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Why Are People Going Hungry if India Has Surplus Foodgrain Stocks? -Prabhat Patnaik A country that ranks 94 among 107 countries in the Global Hunger Index can’t be said to be self-sufficient in foodgrains. The surplus stocks are due to shortage of purchasing power in peoples’ hands. The Indian intelligentsia has an incredible propensity to swallow the self-serving arguments of metropolitan capitalism that are typically supposed to constitute ‘economic wisdom’. And nowhere is this more evident than in the case of India’s food economy. There...

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Govt must promote crop diversification by setting MSP for other crops as well -Manjit S Kang

-The Indian Express Farmers’ genuine concerns must be addressed as soon as possible so that they can continue producing food and fibre needed for the ever-increasing population. In the early 1960s, near-famine conditions prevailed in India and some 10 million tonnes of wheat had to be imported from the US under the PL480 programme. The country’s situation was pejoratively dubbed “ship-to-mouth” existence, as foodgrains arriving via ships were immediately consumed. In 1963, Norman...

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Farmers’ concern: Will lose land to corporates because of the new laws -Sukrita Baruah , Raakhi Jagga , Amil Bhatnagar and Harish Damodaran

-The Indian Express With farmers rejecting the government’s offer and deciding to continue their protest against the farm laws, The Sunday Express meets some of the farmers camping at Delhi’s borders, and visits their families and farms back home, to find a shared concern — a sense of despair over falling crop prices. Kurukshetra, Ludhiana, Moga, New Delhi, Patiala: Many countries experiencing rapid growth and rising prosperity, which may even be over...

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Farm bills: India’s fields are on fire -Devinder Sharma

-The Telegraph The tearing hurry with which agriculture market reforms have been pushed through, without even consulting farmers, has resulted in huge farm protests in Punjab and Haryana At a time when I see euphoria among mainstream economists over the new set of agricultural reforms, media reports say that the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices has observed that only 12 per cent of India’s paddy cultivators were able to sell their...

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Punjab farmers have fed country since the Green Revolution, now it must stand by us -Raakhi Jagga

-The Indian Express Participating in indefinite dharnas at petrol pumps, near toll plazas, even on rail tracks, elderly farmers tell The Indian Express that age is just a number. A 94-year-old farmer leader cycles 5 km to reach the dharna spot, an 83-year-old says, ‘looking at our united struggle…I think, I will live more’. Their wrinkled faces bear scars of decades spent toiling on fields, but the zeal is intact. Participating in...

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