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  • Farmers seek rollback of additional levy on cigarettes Aug 03, 2017 02:19 PM IST

    Farmers seek rollback of additional levy on cigarettes

    According to the Federation of All India Farmer Associations (FAIFA), there is a need to bring in stability in tobacco farm prices and farmers' earnings.

  • Chambal Fertilisers to commission Kota plant by Jan 2019: Govt Aug 01, 2017 06:28 PM IST

    Chambal Fertilisers to commission Kota plant by Jan 2019: Govt

    Chambal Fertilisers and Chemicals Ltd (CFCL) will commission its brown-field project in Kota, Rajasthan by January 2019, Parliament was informed.

  • Punjab, Maharashtra warn cotton farmers on potential pest attacks Jul 31, 2017 01:21 PM IST

    Punjab, Maharashtra warn cotton farmers on potential pest attacks

    Despite plentiful rains in most parts of the country, monsoon has been patchy in some areas of Punjab and Maharashtra, prompting the two state governments to initiate steps to stop pest attacks.

  • Govt working on three-point agenda to strengthen farmers: Maharashtra CM Jul 31, 2017 07:50 AM IST

    Govt working on three-point agenda to strengthen farmers: Maharashtra CM

    "The state government is working to provide farmers electricity, water and stable market to strengthen them and bring positive changes in their life," the chief minister said after laying the foundation stone of a multi-purpose cold storage plant in Lasalgaon village in the district.

  • Uttar Pradesh links 42% farmers' Aadhaar numbers with loan waiver scheme Jul 31, 2017 07:50 AM IST

    Uttar Pradesh links 42% farmers' Aadhaar numbers with loan waiver scheme

    "In order to zero in on the deserving and genuine beneficiaries for the Fasal Rin Mochan Yojana (Crop Loan Redemption Scheme), the UP government is linking the Aadhaar number of the farmers with the scheme. So far, 42 per cent of the beneficiary farmers having an Aadhaar number have been linked with the scheme," UP Agriculture Minister Surya Pratap Shahi told PTI.

  • Extensive help being provided to flood-hit states: PM Modi Jul 30, 2017 02:11 PM IST

    Extensive help being provided to flood-hit states: PM Modi

    He said the situation in flood-affected states including Assam, Gujarat, Rajasthan and West Bengal is being fully monitored and several agencies like the Army, the IAF, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and paramilitary forces are engaged in rescue and relief operations.

  • Southwest Monsoon arrival cheer Kharif farmers; 53% of area already cultivated Jul 26, 2017 05:20 PM IST

    Southwest Monsoon arrival cheer Kharif farmers; 53% of area already cultivated

    The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that the rains will increase to 98 percent of long-term average in July vs the earlier predictin of 96 percent

  • Agriculture Insurance Company of India Limited : All you need to know Jul 26, 2017 01:03 PM IST

    Agriculture Insurance Company of India Limited : All you need to know

    Agriculture Insurance Company of India Limited (AIC) is given the responsibility to offer agriculture insurance schemes to those in need. It is run by the Government of India.

  • Govt should focus on structural issues of agriculture sector: Report Jul 24, 2017 04:03 PM IST

    Govt should focus on structural issues of agriculture sector: Report

    Despite a bumper crop in the rabi season, farmers in many states are in distress because of sharp fall in prices in both domestic and global market.

  • Ready to discuss loan waiver for farmers with oppn leaders: Maharashtra CM Jul 24, 2017 01:05 PM IST

    Ready to discuss loan waiver for farmers with oppn leaders: Maharashtra CM

    Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil and NCP leader Ajit Pawar sought an explanation from the government about loan waiver announced for the cultivators.

  • Banks to meet expert panel on debt waiver on July 25 Jul 24, 2017 07:30 AM IST

    Banks to meet expert panel on debt waiver on July 25

    The meeting between the panel on loan waiver and bankers assumes significance as Congress led government was facing mounting pressure to implement the debt waiver, a key poll promise.

  • Nearly two out of three farmers unaware of insurance schemes, govt fails to keep records : CAG Jul 21, 2017 09:35 PM IST

    Nearly two out of three farmers unaware of insurance schemes, govt fails to keep records : CAG

    A CAG report, tabled in Parliament on Friday, pointed out many anomalies in the implementation of schemes like National Agriculture Insurance Scheme (NAIS) and Pradhan Mantri Fasal Beema Yojana (PMFBY)

  • MP: Over 15,000 people associated with farming ended lives Jul 19, 2017 10:08 PM IST

    MP: Over 15,000 people associated with farming ended lives

    Over 15,000 "farmers and people associated with farming" have committed suicide in Madhya Pradesh in the last thirteen years.

  • GST rolled out in a hurry, to impress the world: Rahul Jul 19, 2017 08:31 PM IST

    GST rolled out in a hurry, to impress the world: Rahul

    Addressing a farmers' rally at a college ground in the tribal region of Rajasthan here, he said Parliament can function at midnight to roll out the Goods and Services Tax (GST) but no discussion on farmers' issues can take place "even for a minute".

  • Nearly 90% sugarcane dues cleared by UP govt: Minister Jul 19, 2017 03:59 PM IST

    Nearly 90% sugarcane dues cleared by UP govt: Minister

    "Out of the total outstanding cane dues of Rs 25,836.46 crore for crushing season 2016-17, a payment of Rs 22,807.53 crore was made to cane growers till July 14. This is 89.84 per cent of the total dues," state Sugarcane Minister Suresh Rana said.

  • Hindustan Unilever sees rural demand picking up on good monsoon Jul 19, 2017 09:00 AM IST

    Hindustan Unilever sees rural demand picking up on good monsoon

    Besides, HUL is looking up to its trade partners to soon attain "normalcy" post GST and is working closely with them to restore it.

  • No proposal to write off farm loans, says govt Jul 18, 2017 04:05 PM IST

    No proposal to write off farm loans, says govt

    However, the Centre informed Parliament that there is a facility has been put in place for farmers to avail concessional debt.

  • Rahul Gandhi to address farmers in Rajasthan on July 19 Jul 18, 2017 01:41 PM IST

    Rahul Gandhi to address farmers in Rajasthan on July 19

    "Gandhi will address a historic 'kisan' rally on Wednesday and it will be attended by a large number of farmers from across Rajasthan," she said.

  • Noisy protests by Opposition leads to adjournment of Lok Sabha Jul 18, 2017 12:10 PM IST

    Noisy protests by Opposition leads to adjournment of Lok Sabha

    The opposition raked up several issues to target the government as soon as the House met for the day and took up the Question Hour.

  • Opposition looks to corner govt in Parliament over several issues Jul 17, 2017 08:35 AM IST

    Opposition looks to corner govt in Parliament over several issues

    The Lok Sabha as well as the Rajya Sabha will be adjourned today due to the death of sitting members of both the Houses and serious proceedings are expected from Tuesday. The session is slated to conclude on August 11.

  • Farmers dependent on agriculture income to avail loan waiver: Maharashtra CM Jul 17, 2017 07:45 AM IST

    Farmers dependent on agriculture income to avail loan waiver: Maharashtra CM

    "Farmers having the annual turnover of over Rs 10 lakh are excluded from the loan waiver scheme. The reason behind such bar is that those having higher income are basically earning from non-agricultural activities as well. As they have another source of income, they will be kept out of the loan waiver bracket. We want to offer loan waiver only to those farmers who are totally dependent on agriculture for their livelihood," Fadnavis said.

  • Dry spell threatens Indian summer crops, could raise farmers woes Jul 11, 2017 12:21 PM IST

    Dry spell threatens Indian summer crops, could raise farmers woes

    Lower yields or crop failure will increase discontent among farmers that has triggered protests in the big agrarian states in recent months and forced the state governments to waive billions of dollars of farm loans.

  • Fertiliser companies get to print MRP with new GST on unsold stock Jul 03, 2017 02:07 PM IST

    Fertiliser companies get to print MRP with new GST on unsold stock

    The companies have been given three months till September to clear the unsold stocks by stamping or printing the new retail price. Last week, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on fertilisers was reduced to 5 per cent from 12 per cent in the interest of farmers.

  • Supreme Court stays High Court debt relief order for Tamil Nadu farmers Jul 03, 2017 01:20 PM IST

    Supreme Court stays High Court debt relief order for Tamil Nadu farmers

    In its April order, the High Court had asked the Tamil Nadu government to waive farm loans obtained by all farmers, instead of limiting the benefit only to those owning less than five acres of land.

  • Need to improve 'poor condition' of farmers: Yogi Adityanath Jul 03, 2017 07:55 AM IST

    Need to improve 'poor condition' of farmers: Yogi Adityanath

    The state government will open 20 'Krishi Vigyan Kendras' (agricultural research centres) and train farmers in using newer technologies, Adityanath said.

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