) Do not foreget basics like water and technology; (8) Inclusiveness is needed for broad

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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

It is being said by economists that unlike the issue of low food production that gripped Indian agriculture for long in the past, the present problem is about farmers not getting Remunerative Prices against the crops that they are growing. According to farmer leaders, the policymakers are too late to realise that bitter truth. As a result, there is a growing disenchantment in the rural hinterland against the ruling government at the Centre. An a

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

nts receive. In fact, the crude measure of the terms-of-trade given in official sources is based on wholesale prices. Thus, the terms-of-trade between agriculture and industry may not reflect the non-Remunerative Prices that the farmers are receiving and may not indicate the prevailing farm crisis. * The real wage rate of agricultural and rural labourers (across states/ nationally and over time) can be calculated by deflating rural wage rate (in 12

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Hidden figures: The numbers show absolute deterioration in the condition of farmers -Prabhat Patnaik

-The Telegraph Their demand for assured Remunerative Prices, therefore, is perfectly justified There are occasions when one suddenly becomes aware not just of the inadequacy of economic concepts for understanding reality but even of their obfuscating role. One such occasion was the recent kisan march in Delhi. The peasants have been facing distress for long, which has resulted in more than three lakh suicides over the last two-and-a-half decad

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Farmers and others -Christophe Jaffrelot

— that became evident in 1978 when hundreds of thousands of them came to Delhi to celebrate the birthday of their main leader, Charan Singh. This strength allowed them to obtain from the state Remunerative Prices for agricultural commodities and subsidies (regarding fertilisers and electricity, for instance). Such strength came from the fact that they were able to subsume class politics in rural India and rally other sections of society. Cha

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