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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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The double standards in support to farmers stir -Rohit Parakh

-The Hindu Business Line Developed nations need to look at their own subsidies to farmers, policies on GM crop and pesticide exports The ongoing farmers’ protest has attracted a lot of global attention. So much so that the External Affairs Ministry even put out a rejoinder after some global celebrities tweeted in support of the protest. Some sections of the Indian diaspora, too, expressed their support which has attracted criticism back home. Agriculture...

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Farm laws must reflect regional and crop diversities -Yoginder K Alagh

-The Indian Express A modified version of the laws with a roadmap can be on the agenda — not everywhere, but most places outside the lands of the five rivers. The Supreme Court took a practical stand on the farm trade laws — implement them after consultation and with a well-defined framework spelt out. It led to the stand the government has taken — of holding the laws in abeyance for 18...

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Farm laws and ‘taxation’ of farmers -R Ramakumar

-The Hindu To show Indian agriculture as being net taxed to argue for the farm laws has poor conceptual validity Over the past three decades, a major rationale offered in favour of liberalising Indian agriculture was that farmers were “net taxed”. In other words, incomes of farmers were kept artificially lower than what they should have been. It was argued that this “net taxation” existed because protectionist policies deprived farmers of higher...

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Record 95.38% of registered farmers in Chhattisgarh sold paddy on MSP in Kharif 2020-21

-IndiaToday.in Numbers of farmers selling paddy on MSP, total registered acreage and the quantity of paddy sold this year is the highest in last 20 years. More than 92 lakh metric tonnes of paddy procured in 2020-21 in Chhattisgarh. A record number of 95.38 per cent of total registered farmers have sold paddy in Chhattisgarh in Kharif marketing year 2020-21, thanks to farmer-friendly policies implemented in Chhattisgarh under the leadership of Chief...

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