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MSPs should have an expiry date, but job is tough: Arvind Subramanian

-PTI New Delhi: Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) Arvind Subramanian today took the line that the minimum support price on foodgrains for farmers should not continue forever and there should be an "expiry date". "Minimum support price (MSP) originally came into being because we had a big problem of lack of self-sufficiency in foodgrain production. It (MSP) was used as means of providing in

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Freedom with defects -Ramachandra Guha

arked Rajaji, "suffers from well-known defects from which Western democracies are relatively free. The Indian voters are in great measure poor and vulnerable to bribery: even a day's expense for food serves to buy a large number of the poor voters." Rajaji had witnessed and campaigned in elections held in British India, and now in independent India as well. "What is to be deplored most in the recent elections", he wrote in 1962,

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Onion production might fall by 5.8% in 2016-17 crop year: Government -Sanjeeb Mukherjee & Agencies

-Business Standard Horticulture production to exceed food grains output for fifth year in a row The Centre’s first advance estimates for horticulture production for 2016-17 crop year that will end in June showed onion output might fall 5.8 per cent during the year to 19.7 million tonnes, while potato and tomatoes could rise marginally. Onion production in 2016-17 could fall to 19.71 million tonnes as against 20.93 million tonnes last

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Bumper foodgrain output expected in 2016-17 but production during rabi may be lower vis-a-vis 2013-14

of the society following its policy of demonetisation during November-December, 2016, the NDA government has finally something solid to cheer about. Riding on the back of a normal monsoon, gross foodgrain production is likely to reach a record level of about 272.0 million tonnes in the crop year 2016-17. As per the second advance estimates of foodgrain production, which has been released by the Min

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Hit by note ban, Bundelkhand's sons come home to more misery -AM Jigeesh

tory. “Only Mayawati can ensure social and economic security for us. Ten per cent of people in our village were in Gujarat. Half of them have now returned to find that there is no job and no food here. Severe droughts, floods and hailstorm have made farming difficult. Even the MGNREGS is not working for the last three months,” he says. Kumar says he voted for the BJP in 2014 and has been repenting it. Ram Singh Nanna, an 89-year-o

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Budget unmindful of income inequality -MA Oommen

n being the most desired goals, building the capabilities of individuals as well as the institutional architecture and social arrangements to improve them (public provision for education, healthcare, food security) assume importance. In the Indian federal context, policy and instrumental choices will have to promote continuing convergence towards income, health and education. No budget so far has ever thought of it, leave alone strategised it. That

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Why Modi govt is handing out a raw deal to small and marginal farmers -Sayantan Bera

w years, horticulture crops emerged as a favourite for small growers across the country. 2016-17 marks the fifth straight year when production of fruits and vegetables is estimated to surpass that of foodgrains. This signals a fundamental shift in India’s farm economy towards a growing share of horticulture crops, which now contribute nearly a fifth to the agriculture GDP. Small and marginal farmers took to horticulture expecting better retur

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At 272 MT, record grain output likely

-The Tribune New Delhi: India’s foodgrain output is likely to hit a record 271.98 million tonnes in the 2016-17 crop year ending June, buoyed by good monsoon after two years of drought. Most crops, including rice, wheat, coarse grains, pulses and oilseeds, are expected to outperform the past year’s production figures, as per the second advance estimates of production of major crops released today. While rice will contribute a re

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Horticulture output to exceed foodgrain yield -Sanjeeb Mukherjee

-Business Standard foodgrain production is projected to be more than 270 million tonnes India’s horticulture production, at around 287.32 million tonnes, will continue to outstrip that of foodgrain by a good margin in 2016-17 also, even as vegetables might see just a marginal decline.   foodgrain production is projected to be more than 270 mi

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Good news! Your food bill in 2016-17 set to fall; here's why

-The Financial Express Higher output of rice, wheat and pulses to soften retail prices Supported by normal monsoon last year and more than normal kharif and rabi sowing, the country’s foodgrain production in 2016-17 crop year is estimated to increase by 8% from the previous year to record 272 million tonne (mt). According to the second advance estimates of production of major crops — rice, pulses, oilseeds, cotton and sugarcane

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