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  • FM showers social sector with sops; allocates Rs 58000 cr Feb 28, 2011 01:01 PM IST

    FM showers social sector with sops; allocates Rs 58000 cr

    Spending on, critical rural, infrastructure, and social security, schemes – eg, NREGA, Bharat Nirman have been been increased by Rs 10,000 crore to Rs 58,000 crore given the government’s commitment towards inclusive growth.

  • Union Budget: Farm loans at 4% Feb 28, 2011 12:38 PM IST

    Union Budget: Farm loans at 4%

    In a bonanza to the farming community, the government today announced loans at interest rate of four per cent -- three per cent less than market rate -- for farmers who pay their dues in time and raised the credit target for farm sector by Rs 1 lakh crore.

  • Food measures disappoint farmers, retailers Feb 04, 2011 09:05 AM IST

    Food measures disappoint farmers, retailers

    India's efforts to calm inflation by allowing easier imports and restricting exports of key foodstuffs are disappointing farmers who are keen to exploit global high prices and say structural reforms are the way ahead.

  • French farmers turning to renewable energy: Analysis Jan 22, 2011 11:55 AM IST

    French farmers turning to renewable energy: Analysis

    An increasing number of farmers will try to claim a share of France's renewable energy sector to help cope with farm price volatility and counter environmental criticism that has tarnished their rural image.

  • High opium prices may push back Afghans to illicit crop Jan 03, 2011 08:11 AM IST

    High opium prices may push back Afghans to illicit crop

    Opium prices have almost doubled after a blight halved production in 2010, Afghan officials said on Sunday, raising fears more farmers would turn to the illicit crop in the absence of profitable alternatives.

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