Kharif sowing on, but no word on MSPs

Farmers may be hit as NITI Aayog proposal on shifting burden to States delays decision The monsoon has arrived in northern India and is expected to cover the whole country in the next few days, but farmers are still waiting for the announcement of the minimum support prices (MSP) for major crops. The Modi government
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Income support must be provided to at least the most vulnerable farmers Our farm policy is so bad, the proverb ‘you reap what you sow’ isn’t true any longer. A bumper crop is no different from a drought, for it too depresses farm incomes. Good rains, excessive sowing and the bumper harvest last year produced
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Farmers may be hit as NITI Aayog proposal on shifting burden to States delays decision The monsoon has arrived in northern India and is expected to cover the whole country in the next few days, but farmers are still waiting for the announcement of the minimum support prices (MSP) for major crops. The Modi government
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Holds video interaction with farmers from nine States; critics call it a ‘pre-scripted TV show’ that failed to address distress At a time of acute agrarian distress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke in glowing terms of his government’s schemes and programmes in a video interaction with farmers from nine States on Wednesday. Reiterating the government’s
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The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the continuation of the Three Year Action Plan (2017-2020) of the scheme for Agricultural Education Division and ICAR Institutes with an outlay of Rs.2225.46 crore[Rs. 2197.51 crore + Rs. 27.95 crore (State share) as salary component for AICRP-HS]for strengthening and developing higher agricultural
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Farmers have been staging protests as domestic prices are falling on the back of a glut last year and an expected good harvest following a good monsoon The Union government has allotted quotas for import of pulses and is enforcing an additional import agreement with Mozambique at a time when domestic stocks are at their
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During monsoon season, these critically endangered birds move into fields The critically endangered Bengal florican – a grassland bird more threatened than the tiger – use not just protected grasslands but agricultural fields, too, find scientists. This suggests that conserving these cultivated areas could be as important as protecting the grasslands where these birds breed.
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Given that crop residue burning has an environmental footprint and poses health hazards, one needs to be cautious while evaluating the Centre’s policy to mitigate the crisis. But there is also an urgent need for such an evaluation. The Centre has allocated Rs 1,050 crore to the states where crop residue burning poses a pollution
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Researchers say it is time India moves on from hybrids Pink bollworm infestation in Bt cotton in India has turned the spotlight on an important question: has hybrid cotton lived up to its promise? India was a pioneer in this technology in the 1970s; today, it is the only country that exclusively grows cotton hybrids.
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‘Opportunities abound for global chains considering India as outsourcing hub’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asked the private sector to invest more in contract farming, raw material-sourcing and creating agri-linkages, and said there are huge opportunities for global super-market chains considering India as a major outsourcing hub. Besides, he suggested that aerated drinks manufacturers
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