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Worst price slump in 18 years shows scale of farm crisis -Roshan Kishore

-Hindustan Times The agrarian crisis is one of the factors that may have resulted in the BJP’s loss in three Hindi heartland states of Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh in December, according to analysts, and the party clearly doesn’t want it to affect its prospects in the 2019 parliamentary elections. New Delhi: This financial year, 2018-19 could end up being the worst year for farm incomes in almost two decades, governme

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NREGA progress remains slow as drought worsens -Kavitha Iyer

l now this year has been lacklustre on several counts. Even as a group of politicians and activists wrote to the Union government seeking strengthening of the NREGA scheme to alleviate the current agrarian crisis, the numbers show that Maharashtra, in comparison to other states, is not even middling in the number of households benefited, number of person days of work generated or percentage of currently active workers among job-card holders. Ple

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99% MGNREGA funds "exhausted", Govt of India makes no additional sanctions: Study

epriving people in distress of one of their most important legally supported structures”, urging him to strengthen MGNREGA as an “urgent priority” to deal with the current rural and agrarian crisis. The letter demands “adequate and timely funds are provided to meet work demand” under NREGS, insisting, with wages under the scheme should not be “less that statutory minimum wage” of the state. It also asks PM

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

we have, is over three lakh people killed due to farmer suicides up to 2015. Why is it important for all of us to understand that this is really the biggest indicator of how widespread and deep this agrarian crisis is? There seems to be some doubt about that as well isn't it? P Sainath: You should know that the NCRB while the only authentic source was not necessarily accurate, it had major exclusions. For instance it severely undercounted suicides

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Farm loan waivers are not the panacea -Anjani Kumar & Seema Bathla

es across the country on their economics and likely outcomes. Till date 12 States have announced loan waiver amounting to more than Rs.2 lakh crore. Loan waiver cannot be a solution to address the agrarian crisis, instead the government must look for long-term solutions. There is also the danger of intense competition among the political parties to win by promising the farm loan waiver and projecting themselves as the protectors of farmers becoming

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A double-edge sword for farmers -- Loan waivers shrink credit supply to the farm sector -Kushankur Dey

n Rs 850 billion in FY18 and FY19, announced by various state governments—are the flavour of the season. This can affect credit offtake and induce further stress for banks and amount to another agrarian crisis. Farm sector NPAs accounted for 16% of banks’ advances under the priority sector lending in October 2018. Post the early waiver-announcements, credit growth in agriculture and allied activities has been a meagre 2.9% between April an

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An outstanding alternative to farm loan waiver -Suman Layak

ified insolvent farmers, facilitated agreements between the borrowers and lenders, and helped some farmers move into other professions as a long-term solution. Neighbouring US was also affected by agrarian crisis during this period, and the 1980s were often compared to the Great Depression of the 1930s. Right through 2018, news of farm bankruptcies have trickled in from across the world. The trade war with China saw a rise in farmers filing for &ls

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Why the farmer suicide debate is counter-productive to understanding India's agrarian crisis? -Roshan Kishore

-Hindustan Times In the discourse on agriculture, for instance, farmer suicides are cited as the biggest proof of the agrarian crisis in the country by a large section. India’s political economy discourse is often a prisoner of the dictum that when there is no theory, there is a conspiracy theory. Corruption, rather than an accentuated cyclical shock after the global financial crisis, combined with the poor governance structures in Ind

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Farmers' issues likely to dominate 2019 polls: Yadav

-The Hindu ‘Whole country was listening when they united for a common cause recently’ Mysuru: Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav has said that farmers issues and agrarian crisis have entered centre stage of Indian politics for the first time in more than 30 years and is likely to be the dominant factor during the 2019 parliamentary elections. “We had parliamentary elections fought on Emergency, Bofors, Mandal, Mandir, 2

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Economists should try farming before opposing loan waiver: Chidambaram

-The Hindu Bengaluru: Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Friday said farm loan waiver is “imperative” given the agrarian crisis in the country and the economists critical of the scheme should do farming on two acres of land for 10 years before commenting on it. “Economists who are criticising farm loan waiver must experience what farming is in this country. Take two acres of land and do farming for 10 years and then co

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