Free Press Journal
  • Maharashtra: Drought clouds hover over 17 state districts

    Mumbai: Dark clouds of drought loom over the Marathwada and Vidarbha regions and pose an ominous threat to kharif crops. It is bad news for already debt-ridden farmers in the state. If there are no showers in the next few weeks, these regions will be staring at another year of water scarcity by the summer of 2019.

  • PM Narendra Modi to address farmers rally in West Bengal today

    Midnapore (West Bengal): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a Krishak Kalyan Samavesh (farmer’s welfare rally) on Monday at Midnapore town in West Bengal. The prime focus of the address will be on the Centre’s recent decision to increase the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Kharif crops.

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    Need to give land-based subsidy to farmers

    The Government has enhanced the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Kharif crops in keeping with the commitment made in the Budget to increase the incomes of the farmers. It is estimated that this will lead to an increase in inflation of about 0.2 per cent and to a reduction in GDP of about 0.3 percent. These costs must be borne by the country in the interest of our farmers and our food

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    Monitor schemes to see MSP succeed

    It’s that time of the election cycle again, when farmers become the focus of government solicitude. After years of acute distress and farmers’ agitations, the agricultural sector is now getting the TLC or tender loving care it deserves. Better four years late than never, minimum support prices (MSP) for kharif crops have increased sharply, but this in itself is not enough to address the issue of stagnating farm incomes.

  • PM Narendra Modi to address rally in Punjab to mark MSP hike

    Muktsar (Punjab): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Wednesday address a Kisan Kalyan rally in Punjab’s Muktsar district in the wake of recent hike in Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Kharif crops.

  • PM Narendra Modi to address ‘thanksgiving’ rally in Muktsar tomorrow, security beefed up

    Chandigarh: The Punjab police has beefed up security in the state’s Muktsar district where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to address a ‘thanksgiving’ rally of farmers tomorrow, to be organised jointly by the SAD and the BJP in the wake of recent hike in MSP of Kharif crops. The rally, which will be held to mark the “unprecedented” increase in the Minimum Support Price of Kharif crops, will

  • Maharashtra pesticide poisoning? 2 Yavatmal farmers hospitalized

    YAVATMAL: In a case of suspected pesticide poisoning, probably the first in this Kharif season in east Maharashtra, two farmers were admitted to a hospital with symptoms of vomitting and loose motions in Yavatmal district. Prashant Kewade (42) and Sandeep Meshram (24) were admitted in the Yavatmal-based Government Medical College (GMC) on July 1, a GMC official said on Sunday.

  • Higher MSP is not the answer

    The Centre’s move to drastically increase the minimum support price for kharif crops is unlikely to solve the crisis of Indian agriculture. Yet, coming as it does ahead of crucial State and later parliamentary polls, it might improve the electoral prospects of the ruling party. Last week, the prime minister announced that the government will increase the MSP of the kharif crops by at least 1.5 times of the production costs, including

  • August CPI inflation likely to be in 6.1-6.3% range: D&B

    New Delhi :  Achieving a 4 per cent inflation target in the near term seems unlikely, largely due to spike in prices of food and non-food items, and the August CPI numbers are expected to be in the range of 6.1-6.3 per cent, says a report. According to a report by Dun & Bradstreet, while a greater area is covered under sowing of kharif crops, especially rice and pulses, price correction in food

  • Kharif sowing picks up pace after ample rain

    New Delhi : After a sluggish start, sowing of kharif crops like paddy has picked up pace this week on account of good rains in several parts of the country, said Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh. Till last week, total acreage under kharif (summer) crops was down 23 per cent to 215.87 lakh hectare because of inadequate rainfall in June. Sowing of kharif (summer) crops begins with the onset of southwest monsoon from

  • Maha CM advises farmers to refrain from sowing for few days

    Mumbai: In the backdrop of drought in the last three years and lack of adequate rains resulting in insufficient soil moisture, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today asked farmers to refrain from sowing Kharif crops for the next few days.

  • Collector inspects villages, takes stock of drought situation

    KHANDWA : District collector Dr M K Agrawal inspected around half of the dozen villages situating under Khandwa to take stock of drought situation and condition of Kharif crops. He promised farmers ofr the financial aid for their destructed crops due to erratic weather conditions.

  • Agri officials asked to take action against substandard seeds

    Ujjain : District Collector Kavindra Kiyawat irked over officials of agriculture department over not launching the drive against the sale of substandard seeds. Sowing of Kharif crops have been done in 2.56 lakh hectare area till now. DM chaired the review meeting of agriculture inputs at his office here on Monday.