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    A confused and confusing government

    The Devendra Fadnavis Government seems to be totally clueless about the way to implement the Centre’s promise to pay farmers 1.5 times the cost of their produce. Defying the straightforward law of demand and supply, the above promise can be implemented only if the State agencies are ready to buy whatever quantities of grains the farmers produce at the stipulated minimum support price for each crop. For, if the prevailing price in

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    MSP hike: Neither unprecedented, nor historic

    The Centre approving the decision to hike the minimum support price (MSP) of 14 crops for the 2018-19 marketing season earlier this month is a welcome relief for farmers reeling under severe distress due to collapse of agricultural commodity prices. In his press briefing, home minister Rajnath Singh hailed this as a ‘historic decision’. In 2014, the BJP’s poll promise was to provide farmers a profit margin of 50 per cent over

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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.

  • 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

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    Centre’s MSP hike historic move towards doubling farmers’ income: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis

    Nagpur, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today hailed the Centre’s decision to raise the MSP of kharif crops and described it as a “historic and great step” towards doubling the farmers’ income. Talking to reporters here, Fadnavis thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for fulfilling the promise of giving farmers’ minimum support price 1.5 times higher than the production cost. He said the announcement of increase in MSP of all major crops for

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    Maharashtra MLC Elections: All parties come together against Shiv Sena in Konkan

    Mumbai: All political parties, including the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Peasants and Workers Party (PWP), Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and Maharashtra Swabhiman Party (MSP) of Rane came together against Shiv Sena in Konkan biennial election which resulted defeat of Sena candidate Rajeev Sabale against NCP candidate Aniket Tatkare with the margin of 314 votes. Konkan is a Shiv Sena bastion and its defeat in local authority constituency

  • Bhopal: No ‘Bhavantar’ for farmers selling produce at less than half of MSP

    Bhopal: The state government is mulling a major overhaul of its flagship Bhavantar Bhugtan Scheme. The proposed changes would be introduced before the upcoming Rabi season and would come as a big jolt for farmers selling poor quality produce, including gram, masoor and mustard.

  • Bhopal: Govt to come up with MSP for tribal products

    Bhopal: In a bid to empower the tribal, the government has decided to declare the minimum support price of the forest products. The announcement to this effect would be made by the ministry of tribal affairs and Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation (TRIFED ) at a national conference in New Delhi on September 25.

  • Bhopal: Some elements are out to spoil best of schemes, says Chouhan

    Bhopal: The chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that no matter how good a scheme is, there are some who just want to spoil it somehow. Chouhan was addressing a programme to mark the inauguration of the portal of “Bhavantar Yoajana”. He said that “Whenever I announce any new scheme, the bureaucrats start developing cold feet. They want to know from where the budget will come. But I don’t get into

  • Bhopal: Cabinet clears price deficit scheme for farmers

    Bhopal: The cabinet, on Tuesday, cleared the “Mukhyamantri Price Deficit Financing Scheme” under which the difference between the MSP or market intervention price and the model sale price of select pulses, oilseeds and horticultural crops will be reimbursed to the farmers. Under the scheme, if the model price of a listed produce is less than the MSP declared by the central government or (in cases of crops for which MSP is not

  • Bhopal: Emotions, not economics should be guiding spirit, says CM

    Bhopal: At a meeting held to review the proposed Mukhya Mantri Price Deficit Financing Scheme here on Thursday, CM Shivraj Singh objected to many provisions of the scheme. He said he might announce the scheme on August 21.

  • Bhopal: Govt to make good up to Rs 500 per quintal price deficit of farmers

    Bhopal: State government has decided to launch a ‘Mukhyamantri Price Deficit Financing Scheme’ under which the difference between the MSP or market intervention price and the model sale price of select pulses, oilseeds, and horticultural crops will be reimbursed to the farmers. The market intervention price will be announced for crops for which MSP is not fixed by the Centre. The market intervention price will also be decided by the government.