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  • 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.

  • Suresh Prabhu lays foundation stone of railway projects in Vidarbha May 10, 2017 09:15 AM IST

    Suresh Prabhu lays foundation stone of railway projects in Vidarbha

    "Nagpur is an important centre and the government is focussed on this region. The problems of farmers in Vidarbha region will be addressed by the state and Railways together.

  • No plan to tax agricultural income; rich farmer very rare: Arun Jaitley May 09, 2017 01:45 PM IST

    No plan to tax agricultural income; rich farmer very rare: Arun Jaitley

    NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy had late last month stated that farmers should be liable to pay tax on their incomes at par with other citizens after seasonal fluctuations are adjusted.

  • No question of taxing agriculture income: Panagariya Apr 29, 2017 12:30 PM IST

    No question of taxing agriculture income: Panagariya

    "80 per cent of rural areas are connected to agriculture and we are talking about doubling farmers' income. How can we talk about taxing farmers income?" Panagariya told reporters on the sidelines of a CII function. He was responding to a question on controversial remark on taxing farm income made by NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy.

  • Waiving agricultural loans could cost 2% of GDP: CEA Apr 25, 2017 08:35 AM IST

    Waiving agricultural loans could cost 2% of GDP: CEA

    "If these things spreads as is possible. So I think that's a kind of big challenge,” he said in an apparent disagreement of the recent move by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to waive agricultural loans worth Rs 36,000 crore in the state.

  • Food Ministry favours hike in tur dal import duty to 25% Apr 24, 2017 02:32 PM IST

    Food Ministry favours hike in tur dal import duty to 25%

    Paswan's comments follow a meeting with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who sought hike in customs duty on tur dal saying farmers are struggling to get even the minimum support price (MSP) because of record output.

  • Tamil Nadu CM K Palaniswami raises NEET, Cauvery issues at NITI Aayog meeting Apr 24, 2017 09:50 AM IST

    Tamil Nadu CM K Palaniswami raises NEET, Cauvery issues at NITI Aayog meeting

    Tamil Nadu has been insisting that it be given exemption from the National Entrance Cum Eligibility Test (NEET) for MBBS and BDS courses, with the state Assembly having adopted two bills in this regard.

  • Sweet talk: sugar output seen jumping in Maharashtra Apr 19, 2017 01:16 PM IST

    Sweet talk: sugar output seen jumping in Maharashtra

    That jump would help push the country's overall sugar production back near consumption levels after a drop expected in the current crop year, ending Sept. 30, in the wake of a strong El Nino weather pattern that prompted severe drought.

  • Farm loan write-offs win votes in India, but may hurt economy Apr 19, 2017 07:30 AM IST

    Farm loan write-offs win votes in India, but may hurt economy

    One of the first acts of the new government in India's most populous state following last month's election triumph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was to keep a promise to provide debt relief to 21.5 million farmers.

  • Agricultural crisis worsening in Maharashtra: Opposition Apr 18, 2017 07:50 AM IST

    Agricultural crisis worsening in Maharashtra: Opposition

    The opposition Congress and NCP leaders who have launched a state-wide 'Sangharsh Yatra' campaign to press their demand of farm loan waiver addressed a rally at Nampur in Nashik district. NCP leader Ajit Pawar said the farmers were facing hardships due to mounting debt.

  • Micro-irrigation will increase productivity: Devendra Fadnavis Apr 17, 2017 07:25 AM IST

    Micro-irrigation will increase productivity: Devendra Fadnavis

    "Micro-irrigation not only saves water, but experience tells us that it also raises productivity," he said. In the first phase of micro-irrigation, only the required amount of water is given to crops after soil testing. The dose of water is increased in the second phase, he said, answering a question by Madhukar Pawar, a farmer.

  • DMK calls 'all-party meet' to deliberate TN farmers' woes Apr 13, 2017 03:29 PM IST

    DMK calls 'all-party meet' to deliberate TN farmers' woes

    DMK Working President M K Stalin said he has invited "all political parties" for a meeting on April 16 here to discuss the woes of the farmers. After discussing the farmers' problems and looking into their demands, the governments at the Centre and State will be urged to fulfil their demands, he said in a statement.

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