Govt’s stand on not allowing price protection may disrupt India’s larger agri-reforms agenda, warns farmer leader

India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) might be celebrating after finally pushing through key agriculture reforms in parliament, but farmer leaders have raised concerns, saying hat the government may have lost the trust of farmers by not responding to their most important demand. “We were asking for minimum support price (MSP) assurance for only 23 […]

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India bans onion exports, Maharashtra farmers agitate for its removal

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A day after the Centre banned exports of onions to contain a spike in domestic prices, farmers in the largest onion cultivating state of Maharashtra, held agitations, calling the move “arbitrary”, seeking removal of the ban. Prices of onions at Lasalgaon, Nashik,  the country’s biggest onion market in Maharashtra, have doubled to Rs 3,000 per quintal […]

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Procurement of kharif season groundnut to start after Diwali in Gujarat

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Following a bumper groundnut crop projection after a record sowing of the oilseeds for kharif 2020-21, the Gujarat government announced to start operations for groundnut procurement at minimum support price from 19 November, 2020 onwards. The state estimates the output of oilseed crop at 54.6 lakh tonnes for Kharif season 2020 Jayesh Radadiya, Minister for […]

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PM-Kisan Yojana scam: Rs 2.25 crore recovered from ineligible farmers’ accounts

The authorities in Tamil Nadu’s Tiruvannamalai district have recovered Rs. 2.25 crore from ineligible accounts of farmers who were registered under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana also known as PM-KISAN scheme. The Crime Branch-CID has arrested a woman heading a SHG (self-help group) in connection with the irregularities. She was presented before a local […]

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RBI says management of surplus foodgrain the biggest challenge for India

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Management of surplus foodgrain in India has become a major challenge, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said in its annual report. “India has now reached a stage in which surplus management has become a major challenge… Going forward, shifting the terms of trade in favour of agriculture is the key to sustaining this dynamic […]

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