The Swaminathan Commission was clear in its recommendations, and the rationale offered by the NITI Aayog to rule out the use of comprehensive cost is dubious at best.
The need of the hour is to set up a farmer pay commission, which can fix a minimum assured income of a farmer household.
Arun Jaitley’s Budget speech was vague on the details, and closer inspection reveals that it was also misleading.
In his budget speech, finance minister Arun Jaitley promised farmers a minimum support price at 50% over the cost of production of crops. Here’s a quick breakdown of the importance of MSP and what the new budget means for farmers.
The finance minister has made a big announcement on minimum support price, but he should make it clear whether all he is promising is to take the prices back to the UPA levels.
Ambiguities and more talk than outlays mean that little is likely to change.
In a green paper, organisations have pointed out how a number of promises made to farmers have not been kept.
The proposed Market Assurance Scheme should not leave states to fend for themselves when it comes to price support for farmers, especially as the agrarian crisis is one that is caused mainly by central policies.
The farmers have done their job. The nation has failed to deliver them a decent income in return.
Punjab exceeds most states in metrics on mechanisation, chemical input and capital investment. What then explains the failure of its green fields?
Prices paid to local farmers for common grade paddy rice are to be raised by 5.4% to Rs. 1,550 per 100 kg for the year starting on July 1, while long staple cotton prices have been hiked by 3.8% to Rs. 4,320 per 100 kg.
In the seventieth episode of Jan Gan Man Ki Baat, Vinod Dua talks about the decline in minimum support prices (MSP) for farmers and Pranab Mukherjee’s tenure as president.
It is about agriculture’s place in the life of our country, equity’s place in the life of our agriculture and farmers’ place in the world of equity.
The Maharashtra chief minister has been trying to make farmers forget election promises by shifting focus to his pet irrigation scheme. But after multiple errors, this does not seem to be working.
Statistical analysis suggests that farmers in states that have amended the Agricultural Produce Market Committee Act are less likely to commit suicide, but further reforms are needed to reduce the incidence of farmer suicides across the country.
The fall in prices of agricultural commodities is always seen as nothing more than a game of numbers that is played routinely, year after year.
Falling prices and a lack of adequate procurement centres have left tur producers grasping for a way out.
Outsourcing food production to BRICS countries, and opening up the country to cheaper imports will only destroy food self-sufficiency – and the livelihood of millions.
The question to ask is whether it makes environmental sense or effects social justice to ship our dals from across the seas?
The government did not implement the Swaminathan commission recommendation of an MSP set at 50% over cost as it feared “price distortions in markets”.
Was the prime minister’s standing ovation for farmers a cruel joke?
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