Submit applications to get subsidy on farm machinery by June 30

Ludhiana: To ensure that farmers do not pollute the environment by burning the paddy straw, the agriculture and farmers’ welfare department, Punjab, has started a scheme where subsidy will be given to farmers on farm machinery used for managing paddy straw.While providing information, Dr Baldev Singh, Chief Agriculture Officer (CAO), Ludhiana, said like last year, […]

Double farm incomes by investments, not subsidies

WTO scrutiny will prevent a big hike in farm subsidies by govt, but fixing markets is a far more efficient solution anyway. If anyone thought the government could double farmers’ income by 2022—a Narendra Modi promise—by a sharp hike in farm subsidies or in PM Kisan-type income transfer schemes, they just need to look at the global […]

Centre plans to invest ₹25 lakh crore to boost agricultural productivity: Ram Nath Kovind

Full attendance: President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and others on their way to the central hall of Parliament for the joint sitting.   | Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena Addressing the joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament, the President said that a committee of Chief […]

Odisha allocates additional Rs 3,234 crore for Kalia scheme

Odisha government has allocated an additional Rs 3,234 crore for covering more farmers under the Kalia scheme during 2019-20, officials said on Friday. Under the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (Kalia) scheme, farmers get Rs 5,000 financial assistance per crop. A farm household is entitled to get Rs 10,000 per year for two […]

Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana: An assessment of India’s crop insurance scheme

Agriculture remains the primary sector of the Indian economy. While it accounts for merely 16 percent of the country’s GDP, approximately 43.9 percent of the population depends on it for their livelihood. In recent years, indebtedness, crop failures, non-remunerative prices and poor returns have led to agrarian distress in many parts of the country. The […]

Farmer producer companies – benefits are still away

Farmers Producers Organizations (FPOs) are a legalized form of farmer-owned institutions, which consists of farmer members with common interests and concerns. It is an entity formed by primary producers, like farmers, milk producers, fishermen, weavers, rural artisans, craftsmen, etc. It can be established in the form of Producer Company, a Cooperative Society or any other […]

As first batch of onions goes to Bangladesh by train, Maharashtra seeks reintroduction of MEIS scheme

Under the Merchandise Export from India Scheme (MEIS), onion exporters were eligible for a five per cent rebate for the onions they exported. However, the scheme was suspended in June 2019 due to the steady rise in retail and wholesale prices in the countryThe state marketing board has helped four to five traders from Lasalgaon’s […]