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Understanding the rationale of farm protests

We need an empathetic government with a moral compass to urgently find a solution to the satisfaction of the farmers. Engaging in dilatory tactics and subterfuge will further exacerbate the growing trust deficit between the farming community and the Centre.
Farmers during their protest against the new farm laws, New Delhi, January 3, 2021(PTI)
Farmers during their protest against the new farm laws, New Delhi, January 3, 2021(PTI)
Updated on Jan 06, 2021 06:13 AM IST
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ByVijay Inder Singla and Aadil Singh Boparai

Mentioned same reforms during 2019 election: Sitharaman reminds Rahul Gandhi of Cong’s manifesto

The BJP has said earlier that the previous governments in the Centre did not have the willpower to go ahead with tough reforms.
Finance Minister and BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman asked Congress MP Rahul Gandhi to clear his stand on newly passed bills designed to reform the agricultural sector.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Finance Minister and BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman asked Congress MP Rahul Gandhi to clear his stand on newly passed bills designed to reform the agricultural sector.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 25, 2020 06:09 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar

PM Modi says Oppn intentionally did not work on Swaminathan Commission recommendations

The Prime Minister further said, those who have started this movement in the name of farmers, when they had a chance to run the government or become part of the government, what they did back then, the country needs to remember.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses farmers at the 'Kisan Kalyan' event in Raisen (Madhya Pradesh) through video conferencing, in New Delhi.(ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses farmers at the 'Kisan Kalyan' event in Raisen (Madhya Pradesh) through video conferencing, in New Delhi.(ANI)
Updated on Dec 18, 2020 04:21 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByAsian News International | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar

Farmers harden stance, say ‘if government is stubborn, so are we’

Farmers will now strategise the next course of protest as agitation will go on unless the Centre decides to withdraw the laws, union leaders said.
Traffic snarl near Rashtriya Prerna Sthal and Green Garden due to a road diversion owing to the ongoing farmers’ protests (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Traffic snarl near Rashtriya Prerna Sthal and Green Garden due to a road diversion owing to the ongoing farmers’ protests (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Dec 09, 2020 03:51 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh

Pawar persuaded states to implement Vajpayee’s APMC Act, says NCP

With Pawar backing farmers’ protest against the contentious agri reforms, government sources on Sunday pointed out that as the agriculture minister in the UPA dispensation he had asked chief ministers to amend the APMC Act in their states to allow the private sector to play an important role in the field.
Pawar is scheduled to meet President Ram Nath Kovind on December 9 over the ongoing farmers’ protest against the new agrarian laws after the NCP joined opposition parties in supporting the ‘Bharat Bandh’ called on December 8 by farmer unions, which have demanded the repeal of the Centre’s new agri-marketing laws.(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
Pawar is scheduled to meet President Ram Nath Kovind on December 9 over the ongoing farmers’ protest against the new agrarian laws after the NCP joined opposition parties in supporting the ‘Bharat Bandh’ called on December 8 by farmer unions, which have demanded the repeal of the Centre’s new agri-marketing laws.(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 07, 2020 03:35 PM IST
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Mumbai | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh

Farm reforms must ensure price stability, food security

Any change in agricultural markets should use the farm development model of Punjab and Haryana and after improving upon the flaws, new enactments should be made.
Farmers listen to a speaker as they take part in a protest against the central government’s recent agricultural reforms at the Delhi-Haryana state border in Singhu on Friday.(AFP)
Farmers listen to a speaker as they take part in a protest against the central government’s recent agricultural reforms at the Delhi-Haryana state border in Singhu on Friday.(AFP)
Updated on Dec 04, 2020 05:03 PM IST
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Hindustan Times/Chandigarh | ByLakhwinder Singh, Chandigarh

Govt not egoistic, holding discussions with farmers with an open mind: Tomar

Farmers’ groups, however, did not relent and said that emphasis still lies on repealing the new laws and the farmers will continue to raise their voices until the Centre decides to completely roll back the recently passed farm laws.
Union Minister for Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar speaks to media after a meeting with farmers union leaders over the protest against agriculture reform laws, at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.(Amal KS/ Hindustan Times)
Union Minister for Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar speaks to media after a meeting with farmers union leaders over the protest against agriculture reform laws, at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.(Amal KS/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Dec 03, 2020 09:43 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar

Why Punjab should not go the Bihar way on agriculture reforms

Bihar’s reforms have only enhanced market inefficiency that has led to lower and unstable prices of agricultural produce. Without regulated markets, agriculture markets are deprived of the required marketing infrastructure and fair prices to farmers and all other stakeholders in the economy.
Farmers in Punjab’s Mansa town, demanding the Centre repeal the three recent farm laws. Without regulated markets, agriculture markets are deprived of the marketing infrastructure and fair prices to farmers and other stakeholders in the economy.(HT file photo)
Farmers in Punjab’s Mansa town, demanding the Centre repeal the three recent farm laws. Without regulated markets, agriculture markets are deprived of the marketing infrastructure and fair prices to farmers and other stakeholders in the economy.(HT file photo)
Updated on Nov 19, 2020 06:39 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByDr Sukhpal Singh

HC allows Karnal farmer to bring produce from UP, but not sell it in APMC mandis

The farmer said though the Centre’s new agriculture law permits sale of crops in any part of the country, he was not being allowed to bring produce from UP into Haryana
The farmer belongs to Karnal and he had sown paddy on around 75-acre land owned by his family in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh.(Representative Image)
The farmer belongs to Karnal and he had sown paddy on around 75-acre land owned by his family in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh.(Representative Image)
Updated on Nov 13, 2020 12:24 AM IST
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Hindustan Times/Chandigarh | ByHT Correspondent, Chandigarh

No rethink on farm laws, but will reach out to farmers again for talks: Punjab BJP chief Ashwani Sharma

HT INTERVIEW Facing unrelenting fury of farmers and political heat from the opposition parties over the farm laws, the BJP in Punjab finds itself in a tight spot. Left alone, after the rupture of its alliance with the Akalis, it is hard pressed to defend the Modi government’s contentious decision that may potentially bedevil its ambition to expand its base in the rural areas ahead of the 2022 assembly elections. Leading the saffron party’s firefighting is its Punjab president Ashwani Sharma, 56, who sounded confident about the Centre pacifying the farmers, in an interview with Executive Editor Ramesh Vinayak and Principal Reporter Ravinder Vasudeva. Excerpts:
Punjab BJP chief Ashwani Sharma firmly believes that farmers will ultimately see benefits of the new laws.(Gurminder Singh/HT)
Punjab BJP chief Ashwani Sharma firmly believes that farmers will ultimately see benefits of the new laws.(Gurminder Singh/HT)
Updated on Oct 19, 2020 08:47 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | ByHT Correspondent

Reforms alone can’t raise farm growth, Bihar example shows

The findings of the study come in the wake of Parliament enacting three controversial farm reforms that aim to liberalise the agricultural sector, including ending local monopolies of state-run wholesale markets -- known as agriculture produce market committees or APMCs -- by opening them up to private competition
Big farmers’ groups, particularly in Punjab and Haryana, say the Centre’s farm reforms could pave the way for the dismantling of the MSP system and that deregulation will leave them vulnerable to powerful agribusinesses and in an even weaker negotiating position than before.(AP File)
Big farmers’ groups, particularly in Punjab and Haryana, say the Centre’s farm reforms could pave the way for the dismantling of the MSP system and that deregulation will leave them vulnerable to powerful agribusinesses and in an even weaker negotiating position than before.(AP File)
Published on Oct 10, 2020 03:24 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByZia Haq

Maharashtra stays August order issued for implementation of farm reform laws

Congress and NCP have staunchly opposed the farm reform laws and announced they would not implement them in Maharashtra
Both the Congress and NCP are opposed to implementing the laws in the state, terming them as “anti farmer”.(HT Archive)
Both the Congress and NCP are opposed to implementing the laws in the state, terming them as “anti farmer”.(HT Archive)
Updated on Sep 30, 2020 06:00 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByFaisal Malik and Surendra P Gangan

Karnataka Bandh: Farmers to protest against state farm bills today

Several labour organisations, pro-Kannada outfits and the Congress and the JD(S), who had opposed the farm bills in the assembly, extended support to the call for the bandh.
In Bengaluru, a protest march has been planned from Town Hall to Mysore Bank Circle against the “anti farmer” legislations, farmers organisations told news agency PTI.(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
In Bengaluru, a protest march has been planned from Town Hall to Mysore Bank Circle against the “anti farmer” legislations, farmers organisations told news agency PTI.(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 28, 2020 07:30 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh

‘Our farmer leaders clear about govt’s intentions, no scope for agitation’: Karnataka CM Yediyurappa

Assuring that the people can carry on with their day-to- day activities normally without any fear, the state government warned against any move to forcefully enforce the bandh.
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa speaks during the monsoon session of the Karnataka legislature, in Bengaluru.(PTI)
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa speaks during the monsoon session of the Karnataka legislature, in Bengaluru.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 27, 2020 09:14 PM IST
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Bengaluru | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar

Centre orders early procurement of paddy in Punjab, Haryana at MSP

The government has targeted to procure 31% of total paddy from Haryana and Punjab. It has targeted to procure 113 lakh tonnes of rice from Punjab and 44 lakh tonnes from Haryana during the kharif procurement season.
A farmer sprays fertilizer on his paddy crop, at Village Sidhuwal, in Patiala, Punjab on September 18, 2020.(Bharat Bhushan/HT Photo)
A farmer sprays fertilizer on his paddy crop, at Village Sidhuwal, in Patiala, Punjab on September 18, 2020.(Bharat Bhushan/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 27, 2020 02:42 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Odisha assembly session begins next week; 2 farm, 1 labour bill on agenda

Assembly speaker Patro said to ensure that no Covid-19 infected person enters the assembly, RT-PCR test of all MLAs and their staff will begin from Saturday morning and sitting arrangements have been made keeping in view the social distancing norm
The assembly session would be very short in view of the rising infections among the MLAs and ministers with half of the 147 members of the Assembly testing positive for Covid-19. (HT File photo)
The assembly session would be very short in view of the rising infections among the MLAs and ministers with half of the 147 members of the Assembly testing positive for Covid-19. (HT File photo)
Updated on Sep 25, 2020 11:24 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | ByDebabrata Mohanty

No provision to end APMCs, says Tomar

The minister also added that while older laws had no provision to guarantee when payment would be made to farmers , the new laws assure that payments will be made within three days at the most.
The minister also added that while older laws had no provision to guarantee when payment would be made to farmers , the new laws assure that payments will be made within three days at the most.(ANI)
The minister also added that while older laws had no provision to guarantee when payment would be made to farmers , the new laws assure that payments will be made within three days at the most.(ANI)
Updated on Sep 25, 2020 12:15 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

The farm reforms are good but there are other problems as well | Opinion

The three farm reform bills are structured on the recommendations of a state agriculture ministers panel that submitted its report in 2013
Farmers do not have anything to worry about due to the reforms in the farm sector since the Centre has committed to continue the minimum support price (File photo)(AFP)
Farmers do not have anything to worry about due to the reforms in the farm sector since the Centre has committed to continue the minimum support price (File photo)(AFP)
Updated on Sep 24, 2020 08:18 AM IST
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ByVS Pandey

Statewide bandh in Karnataka next week against farm bills

Farmer organisations have been protesting against some of the recent changes in the state like allowing non-agriculturists to buy farmland, amendments to the electricity act and now the APMC act which would allow farmers to sell outside of mandis to private players.
On Friday that there would be statewide protests against the proposed farm bills but on Monday there would be a complete bandh. (Photo @BSYBJP)
On Friday that there would be statewide protests against the proposed farm bills but on Monday there would be a complete bandh. (Photo @BSYBJP)
Updated on Sep 23, 2020 09:33 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bengaluru | ByVenkatesha Babu

Pune district enjoys better than average rainfall in September

The recorded rainfall received at Shivajinagar and Lohegaon over Sunday and Monday, stood at 36.9 mm and 10.8mm, respectively
People use umbrella to protect themselves from rain near Ganjwe chowk in Pune.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)
People use umbrella to protect themselves from rain near Ganjwe chowk in Pune.(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 22, 2020 05:31 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | ByJigar Hindocha

Farm bills: PM Modi says farmers to get better prices because of reforms

Modi said the existing agricultural state-regulated mandis -- also known as agricultural produce market committees or APMCs -- would continue to function
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(ANI)
Published on Sep 21, 2020 02:47 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByZia Haq

Political economy of the opposition to agri reforms

Farmers in Punjab and Haryana, the richest agricultural states, which also account for the highest share of government procurement in India, are at the forefront of these protests.
Farmers in Punjab and Haryana, the richest agricultural states, which also account for the highest share of government procurement in India, are at the forefront of these protests.(HT Photo)
Farmers in Punjab and Haryana, the richest agricultural states, which also account for the highest share of government procurement in India, are at the forefront of these protests.(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 21, 2020 03:55 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRoshan Kishore

Critics cite crucial loopholes in farm bills

The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, lays down a new architecture for contract farming in the country so that agribusiness and farmers can engage with one another more confidently, enable modern supply chains and investments by agribusinesses in cultivation.
Farm produce, under a decades-old system, are sold and bought in wholesale markets run by so-called agricultural produce marketing committees, or APMCs, under state laws. This is the mandi system.(HT PHOTO.)
Farm produce, under a decades-old system, are sold and bought in wholesale markets run by so-called agricultural produce marketing committees, or APMCs, under state laws. This is the mandi system.(HT PHOTO.)
Updated on Sep 20, 2020 11:37 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByZia Haq

MSP, APMC buzzwords in controversy over bills

Replying to the debate on the bills, farm minister Narendra Tomar said the bills would not jeopardise or end minimum support prices (MSPS) in any way. He also said the bills do not end the current agricultural produce market committee system in the country.
New Delhi: Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar flanked by Union Ministers Thawar Chand Gehlot and Pralhad Joshi addresses the media after the passing of two farm bills in the Rajya Sabha during the ongoing Monsoon Session, at Parliament House in New Delhi(PTI)
New Delhi: Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar flanked by Union Ministers Thawar Chand Gehlot and Pralhad Joshi addresses the media after the passing of two farm bills in the Rajya Sabha during the ongoing Monsoon Session, at Parliament House in New Delhi(PTI)
Updated on Sep 20, 2020 11:38 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByZia Haq

Why western UP farmers are silent on Centre’s new farm bills

The reason farm leaders gave was that unlike Punjab and Haryana, the network of fruit and vegetable markets is not so strong in western Uttar Pradesh and impact of the farm reform laws would be much less in a primarily sugarcane growing region of the country.
The Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Acts regulates the fruit and vegetable markets in the country. (Photo by Bharat Bhushan/ Hindustan Times)
The Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Acts regulates the fruit and vegetable markets in the country. (Photo by Bharat Bhushan/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Sep 18, 2020 09:54 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Lucknow | ByBrajendra K Parashar

‘They are spreading lies’: PM Modi messages farmers amid row over farm bills

Aware of the opposition to the farm bills, especially by the Congress and also from SAD, Modi congratulated the farmers for the bills that he said would usher in greater freedom and returns for their produce and work as a ‘protective cover’ for them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during the virtual inauguration of various railway projects in Bihar, in New Delhi, on Sept. 18, 2020.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during the virtual inauguration of various railway projects in Bihar, in New Delhi, on Sept. 18, 2020.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 18, 2020 05:17 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Patna | ByArun Kumar

India’s farm sector needs help to get back on its feet. Here are 5 ideas | Opinion

A crisis like Covid-19 presents a good opportunity to re-examine underlying assumptions in the way we operate
A farm labourer weeds a ginger field in Nagarally village in Karnataka,(Reuters)
A farm labourer weeds a ginger field in Nagarally village in Karnataka,(Reuters)
Updated on Jul 29, 2020 02:08 AM IST
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ByHarsha Razdan and Manuj Ohri

APMC’s grocery market to reopen on July 20, fresh produce market on July 21

As the district administration had announced the lockdown in the Pune city from July 13 to July 23, the APMC had closed its wholesale markets.
APMC at Market Yard in Pune has been shut from July 14 midnight in line with the 10-day lockdown in the city.(HT PHOTO)
APMC at Market Yard in Pune has been shut from July 14 midnight in line with the 10-day lockdown in the city.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 20, 2020 04:19 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | ByAbhay Khairnar

Centre ordinances give shield to farmers, aim to boost trade

APMC regulations require farmers to only sell to licensed middlemen in notified markets, usually in the same area where farmers reside, rather than in an open market, scuttling price discovery.
Farmers plant rice seedlings in a field during the paddy-sowing season on the outskirts of Srinagar.
Farmers plant rice seedlings in a field during the paddy-sowing season on the outskirts of Srinagar.
Updated on Jun 06, 2020 04:04 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByZia Haq

Govt to announce changes in essential commodities act, dismantling of APMC: Sources

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the meeting of the Union cabinet on Monday as the country entered the first day of the Centre’s three-phased unlocking plan throughout the country.
A farmer cuts wheat by hand while a harvesting a field in the Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh, India.(Bloomberg)
A farmer cuts wheat by hand while a harvesting a field in the Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh, India.(Bloomberg)
Published on Jun 01, 2020 01:10 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray
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