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Farmers in Maharashtra won’t sow crops or sell their produce until their demands are met: Reports

Farmers from a growing number of villages across Maharashtra are passing resolutions to go on strike from June 1, stop sale of any agrarian produce to begin with and not sow any crop if the government does not accept their demands.  There is widespread resentment among farmers because prices of commodities such as onions, vegetables and pulses have fallen below the cost of production, and the government has failed to implement effective procurement measures.  “Our generations have fought on the roads demanding the right price for our produce, but we haven’t got any justice. Hence, we want to try this smart and new idea of going on strike to...

Last Updated: Saturday, 15th April, 2017 10:38 AM Visits 747

Drop in price of pulses reveals flaws in agriculture policy

A good monsoon that led to record sowing and production of pulses -- especially tur dal (pigeon pea) -- has almost halved their wholesale and retail prices in 2017, a year after dal prices skyrocketed to Rs 200 per kg in some cities at the end of 2015.  In many state-regulated agricultural markets of major tur-producing states such as Maharashtra and Karnataka, prices have fallen to Rs 4,000 per quintal in some markets, 20 per cent below the minimum support price (MSP) of Rs 5,050 per quintal (including a bonus of Rs 425) since December 2016.  A ban on exports, restrictions on stocking by private agencies in a bumper-crop year...

Last Updated: Wednesday, 12th April, 2017 10:37 AM Visits 217

Loan waiver for farmers to worsen UP's economic mess?

LUCKNOW: Having waived the loans of marginal and small farmers -- as promised in the run-up to the assembly polls -- the Uttar Pradesh government may well find itself carrying an unprecedented financial burden in the days to come.   While officials and ministers in the Yogi Adityanath government insist the "whole thing has been planned well", financial experts here say the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government will find it hard to bear the burden, which will be around Rs 37,000 crore (over $6 billion), especially as it has said that there would be no new taxes levied on the people....

Last Updated: Friday, 7th April, 2017 10:29 AM Visits 247

Loan waiver for farmers to worsen UP's economic mess?

LUCKNOW: Having waived the loans of marginal and small farmers -- as promised in the run-up to the assembly polls -- the Uttar Pradesh government may well find itself carrying an unprecedented financial burden in the days to come.   While officials and ministers in the Yogi Adityanath government insist the "whole thing has been planned well", financial experts here say the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government will find it hard to bear the burden, which will be around Rs 37,000 crore (over $6 billion), especially as it has said that there would be no new taxes levied on the...

Last Updated: Friday, 7th April, 2017 05:30 PM Visits 264

Government to geotag Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna assets for better monitoring

NEW DELHI: The government has decided to geo-tag all assets like farm ponds, soil testing labs and seed godowns created under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY) for their better utilisation.   A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed in this regard today between the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), a wing of Indian Space Research Organisation, and RKVY division of the Agriculture Ministry.   NRSC will provide the required app and impart training to officials to facilitate uploading of photos of assets to the Bhuvan-RKVY platform.   "At present, there is manual details of RKVY assets and there is no transparency on their...

Last Updated: Thursday, 6th April, 2017 10:30 AM Visits 275

Punjab, Haryana order Girdawari to assess damage to crops

CHANDIGARH: Even though special girdawari has been today ordered by government in Punjab and Haryana in wake of the unexpected rains and hailstorm in some areas, experts maintain that damage is restricted to a few places.   Rains and strong winds in the last 48-hours have worried farmers who are on threshold of wheat harvesting. But the officials in the states denied reports of serious damage to overall crops in the two states. "More rains and strong winds in coming days could affect quality of wheat in some areas," a senior official of Punjab agriculture department said.   Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder...

Last Updated: Thursday, 6th April, 2017 05:31 PM Visits 212

Indian farmers switch crops as lentil prices plunge

LATUR/NEW DELHI: Millions of Indian farmers look set to switch from growing pulses and oilseeds after a government campaign to boost output became a victim of its own success by flooding markets with the crops, used in everything from fragrant curries to sticky desserts.  Storehouses are overflowing with commodities such as lentils and soybeans after waves of farmers answered Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call last summer to ramp up local production to cut a hefty import bill, driving prices sharply lower.  A shift to planting crops such as sugarcane and wheat could drag on global prices in those markets as supply swells, while raising the spectre of a swing to a shortage...

Last Updated: Tuesday, 21st March, 2017 10:54 AM Visits 2936

After Kharif, India set to reap record rabi crops: NCAER

NEW DELHI: A good monsoon in 2016 helped in achieving record Kharif crops output, and India is set to replicate the performance in Rabi or winter sown crops too, said a study by economic think-tank NCAER.   As per the NCAER's report on the short-term agricultural outlook for the 2017 Rabi season, Gross Value Added (GVA) in agriculture and allied sector registered a significant 3.3 per cent year-on-year growth in the second quarter of 2016-17 as compared to 1.8 per cent growth in the previous quarter.   Overall, a robust growth of 4.1 per cent is estimated for the agriculture sector in 2016-17...

Last Updated: Thursday, 9th March, 2017 10:29 AM Visits 231