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India to have Normal Monsoon this year -Vibha Sharma

-The Tribune Punjab, Haryana may witness rain deficit New Delhi: For 2021, private forecaster Skymet Weather has predicted “normal” monsoon rains for the country at 103 per cent (907 mm) of the Long Period Average (LPA) rains this year. The rains will be “normal”, ending in the upper half of the normal range, the spread being 96-104% of LPA, said Skymet president GP Sharma. The prediction comes with an error margin of 5...

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Budget, like farm laws, is marred by gap between intentions of government and ground realities of agriculture -Ajay Vir Jakhar

-The Indian Express Investment in human capital, science and research remains the Achilles heel of Indian policy. The budget allocation for agriculture research and education has constantly declined from 0.31 per cent of the gross value added of agriculture and allied activities in 2011-12 to 0.24 per cent now Seven years of low crude prices, five years of above Normal Monsoon topped by good agriculture production, and everything looked positive for a...

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The illusion of a revival in the country’s agricultural sector -Himanshu

-Livemint.com Big hopes are being pinned on farming but its performance is not as impressive as made out to be Most recent economic indicators suggest a modest recovery compared to the first two months of India’s lockdown. But when compared to the data of last year, it also becomes clear that an economic comeback is likely to be a long-drawn affair. There is also a consensus that a recovery will be contingent...

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Green shoots in rural India set the stage for economic revival -Gireesh Chandra Prasad and Suneera Tandon

-Hindustan Times Business leaders expect a Normal Monsoon, record sowing of summer crops, improved winter harvest and a raft of government measures to help farmers and boost rural incomes to boost demand for goods ranging from two-wheelers to tractors. Businesses are banking on a bumper harvest and high rural incomes to drive demand for goods after the coronavirus pandemic stunted growth in the country’s cities, where most of the factories and offices...

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Centre expands social safety net programme -Elizabeth Roche

-Livemint.com * MGNREGS guarantees 100 days of work in a financial year to a rural household whose adult members volunteer for unskilled manual work * In 2019-20, which was considered a Normal Monsoon year without rural distress, 2.65 billion person days were created NEW DELHI: The Union government on Sunday injected an extra ₹40,000 crore into the national rural jobs programme, extending a helping hand to millions of rural poor, as well as...

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