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Crop burning: Why are Punjab farmers defying government ban -Jitendra

-Down to Earth Farmers struggle to decompose paddy straw in absence of adequate machines It is 11:30 am. A gypsy, with two loudspeakers mounted on it, takes a U-turn (on NH 7 at Chano) and enters Kalajhar village in Sangrur district of Punjab. As it enters, it starts announcing to the farmers in the village to gather at the outskirts and set the crop residue on fire. Such announcement is a sharp...

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In the Year of Millets, Coarse Grains Remain Neglected Despite Nutritional Benefits -Siraj Hussain

-TheWire.in The government cannot procure the entire production of millets in the country and the only way to ensure profitability for millet farmers is to promote domestic consumption. On October 3, the government announced the minimum support prices (MSP) for Rabi crops that will be sown between October and December. While the MSP for wheat has been raised by 6.1%, that of safflower has seen an increase of 20.6%, the highest. These...

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Bearish signals: When minimum support price is only on paper

-The Indian Express For the Modi government and farmers, it’s not MSPs for rabi, but below-MSP rates for Kharif Crops now being marketed, that should really worry. New Delhi: Promising something is much easier than having the capacity to deliver. This is a reality that the Narendra Modi government may have to reckon with in the current kharif marketing season itself, even as it has announced a fresh round of minimum support...

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Parts of Maharashtra face drought as monsoons near end -Shiv Kumar

-The Tribune Mumbai: Parts of Maharashtra are facing drought-like situation due to scanty rainfall in around 18 districts of the state, according to state government officials. All the affected districts lie in the politically sensitive Marathwada and Vidarbha regions and the Devendra Fadnavis government is coming under pressure to undertake drought-relief work right away. There is a major shortage of drinking water across Marathwada and people are dependent on tankers even for their...

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Kharif planting lags despite MSP hikes, normal monsoon -Harish Damodaran

-The Indian Express One reason for the MSPs not having the desired impact could be the delayed announcement. Farmers usually make sowing decisions before the onset of the monsoon. New Delhi: The government may have substantially hiked minimum support prices (MSP) of crops being grown in the current kharif season. That, along with most parts of India receiving good rain until now, should have considerably boosted plantings by farmers this time. However, the...

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