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  • Not possible to double farmers' income by 2022: Manmohan Singh Feb 02, 2018 08:20 AM IST

    Not possible to double farmers' income by 2022: Manmohan Singh

    "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.

  • BJP led NDA may shore up votes by pushing more money toward farmers Jan 29, 2018 08:36 AM IST

    BJP led NDA may shore up votes by pushing more money toward farmers

    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.

  • Union Budget 2018: This is what finance minister Arun Jaitley needs to do to reduce farm stress and prevent farmer suicides Jan 25, 2018 02:24 PM IST

    Union Budget 2018: This is what finance minister Arun Jaitley needs to do to reduce farm stress and prevent farmer suicides

    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.

  • FM Arun Jaitley to sing kisan raga in Modi govt's last full Budget Jan 25, 2018 08:07 AM IST

    FM Arun Jaitley to sing kisan raga in Modi govt's last full Budget

    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.

  • Indian sugar processors undermine their own margins to meet payments to cane farmers Jan 17, 2018 12:42 PM IST

    Indian sugar processors undermine their own margins to meet payments to cane farmers

    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.

  • 'Govt responsible for agri distress in country' Jan 09, 2018 09:16 AM IST

    'Govt responsible for agri distress in country'

    Addressing the Kisaan Sankalp Sammelan at Gandhi Maidan in the Chhattisgarh capital, farmer leaders said cultivators are distressed all over the country due to poor agriculture policies and sought to fulfill promises by the ruling BJP in Chhattisgarh.

  • 24X7 free power supply for Telangana farmers from today Jan 01, 2018 01:57 PM IST

    24X7 free power supply for Telangana farmers from today

    "Telangana - the only state in the country to achieve this distinction in power sector to end the despair of farmers," the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) government said today in newspaper advertisements about the previously announced plans.

  • Higher MSP, non repayment of bills should be legal rights of farmers: Raju Shetti Dec 27, 2017 08:49 AM IST

    Higher MSP, non repayment of bills should be legal rights of farmers: Raju Shetti

    The MP also said that farmers should get 50 per cent higher MSP on crops as a statutory right.

  • Two-day workshop to discuss ways to double farm income by 2022 Dec 21, 2017 03:56 PM IST

    Two-day workshop to discuss ways to double farm income by 2022

    The workshop will start tomorrow with an ICAR-NAARM release stating that the aim was to obtain farmers' views and experiences on the subject.

  • Maharashtra CM blames banks for errors in loan waiver names, accounts Dec 21, 2017 08:45 AM IST

    Maharashtra CM blames banks for errors in loan waiver names, accounts

    Speaking in the Assembly, Fadnavis said, "The banks made mistakes in the account numbers and names of account holders. It leads to confusion as names of a Shiv Sena MLA and a former NCP MP were listed as beneficiaries."

  • Doubling farm income to make farming sustainable: Arun Jaitley Dec 16, 2017 01:35 PM IST

    Doubling farm income to make farming sustainable: Arun Jaitley

    Observing that India has a huge population dependent on agriculture for livelihood, he said, "therefore, increase in the purchasing power of this group is extremely important for us because growth of larger economy depends on economic potential and power of this group itself."

  • Don't politicise farmers' suicides: Vice President Venkaiah Naidu Dec 11, 2017 08:10 AM IST

    Don't politicise farmers' suicides: Vice President Venkaiah Naidu

    Presenting the 'Yerarignar' Award (Icon of farm research) to eminent agriculture scientist M S Swaminathan here, Naidu said agriculture universities and scientists should focus on enhancing farm production and diversification in farming.

  • Maharashtra CM says 41 lakh farmers have got Rs 19,537 crore loan waiver Dec 08, 2017 09:00 AM IST

    Maharashtra CM says 41 lakh farmers have got Rs 19,537 crore loan waiver

    "Around 77 lakh online applications were received out of which action has been taken on 69 lakh applications after resolving the lacunae. The government has, uptil now, approved Rs 19,537 crore for 41 lakh farmers accounts," a statement issued by the Chief Minister's office said.

  • Rahul Gandhi attacks PM Modi on farmers' plight Dec 07, 2017 11:09 AM IST

    Rahul Gandhi attacks PM Modi on farmers' plight

    Asking his 9th question in the series, he asked, “Neither loan waiver, nor remunerative price for produce, neither received crop insurance benefit, nor were tubewells installed.”

  • Agriculture experts pitch for income security for farmers in Budget Dec 05, 2017 04:10 PM IST

    Agriculture experts pitch for income security for farmers in Budget

    Agriculture provides employment to 48.9 per cent of the total work force in India although their contribution to the GDP is less than 20 per cent.

  • Walmart Foundation grants $2mn to support Indian small farmers Nov 30, 2017 01:48 PM IST

    Walmart Foundation grants $2mn to support Indian small farmers

    The funding is aimed at providing financial support to ASI for implementation of Farmer Market Readiness Project in Andhra Pradesh, the foundation said in a statement.

  • Three Ps needed to stop farmers' suicide, says Anna Hazare Nov 24, 2017 08:49 AM IST

    Three Ps needed to stop farmers' suicide, says Anna Hazare

    The Gandhian leader also urged the farmers to launch a "do-or-die" stir for their rights on the lines of Mahatma Gandhi's agitation against the British.

  • 1000 Telangana officers to visit Israel to study farm methods, Oppn cries foul Nov 16, 2017 04:44 PM IST

    1000 Telangana officers to visit Israel to study farm methods, Oppn cries foul

    The Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Thursday said in Assembly that 1,000 officers from the agriculture department will be sent to Israel to get training in various farming techniques that can be replicated in the state.

  • Focus on integrated farming for doubling farmers' income: Experts Nov 14, 2017 02:33 PM IST

    Focus on integrated farming for doubling farmers' income: Experts

    "Integrated farming, with animal husbandry, poultry, fisheries as its extra tool, need to be made part of the government policy," said Jitendra Chauhan, advisor, Union agriculture ministry.

  • India’s farms report income greater than our GDP! Target them in the war on black money Nov 14, 2017 12:55 PM IST

    India’s farms report income greater than our GDP! Target them in the war on black money

    The opposition is baying for the government’s blood over demonetisation and GST. The first is done and over with. But its effects are not yet over. The second has been modified to assuage large sections of the population.

  • Loan waiver implementation slow due to delayed data submission Nov 09, 2017 02:20 PM IST

    Loan waiver implementation slow due to delayed data submission

    The banks have not yet submitted lists of nearly two lakh farmers who could benefit from the scheme, an official from the state cooperation department said today.

  • Govt working to double farmers' income by 2020: Radha Mohan Nov 02, 2017 04:15 PM IST

    Govt working to double farmers' income by 2020: Radha Mohan

    A seven-point strategy including 'Per drop more crop' approach is being followed to achieve the goal, he said at the meeting of a Parliamentary Consultative Committee.

  • HP polls: Congress releases manifesto; woos farmers, students Nov 01, 2017 02:35 PM IST

    HP polls: Congress releases manifesto; woos farmers, students

    Restoration of the pre-2004 pension scheme, regularisation of contract employees after two years, enhanced daily wages, social security pension and appointment of anti- corruption grievances commissioner were the other promises made in the manifesto.

  • Farmers agitate over MSP, loan waiver issues Oct 30, 2017 03:44 PM IST

    Farmers agitate over MSP, loan waiver issues

    They demanded hike in minimum support price (MSP) and farm loan waiver and warned of wider protests if the government remains insensitive to their demands.

  • New list of loan waiver beneficiaries sent to banks: Devendra Fadnavis Oct 27, 2017 08:20 AM IST

    New list of loan waiver beneficiaries sent to banks: Devendra Fadnavis

    "The loan waiver scheme which we have announced is the most transparent scheme ever in the country. Every farmer was registered and their bio-metric registrations were done. In just 45 days, we registered 1.05 crore farmers," Fadnavis said, speaking at a media event here.

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