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After recording above normal rains between July 6 and July 11, monsoon appears to be slowing down, sparking concerns in the agriculture sector, according to experts.(AFP)

Rainfall deficiency 12.5% but some areas go under water

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2019 12:51 PM IST
Monsoon appears to be slowing down after recording above normal rains between July 6 and July 11.
The survey will come a day ahead of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presents the first budget of the Modi 2.0 government.(ANI)
The survey will come a day ahead of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presents the first budget of the Modi 2.0 government.(ANI)

Economic Survey to chart out reform road map of Modi 2.0 govt

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2019 10:59 AM IST
The survey prepared by Chief Economic Adviser Krishnamurthy Subramanian is likely to flag headwinds that the economy might face in its pursuit to become the world’s fifth largest economy.
The conflict between economic growth and environmental destruction, of which water scarcity is now an important aspect, is often seen as a given. However, India has done much worse on this front than others.(AP FILE)
The conflict between economic growth and environmental destruction, of which water scarcity is now an important aspect, is often seen as a given. However, India has done much worse on this front than others.(AP FILE)

Is India’s economic growth story dehydrating country?

UPDATED ON JUN 30, 2019 07:49 AM IST
India has done worse than other growing nations in managing its water resources. A key factor behind this maybe an inefficient agriculture sector, where the use of tube well-based irrigation in the last three decades has shot up
The government has also announced to widen the scope of insurance cover to farmers dying in accidents.(PTI File Photo/Representive image)
The government has also announced to widen the scope of insurance cover to farmers dying in accidents.(PTI File Photo/Representive image)

Under Maharasthra budget, Rs 12K cr for irrigation and Rs 600 cr for varsities

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Surendra P Gangan
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2019 11:31 AM IST
The budget 2019-20 has an outlay of 600 crore for agriculture universities for research and infrastructure development, besides an increase in budget for irrigation projects to 12,597 crore.
Maharashtra's minister of state for finance Deepak Kesarkar and finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar go through the interim budget at Mantralaya in Mumbai on Monday.(ANSHUMAN POYREKAR/HT PHOTO)
Maharashtra's minister of state for finance Deepak Kesarkar and finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar go through the interim budget at Mantralaya in Mumbai on Monday.(ANSHUMAN POYREKAR/HT PHOTO)

Maharashtra economic survey: High goals, but state’s growth rate low

Hindustan Times | By Surendra P Gangan
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2019 08:56 AM IST
Finance minister blames dip on drought, other sectors, says agriculture growth touched 3.1%; Oppn questions figures
Over 20% of our farmers live below the poverty line. Evidence suggests that the speed with which the agriculture sector reduces rural poverty is at least twice of what the rest of the economy and when growth in agriculture is rejuvenated, poverty decline became faster.(PTI)
Over 20% of our farmers live below the poverty line. Evidence suggests that the speed with which the agriculture sector reduces rural poverty is at least twice of what the rest of the economy and when growth in agriculture is rejuvenated, poverty decline became faster.(PTI)

India’s future prosperity depends on extending opportunities to farmers

By Purvi Mehta
PUBLISHED ON JUN 12, 2019 07:59 PM IST
Almost every agri-category needs to know how to adequately market their produce to realise the best prices. Yet the farmer-to-consumer relationship has not been harnessed in ways that could benefit the former. Policy makers must ask what interventions in this area are required to enable the farmers to get the best possible prices.
Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to waive off loans of distressed farmers at the national level.(File Photo)
Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to waive off loans of distressed farmers at the national level.(File Photo)

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh urges PM to waive farm loans

Chandigarh | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2019 07:51 AM IST
In another letter, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh urged PM Modi to advise the Union ministry of agriculture to effect suitable modifications in Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna .
Thousands of farmers clashed with the police and paramilitary forces at the national capital’s borders with Uttar Pradesh, prompting police to use tear gas, water cannons to stop protesting farmers from entering the city, at Delhi-Ghaziabad border, New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Thousands of farmers clashed with the police and paramilitary forces at the national capital’s borders with Uttar Pradesh, prompting police to use tear gas, water cannons to stop protesting farmers from entering the city, at Delhi-Ghaziabad border, New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Oped: Farm policy’s 3 dilemmas

UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2019 09:38 AM IST
If there is one thing that distinguishes the agricultural performance of the first Narendra Modi government, it is the collapse of nominal growth of the gross value added (GVA) component of agriculture.
Consumers will feel the pinch as the power regulator in Punjab has decided to jack up the tariff by 2.14%. (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Consumers will feel the pinch as the power regulator in Punjab has decided to jack up the tariff by 2.14%. (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)

Power tariff goes up by 8-10 paise/unit in Punjab

Patiala | By Vishal Rambani
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2019 07:49 AM IST
As per the order passed by Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission chairperson Kusumjit Sidhu, the power cost has been increased by 8 to 10 paise per unit across categories of consumers.
As many 1.33 lakh holdings are semi medium (2-4 hectare), 3.98 lakh medium (4 to 10 hectares) and 25,300 are large holdings, that is, 10 hectares and above.(Representative image)
As many 1.33 lakh holdings are semi medium (2-4 hectare), 3.98 lakh medium (4 to 10 hectares) and 25,300 are large holdings, that is, 10 hectares and above.(Representative image)

Agri income scheme may give ‘bigger’ relief to UP farmers

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Brajendra K Parashar, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON FEB 04, 2019 02:07 PM IST
High indebtedness, low agri household income, large number of small holdings are a feature of the agriculture sector in UP.
The report, titled ‘Assessing India’s Mounting Climate Losses to Financial Institutions’,(AP File Photo)
The report, titled ‘Assessing India’s Mounting Climate Losses to Financial Institutions’,(AP File Photo)

Losses caused to India doubled due to change in climate

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2019 07:46 AM IST
The decadal data shows that about 16 extreme climate events took place on average every year between 1998 and 2017 compared to 10 events annually between 1978 and 1997.
The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Generation Scheme, the Centre’s biggest welfare programme, may see its annual budget touch Rs 60,0000 crore, an increase of Rs 5,000 crore from last year.(HT File Photo)
The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Generation Scheme, the Centre’s biggest welfare programme, may see its annual budget touch Rs 60,0000 crore, an increase of Rs 5,000 crore from last year.(HT File Photo)

Rural, farm push likely in govt’s interim budget

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondents
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2019 07:17 AM IST
Budget (or interim budget) preparations are underway in the North Block office of the finance ministry even as speculation is rife that the government may go beyond the conventional vote-on-account presented in election years.
CRPF 197 battalion officers with farmers from villages in the Saranda forest region, West Singhbhum(Manoj Kumar/HT Photo)
CRPF 197 battalion officers with farmers from villages in the Saranda forest region, West Singhbhum(Manoj Kumar/HT Photo)

CRPF fighting Maoists in Singhbhum, educate farmers in agriculture techniques

Hindustan Times, Jamshedpur | By Manoj Choudhary
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2019 09:29 AM IST
A one-week capsule course was organised by the CRPF to train farmers. Altogether, 14 farmers from different districts and villages were educated in agricultural techniques.
The main cause for farmers’ discontent is low level of farm income. Farmers have been seeking higher prices to address this.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
The main cause for farmers’ discontent is low level of farm income. Farmers have been seeking higher prices to address this.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

Farm loan waivers can derail India’s growth story

By Ramesh Chand
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2019 02:27 PM IST
Loan waiver provides strong disincentive for those who repaid loan on time and perverse incentive for default. But the most serious effect of the waiver is potential risk of fiscal slippage .
Short-lived solutions, like farm-loan waivers, can make a bad problem worse, since they don’t address underlying issues.(AFP)
Short-lived solutions, like farm-loan waivers, can make a bad problem worse, since they don’t address underlying issues.(AFP)

Farmers on the edge, but solutions remain elusive

New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2018 08:00 AM IST
What makes it difficult to ignore any persistent farm crisis, such as the current one, is simply that there are just too many people dependent on a farm-based livelihood: nearly half the population.
To address farmers’ distress ahead of 2019 general elections, the government is considering waiving interest on crop loans for farmers who pay on time, costing an additional Rs 15,000 crore to the exchequer, according to sources.(AFP)
To address farmers’ distress ahead of 2019 general elections, the government is considering waiving interest on crop loans for farmers who pay on time, costing an additional Rs 15,000 crore to the exchequer, according to sources.(AFP)

Modi govt mulls zero interest on crop loans for farmers who pay on time

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2018 12:25 AM IST
Currently, farmers get short-term farm loan of up to Rs 3 lakh at 7 per cent interest rate. However, the interest rate charged is only 4 per cent in case farmers pay their loan within due date. Normally, loans are given at 9 per cent interest rate.
Former chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian on Sunday warned the Indian economy was in for a slowdown for some time as agriculture and financial system were under stress.(HT File Photo)
Former chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian on Sunday warned the Indian economy was in for a slowdown for some time as agriculture and financial system were under stress.(HT File Photo)

India should brace itself for economic slowdown for some time: Arvind Subramanian

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON DEC 10, 2018 01:09 PM IST
He also said that GST design could have been much better and there should not be more than three rates going forward.
A farmer who wants to practice subsistence farming is less vulnerable to loss from sudden crash in prices than the one who actually wants to exploit the commercial route to success(Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times)
A farmer who wants to practice subsistence farming is less vulnerable to loss from sudden crash in prices than the one who actually wants to exploit the commercial route to success(Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times)

Viability, not production growth, is the biggest crisis facing farmers

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2018 05:27 PM IST
Price crashes lead to a decline in cultivation of a crop in the next season, this leads to a spike in prices leading to increase in cultivation in the next season. It could be a good idea to educate farmers about rationalising their expectations and hence future cultivation decisions in periods of scarcity.
Over 35,000 farmers from across Maharashtra, who embarked on a ‘Long March’ from Nashik on March 6 to press their various demands, reached Azad Maidan Mumbai, March 12, 2018(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Over 35,000 farmers from across Maharashtra, who embarked on a ‘Long March’ from Nashik on March 6 to press their various demands, reached Azad Maidan Mumbai, March 12, 2018(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

Why farms of every type and size have to be climate smart

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2018 08:01 PM IST
This climate impact on agriculture is a cause for worry: the sector accounts for a large share in gross domestic product (16%) and employment (49%). Poor agricultural performance can lead to high inflation, rural distress, and political restiveness, as recent rural agitations and farmer suicides have shown.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath looking at some of the exhibits at Krishi Kumbh 2018 in Lucknow.(HT Photo)
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath looking at some of the exhibits at Krishi Kumbh 2018 in Lucknow.(HT Photo)

UP signs MoC with Japan; Israel to help set up centres of excellence

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By HT Correspondent, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON OCT 27, 2018 03:37 PM IST
The Uttar Pradesh government on Friday signed a five-year memorandum of cooperation (MoC) with Japan on the opening day of the three-day ‘Krishi Kumbh’ paving the way for Japanese companies to make investments in the state’s agriculture sector.
Bharatiya Kisan union farmers seen during the Kisan Kranti Yatra, in Ghaziabad , October 1(Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)
Bharatiya Kisan union farmers seen during the Kisan Kranti Yatra, in Ghaziabad , October 1(Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)

The State should equip farmers to deal with market volatilities

UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2018 06:58 PM IST
According to the latest agriculture census, more than 86% of farmers own less than two acres of land
The BJP also plans conventions of its five wings dealing with the SCs, STs, OBCs, women and youths.(AFP)
The BJP also plans conventions of its five wings dealing with the SCs, STs, OBCs, women and youths.(AFP)

BJP to hold farmers’ meets across Rajasthan to create awareness about govt policies

Jaipur | By HT Correspondent, Jaipur
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2018 12:13 PM IST
More than 65% population in Rajasthan is dependent on agriculture and the state has witnessed a rise in the incidents of farmer suicides in the past one year in the Hadauti region. The state government has already announced a series of sops for the agriculture sector.
A major obstacle for growth of MSMEs is their inability to access timely and adequate finance as most of them are in niche segments where credit appraisal is a major challenge.(Reuters/Picture for representation)
A major obstacle for growth of MSMEs is their inability to access timely and adequate finance as most of them are in niche segments where credit appraisal is a major challenge.(Reuters/Picture for representation)

Demonetisation led to decline in MSME sector, GST dented exports: RBI study

Mumbai | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2018 10:45 PM IST
The MSME sector constitutes a vast network of over 63 million units and employs around 111 million people, contributing around 30% to the GDP, accounting for about 45% of manufacturing output and around 40% of total exports.
Nearly 90% of farmers are small and marginal. The average size of a farm is now just 1.15 hectares(ha). 85% of land ownership is of less than 2 ha, only 5% farmers operate on land bigger than 4 ha.(AP file photo)
Nearly 90% of farmers are small and marginal. The average size of a farm is now just 1.15 hectares(ha). 85% of land ownership is of less than 2 ha, only 5% farmers operate on land bigger than 4 ha.(AP file photo)

Smart farm technologies are here in India, but available to just a few

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2018 01:01 PM IST
Technology should be welcomed in a country where farm incomes are low, about one-third of those of non-agricultural households.
(Narendra Modi/Twitter)
(Narendra Modi/Twitter)

PM Modi in Rwanda: Indians abroad are country’s ‘rashtradoots’

Kigali | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2018 12:13 PM IST
Addressing a gathering of Indian community members here, Modi said Rwanda’s President Kagame had told him about the Indian community’s work in the country
BJP president Amit Shah addresses the gathering during national conference on Reforming Agrarian Economy: Role of Insurance, at India International Center in New Delhi on July 21.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
BJP president Amit Shah addresses the gathering during national conference on Reforming Agrarian Economy: Role of Insurance, at India International Center in New Delhi on July 21.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)

‘Not a political statement’: Amit Shah confident farmers’ income will double before 2022

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2018 04:44 PM IST
The BJP President said the goal will be achieved as the Centre and state governments are working in a mission mode.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacting with a group of sugarcane farmers, at Lok Kalyan Marg, in New Delhi on June 29, 2018.(PTI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacting with a group of sugarcane farmers, at Lok Kalyan Marg, in New Delhi on June 29, 2018.(PTI Photo)

Modi govt raises minimum support prices for crops in bid to woo farmers ahead of 2019 polls

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2018 11:58 PM IST
The government on Wednesday hiked the minimum support price for paddy by a steep Rs 200 per quintal as it looked to fulfil its poll promise to give farmers 50% more rate than their cost of production.
The 2% hike will make the state government richer by about Rs 200 crore.
The 2% hike will make the state government richer by about Rs 200 crore.

Electricity duty hiked by 2% in rural areas of Punjab

Hindustan Times, Patiala | By HT Correspondent, Patiala
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2018 11:47 AM IST
Applicable from April 1 this year, the hike will make power 25 paise expensive per unit
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

Agri budget raised two-fold to help double farm income by 2022, says PM Modi

Press Trust of India, New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2018 09:15 PM IST
Narendra Modi says the four cornerstones of the government policy for raising farm income are cutting input cost, fair price for the crop, preventing the produce from rotting and creating alternate sources of income.
Union minister of agriculture Radha Mohan Singh.(HT File Photo)
Union minister of agriculture Radha Mohan Singh.(HT File Photo)

Farmers were ignored before 2014, says agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2018 09:08 AM IST
The people have seen this government’s performance... the ‘lehar’ (wave) in favour of Modi is stronger than 2014, agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh tells HT in an interview. Excerpts:
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