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During the coronavirus crisis, income support platforms must be utilised by both state and the Centre. Social distancing should be a norm in wheat procurement mandis.
Farmers are the only producers who don't get to declare the price of their produce in market. And this is highly unfavourable.
Nirmala Sitharaman's Budget has missed the opportunity to give farm sector the much-required thrust. And by reducing food & fertiliser subsidy, it has made matters worse.
Across Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, farmers say central schemes like PM-Kisan are a mockery, and that they no longer have MGNREGA as a safety net.
India no longer has a shortage of cereals, but legacy of mid-1960s droughts has shaped the food economy. India doesn’t trust agricultural markets to work.
The Maharashtra State Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices is aiming to set up the station by year-end which an expert panel will discuss farming issues related to climate change.
In 7 states, FCI will use the portable AnnadarpanSMART device to determine the quality of rice at 3 stages — procurement, storage and distribution.
The Narendra Modi government has banned the export of onions with immediate effect to lower rising prices and provide relief to consumers.
BNP’s outlook also relies on the RBI’s consumer confidence survey that indicated consumers are looking to reduce non-essential spending.
The low-cost method uses a cowdung-based mixture called ‘jeevamrut’ instead of chemicals. Scientists say it could lead to decline in farmers’ income.