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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.
Agricultural marketing in India is a complex system, with a mix of organised and unorganised markets. Farmers mainly sell in mandis, which are state-run market yards known as agricultural produce marketing committees (APMCs). (Shankar Mourya/HT Photo)
Agricultural marketing in India is a complex system, with a mix of organised and unorganised markets. Farmers mainly sell in mandis, which are state-run market yards known as agricultural produce marketing committees (APMCs). (Shankar Mourya/HT Photo)

Panel calls for tax reforms in mandis to tackle farm distress

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq and Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2019 07:34 AM IST
Farmers need freer access to markets to sell their produce, according to those familiar with the development.
There was a 34% deficiency in monsoon rainfall over the long period average as of June 29. The monsoon advancement had slowed down from June 25.(HT Photo)
There was a 34% deficiency in monsoon rainfall over the long period average as of June 29. The monsoon advancement had slowed down from June 25.(HT Photo)

After initial lull, rains may hit central India next week: IMD

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2019 05:56 AM IST
The IMD said a low-pressure area was formed over the northeast Bay of Bengal on Sunday. It is likely to develop into a depression and make conditions favourable for rainfall and the monsoon advancement.
India will implement more reforms to boost economic growth, including higher spending in farm sector and easing collateral-free loans to small businesses, President Ramnath Kovind told lawmakers(Twitter/ANI)
India will implement more reforms to boost economic growth, including higher spending in farm sector and easing collateral-free loans to small businesses, President Ramnath Kovind told lawmakers(Twitter/ANI)

India to unleash more reforms to boost economic growth

New Delhi | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2019 01:02 PM IST
President Ramnath Kovind addressed the joint session of parliament, ahead of the annual budget when he spoke about India’s economic growth.
The Budget is expected to push farm and non-farm rural infrastructure and, within agriculture.(HT file photo)
The Budget is expected to push farm and non-farm rural infrastructure and, within agriculture.(HT file photo)

Farm sector likely to get Rs 25 lakh-crore budget boost

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2019 06:57 AM IST
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who recently held a pre-budget consultation on the farm economy, told participants that “concerns” of the agriculture sector were a priority.
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.
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.
An expansion of the Narendra Modi government’s cash-transfer scheme for small and marginal farmers, PM-Kisan, to cover all agricultural households is likely to be the incumbent National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s key farm plank if it returns to power.(PTI)
An expansion of the Narendra Modi government’s cash-transfer scheme for small and marginal farmers, PM-Kisan, to cover all agricultural households is likely to be the incumbent National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s key farm plank if it returns to power.(PTI)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: PM-Kisan may go universal if NDA returns to power

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2019 07:48 AM IST
The Prime Minister’s Office had this month asked various department heads and secretaries to draw up a policy agenda for the next government’s first 100 days. T
A man rides his bicycle across a bridge as pre-monsoon clouds gather over the Vembanad Lake in Kochi on May 8, 2018.(REUTERS)
A man rides his bicycle across a bridge as pre-monsoon clouds gather over the Vembanad Lake in Kochi on May 8, 2018.(REUTERS)

Monsoon rains seen below normal this year: Skymet

New Delhi | By Reuters
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2019 05:11 PM IST
The monsoon season delivers about 70 percent of India’s annual rainfall and is key to the success of the farm sector in Asia’s third-biggest economy.
India likely to get normal monsoon rains this year (Photo by Burhaan Kinu/ Hindustan Times)(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
India likely to get normal monsoon rains this year (Photo by Burhaan Kinu/ Hindustan Times)(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

India likely to get normal monsoon rains this year: Skymet

New Delhi | By Reuters
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2019 04:57 PM IST
The monsoon season delivers about 70 % of India’s annual rainfall and is key to the success of the farm sector in Asia’s third-biggest economy.
A broker offers prayers as the announcement of the interim Union budget by finance minister Piyush Goyal plays on a screen, Bombay Stock Exchange, Mumbai, February 1, 2019(AP)
A broker offers prayers as the announcement of the interim Union budget by finance minister Piyush Goyal plays on a screen, Bombay Stock Exchange, Mumbai, February 1, 2019(AP)

Need to strictly adhere to a fiscal roadmap from now on

By Shubhada Rao
PUBLISHED ON FEB 01, 2019 08:42 PM IST
The fiscal impulse of 0.4% of GDP appears a reasonable carve out for boosting growth in the current environment
The cabinet on Monday is likely to approve a package for farmers to boost their income and address distress in the farm sector.(HT Photo)
The cabinet on Monday is likely to approve a package for farmers to boost their income and address distress in the farm sector.(HT Photo)

Cabinet to approve agri-package for farmers on Monday: Report

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2019 07:16 PM IST
Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh had recently indicated that the government would announce an agriculture package before the 2019-20 Budget, to be presented on February 1.
The government must continue its emphasis on social sector interventions, an official statement issued by the council said.(HT Photo)
The government must continue its emphasis on social sector interventions, an official statement issued by the council said.(HT Photo)

‘Address farm sector challenges, create jobs’: PM advisory panel to government

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rajeev Jayaswal
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2019 11:53 PM IST
The council’s advice came at a time when the Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government is under tremendous political pressure to take some concrete steps to ease the debt burdens of small and marginal farmers in the light of the 2019 general elections.
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.
After big win in Telangana, TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao will take oath tomorrow(PTI)
After big win in Telangana, TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao will take oath tomorrow(PTI)

Telangana election results 2018: KCR will take oath today, explains his mission 2019

UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2018 12:25 AM IST
Telangana’s caretaker chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao reiterated his decision to play a crucial role in the national politics by striving to form a non-Congress, non-BJP federal front.
Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh defended the track record of the Narendra Modi government and measures taken by it in the farm sector.(HT/File Photo)
Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh defended the track record of the Narendra Modi government and measures taken by it in the farm sector.(HT/File Photo)

Farmers’ Delhi protest: Agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh defends govt’s steps for farm sector

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON DEC 01, 2018 12:06 AM IST
Farmers’ Delhi protest: Agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh on Friday attacked the Congress for not implementing the Swaminathan Commission report, which recommended higher minimum support prices (MSPs) for farmers.
A farmer Surjit Singh checking his paddy crop flattened by after heavy rain fall.(HT File Photo)
A farmer Surjit Singh checking his paddy crop flattened by after heavy rain fall.(HT File Photo)

Why real income isn’t farmers’ main concern

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Roshan Kishore
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2018 11:17 AM IST
The bulk of India’s economic output is generated and owned by the non-farmers. This explains why inflation-targeting is one of the guiding principles of our economic policy now.
Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat is on record saying that plans were afoot to “lease out the agricultural land in the hills lying fallow and abandoned as their owners have migrated”.(PTI/File Photo)
Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat is on record saying that plans were afoot to “lease out the agricultural land in the hills lying fallow and abandoned as their owners have migrated”.(PTI/File Photo)

Uttarakhand may lease out empty land to foreign investors to boost farm production

Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By Deep Joshi, Dehradun
PUBLISHED ON SEP 15, 2018 12:52 AM IST
Plans are on to lease out abandoned land in Uttarakhand to foreign investors to grow crops, which would boost hill farmers’ income and check forced migration.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi gives his Independence Day speech at Red Fort in New Delhi on August 15.(Video grab)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi gives his Independence Day speech at Red Fort in New Delhi on August 15.(Video grab)

India set for record economic growth, says PM in Independence Day speech

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2018 09:27 PM IST
India is getting multi-trillion dollar investments and its growth will guide the global economy, he says.
Yogi and his cabinet lauded him and assured his services will be used in one form or the other.(PTI Photo)
Yogi and his cabinet lauded him and assured his services will be used in one form or the other.(PTI Photo)

Yogi builds team for efficient delivery in run-up to 2019 polls

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Umesh Raghuvanshi, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON JUL 19, 2018 12:49 PM IST
When chief minister Yogi Adityanath chose senior IAS officer Anup Chandra Pandey as the state’s chief secretary, the move signalled he was tightening his grip on the administration and building his team to expedite delivery of government schemes in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Workers plant paddy seedlings in a field at PAU research farms in Ludhiana.(Gurpreet Singh/HT Photo)
Workers plant paddy seedlings in a field at PAU research farms in Ludhiana.(Gurpreet Singh/HT Photo)

Farming in India unprofitable for nearly 2 decades

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
PUBLISHED ON JUL 10, 2018 08:11 AM IST
Agriculture in India suffers negative total revenues, implying that assets going out of the sector are more than those flowing in. Farming, therefore, has steadily become an unprofitable occupation, states a study.
Devendra Fadnavis speaking at one of the meets in US.(Twitter: CMO)
Devendra Fadnavis speaking at one of the meets in US.(Twitter: CMO)

Maharashtra will be USD 1 trillion economy by 2025: Fadnavis

Hindustan Times | By Ketaki Ghoge
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2018 11:46 AM IST
The CM hopes that the state can grow at the rate of 15% each year.
Farmers’ outstanding loans towards public and private sector banks had touched Rs 63,729 crore as on March 31, 2018, according to Punjab State cooperative Bank figures.(HT File)
Farmers’ outstanding loans towards public and private sector banks had touched Rs 63,729 crore as on March 31, 2018, according to Punjab State cooperative Bank figures.(HT File)

RBI mulling over lowering cap on agri sector credit in Punjab

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Gurpreet Singh Nibber
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2018 08:53 PM IST
Top central bank executives say they are conducting investigations into the matter to come up with a new policy.
A worker refuels a motorcycle at a Hindustan Petroleum Corp. gas station in Mumbai, India.(Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)
A worker refuels a motorcycle at a Hindustan Petroleum Corp. gas station in Mumbai, India.(Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Petrol, diesel demand in India rises to record highs in May

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2018 05:25 PM IST
In May, diesel sales soared to 7.55 million tonnes and petrol consumption climbed to 2.46 million tonnes - the highest monthly sales figures in PPAC data going back to April 1998.
Vegetables lie scattered on a road as the farmers’ protest enters third day, Hisar, June 3, 2018(PTI)
Vegetables lie scattered on a road as the farmers’ protest enters third day, Hisar, June 3, 2018(PTI)

Farm sector crisis: growth fetishism in agriculture is reaching its limits

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2018 01:44 PM IST
Our ruling establishment, both the current and previous ones, has only sold promises, reports and occasional palliatives such as loan waivers to the farmers
Farmers protest over government policies and diesel prices, in Jalandhar on Friday.(Pardeep Pandit/HT)
Farmers protest over government policies and diesel prices, in Jalandhar on Friday.(Pardeep Pandit/HT)

In protest for assured income, farmers in Punjab stop supply of milk, veggies

Press Trust of India, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2018 10:19 AM IST
Though impact was not visible in cities on first day of their 10-day protest, market associations say situation will deteriorate in coming days.
Non-bank financial companies (NBFCs) have been able to grab a bigger market share as government lenders see a souring of credit given to industrial companies, with M&M Financial and its peers accounting for about 21 percent of loans in the year to March 2017.(Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg)
Non-bank financial companies (NBFCs) have been able to grab a bigger market share as government lenders see a souring of credit given to industrial companies, with M&M Financial and its peers accounting for about 21 percent of loans in the year to March 2017.(Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg)

Signs of revival in rural economy turn lender bullish on Indian villages

Bloomberg | By Anto Antony
UPDATED ON MAR 19, 2018 12:33 PM IST
More money in the hands of farmers stands to boost demand for tractors and trucks, benefiting NBFcs like M&M Financial, that specialise in rural lending.
Waiver restricted to farmers with a landholding of up to 5 acres.(HT File Photo)
Waiver restricted to farmers with a landholding of up to 5 acres.(HT File Photo)

One year of Capt Amarinder government: Year of tokenism for farm sector in Punjab

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Gurpreet Singh Nibber, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAR 11, 2018 05:08 PM IST
With empty coffers, the government fell back on the Akali-BJP government’s method of pledging rural development funds to raise waiver money.
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