Kerala's MSP: The initiative is fraught with challenges, but there is a fighting chance of success
Politicking aside, it will all boil down to whether India’s millions of small and marginal farmers end up securing a stronger bargaining power.
The train, which will run between Devlali in Maharashtra to Danapur in Bihar, will cover the journey of 1,519 kilometres in 32 hours.
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.
The registered farmer producer company now employs 80 locals, including village women, thus providing jobs.
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.
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
The government's slew of measures for the agriculture sector include amendments in the Essential Commodities Act.
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said the decisions taken in the Cabinet meeting today will bring about a "transformative change".
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.
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
The Narendra Modi-led government has enacted several vital reforms and taken long-term policy decisions aimed at restructuring the economy
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.
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.
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.
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.
Moneycontrol's Sakshi Batra breaks down the amendments in the Essential Commodities Act
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.
"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.
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.
According to the government, it is aimed at bringing in reforms to facilitate market access for farmers.
While reforms were much needed, some of the hastily drawn changes will do more harm than good
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
"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.
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.