Mar 26, 2021 05:26 PM IST
With incidents of hoarding and frauds, the FCI is mulling to introduce gadgets at its procurement centres that will show the 'age of rice'. The new practice will prevent middlemen and traders to recirculate and resell old rice to FCI.
- Mar 08, 2021 09:38 PM IST
The Maha Vikas Aghadi government announced a scheme worth Rs 2,000 crore for strengthening Agricultural Produce Market Committees in state.
- Jan 13, 2021 03:12 PM IST
Why is the apex court taking upon itself the burden not cast on it by the Constitution? Even if the court is moved by the plight of the farmers, it could exhort them to abjure their obstinacy in taking to the streets with alacrity
- Dec 31, 2020 12:40 PM IST
It’s a simple fact that for faster growth and an improvement in incomes, we need non-farm manufacturing jobs to grow in India, including Punjab. Agriculture can support only so many people and we need to move workers to better productive sectors
- Dec 31, 2020 08:35 AM IST
The Punjab vandalism coupled with the hooliganism at the Apple factory at Kolar send a wrong message to global entrepreneurs who wish to be part of India’s growth story. It shows that the Indian state is incapable of safeguarding private property
- Dec 29, 2020 09:25 PM IST
The sixth round of talks between leaders of farmers' organisations and the government will be held on Wednesday, seeking withdrawal of new agricultural laws.
- Dec 24, 2020 02:41 PM IST
Multiple rounds of talks between the Centre and the farmers’ union leaders have ended in a stalemate.
- Dec 22, 2020 11:03 AM IST
By undertaking reforms, the PM has shown his intent to drive up the sector. Through empathy and consultation, the Modi government should now bring convergence with the stakeholders
- Dec 21, 2020 08:27 PM IST
States and not Centre should have the authority to decide on APMCs and contract farming, the farmers' group says.
- Dec 18, 2020 08:48 PM IST
Farmers should take the PM's call to discuss all their concerns. By offering to discuss, Narendra Modi has opened up the door for those willing to find a solution to the current stalemate
- Dec 18, 2020 07:17 PM IST
Intervention from the highest level should assuage the concerns of the protesting farmers. Now, a breakthrough in talks is expected, and the true potential of the farm reforms will be realised
- Dec 17, 2020 10:30 AM IST
Agriculture has remained a sensitive subject to tinker with because any well-intentioned move is fraught with huge political risks. However, the Narendra Modi-led government is walking the talk when it comes to agrarian reforms
- Dec 16, 2020 12:33 PM IST
The Centre needs to convey the importance of these reforms, convince the farmers of the short- and long-term benefits of these new laws, and ensure that reforms in the agriculture sector are here to stay
- Dec 15, 2020 01:56 PM IST
The farm laws have the potential to make farming a lucrative endeavour and also open the floodgates to private investment and innovation
- Dec 14, 2020 11:53 AM IST
The farm laws are meaningful liberalisation-oriented reforms aimed at reducing government control over the agriculture sector. Buckling under pressure on this issue will set the clock back on reforms by several years
- Dec 09, 2020 09:15 PM IST
Some of the farmers, who have already taken up contract farming, are worried that laws may empower the companies even more and wonder how that would impact them.
- Dec 03, 2020 02:57 PM IST
Beyond its core demands, the protesting farmers are also questioning the increasing centralisation of decision making in a federal structure, lack of consultations with stakeholders on the ground, including on subjects such as land
- Dec 03, 2020 02:01 PM IST
The roots of the APMC goes back to colonial rule to ensure the cheap supply of raw cotton to mills in Britain. Furthermore, the roots of price control go back to the infamous Khilji era when policy to ensure a cheap supply of agricultural produce
- Dec 03, 2020 08:28 AM IST
Today’s national needs are different and the system needs to change. The crux of the farmers’ objection to the new policy is that it will end his life of risk-free farming
- Oct 22, 2020 08:53 AM IST
Heavy rainfall has affected onion supply, said Lasalgaon APMC chairperson Suvarna Jagtap
- Sep 25, 2020 08:36 AM IST
The big change that the northwest farmer in particular will face is far greater openness to market forces as the monopoly of the APMCs will go. The farmer will have to seek out buyers offering better deals and counterparties who can offer contract farming options
- Sep 18, 2020 12:50 PM IST
Politicking aside, it will all boil down to whether India’s millions of small and marginal farmers end up securing a stronger bargaining power.
- Jun 01, 2020 06:08 PM IST
APMCs, over the years, had become barriers for farmers to get a fair price for their produce as they were forced to sell it through these committees.
- May 18, 2020 07:26 PM IST
The late arrival of mangoes owing to transport challenges due to COVID-19 lockdown has impacted the price of mangoes.
- May 16, 2020 01:31 PM IST
While the Centre must be commended for committing to undertake these reforms, it is equally important that these reforms form part of a larger farming ecosystem and unless simultaneous changes are brought in other aspects, these reforms may fall flat