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  • FCI switches to tech to protect procurement system from fraudsters Mar 26, 2021 05:26 PM IST

    FCI switches to tech to protect procurement system from fraudsters

    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.

  • Maharashtra Budget 2021: Govt announces interest-free farm loans up to Rs 3 lakh, 33% rebate on power bills Mar 08, 2021 09:38 PM IST

    Maharashtra Budget 2021: Govt announces interest-free farm loans up to Rs 3 lakh, 33% rebate on power bills

    The Maha Vikas Aghadi government announced a scheme worth Rs 2,000 crore for strengthening Agricultural Produce Market Committees in state.

  • By staying the implementation of the three farm laws, the SC has sent out the wrong message Jan 13, 2021 03:12 PM IST

    By staying the implementation of the three farm laws, the SC has sent out the wrong message

    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

  • Protests or vandalism? Don’t kill the golden goose of private enterprise Dec 31, 2020 12:40 PM IST

    Protests or vandalism? Don’t kill the golden goose of private enterprise

    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 

  • Peaceful protest is a democratic right, but vandalism hurts India’s image Dec 31, 2020 08:35 AM IST

    Peaceful protest is a democratic right, but vandalism hurts India’s image

    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

  • Farmers' Protest | Farm leaders must be flexible for a friendly dialogue: MoS Kailash Chaudhary Dec 29, 2020 09:25 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest | Farm leaders must be flexible for a friendly dialogue: MoS Kailash Chaudhary

    The sixth round of talks between leaders of farmers' organisations and the government will be held on Wednesday, seeking withdrawal of new agricultural laws.

  • Farmers’ Protest | Ready to discuss all issues: Centre to farmer bodies in a fresh invite for talks Dec 24, 2020 02:41 PM IST

    Farmers’ Protest | Ready to discuss all issues: Centre to farmer bodies in a fresh invite for talks

    Multiple rounds of talks between the Centre and the farmers’ union leaders have ended in a stalemate.

  • The quest for a middle path amid farm protests Dec 22, 2020 11:03 AM IST

    The quest for a middle path amid farm protests

    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

  • Farmers' protest | Shetkari Sanghatan urges Centre not to withdraw agri reform laws, suggests amendments Dec 21, 2020 08:27 PM IST

    Farmers' protest | Shetkari Sanghatan urges Centre not to withdraw agri reform laws, suggests amendments

    States and not Centre should have the authority to decide on APMCs and contract farming, the farmers' group says.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s positive signal to farmers to hear and clear their woes Dec 18, 2020 08:48 PM IST

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s positive signal to farmers to hear and clear their woes

    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

  • Farm Reforms | PM Narendra Modi’s reassurance to farmers comes at the right time Dec 18, 2020 07:17 PM IST

    Farm Reforms | PM Narendra Modi’s reassurance to farmers comes at the right time

    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

  • Farm Laws | Reforms and consensus do not always go hand in hand Dec 17, 2020 10:30 AM IST

    Farm Laws | Reforms and consensus do not always go hand in hand

    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

  • Farm reforms essential to the long-term sustainability of agriculture Dec 16, 2020 12:33 PM IST

    Farm reforms essential to the long-term sustainability of agriculture

    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

  • Farm laws will usher in much-needed reforms in agriculture Dec 15, 2020 01:56 PM IST

    Farm laws will usher in much-needed reforms in agriculture

    The farm laws have the potential to make farming a lucrative endeavour and also open the floodgates to private investment and innovation

  • Courageous reforms in agriculture sector long overdue. Government must not yield now Dec 14, 2020 11:53 AM IST

    Courageous reforms in agriculture sector long overdue. Government must not yield now

    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

  • Farmers' protest | What Maharashtra farmers have to say about the farm laws, contract farming Dec 09, 2020 09:15 PM IST

    Farmers' protest | What Maharashtra farmers have to say about the farm laws, contract farming

    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.

  • Is the farmers protest a silent revolution? Dec 03, 2020 02:57 PM IST

    Is the farmers protest a silent revolution?

    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

  • Political economy and fear of the future behind farmer protests Dec 03, 2020 02:01 PM IST

    Political economy and fear of the future behind farmer protests

    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

  • A section of farmers wants to cling on to a system that has outlived its utility Dec 03, 2020 08:28 AM IST

    A section of farmers wants to cling on to a system that has outlived its utility

    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

  • Onions at Rs 100/kg in Mumbai, Pune as wholesale prices soar: Report Oct 22, 2020 08:53 AM IST

    Onions at Rs 100/kg in Mumbai, Pune as wholesale prices soar: Report

    Heavy rainfall has affected onion supply, said Lasalgaon APMC chairperson Suvarna Jagtap

  • Why the promise to continue with MSP must remain verbal Sep 25, 2020 08:36 AM IST

    Why the promise to continue with MSP must remain verbal

    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

  • Congress, states, Planning Commission all wanted agri reforms; what changed now? Sep 18, 2020 12:50 PM IST

    Congress, states, Planning Commission all wanted agri reforms; what changed now?

    Politicking aside, it will all boil down to whether India’s millions of small and marginal farmers end up securing a stronger bargaining power.

  • Central law to replace Essential Commodities Act soon: Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar Jun 01, 2020 06:08 PM IST

    Central law to replace Essential Commodities Act soon: Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar

    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.

  • Halt in exports, relaxation in APMC norms prompts mango farmers to sell directly to consumers May 18, 2020 07:26 PM IST

    Halt in exports, relaxation in APMC norms prompts mango farmers to sell directly to consumers

    The late arrival of mangoes owing to transport challenges due to COVID-19 lockdown has impacted the price of mangoes.

  • COVID-19 | Using the crisis to propel much-needed agricultural marketing reforms May 16, 2020 01:31 PM IST

    COVID-19 | Using the crisis to propel much-needed agricultural marketing reforms

    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

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