Zia Haq reports on public policy, economy and agriculture. Particularly interested in development economics and growth theories.
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Early sowing in many regions and cool conducive weather have prompted the government to estimate a bumper harvest of the grain
Farmers' protests intensify at Punjab-Haryana border as factions unite, demanding justice for deceased protester. March to Delhi to resume soon.
Farmers from Punjab have been stopped since February 13 at barricades put up by the Haryana government to impede their march to the national capital.
All eyes are now on whether the unions decide to resume their attempted march to the national capital after a two-day pause.
Farm leaders paused protests for two days after clashes at Punjab-Haryana border led to a protester's death.
Farmers from Punjab and Haryana have mobilized in thousands, demanding higher prices for their crops
The RBI continued with its policy stance of “withdrawal of accommodation” to ensure inflation is in step with its target of 6%(+/-2) while supporting economic expansion
Kerela minister says the state government has released all the instalments of its share towards the project as we consider it to be an important one
Launched in 2018, PM-AASHA was seen as a tool to ensure remunerative prices to farmers for crops other than cereals.
The government already sells subsidised Bharat Atta at ₹27.50 per kg and Bharat Dal at ₹60 per kg.
Budget 2024: Centrally sponsored schemes are implemented by states but are largely funded by the Union government with a defined share of state governments.
₹86000 crore has been allocated for the make-work MNREGS programme for 2023-24, up 43% from budget estimates of ₹60000 (2023-24)
A lower pigeon pea crop in 2022-23 is likely to increase India’s import demand and traders are now looking to Myanmar to fill the gap
A lower pigeon pea crop in 2022-23 is likely to increase India’s import demand and traders are now looking to Myanmar to fill the gap.
Cooler temperatures during February and March are essential for a bumper wheat output. As things stand, the El Nino outlook is not encouraging
Nearly 80% of India’s trade with Europe passes via the Red Sea. But soaring shipping costs and rising oil prices are stoking fears of renewed inflation
Three national cooperatives in India are driving the country's rural economy through exports, seed production, and farm produce procurement.
Higher wheat output will help put a lid on prices and could prompt the world’s second-biggest producer of the grain to lift a ban on exports of the staple
Authorities examined samples of such brands and found the label ‘prasad’ (consecrated offering to the deity) from the Ram temple, Ayodhya, to be “misleading”
India will have no shortage of fertilisers critical for the country’s food security as there are adequate reserves amid a deepening Red Sea crisis, Union minister for health, fertilisers and chemicals Mansukh Mandaviya said on Wednesday.
The Union government has signed off on a plan to procure maize at federally fixed minimum support prices while increasing output and productivity by expanding the area under cultivation as part of a strategy to meet India’s biofuel needs
India’s so-called multidimensional poverty fell from 29.17% in 2013-14, when the Modi government assumed power, to 11.28% in 2022-23
Indian government has set up an interministerial group to monitor the crisis in the Red Sea, which is disrupting global trade, including shipments from India.
In 2022-23, the FCI bought 76.56 million tonnes of paddy and 26.2 million tonnes of wheat from about 12.3 million cultivators, paying them ₹2.19 lakh crore in all
The corporation is mandated to buy “fair and average quality” grains that must confirm to technical specifications related to moisture content
The government is also constantly watching the crisis in the Red Sea, a major sea route for Indian exports, which is witnessing a violent regional spillover of Israel’s war with Hamas, Goyal said
Data released by the National Statistics Office on Friday showed the Index of Industrial Production in the world’s fifth-largest economy grew 2.4% in November
Taking steps to mitigate the impacts of climate change, cultivators in key food-bowl states have switched to heat-tolerant wheat varieties on a large scale this season.
experts say the COMPETITION AMONG STUDENTS ALONG WITH exaggerated assurances of success often drive aspirants to suicide
India will have nearly 200,000 primary agricultural cooperative societies or PACS in the next five years, Amit Shah said.