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  • Farmers' protest : Deadlock continues as farmers reject Centre's proposal to amend laws, vow to intensify agitation Dec 09, 2020 05:19 PM IST

    Farmers' protest : Deadlock continues as farmers reject Centre's proposal to amend laws, vow to intensify agitation

    The protesting farmers have decided to escalate their agitation and called for a nationwide sit-in protest on December 14, and block the Delhi-Jaipur Highway on December 12.

  • Canada contradicting its WTO stand of challenging India’s farm subsidies Dec 05, 2020 01:22 PM IST

    Canada contradicting its WTO stand of challenging India’s farm subsidies

    Canada has been consistently challenging farm subsidies in India which are seen as crucial for Indian farmers.

  • Farmer Protests: Here’s why Punjab and Haryana farmers are on the warpath Dec 04, 2020 05:09 PM IST

    Farmer Protests: Here’s why Punjab and Haryana farmers are on the warpath

    Data show that farmers from Punjab and Haryana gain the most from the MSP procurement systems, which they fear will be done away with despite the government’s assurance.

  • Farmers' Protest: Another round of talks ends without breakthrough, Centre to meet farmers again on December 5 Dec 03, 2020 08:04 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest: Another round of talks ends without breakthrough, Centre to meet farmers again on December 5

    Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, one of the three Union ministers talking with farmer union leaders, said the government had interests of farmers in mind and was hopeful that a solution will be arrived in the next meeting

  • Is the farmers protest a silent revolution? Dec 03, 2020 02:57 PM IST

    Is the farmers protest a silent revolution?

    Beyond its core demands, the protesting farmers are also questioning the increasing centralisation of decision making in a federal structure, lack of consultations with stakeholders on the ground, including on subjects such as land

  • Political economy and fear of the future behind farmer protests Dec 03, 2020 02:01 PM IST

    Political economy and fear of the future behind farmer protests

    The roots of the APMC goes back to colonial rule to ensure the cheap supply of raw cotton to mills in Britain. Furthermore, the roots of price control go back to the infamous Khilji era when policy to ensure a cheap supply of agricultural produce

  • Farmers' protests: All eyes on Centre's key talks with farm leaders today, Amit Shah meets Punjab CM Amarinder Singh Dec 03, 2020 09:45 AM IST

    Farmers' protests: All eyes on Centre's key talks with farm leaders today, Amit Shah meets Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

    In the meeting held on December 1, farmers’ unions rejected a government proposal for setting up a five-member committee of officials, economists and farmers’ representatives to hold future negotiations.

  • A section of farmers wants to cling on to a system that has outlived its utility Dec 03, 2020 08:28 AM IST

    A section of farmers wants to cling on to a system that has outlived its utility

    Today’s national needs are different and the system needs to change. The crux of the farmers’ objection to the new policy is that it will end his life of risk-free farming

  • Explained | Why are Punjab farmers marching to Delhi? Nov 25, 2020 02:15 PM IST

    Explained | Why are Punjab farmers marching to Delhi?

    The farmers called the protest march despite Punjab assembly rejecting the laws by a unanimous resolution. The state also passed three farm amendment bills removing the state from the ambit of the central legislations.

  • Maharashtra to bring new law to protect farmers, ensure MSP Nov 18, 2020 08:59 AM IST

    Maharashtra to bring new law to protect farmers, ensure MSP

    State revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat said the new law would allow for booking of traders who buy goods at rates lower that the government fixed MSP

  • Has Kerala gone bananas? Maybe not Oct 30, 2020 08:21 AM IST

    Has Kerala gone bananas? Maybe not

    Kerala's MSP: The initiative is fraught with challenges, but there is a fighting chance of success

  • Govt procures 151.17 lakh tonne paddy at MSP for Rs 28,543 crore so far this season Oct 26, 2020 07:20 PM IST

    Govt procures 151.17 lakh tonne paddy at MSP for Rs 28,543 crore so far this season

    Paddy procurement for kharif 2020-21 is progressing smoothly in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala with purchase of over 151.17 lakh tonne up to October 25 against 125.05 lakh tonnes in the corresponding period of last year.

  • Farmer protests: Government bets on 'big guns' as it starts nationwide outreach initiative Oct 07, 2020 02:40 PM IST

    Farmer protests: Government bets on 'big guns' as it starts nationwide outreach initiative

    The government is rolling out the ‘big guns’ including Defence Minister and the Bharatiya Janata Party’s farmer face Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur,

  • Stubble burning: SC to examine plea suggesting to withhold MSP for farmers who burn crop Oct 07, 2020 10:30 AM IST

    Stubble burning: SC to examine plea suggesting to withhold MSP for farmers who burn crop

    The Centre has however objected to such penalising of farmers who indulge in stubble burning by saying that “tinkering with the MSP may not be in the interest of the farmers”.

  • MSP will be hiked continuously in coming years, says Rajnath Singh Oct 01, 2020 05:19 PM IST

    MSP will be hiked continuously in coming years, says Rajnath Singh

    Rajnath Singh also hit out at Congress for the burning of a tractor by protesters from their youth wing, saying, "As a weapon is sacred to soldiers, so is a tractor for farmers and by burning them, they are insulting our farmers.”

  • The farm reforms are an attempt to integrate agriculture with Indian capitalism Oct 01, 2020 08:29 AM IST

    The farm reforms are an attempt to integrate agriculture with Indian capitalism

    In the context of farm reforms, we could learn from the Chinese experience, where contract farming has flourished

  • MSP hike for wheat, other Rabi crops likely at Cabinet meeting today Sep 21, 2020 01:02 PM IST

    MSP hike for wheat, other Rabi crops likely at Cabinet meeting today

    The government could increase wheat MSP by Rs 85 a quintal, at the cabinet meeting scheduled later today, reports suggest

  • Not in favour of reduction in MSP for crops: Nitin Gadkari Jun 13, 2020 08:15 PM IST

    Not in favour of reduction in MSP for crops: Nitin Gadkari

    The minister of Road Transport & Highways and MSME said he has always stood and advocated looking for various ways and means to increase farmers' income, including through alternative usage of their crops like paddy/rice, wheat, sugarcane.

  • MSP for agriculture crops higher than global, market price; need to find viable solution: Nitin Gadkari Jun 12, 2020 07:23 AM IST

    MSP for agriculture crops higher than global, market price; need to find viable solution: Nitin Gadkari

    While the government fixes the rate, called minimum support price or MSP, at which it buys crops such as wheat and paddy from farmers, it also provides a subsidy to help export sugar.

  • MSP for agriculture crops higher than global, market price; need to find viable solution: Nitin Gadkari Jun 11, 2020 04:22 PM IST

    MSP for agriculture crops higher than global, market price; need to find viable solution: Nitin Gadkari

    While the government fixes the rate, called minimum support price or MSP, at which it buys crops such as wheat and paddy from farmers, it also provides a subsidy to help export sugar.

  • Higher cotton MSP bodes well for increase in acreage; unfavourable for spinners: ICRA Jun 05, 2020 08:55 PM IST

    Higher cotton MSP bodes well for increase in acreage; unfavourable for spinners: ICRA

    "This move will benefit the farmers for the ongoing kharif season, from October onwards. It is a positive development for them and is likely to encourage cotton sowing, despite a fall in cotton prices witnessed in the recent months," ICRA Ratings Senior VP and Group Head Jayanta Roy said in the report.

  • Cabinet approves MSP for 14 kharif crops; farmers to get 50-83% more than cost Jun 01, 2020 04:26 PM IST

    Cabinet approves MSP for 14 kharif crops; farmers to get 50-83% more than cost

    The MSP for paddy has been raised by Rs 53 per to Rs 1,868 per quintal for the 2020-21 crop year, said Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar

  • Budget 2020 | Three important leads in the agri-rural sector Feb 01, 2020 05:16 PM IST

    Budget 2020 | Three important leads in the agri-rural sector

    With contraction in core infrastructure industries and non-food bank credit, the stress in the economy, especially in the agriculture and rural sector, demanded real action, rather than poetry.

  • The farm income problem needs a multi-pronged solution Nov 06, 2019 09:27 AM IST

    The farm income problem needs a multi-pronged solution

    The rural economy has been in the dumps for years. A recent rise in food prices may be of some help but that's not sufficient.

  • Food for thought | Why the FCI’s health is failing rapidly Aug 30, 2019 08:56 AM IST

    Food for thought | Why the FCI’s health is failing rapidly

    FCI can determine neither the purchasing/sale price not the quantities it wants to buy or sell

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