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Rajasthan alleges Centre's discriminatory attitude towards farmers

nt in Rajasthan has accused the Centre of adopting a “discriminatory attitude” towards the State’s farmers, reflected in the lower targets set for procurement of mustard and gram on minimum support prices in comparison with the national average. A ceiling of 25-quintal purchase on a day has been set for the farmers. State Cooperative Minister Udai Lal Anjana has taken up the matter with Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Si

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Tackling the agrarian crisis, differently -V Kumaraswamy

rejuvenating soil health Agrarian crisis is staring on our face and, as usual, a flood of familiar suggestions have resurfaced. The political responses have been on expected lines. Fixing MSPs (minimum support prices) at 50 per cent over costs is as disastrous as it can get. There is no inherent incentive in cutting down the bill on government or the rest of society. It may be possible in Western societies where 2-10 per cent of farmers depend u

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India's MSP programme for pulses under WTO lens -Amiti Sen

-The Hindu Business Line Canada, US serve counter-notification to India India’s minimum support price (MSP) programme for pulses has come under greater scrutiny at the World Trade Organization (WTO) with the US, Canada and Australia serving it a formal counter-notification, alleging that the subsidy involved was much higher than the permitted cap. The EU, New Zealand, Ukraine and Paraguay also joined the chorus against the country. De

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Maharashtra: Drought and low prices worry gram growers in Marathwada -Partha Sarathi Biswas

Besides Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh are also major producers of pulses. Since the start of the harvesting season, gram has been trading below its government declared minimum support price of Rs 4,620 per quintal. At Latur’s wholesale market — the largest pulses market in Maharashtra — the commodity is selling at Rs 4,100-4,120 per quintal. As arrivals are still to pick up further, price drop is not r

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US, Canada may object to India's quantitative cap on pulses imports -Rutam Vora

orts. This is separate from the objections filed earlier this month with the WTO on India’s alleged "under-reporting" of market price support for five varieties of pulses under the minimum support price (MSP). Santosh Kumar Sarangi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Department of Commerce, Government of India said, “Recently, we had implemented quantitative restrictions for pulses imports. But now we are re

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Grain populism: As polls near, states embark on aggressive paddy procurement -Harish Damodaran

  “Our own target this time is 375 lt, which will probably be exceeded. If the additional quantities bought by states that have announced bonuses (over and above the Centre’s minimum support price or MSP) or are implementing their own direct purchase programmes, we could end up with 400 lt-plus,” said a top ministry official. The state-wise data is what’s, in fact, quite revealing. Please click here to read m

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Crumbs for farmers -R Ramakumar

the current agrarian distress that are striking. Between 2003 and 2010, Indian agriculture grew commendably thanks to two fortuitous factors: externally, higher global prices and, internally, higher minimum support prices (MSPs). The terms of trade—the ratio of “prices received” to “prices paid out” by farmers for inputs—rose, allowing farmers to survive a period of rising costs of production. After 2011, however,

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Numbers That Count: An Assessment of the Union Budgets of NDA II -CBGA

not just remain unfulfilled, in several areas the situation seems to have deteriorated further. While a number of initiatives have been taken to address some of the challenges (such as increased minimum support price (MSP) for farmers, even though not to the extent promised), these have not necessarily been backed by adequate allocation. A striking feature of this government has been that it has stuck to its path of fiscal consolidation rather di

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An appeasement Budget -Puja Mehra

ong the reasons to which it can be ascribed are legacy farm sector policy issues which no government has addressed in a meaningful way. In this, Mr. Modi’s government has been no different. The minimum support prices and procurement policies it followed were more ineffective than is normal. In fact these policies reversed some of the corrections made by the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in the terms of trade for agricultu

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