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Researchers are beginning to study how farm sector was holding strong despite the pandemic.(mint file photo) Exclusive

Farm sector unscathed by 2nd Covid wave

By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2021 06:44 AM IST
Less stringent lockdowns, better rain, uninterrupted credit flow, and functioning rural supply lines for inputs such as fertilisers, kept farmers going, although rural India saw a surge in infections, several experts said.
Bihar government's decision for procurement of maize and pulses at MSP could be due to the farmers agitation in Delhi, says an expert.(ANI)
Bihar government's decision for procurement of maize and pulses at MSP could be due to the farmers agitation in Delhi, says an expert.(ANI)

Bihar seeks Nafed’s help for procurement of pulses, maize at MSP

By HT Correspondent, Patna
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 03:04 PM IST
  • Last year, farmers of the Seemanchal region were compelled to sell maize at throw away prices against the MSP of 1850 per quintal.
Police said it appears to be a case of suicide and nobody suspected any foul play. The note recovered from his possession will be examined.(Representative photo/Shutterstock)
Police said it appears to be a case of suicide and nobody suspected any foul play. The note recovered from his possession will be examined.(Representative photo/Shutterstock)

Farmer dies at protest site at Delhi-UP border, suicide suspected: Police

Ghaziabad/New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Peeyush Khandelwal and Karn Pratap Singh
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 01:08 PM IST
Police said the deceased was found hanging at one of the mobile toilets at the protest site and that he left behind a note written in Punjabi
Farmers congregate during the ongoing protest against the new farm laws, at Ghazipur (Delhi-UP border), near New Delhi, India on December 30, 2020. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna /Hindustan Times)
Farmers congregate during the ongoing protest against the new farm laws, at Ghazipur (Delhi-UP border), near New Delhi, India on December 30, 2020. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna /Hindustan Times)

‘Won’t withdraw protest’: Farmers stick to resolve as talks yield little progress

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 08:51 PM IST
Marking a shade of progress, the government on Wednesday said consensus has been reached on two issues out of four after the sixth round of talks with the protesting farmers’ unions.
On the issue of farm laws, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, in Punjab, these ‘forces’ tried to use the shoulders of farmers for their motive.(PTI file photo)
On the issue of farm laws, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, in Punjab, these ‘forces’ tried to use the shoulders of farmers for their motive.(PTI file photo)

Forces pressurised Manmohan Singh, Sharad Pawar not to implement farm sector reforms, says Union minister Tomar

New Delhi | By Asian News International | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON DEC 28, 2020 02:59 PM IST
Tomar stated that many Chief Ministers had tried to implement the same farm laws that the Narendra Modi government has formulated for agriculture sector reforms.
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut at Parliament House in September.(PTI FILE)
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut at Parliament House in September.(PTI FILE)

‘It’s time to strengthen UPA’: Sena’s Sanjay Raut hits out at BJP

Mumbai, Hindustan Times | By Naresh Kamath
PUBLISHED ON DEC 26, 2020 03:35 PM IST
Sanjay Raut accused the Centre of targeting non-BJP state governments and not allowing them to function
Tents installed for farmers at Ghazipur border during their protest against the new farm laws, in New Delhi.(PTI)
Tents installed for farmers at Ghazipur border during their protest against the new farm laws, in New Delhi.(PTI)

Farmer unions say no date for talks until govt redraws terms

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 05:05 AM IST
After a large meeting of nearly 100 farm leaders, the protesters also reiterated that they would remain at the protest sites, where thousands have gathered over 29 days, until their demand — a repeal of the laws — was met.
India’s agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar looks on during a press conference with representatives of foreign media organizations in New Delhi.(AP)
India’s agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar looks on during a press conference with representatives of foreign media organizations in New Delhi.(AP)

Amid protests, Tomar stresses need for more reforms in farm sector

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 12:39 AM IST
Though Tomar did not elaborate, his stand signals the Modi government’s intent for a full spectrum of reforms in the country’s farm sector, despite a pushback from farmers to three farm-reform laws.
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.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar addresses a press conference at National Media Centre, in New Delhi.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar addresses a press conference at National Media Centre, in New Delhi.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

‘Govt has no ego’: Tomar appeals to farmer leaders to resume talks

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 01:00 AM IST
Tomar, along with Union railway minister Piyush Goyal, said the government was open to further negotiations with the farm leaders to find a solution.
Farmers congregate during the ongoing protest against new farm laws at Singhu border in New Delhi.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Farmers congregate during the ongoing protest against new farm laws at Singhu border in New Delhi.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)

Farmers’ protest: Govt offers broad concessions, farmers adamant

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 10:54 AM IST
Farm unions on Wednesday vowed to scale up protests by December 14 by blocking all highways into New Delhi and occupying toll plazas in large numbers
Farmers fear the reforms would make them vulnerable to exploitation by corporations and pave the way for the government to stop buying staples at MSPs(Bharat Bhushan / Hindustan Times)
Farmers fear the reforms would make them vulnerable to exploitation by corporations and pave the way for the government to stop buying staples at MSPs(Bharat Bhushan / Hindustan Times)

The farm logjam isn’t intractable. Resolve it

Hindustan Times | By Zia Haq
PUBLISHED ON NOV 28, 2020 10:24 PM IST
Farmers must realise there are limits to procurement at support prices; the government must devise a mechanism to protect farm incomes when markets fail
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh during a farmers’ rally at Bhawanigarh near Sangrur on the second day of the party’s Kheti Bachao Yatra on Monday.(Bharat Bhushan/HT)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh during a farmers’ rally at Bhawanigarh near Sangrur on the second day of the party’s Kheti Bachao Yatra on Monday.(Bharat Bhushan/HT)

Modi weakening govt procurement system to benefit businessmen friends, Rahul Gandhi tells Punjab farmers

Hindustan Times, Sangrur | By Vishal Rambani and Avtar Singh
PUBLISHED ON OCT 05, 2020 06:30 AM IST
ON DAY 2 Addressing rally in Sangrur district, says Congress will join the fight of the farmers till the illogical, black laws are scrapped
Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa meeting farmer leaders on Sept 25, 2020. (Photo @CMofKarnataka)
Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa meeting farmer leaders on Sept 25, 2020. (Photo @CMofKarnataka)

After talks with Yediyurappa fail, farmers to go ahead with Karnataka bandh

Hindustan Times, Bengaluru | By Venkatesha Babu
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2020 09:42 PM IST
The group accused the state government of “trying to preach, rather than listen” to their grievances.
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) workers raising slogans and blocking the road at the Golden Gate on Friday in response to the farmers’ bandh call.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) workers raising slogans and blocking the road at the Golden Gate on Friday in response to the farmers’ bandh call.(Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Total bandh in Amritsar, Patiala, Jalandhar and Bathinda against Centre’s farm bills

Hindustan Times, Amritsar/Patiala | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2020 04:52 PM IST
Shops shut, traffic hit in Punjab cities as people stay home in response to bandh call by farmer organisations; security up across the state
Fertiliser production continued to grow for the third straight month, as the farm sector was relatively unaffected by curbs.(mint)
Fertiliser production continued to grow for the third straight month, as the farm sector was relatively unaffected by curbs.(mint)

Core sector output shrinks by 9.6% in July

Livemint, New Delhi | By Gireesh Chandra Prasad
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2020 07:31 AM IST
The production of cement and refinery products shrank more in July than in June, indicating sluggish demand.
Punjab chief minister Captain Amrinder Singh addressing the Punjab Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on Friday.(HT Photo)
Punjab chief minister Captain Amrinder Singh addressing the Punjab Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on Friday.(HT Photo)

Punjab House passes resolution rejecting Centre’s farm ordinances

Hindustan Times/Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2020 01:58 AM IST
The chief minister said the assembly was seriously concerned about apprehensions caused by the ordinances related to the farm sector.
The monsoon session of Parliament starts from September 14 this year.(Mohd Zakir/HT Photo)
The monsoon session of Parliament starts from September 14 this year.(Mohd Zakir/HT Photo)

Parliament monsoon session to see Congress oppose farm ordinances

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji
PUBLISHED ON AUG 27, 2020 11:22 AM IST
The amendments in the farm-related laws were rolled out through promulgation of ordinances in June to help farmers following the unprecedented raging coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak. But the Congress governments in Punjab and Haryana have raised objections to these changes
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.
A farmer cuts wheat by hand while a harvesting a field in the Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh on April 21, 2020.(Bloomberg Photo)
A farmer cuts wheat by hand while a harvesting a field in the Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh on April 21, 2020.(Bloomberg Photo)

Boost to rural economy: Record sowing points to good harvest

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2020 03:57 AM IST
A good monsoon is critical because 60% of the country’s farmlands don’t have access to irrigation and almost half of all Indians depend on a farm-based livelihood. And a good harvest keeps prices low and stokes demand for manufactured items, spurring factory output.
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.

Centre ordinances give shield to farmers, aim to boost trade

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2020 04:04 AM IST
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.
The economy grew 3.1% in the March quarter, an 11-year-low, pulling down full-year economic growth to 4.2% in the year ended March 31, compared with 6.1% in the previous fiscal.(HT Photo)
The economy grew 3.1% in the March quarter, an 11-year-low, pulling down full-year economic growth to 4.2% in the year ended March 31, compared with 6.1% in the previous fiscal.(HT Photo)

Modi government doubles down on farm liberalisation

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2020 06:33 AM IST
Cabinet approves ordinances to dismantle all barriers in farm trade and guarantee assured prices for farmers. Essential Commodities Act to be read down.
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.
Farm workers harvest wheat crop near Najafgarh in New Delhi on April 16.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Farm workers harvest wheat crop near Najafgarh in New Delhi on April 16.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Farm sector, poised to grow by 3%, remains beacon of hope amid pandemic

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2020 07:34 AM IST
The farm sector is poised to grow at least 3% in 2020-21, despite disruption in the economy due to the coronavirus pandemic, which will aid overall growth, according to state-run think-tank Niti Aayog’s assessment in April.
Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman during the third briefing detailing the Centre’s economic stimulus package at National Media centre in New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman during the third briefing detailing the Centre’s economic stimulus package at National Media centre in New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

WATCH LIVE: Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announces 4th tranche of measures for Covid-hit nation

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON MAY 16, 2020 04:42 PM IST
All the interventions made under the Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Special Package have so far stuck to the theme of a self-reliant India introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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.
The Covid pandemic has pressured farm incomes, upending the farm-to-fork supply chain, despite full exemptions to the farm sector.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
The Covid pandemic has pressured farm incomes, upending the farm-to-fork supply chain, despite full exemptions to the farm sector.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Govt plans major agricultural reforms post-coronavirus

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2020 05:41 AM IST
The PM suggested these reforms at a high level review meeting on the agricultural sector, which was also attended by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, home minster Amit Shah, agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar and senior officials.
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)
Indian farmers work in a paddy field on the outskirts of Guwahati.(AP)
Indian farmers work in a paddy field on the outskirts of Guwahati.(AP)

Revamped insurance plan marks major farm reform

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2020 04:54 AM IST
The Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), which became operational in 2016-17, has been hobbled by long delays in paying off claims, upsetting farmers.
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