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Create a sustainable pathway for farmers -Baldev Singh Dhillon and Kamal Vatta

-The Tribune While attracting private capital investments in production, processing and marketing of high-value agriculture, the associated adverse socio-economic implications must be avoided. Last year, Parliament enacted the Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020. It is supposed to empower farmers to get engaged with upgraded value chain partners in a fair, transparent, mutually agreeable and remunerative manner to enhance their income by reducing marketing risks....

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The Modi Government Has Put the Cart Before the Horse -Prem Shankar Jha

-TheWire.in Indian agriculture is in the grip of a crisis and needs to move away from the 'cereal trap' towards alternatives. Deregulation of marketing should come second, not first. At the Indian Express’s e-Adda on March 21, Punjab’s chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh asked a question that has still not received an answer: Why did the Central government feel it had to change a marketing system that has existed for a hundred...

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Let’s strengthen and not dilute the National Food Security Act -Himanshu

-Livemint.com * We must widen its coverage to feed the needy instead of letting subsidy reductions get the better of it * Subsidy reduction is a key aim of Niti Aayog’s proposal to reduce food-security coverage, but our subsidy level is not as high as it looks and the move could thwart efforts to achieve nutrition goals A recent discussion paper by the Niti Aayog has suggested a reduction in the coverage of...

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Centre Wants CAG To Delete Paras Regarding Losses Due To Improper Utilisation of Adani Silo -Dheeraj Mishra

-TheWire.in In 2018, the CAG reported that between 2013-14 and 2015-16, the Food Corporation of India did not store enough wheat in the Adani Group's silo in Kaithal, Haryana but kept paying rent. New Delhi: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India in April 2018 reprimanded the Food Corporation of India (FCI) for causing a loss of Rs 6.49 crore to the taxpayers due to the failure to utilise available storage...

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To start direct payment of MSP to farmers, FCI asks Punjab govt for land records

-The Indian Express The March 4 letter said that FCI, Zonal Office (N), Noida, has directed that land records are a must for wheat procurement in RMS 2021-22. Jalandhar: The Food Corporation of India’s (FCI) Punjab office on Thursday wrote to the director of food, civil supplies and consumer affairs seeking land records of farmers so as to make direct online payment of Minimum Support Price (MSP) to their bank accounts from...

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