Minister of State for Agriculture Purushottam Rupala shed light on the action plan in a reply in the Lok Sabha. The national food security mission - Pulses is being implemented in 638 districts in 29 states to make the country self sufficient in pulses production.
India's farm sector received foreign direct investment (FDI) worth Rs 354.77 crore during April-May this year.
"The last day to apply for the scheme was July 31. But a large number of farmers have not been able to apply. Now their applications will be accepted till August 5 at bank branches," Fundkar said in a statement here.
There seems to be no end to farmer woes. Last year a good monsoon led to a glut which resulted in prices of farm commodities touching the ground. This year rainfall has been more concentrated resulting in floods in many parts of the country.
The cotton output is estimated at 337.25 lakh bales for the 2016-17 crop year as per the June estimates.
The farmers at Jantar Mantar on Thursday hit themselves with footwear as a "punishment" for voting for the state legislators who have allegedly turned a deaf ear towards farmers' issues.
The government is not likely to meet again the farmer bodies which have been opposing the introduction of genetically modified mustard.
"Farmers having the annual turnover of over Rs 10 lakh are excluded from the loan waiver scheme. The reason behind such bar is that those having higher income are basically earning from non-agricultural activities as well. As they have another source of income, they will be kept out of the loan waiver bracket. We want to offer loan waiver only to those farmers who are totally dependent on agriculture for their livelihood," Fadnavis said.
Sowing area under paddy has gone up by 4.5 percent to 126 lakh hectares, while pulses acreage has risen 24 percent to 74.61 lakh hectares so far in the kharif season.
A three-year road map to double farmers income by 2022 has been prepared and sent to state governments for implementation.
Before Beijing closed the door to the US beef some 14 years ago, America exported beef worth USD 70 million to China.
Higher productivity will cover the lower pace of consumption growth, curtailing prices of staple food commodities that are mostly expected to show a slight decline in real terms, said the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation.
"In other words, even at the current productivity levels in each sector, moving one percentage-point workers out of agriculture into industry can increase the GDP by 1.5 per cent," Panagariya said, while addressing the National Conference of Chief Secretaries here.
Granting industry status gives a fillip to investments and bring down costs of operation as the sector gets organised with bigger players coming in. But problems abound.
Ahead of the rollout of the Goods and Services Tax, traders are busy de-stocking at huge discounts leading to a drastic fall in commodity prices.
Government think-tank NITI Aayog has drawn up an exhaustive plan for achieving the target of doubling farmers’ income in five years ending 2022-23.
There is now an unhealthy competition among states to announce farm loan waivers after the one declared by the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh soon after coming to power in the country's most populous state, he said.
So far, Maharashtra and UP have waived nearly 30-40 per cent of outstanding agri-bank credit, while for Punjab it was 15 per cent, according to the report. In the meanwhile, Karnataka has also announced farm loan waiver scheme.
Agriculture income in the country is exempt from tax, and so the I-T feels that income is being misreported to evade tax.
The strategy for doubling income looks good on paper but in reality it is only halving farming cost.
The report titled ‘India’s Labour Market: A new emphasis on gainful employment’ also highlights the structural shift in Indian labour market from agriculture to the non-farm sector
The two countries had inked the memorandum of understanding (MoU) last month during the visit of the Palestinian minister of foreign affairs to India.
Maharashtra minister Sudhir Mungantiwar today said the exact quantum of the loan waiver to be given to farmers was yet to be worked out.
The two governments have very different approaches to deal with the farmer's protest situation.
Opposition leaders have held a series of meetings to develop a strategy on intensifying their agitation