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We're on track to doubling Farmers' Income: Dalwai -KV Kurmanath

-The Hindu Business Line Paradigm shift needed, says chief of Committee on Doubling Farmers’ Income The ambitious plan of the Modi government to double farmers’ income by 2022 is on track. “What I can tell you at this point is that we are on the right track on achieving the target,” said Ashok Dalwai, Chairman of the Committee on Doubling Farmers’ Income. Dalwai said only a paradigm shift will alleviate farmers’ condition, the...

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Noted Gandhian economist Dr Sudarshan Iyengar interviewed by Rutam Vora (The Hindu Business Line)

-The Hindu Business Line Noted Gandhian economist Dr Sudarshan Iyengar surveys the distressed agricultural landscape, pinpoints its weaknesses, and prescribes solutions with their roots in Gandhian agronomics. Edited excerpts from an interview to BusinessLine: * Given the agrarian crisis in India today, how relevant are Gandhi's economic principles based on the village economy, and equitable distribution of resources? They are relevant in the context of Gandhi's view of gram swaraj (village self-rule), which...

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Farm loan waiver: Majority and poorest farmers do not benefit-a status check -Prasanna Mohanty

-BusinessToday.in There is, however, no silver bullet solution to agrarian distress. It needs long-term planning and multi-pronged strategy. Agrarian distress has come to the centre stage of national discourse primarily because of last year's multiple farmers' marches and the electoral outcomes in the three Hindi heartland states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. This augurs well for a sector which provides 49% of total employment and supports nearly 70% of population but...

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

-Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, December 2018 (WP-2018-026) There are three goals of agricultural development in India. These are: (a) achieving high growth by raising productivity; (b) inclusiveness by focusing on lagging regions, small farmers and women; and (c) sustainability of agriculture. In this paper, we will address two questions: (a) How far India progressed in the three goals of agriculture in recent decades? (b) What are the policies...

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Monthly income per farm household grew between NSSO & NABARD surveys, but so has the level of outstanding loans

A recent report by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) enlightens one about the state of Farmers' Income and indebtedness in 2015-16. Entitled NABARD All India Rural Financial Inclusion Survey 2016-17 – in short NAFIS 2016-17 – the report says that between 2012-13 and 2015-16 the average monthly income for agricultural households grew by around 39 percent. One may recall that the Key Indicators of Situation Assessment...

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