India Passes INR 170K Cr Covid-19 Package For Farmers, Daily Wagers

1.Farmers will get an instalment of INR 2000 under PM-KISAN scheme in April 2.Govt has increased the daily wages of workers employed under the MNREGA 3.INR 50 Lakh insurance cover for medical professionals has also been announced With small and medium businesses, agricultural units, farmers and daily workers hit hard by the nationwide lockdown in […]

Farm Workers, Agriculture Companies Exempted from Lockdown: Home Ministry

The Union home ministry has issued fresh guidelines exempting additional categories related to agricultural operations. “They have been exempted under the Disaster Management Act, concerning the 21-day lockdown,” an order stated. The second addendum issued by home secretary Ajay Bhalla on Friday exempted farm workers in the fields and farming operations by farmers, agencies engaged […]

Modi govt to give Rs 15,000 crore to farmers under PM KISAN scheme

This will help farmers support their living during the nationwide lockdown, due to which farmers are not able to sell their produce. The government so far has distributed around Rs 54,000 crore benefiting 87.1 million farmers over four equal instalments, starting from December 2019. NEW DELHI: The Modi government at the Centre is set to […]

Coronavirus Pandemic is Ominous News for India’s Rabi Crops and Farm-to-Food Chain

During the coronavirus crisis, income support platforms must be utilized by both the state and the Centre. Social distancing should be a norm in wheat procurement mandis. As India goes into a 21-day lockdown, the Narendra Modi government has sought to reassure an anxious public that the country has multiple times the required reserve of food grains […]

India Lockdown: About 1,600 Fruit, Vegetable Mandis Functioning; 300 More to Operate from Friday, says Agri Min

As many as 1,600 wholesale fruit and vegetable mandis have started functioning smoothly and 300 more will operate from Friday after the central government on Thursday stepped in to normalize the supply during the lockdown. The Union agriculture ministry is in constant touch with state governments in charge of agriculture marketing and APMC (Agriculture Produce […]

21-day lockdown: Is India prepared to meet the supply requirements of foodstuffs?

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated that the Centre and state governments will take all steps to ensure the supply of “essential items” during the lockdown to combat the novel coronavirus, which has now been made nationwide and extended for a further 21-day period. The Indian Express takes stock of how prepared India is to meet the supply requirements of the most […]

FCI Operations Hit in Lockdown, Seeks Mention in Exemption List

The Food Corporation of India (FCI), the central agency that procures and distributes food grains for welfare schemes, is finding it difficult to carry out its food grain distribution operation under the public distribution system (PDS) due to the nationwide lockdown. Police and local administration, especially in the states of Punjab and Haryana from where […]

Covid-19 impact: State border curbs disrupt farm, food supply chain

The clampdown imposed by the Government in controlling the spread of the dreaded Covid-19 has thrown the agri-supply chain in a state of disarray. The agri-markets have started downing their shutters for trading activities and are expected to stay closed till the end of this month. This has impacted the spot trading of foodgrains and […]

Rice Exporters in India saw a 30% spike in Shipping Freight to the US, Europe

Basmati rice exporters said the sharp increase of about 30% in freight rates of shipping containers in the past few weeks had hit them hard, even as they jostled to deliver consignments from the largest rice exporting country to overseas destinations including the United States and Europe. The increase in logistics overheads is set to […]

PM-KISAN scheme being implemented across India except West Bengal

Union Minister of State for Agriculture Kailash Choudhary said the PM-KISAN scheme has been successfully implemented across the country. The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana (PMKSNY) has been implemented successfully across the country, barring West Bengal as the eastern state did not join the scheme, Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday. Union Minister of […]