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  • Yogi Adityanath seeks bank cooperation in implementing loan waiver scheme Jun 28, 2017 08:40 AM IST

    Yogi Adityanath seeks bank cooperation in implementing loan waiver scheme

    Adityanath, addressing bank officials at a special state-level bankers committee meet, said the crop-loan waiver scheme will be successful only when the state government is able to ensure that relief reaches the bank accounts of every small and marginal farmer.

  • Haryana Chief Minister: Government has disbursed Rs 2,400 core compensation to farmers Jun 25, 2017 07:48 PM IST

    Haryana Chief Minister: Government has disbursed Rs 2,400 core compensation to farmers

    Khattar said the BJP government in the state was pursuing farmer-centric policies and has set a target to double the income of tillers by 2022.

  • Farm loan waivers, Uday bonds to impact state finances: Report Jun 21, 2017 09:58 PM IST

    Farm loan waivers, Uday bonds to impact state finances: Report

    The treatment of UDAY in state budgets is different for separate states. The states that have large amount of debt have made provision in multiple years (like Haryana, Rajasthan), while the states with less amount of debt (like in case of Jharkhand) have made provision in a single year.

  • Modi govt running from its responsibility towards farmers: Congress Jun 21, 2017 07:30 AM IST

    Modi govt running from its responsibility towards farmers: Congress

    Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar said despite the financial stress faced by it, the state had shown the way and "we expect the prime minister to follow suit and not to look at farmers as merely a vote bank".

  • Centre not considering farm loan waiver: Arun Jaitley Jun 20, 2017 02:33 PM IST

    Centre not considering farm loan waiver: Arun Jaitley

    "There is no such proposal. We have got FRBM Act and fiscal deficit target, we intend adhering to it," he said here. In Union Budget 2017-18, the fiscal deficit has been pegged at 3.2 per cent, lower than 3.5 per cent in the last financial year.

  • India raises rice, cotton buying prices as farmers' protests mount Jun 20, 2017 11:57 AM IST

    India raises rice, cotton buying prices as farmers' protests mount

    Prices paid to local farmers for common grade paddy rice are to be raised by 5.4 percent to 1,550 rupees ($24.03) per 100 kg for the year starting on July 1, while long staple cotton prices have been hiked by 3.8 percent to 4,320 rupees per 100 kg.

  • Maharashtra hikes milk procurement prices by Rs 3 per litre, no change in retail rates Jun 20, 2017 10:02 AM IST

    Maharashtra hikes milk procurement prices by Rs 3 per litre, no change in retail rates

    "The new rates will come into effect from June 21. But there will be no change in the milk rates for the retail customers," Jankar said in a press conference here.

  • Govt has 7-point strategy to double farmers' income: Prakash Javadekar Jun 17, 2017 02:07 PM IST

    Govt has 7-point strategy to double farmers' income: Prakash Javadekar

    This seven point-strategy, unveiled by the Prime Minister last year, include measures to step up irrigation, provide better quality seeds and prevent post-harvest losses.

  • Farmers need safety on their produce, input costs; not loan waivers Jun 14, 2017 10:11 PM IST

    Farmers need safety on their produce, input costs; not loan waivers

    While this is seen as a temporary relief for the farm crisis, experts believe farmers will be better off with lower input costs and an ensured safety net on their output produce.

  • Uddhav warns of 'big step' if loan waiver not implemented by July Jun 14, 2017 09:35 AM IST

    Uddhav warns of 'big step' if loan waiver not implemented by July

    Terming the announcement of a complete loan waiver as a victory of farmers' unity, he said, "Our demand is very clear. We want their loans to be written off completely," he said.

  • Implement loan waiver without delay: Sharad Pawar Jun 12, 2017 07:35 AM IST

    Implement loan waiver without delay: Sharad Pawar

    Against the backdrop of strident protests by cultivators in various parts of the state, the Devendra Fadnavis government decided in principle to waive farmers' loans with certain stipulations.

  • BJP ally to join opposition's protest over farmers issue, Kejriwal and others follow Jun 10, 2017 04:00 PM IST

    BJP ally to join opposition's protest over farmers issue, Kejriwal and others follow

    Opposition leaders have held a series of meetings to develop a strategy on intensifying their agitation

  • Congress instigating, politicising MP farmers' stir: Venkaiah Naidu Jun 08, 2017 12:40 PM IST

    Congress instigating, politicising MP farmers' stir: Venkaiah Naidu

    Speaking to reporters here, Naidu also dismissed the Congress' demand that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan step down from his post in view of the deaths of five protesting farmers in police firing.

  • 5 farmers were killed in 'police firing': MP home minister Jun 08, 2017 11:49 AM IST

    5 farmers were killed in 'police firing': MP home minister

    The minister's remarks assume significance as the authorities had been claiming that the police had not fired during protests at Pipliamandi in Mandsaur district in which five farmers were killed two days ago.

  • MP govt may consider waiving interest on crop loans Jun 07, 2017 11:05 PM IST

    MP govt may consider waiving interest on crop loans

    While the protesting farmers have been demanding a complete loan waiver, state's Women and Child Development Minister Archana Chitnis said the government is contemplating a formula wherein it may waive interest on crop loans.

  • Farmers in Madhya Pradesh step up strike after six die in firing Jun 07, 2017 02:26 PM IST

    Farmers in Madhya Pradesh step up strike after six die in firing

    The outburst of discontent in India's heartland farming states of Madhya Pradesh and neighbouring Maharashtra poses a challenge for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has promised to double farmers' incomes over the next five years.

  • PM Modi should make statement on farmers distress: CPI Jun 07, 2017 08:30 AM IST

    PM Modi should make statement on farmers distress: CPI

    "At a time when farmers in Maharashtra and other parts are agitating for loan waiver and remunerative prices to agri produce, our PM isn't saying anything on the issue," Raja told PTI.

  • Tamil Nadu govt has waived Rs 5,482 cr farmers loans so far: Minister Jun 04, 2017 03:21 PM IST

    Tamil Nadu govt has waived Rs 5,482 cr farmers loans so far: Minister

    Keeping agricultural improvement in mind, the government is granting free fodder to milch animals and fertiliser at subsidised prices, he said at a function at nearby Gobichettipalayam yesterday to distribute welfare measures worth Rs 28 lakh to the public.

  • Hazare backs Maha farmers' stir, says ready to mediate Jun 02, 2017 06:15 PM IST

    Hazare backs Maha farmers' stir, says ready to mediate

    "I extend my support to farmers' agitation and the cause behind it. It is better if they resort to a peaceful way of protest," social activist Anna Hazare said.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has time to meet Priyanka Chopra, but not farmers: Congress Jun 02, 2017 05:34 PM IST

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has time to meet Priyanka Chopra, but not farmers: Congress

    On May 30, Modi had taken some time out of his hectic schedule of bilateral talks and meetings in Berlin to meet actor Priyanka Chopra.

  • Mobile app groundwater data for farmers May 31, 2017 08:15 AM IST

    Mobile app groundwater data for farmers

    MyWell App helps farmers and villagers to know the real-time status of the groundwater-level depth.

  • 'Maharashtra CM should take responsibility to solve farmers' issues' May 25, 2017 07:45 AM IST

    'Maharashtra CM should take responsibility to solve farmers' issues'

    "Fadnavis should take the responsibility of solving problems of farmers as his government is going to complete three years," Sule told reporters here.

  • Farmers must have access to 24/7 power supply: Venkaiah Naidu May 25, 2017 07:45 AM IST

    Farmers must have access to 24/7 power supply: Venkaiah Naidu

    The Urban Development, Housing Urban Poverty Alleviation & Information and Broadcasting Minister was speaking at the inaugural session of the Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM) in Kota.

  • Govt mulls Rs 160/quintal hike in cotton MSP for 2017-18 May 17, 2017 03:33 PM IST

    Govt mulls Rs 160/quintal hike in cotton MSP for 2017-18

    It is also planning to promote Bt cotton variety developed by the government research body ICAR and expects increased area coverage and better output on hopes of good southwest monsoon that has already hit Kerala in advance.

  • India's cotton area seen rising 15 percent to 3-year high as prices rally May 10, 2017 02:26 PM IST

    India's cotton area seen rising 15 percent to 3-year high as prices rally

    "This year farmers received higher prices, so they are going to raise the area under cotton. We are expecting around a 15 percent increase," said Mekala Chockalingam, chairman of the state-run Cotton Corporation of India (CCI), the biggest cotton buyer in the country.

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