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The APMC wholesale market in Lasalgaon, Maharashtra | Photo: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Farm laws debate missed a lot. Neither supporters nor Modi govt identified the real problem

Now that the farm laws are being repealed, a good starting point would be to understand what's worked well with the APMC mandi system and what hasn't.
Representational image of women farmers in Patiala | Photo: Urjita Bhardwaj | ThePrint

Farm laws repeal a chance to build consensus, it’s a bad idea to stop reform train, say experts

With the repeal of the farm laws, the PM also announced a committee to address future agrarian issues. Experts say a broad-based, consultative approach could bring better results.
IT & Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya address a press conference on Cabinet decisions, in New Delhi on 8 July 2021 | ANI

‘Not abolished but enhanced’: Tomar reaffirms mandi promise after first meeting of new cabinet

Narendra Singh Tomar, who retained agriculture ministry in Modi's cabinet reshuffle, assures that APMCs will continue to function, gives details on Rs 1 lakh crore infrastructure fund for farmers.
Representational image | Commons

Why MSP is a fraud: Yogendra Yadav

For the last five decades, MSP has always been a piece of paper for most farmers. But now we have a Prime Minister who says, “MSP tha, hai, or rahega!”
Representational image of a farmer | Photo: Samyak Pandey | ThePrint

How Modi govt’s 3 contentious farm bills have exposed SAD, Congress & BJP’s hypocrisy

In episode 571 of #CutTheClutter, ThePrint’s Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta declutters the bills and explains the changes it will bring to farmers and for end customers.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Why Modi govt’s contract farming ordinance is a win-win for farmers, buyers & even traders

Farmers can lock in prices and buyers for their produce even before the harvest, and intermediaries can be assured of supply and price at the time of harvest.
Labourers unloading sacks of onion in Azadpur mandi in Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Delhi to Chennai, wholesale vegetable mandis are turning into festering Covid hotspots

These markets are a common point for farmers, labourers, wholesalers, middlemen, traders and many others, making it nearly impossible for authorities to enforce the usual Covid protocol.
Policemen have been deployed to ensure social distancing is being maintained in Delhi's Azadpur mandi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Vendors or buyers, no one can afford social distancing at Delhi’s wholesale vegetable markets

As odd-even rule kicks in amid lockdown, fruit & vegetable wholesale markets are also staring at rotting produce & huge losses.
A worker sews up a sack full of onions

Onion prices likely to dip in New Year as imports and domestic supply will flood market

A glut of onions is expected in the coming weeks as the market is going to be flooded with imports and produce from rabi and kharif seasons.
Maratha Kranti Morcha

Maratha quota protests escalate, local trains stopped in Mumbai, Thane

The Maratha Kranti Morcha has called for the shutdown in Mumbai and some neighbouring districts.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.