The Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare said that the Centre was working with speed towards doubling farmers' income by 2022.
Stating that farmers' welfare has been a priority of the government, Singh said the allocation for agriculture sector has been higher at Rs 2.11 lakh crore in four years of the Modi government.
A group of over 200 farmers, who arrived in bullock carts at the tract of land at Khandala in Karjat tehsil, ploughed a part of it using a tractor as a symbolic reclaiming of possession.
The total crop loans granted by banks in Maharashtra in the current fiscal (April-Feb 2017-18) has reduced by almost 40 percent from the previous fiscal (2016-17).
Lenders now dread the Maharashtra government’s relent to the protest for a complete loan waiver will lead to more defaults.
Facing the heat from the opposition and ally Shiv Sena, the state government yesterday accepted the agitating farmers' demands, including their right to till forest land.
The mammoth farmers march to Mumbai is a "stunning example of people's power", Gandhi said on Twitter.
India’s Northeast has been reeling under farmer crisis caused by land erosion, floods and the general terrain of the land.
Fadnavis was responding to a discussion in the Assembly, initiated by Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, who lauded the farmers participating in the 'Kisan Long March' for their peaceful protest while demanding a complete loan waiver and compensation for hailstorm and pink bollworm pest attack on crops.
The farmers plan to surround the Assembly complex to press for their demands of an unconditional loan waiver, and transfer of forest land to tribal farmers who have been tilling it for years.
"This government is incapable of doing anything," the MNS chief said, addressing thousands of farmers who rested at Somaiya Ground in Sion area after reaching the city this evening.
Ajit Nawale of the All India Kisan Sabha, which has organised the march, told PTI that senior Sena leader and PWD Minister Eknath Shinde met protesting long march leaders when it entered neighbouring Thane earlier today.
They plan to 'gherao' the Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha after reaching Mumbai on March 12, said Sunil Malusare of the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), which has organised the protest.
The cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the plan on Wednesday which aims to stop farmers from burning the crop residues ahead of winter planting.
The budget was passed after Chief Minister Raje gave her reply to the debate on appropriation bill while making several announcements.
A government resolution (GR) to this effect was issued recently, a revenue department official said.
SP activists led by its state president Rabi Behera staged a demonstration before the CBI state headquarters here and submitted a memorandum to the premier investigation agency.
Sinha, on arrival for the session, was received by Speaker Pramod Sawant and senior minister and MGP leader Sudin Dhavalikar, in the absence of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who has been hospitalised in Mumbai due to a pancreatic ailment.
"Under this scheme farmers will be given Rs 200 per quintal incentive in the support price for wheat and paddy crops. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a support price of Rs 1,735 per quintal for wheat. After adding this incentive to it, it will be about Rs 2,000 per quintal," Chouhan announced while addressing a convention of farmers here yesterday.
There are a few hiccups, including the method to calculate cost of production while deciding the support price
"The government says farmers' income will be doubled by 2022. But it's not possible until the agricultural growth is 12 per cent. Until we achieve that ... It is just a hollow assurance," Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad quoted Singh as saying after a meeting of opposition parties here.
Large swaths of the farming community — who make up the bulk of India's population — are growing disillusioned with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party, as reflected by December's Gujarat state election.
So severe and visible was the distress in agriculture sector, which is the source of livelihood for 60% Indians, that it became a rallying point in almost every state election fought last year.
The government is also set to launch a "Sweet Revolution" to boost bee farming as part of the broader strategy to improve income from non-traditional agricultural sources.
India, the world's second-biggest sugar producer, requires the processors to pay cane farmers within two weeks of harvest. The mills agreed in May to pay the farmers 11 percent more for their cane for the 2017/18 marketing year, which started on Oct. 1.