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Farmers at Singhu border during their 'Delhi Chalo' protest march against the Centre's new farm laws, New Delhi, December 23, 2020(PTI)

In the farm debate, focus on access to food

By Pulapre Balakrishnan
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 06:34 AM IST
High food price stalls the expansion of the non-agricultural sector. It also impacts the future of agriculture in ways not recognised
Coming from the highest levels of policymaking, such a candid approach is welcome(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)
Coming from the highest levels of policymaking, such a candid approach is welcome(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)

HTLS 2019: A road map for economic revival

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2019 05:37 PM IST
The finance minister’s prescriptions are positive. Build on them
Subdued food inflation benefits consumers or net buyers of food items, but they also hurt farm incomes, especially because commodity prices are not keeping pace with rising costs of cultivation.(HT image)
Subdued food inflation benefits consumers or net buyers of food items, but they also hurt farm incomes, especially because commodity prices are not keeping pace with rising costs of cultivation.(HT image)

Kharif output expected to fall this year

New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2019 03:51 AM IST
The upshot of a projected decline in food output is that it is expected to, at least slightly, push up flat food prices, especially of grains.
Farm workers in Noida thrash freshly harvested paddy crop to separate the grains.(AP Photo)
Farm workers in Noida thrash freshly harvested paddy crop to separate the grains.(AP Photo)

Worst price slump in 18 years shows scale of farm crisis

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Roshan Kishore
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2019 08:38 AM IST
The agrarian crisis is one of the factors that may have resulted in the BJP’s loss in three Hindi heartland states of Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh in December, according to analysts, and the party clearly doesn’t want it to affect its prospects in the 2019 parliamentary elections.
A bunch of BJP activists sitting outside the local party office in Surkhi assembly constituency in Sagar district listed the cattle menace as the biggest problem for farmers.(HT File Photo)
A bunch of BJP activists sitting outside the local party office in Surkhi assembly constituency in Sagar district listed the cattle menace as the biggest problem for farmers.(HT File Photo)

Why dismissing Gaushala politics as Hindutva is wrong

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Roshan Kishore
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2018 11:53 AM IST
Stray cattle destroying crops are not just a cause of economic loss, but also a big source of conflict
The Delhi government is loosening its purse strings for its politically crucial ‘PM-AASHA’ programme aimed at ensuring farmers earn higher prices.(HT Photo)
The Delhi government is loosening its purse strings for its politically crucial ‘PM-AASHA’ programme aimed at ensuring farmers earn higher prices.(HT Photo)

Centre scales up Minimum Support Prices plan to halt slide in farm prices

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2018 06:37 PM IST
The government is loosening its purse strings for its politically crucial ‘PM-AASHA’ programme aimed at ensuring farmers earn higher prices. The prime minister’s office has asked for the programme to be ramped up, as arrivals of farm produce peak in large agricultural markets around the country.
What farmers’ organisations have been demanding is that MSPs provide a return of 50% over the C2 measure of cost, which broadly includes imputed value of rental on land in addition to A2+FL.(PTI/Photo for representation)
What farmers’ organisations have been demanding is that MSPs provide a return of 50% over the C2 measure of cost, which broadly includes imputed value of rental on land in addition to A2+FL.(PTI/Photo for representation)

Minimum Support Price for rice gave return of 50% over cost 13 times since 1996-97

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Roshan Kishore
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2018 09:16 AM IST
The union cabinet announced Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for the 2018-19 Kharif marketing season on Wednesday. MSPs for all crops are at least 50% more than the projected A2+FL cost of production.
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