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  • Has Kerala gone bananas? Maybe not Oct 30, 2020 08:21 AM IST

    Has Kerala gone bananas? Maybe not

    Kerala's MSP: The initiative is fraught with challenges, but there is a fighting chance of success

  • 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.

  • Kisan Rail: Farmers set to benefit as India's first train to transport perishable commodities begins journey Aug 07, 2020 11:43 AM IST

    Kisan Rail: Farmers set to benefit as India's first train to transport perishable commodities begins journey

    The train, which will run between Devlali in Maharashtra to Danapur in Bihar, will cover the journey of 1,519 kilometres in 32 hours.

  • Farmers launch agitation over demand for hike in milk prices Jul 21, 2020 11:15 AM IST

    Farmers launch agitation over demand for hike in milk prices

    The agitators along with members of the Raju Shetti- led Swambhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, a farmers' organisation, stopped milk tankers and emptied them on the Pune-Bengaluru highway passing the two districts.

  • Enterprising Maharashtra farmer generates Rs 2.75 crore business for self, peers amid COVID-19: Report Jul 19, 2020 04:12 PM IST

    Enterprising Maharashtra farmer generates Rs 2.75 crore business for self, peers amid COVID-19: Report

    The registered farmer producer company now employs 80 locals, including village women, thus providing jobs.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | Bayer to provide seeds, PPE to 4 lakh smallholder farmers in India Jun 17, 2020 07:00 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | Bayer to provide seeds, PPE to 4 lakh smallholder farmers in India

    These packages will be designed for farmers' local needs and will include a combination of Bayer's hybrid seeds, crop protection products, personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety and training materials.

  • Focus on MSMEs to boost manufacturing in India Jun 10, 2020 10:03 AM IST

    Focus on MSMEs to boost manufacturing in India

    With huge reverse migration, the support structures and relevant programmes may be specifically designed so that the rural landscape generates hundreds of micro and small enterprises

  • In Pics | Government measures to help farmers tide over COVID-19 crisis Jun 04, 2020 02:45 PM IST

    In Pics | Government measures to help farmers tide over COVID-19 crisis

    The government's slew of measures for the agriculture sector include amendments in the Essential Commodities Act.

  • Cabinet approves repayment date extension of short-term loans for agricultural activities Jun 01, 2020 05:22 PM IST

    Cabinet approves repayment date extension of short-term loans for agricultural activities

    Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said the decisions taken in the Cabinet meeting today will bring about a "transformative change".

  • Cane arrear reaches Rs 17,134 crore so far in 2019-20 season: Centre May 29, 2020 06:45 PM IST

    Cane arrear reaches Rs 17,134 crore so far in 2019-20 season: Centre

    Under the Sugarcane (Control) Order, 1966, sugar mills are required to make cane price payment to farmers within 14 days of supply of cane. If mills fail to make payment, they have to pay interest at the rate of 15 per cent per annum on amount due for the delayed period beyond 14 days.

  • Modi Govt 2.0 | COVID-19 has prompted long-pending agricultural reforms May 29, 2020 11:11 AM IST

    Modi Govt 2.0 | COVID-19 has prompted long-pending agricultural reforms

    Based on its performance this last year, the second year of the Modi 2.0 government promises to bring far reaching changes to the agricultural economy

  • Modi Govt 2.0 | Bold steps with a focus on long-term reforms May 29, 2020 10:35 AM IST

    Modi Govt 2.0 | Bold steps with a focus on long-term reforms

    The Narendra Modi-led government has enacted several vital reforms and taken long-term policy decisions aimed at restructuring the economy

  • Will launch statewide agitation if curbs on paddy cultivation stay: Former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda May 27, 2020 08:00 PM IST

    Will launch statewide agitation if curbs on paddy cultivation stay: Former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda

    Hooda's warning has come a day after Haryana Chief Minister M L Khattar defended the recently launched Mera Pani, Meri Virasat scheme, aimed at crop diversification.

  • Locust menace: Chhattisgarh farmers, agriculture department on alert May 27, 2020 11:25 AM IST

    Locust menace: Chhattisgarh farmers, agriculture department on alert

    Locusts have reached Amravati (Maharashtra) and Mandla (Madhya Pradesh) from Rajasthan and may enter the bordering districts of Chhattisgarh "in a day or two", he said.

  • Airtel Payments Bank, Mastercard team up to develop customised financial products for farmers, SMEs May 26, 2020 03:22 PM IST

    Airtel Payments Bank, Mastercard team up to develop customised financial products for farmers, SMEs

    The collaboration will bring together Mastercard's experience in developing financial solutions and Airtel Payments Bank's distribution network to reach its large customer base.

  • Sonia launches Rajiv Gandhi Nyay Yojya for farmers in Chhattisgarh; terms it 'true tribute' to ex-PM May 21, 2020 01:35 PM IST

    Sonia launches Rajiv Gandhi Nyay Yojya for farmers in Chhattisgarh; terms it 'true tribute' to ex-PM

    Addressing the launch event on the occasion of Rajiv Gandhi's death anniversary, she lauded the scheme, saying it will bring a change in the lives of farmers and help them become self-reliant.

  • Explained | Amendments to Essential Commodities Act May 16, 2020 10:28 AM IST

    Explained | Amendments to Essential Commodities Act

    Moneycontrol's Sakshi Batra breaks down the amendments​ in the Essential Commodities Act

  • Government reaches out to agriculture sector on third day of stimulus measures May 15, 2020 05:15 PM IST

    Government reaches out to agriculture sector on third day of stimulus measures

    FM Nirmala Sitharaman on May 15 announced 11 measures to boost the sector, ranging from amendment of Essential Commodities Act to a Rs 1 lakh crore crore fund to boost agriculture infrastructure.

  • Experts give mixed reaction to govt package for farmers May 14, 2020 10:55 PM IST

    Experts give mixed reaction to govt package for farmers

    "Except for extension of moratorium in repayment of crop loan and providing Kisan Credit Card (KCC) to more farmers, there was no big economic package announced for the farming community," Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Dharmendra Malik said in a statement.

  • Farm package to boost rural economy, benefit FMCG companies May 14, 2020 09:28 PM IST

    Farm package to boost rural economy, benefit FMCG companies

    For the past few months, the surge in agribusiness and rural sales has been the driving factor of the future growth potential of FMCG businesses in India. Rural contributes 35-40 percent of overall sales value.

  • Karnataka government clears APMC ordinance May 14, 2020 09:15 PM IST

    Karnataka government clears APMC ordinance

    According to the government, it is aimed at bringing in reforms to facilitate market access for farmers.

  • Labour Laws | States could turn to the four codes set by the Centre May 11, 2020 03:10 PM IST

    Labour Laws | States could turn to the four codes set by the Centre

    While reforms were much needed, some of the hastily drawn changes will do more harm than good

  • Khattar govt's new scheme will discourage farmers from cultivating paddy: Congress May 10, 2020 06:11 PM IST

    Khattar govt's new scheme will discourage farmers from cultivating paddy: Congress

    Opposition Congress hit out at the crop diversification scheme by the M L Khattar government, saying there was a conspiracy to stop the procurement of paddy at MSP

  • The great potato giveaway: US farmers hand out spuds to avoid food waste May 08, 2020 10:35 AM IST

    The great potato giveaway: US farmers hand out spuds to avoid food waste

    "You get a VIP pass!" Yates, a bus driver in her 50s, said the workers hollered, as she loaded 1,800 pounds (816 kg) of potatoes into her gray Chevy Silverado, bound for the Salvation Army, local food banks and homes throughout western Washington.

  • How Agritech can be a solution to farmers’ produce-related woes Apr 30, 2020 07:33 PM IST

    How Agritech can be a solution to farmers’ produce-related woes

    Interestingly, more than 265 million people in India are engaged in farming, which also makes it one of the largest employers in the country. More than 70 percent of rural India is employed in this space, running their daily expenses with income generated through agriculture.

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