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Indian agriculture is under an invisible emergency -Devinder Sharma

-Down to Earth At a time when farmers strive to get the right price for crops, more money in their hands can help reignite the country's economy In 2019, three weeks after the kharif harvesting season began, reports emerged that farmers are selling their produce at a price way below the minimum support price (MSP) announced by the government. Except for a few crops like paddy and maize, market prices for most...

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Excess rain has damaged Kharif Crops: Skymet -TV Jayan

-The Hindu Business Line The maximum crop damage was reported from Western Madhya Pradesh, which received 61 per cent surplus rains. Excess monsoon rains and the floods caused by them affected crops in many States, including Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Punjab, according to a kharif crop damage report released by private weather forecaster Skymet on Tuesday.   While 40 to 50 per cent of soyabean crop has been hit in Madhya...

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Despite floods, government eyes record foodgrain output

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: Backed by consistent progress in sowing of Kharif Crops, the Centre on Monday said it was hopeful of achieving its record foodgrain production target of 291 million tonnes in the 2019-20 crop year (July-June) even as floods in some parts hit the summer crops. It is expected that light rains of short duration, as predicted in subdued monsoon phase in the coming weeks, will prove...

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Will Punjab and Haryana HC's recommendations reduce farmers' burden? -Rajeev Khanna

-Down to Earth The court’s suggestions, like making MSP a legal right and increasing it to thrice the cost of production, are practical but need effort in implementation, say experts The Punjab and Haryana high court recently recommended that minimum support price (MSP) be made farmers’ legal right and it be set at three times the cost of production. But will these or a slew of other measures the court suggested address...

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A reality check indicates that MSP set for 2019-20's Kharif Crops is not 1.5 times the 'C2' cost of production

A recent press release by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) shows that the declared minimum support price (MSP) for most Kharif Crops to be marketed in 2019-20 is at least 50 percent above the cost of production. The official information related to the newly declared MSP, which came two days ahead of the Union Budget presentation, gives the impression that the newly re-elected NDA government has kept its...

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