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Chief Minister of Manipur N. Biren Singh called on Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI Photo)

Manipur CM allocates agriculture machinery to farmers, financial aid to artisans

ANI | , Imphal
PUBLISHED ON MAR 14, 2021 09:24 AM IST
According to an official release, the distribution function was jointly organised by the Manipur government's Department of Agriculture and Directorate of Handlooms and Textiles.
Nirmala Sitharaman, India's finance minister (centre) with Anurag Thakur, India's finance and corporate affairs minister (left). (Bloomberg)
Nirmala Sitharaman, India's finance minister (centre) with Anurag Thakur, India's finance and corporate affairs minister (left). (Bloomberg)

Budget marginally raises spending for the agriculture sector

By Zia Haq, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2021 03:01 AM IST
The amount set aside for the agriculture sector for the next financial year is 4% short of the 154,775 crore initially allocated (budget estimates) in the 2020-21 budget
The mandis record highest revenue during harvest months of April to June and from October to December(HT Photo?Representational)
The mandis record highest revenue during harvest months of April to June and from October to December(HT Photo?Representational)

MP plans to rent out vacant mandi space for subsidised retail shops for farmers

By Shruti Tomar | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Bhopal
PUBLISHED ON JAN 31, 2021 04:36 PM IST
  • MP government planned to enlist private entities and offer them land in the markets to develop retail shopping complexes, petrol pumps, fertilizer and seed centers and so on
Sowing of rabi (winter) crops is underway. The rabi sowing begins from October immediately after the harvest of kharif (summer) crops. Wheat and mustard are major rabi crops. The crop year runs from July to June.(Bijay/Hindustan Times representative image)
Sowing of rabi (winter) crops is underway. The rabi sowing begins from October immediately after the harvest of kharif (summer) crops. Wheat and mustard are major rabi crops. The crop year runs from July to June.(Bijay/Hindustan Times representative image)

2020-21 rabi foodgrains output may surpass previous record, says Agriculture minister Tomar

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON JAN 02, 2021 04:31 PM IST
The paddy coverage was down marginally to 14.83 lakh hectare so far this rabi season from 15.47 lakh hectare in the corresponding period of the previous year.
Farm to factory is the need of the hour. Apart from part-time seasonal farming, a small farmer and a farm labourer have sufficient time to work and can earn Rs 12,000-Rs 15,000 a month easily after eight hours of labour in a nearby factory. This can ensure an additional income to minimise the dependency on the sole agriculture-based income.(HT file photo)
Farm to factory is the need of the hour. Apart from part-time seasonal farming, a small farmer and a farm labourer have sufficient time to work and can earn Rs 12,000-Rs 15,000 a month easily after eight hours of labour in a nearby factory. This can ensure an additional income to minimise the dependency on the sole agriculture-based income.(HT file photo)

Farm to factory: Small farmers need second source of income

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By AS Mittal
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 04:47 PM IST
Farming is a seasonal affair, not a full-time job. The second job option is mostly required by the small, marginal farmers and farm labourers in nearby areas. Industrial investment should be encouraged in rural and backward areas by offering special incentives.
A farmer working in his field on the rabi crop in Dhanbad.(HT File Photo)
A farmer working in his field on the rabi crop in Dhanbad.(HT File Photo)

Farm laws led to jump in agri firms: Govt data

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 05:05 AM IST
Firms set up in the farm sectors lead the growth of new incorporations following those in manufacturing, overtaking registrations in construction, finance and ‘others’ categories, the data show.
Women, including widows and relatives of farmers who were believed to have killed themselves over debt attend a protest against farm bills passed by India's parliament, at Tikri border near Delhi, India.(REUTERS)
Women, including widows and relatives of farmers who were believed to have killed themselves over debt attend a protest against farm bills passed by India's parliament, at Tikri border near Delhi, India.(REUTERS)

Indian farm widows join protests against agriculture reforms

New Delhi | By Reuters | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 16, 2020 09:24 PM IST
Farmers have been protesting for nearly a month over the reforms, enacted in September, to deregulate the agriculture sector, allowing farmers to sell to buyers beyond government-regulated wholesale markets.
Haryana Roadways bus operations were affected by the Bharat Bandh call as farmers blocked National Highway 44 on Tuesday.(HT Photo)
Haryana Roadways bus operations were affected by the Bharat Bandh call as farmers blocked National Highway 44 on Tuesday.(HT Photo)

Bharat Bandh call evokes mixed response in Haryana

Hindustan Times, Karnal | By HT Correspondents, Chandigarh/karnal
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 01:38 AM IST
Shops shut, fuel stations open as traffic was diverted as a precautionary measure on NH-44 from Pipli to Kurukshetra and at Ambala
The farm leaders will ask the cabinet ministers meeting them to bring on board farm unions of the entire country for talks.(PTI Photo)
The farm leaders will ask the cabinet ministers meeting them to bring on board farm unions of the entire country for talks.(PTI Photo)

Decision should be for farmers of entire country, not Punjab alone: Farm leaders

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2020 11:19 AM IST
Union minister Amit Shah is likely to attend the meeting at 3pm today; farm union leaders go into huddle at Singhu on Delhi-Haryana border to build consensus
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi reconsider the new farm laws to protect the interests of farmers and democratic values.(ANI)
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi reconsider the new farm laws to protect the interests of farmers and democratic values.(ANI)

‘Listen to annadata, reconsider farm laws’, Ashok Gehlot tells PM Modi

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Sachin Saini
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 09:36 PM IST
Ashok Gehlot said the central government should immediately resolve the farmers’ problems by listening to their demands.
Representational image.(Pixabay)
Representational image.(Pixabay)

Government allows ICRISAT Hyderabad to use drones for agricultural research

Mumbai | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Akhilesh Nagari
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2020 05:41 PM IST
The exemption is valid for six months from the date of issuance of permission or until the full operationalization of Digital Sky Platform (Phase-1), whichever is earlier, the release said, adding that the exemption will be valid only if all conditions and limitations are strictly adhered to.
New Delhi, Sep 22 (ANI): Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu speaks during the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)
New Delhi, Sep 22 (ANI): Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu speaks during the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)

Parliament monsoon session 2020: Essential Commodities bill gets Rajya Sabha nod

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON SEP 22, 2020 03:09 PM IST
The bill is also aimed at removing the fears of private investors of excessive regulatory interference in their business operations
Economists said some concerns of farmers were valid and the solution was to bring appropriate regulation and oversight.(AFP file photo)
Economists said some concerns of farmers were valid and the solution was to bring appropriate regulation and oversight.(AFP file photo)

Legislation for reforms in agriculture sector passed by Lok Sabha

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2020 03:08 AM IST
The bills seek to open up the farm sector to more competition, modernise supply chains by enabling bigger agribusinesses to engage with farmers more directly and create seamless access to markets, which are currently fragmented.
The prime minister said his government had freed the country’s agriculture sector by abolishing archaic regulations, which will help to increase famers’ income. (DPR MOD / HT Photo)
The prime minister said his government had freed the country’s agriculture sector by abolishing archaic regulations, which will help to increase famers’ income. (DPR MOD / HT Photo)

PM hails country’s agriculture sector

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2020 12:45 AM IST
The prime minister said his government had freed the country’s agriculture sector by abolishing archaic regulations, which will help to increase famers’ income.
Nirmala Sitharaman said last month that agriculture is driving an economic recovery.(HT Photo)
Nirmala Sitharaman said last month that agriculture is driving an economic recovery.(HT Photo)

FM Nirmala Sitharaman signals further aid to farm sector

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Asit Ranjan Mishra, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 13, 2020 06:11 AM IST
While manufacturing and services activities dipped significantly during the pandemic, agriculture activities have remained more or less unaffected, with the government expecting record food grain production this year.
The 15 Finance Commission incentives will be linked to two recent ordinances passed by the Narendra Modi government to liberalise agricultural markets and boost private investments.(AP file photo)
The 15 Finance Commission incentives will be linked to two recent ordinances passed by the Narendra Modi government to liberalise agricultural markets and boost private investments.(AP file photo)

Extra funds for states that carry out agricultural reforms

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2020 03:52 AM IST
The agriculture sector, which supports half of all Indians, has not been generating enough revenues to keep farming profitable for nearly two decades due to lack of reforms and low export volumes, according to a 2018 Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) study.
BJP leader Madan Mohan Mittal addressing the media in Ludhiana on Thursday.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)
BJP leader Madan Mohan Mittal addressing the media in Ludhiana on Thursday.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)

Former Punjab minister Mittal defends agri ordinances, accuses Congress, AAP of misleading farmers

Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2020 02:07 AM IST
Says all ordinances formulated in cognizance of the Swaminathan committee report
Due to timely tracing, treatment and reporting, the number of people recovering from the virus is continuously rising and the active cases, as on date, are 41 per cent of the total cases in the country.(PTI)
Due to timely tracing, treatment and reporting, the number of people recovering from the virus is continuously rising and the active cases, as on date, are 41 per cent of the total cases in the country.(PTI)

Govt, RBI’s prompt policy measures helped reinvigorate economy with minimal damage: Finance Ministry

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 23, 2020 01:56 PM IST
To contain the spread of coronavirus the government had imposed nationwide lockdown from March 25. From June 1, India has started phased resumption of services and businesses.
Sanjiv Puri said more competitive value chains in the farm sector and investments in food processing will ensure enormous job opportunities. Photo:Pradeep Gaur/Mint
Sanjiv Puri said more competitive value chains in the farm sector and investments in food processing will ensure enormous job opportunities. Photo:Pradeep Gaur/Mint

It is time to transform the agriculture sector: Sanjiv Puri

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Suneera Tandon
PUBLISHED ON JUN 03, 2020 04:27 AM IST
Last month, the government had announced a 20-trillion package to support the economic recovery after business activity stalled for months, as India imposed a strict lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
A law will be introduced to allow farmers to sell their produce as they wish. Barrier-free interstate trade will be encouraged(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
A law will be introduced to allow farmers to sell their produce as they wish. Barrier-free interstate trade will be encouraged(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Ending Inspector Raj in agriculture, writes Sanjeev Sanyal

Hindustan Times | By Sanjeev Sanyal
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2020 05:43 AM IST
The Centre’s initiative in freeing up agri-trade will have a huge impact on the rural economy
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the government will amend the EC Act to make the agriculture sector more competitive and ensure better price realisation to farmers.(AFP)
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the government will amend the EC Act to make the agriculture sector more competitive and ensure better price realisation to farmers.(AFP)

Govt to amend decades-old EC law to deregulate food items, give farmer marketing choice

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAY 15, 2020 09:57 PM IST
As a result of the amendment, the stock limit on food products like edible oils, oilseeds, potato and onion will not be imposed in normal cases but only in exceptional circumstances like natural calamities, famine with a surge in prices.
Farm workers seen harvesting crop in a field, on day eighteen of the 21 day lockdown to limit the coronavirus, near Yamuna Expressway, in Greater Noida, India, on Saturday, April 11, 2020.(Photo: Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Farm workers seen harvesting crop in a field, on day eighteen of the 21 day lockdown to limit the coronavirus, near Yamuna Expressway, in Greater Noida, India, on Saturday, April 11, 2020.(Photo: Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Farmer communities face one of the greatest risks of income losses in what is a key spring harvest season for a range of crops, such as wheat, potato and onion. (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Farmer communities face one of the greatest risks of income losses in what is a key spring harvest season for a range of crops, such as wheat, potato and onion. (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)

Local officials not getting lockdown instructions right: Centre to states

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2020 01:51 PM IST
The communication comes amid reports that tight rules to enforce social distancing are being applied to exempted essential activities, which district officials are regulating with lockdown permits.
The hike in power tariff will affect only 1.35 lakh consumers out of the total number of 1.45 crore domestic consumers in the state. This is a very marginal hike only for high-end consumers.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
The hike in power tariff will affect only 1.35 lakh consumers out of the total number of 1.45 crore domestic consumers in the state. This is a very marginal hike only for high-end consumers.(REUTERS PHOTO.)

AP hikes power tariff for section of domestic consumers by 90 paise per unit

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2020 06:21 PM IST
The new tariffs will come into effect from April 1. This is the first time in the last six years that the power tariff has been increased, albeit for a limited number of consumers, in Andhra Pradesh.
HT Image
HT Image

Sukhbir’s praise for Union Budget a case of sycophancy: Amarinder

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON FEB 02, 2020 10:32 PM IST
The budget also addresses the issue of tax harassment(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)
The budget also addresses the issue of tax harassment(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)

The multi-pronged reforms in Union Budget 2020, writes Kumar Mangalam Birla

By Kumar Mangalam Birla
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2020 10:26 PM IST
The focus on agriculture, an infrastructure push, a boost to the corporate sector, tax cuts, disinvestment are positive steps
HT Image
HT Image

Power shocker: PSPCL seeks 14% hike in tariff next fiscal

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
PUBLISHED ON DEC 29, 2019 10:48 PM IST
Urges PSERC to reduce tariff of domestic consumers for first 100 units per month by 15%
A water vessel sits on farmland near the village of Khardewadi in this aerial photograph taken in Beed district, Maharashtra.(Bloomberg File Photo / Used for representational purpose only)
A water vessel sits on farmland near the village of Khardewadi in this aerial photograph taken in Beed district, Maharashtra.(Bloomberg File Photo / Used for representational purpose only)

Over 11,000 suicides in agriculture sector in 2016: NCRB data adds to distress debate

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Roshan Kishore
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2019 08:40 AM IST
While many people believed that farmer suicides were the most macabre manifestation of the agrarian crisis in India, there was (and is) another view which that farmer suicides were not necessarily a result of economic distress.
Baghel said that land allotment rates in industrial areas would be reduced by 30% and lease rent rate would be reduced from 3% to 2%.(PTI FILE)
Baghel said that land allotment rates in industrial areas would be reduced by 30% and lease rent rate would be reduced from 3% to 2%.(PTI FILE)

Chhattisgarh govt to reduce land allotment rates in industrial areas by 30%

Hindustan Times, Raipur | By Ritesh Mishra
PUBLISHED ON SEP 07, 2019 11:58 AM IST
Bhupesh Baghel, while speaking at an event organised by Chhattisgarh Chamber of Commerce and Industry in capital Raipur, said that a new policy in this regard will be formulated in next two months.
The Lok Sabha sat till 11.59 pm on Tuesday to conclude discussion on demands for grants for the agriculture and rural development ministries.(PTI File Photo)
The Lok Sabha sat till 11.59 pm on Tuesday to conclude discussion on demands for grants for the agriculture and rural development ministries.(PTI File Photo)

Lok Sabha sits till midnight again, discusses agrarian situation

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2019 01:10 AM IST
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said there were “technical” reasons and he has to adjourn the House at midnight otherwise he would have preferred to run the business till 3 am.
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