Farmers sell wheat to private players on global demand, lesser yield

With the rise in global demands of wheat, farmers across states are making a beeline to sell the produce to private players, instead of government procurement agencies, to earn a better remuneration. This has seen significant decline in government procurement in the current rabi season, which could lead to shortage of the essential commodity in … Read more

Now, government plans to launch super app for farmers

The government plans to launch a super app for farmers, consolidating multiple digital entities and existing mobile applications meant for them, said an official at the ministry of agriculture and farmers‘ welfare. The consolidation will help farmers in accessing information such as latest research and development, weather and market updates, services available, government schemes and … Read more

MSP for every crop, free irrigation, cane arrear in 15 days: Akhilesh Yadav’s promises to farmers

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav Monday made several promises to the farmers of Uttar Pradesh including MSP for every crop, free irrigation facilities, payment of arrears to cane-growers in 15 days, interest-free loans, and insurance and pension. Yadav also said that cases lodged against farmers during their agitation against the now-repealed farm laws would be … Read more

Government plans $19 billion fertilizer subsidy in Union Budget FY23: Sources

India is likely to earmark nearly $19 billion in the Union Budget 2022 to compensate fertilizer companies for selling their products to farmers at lower than market prices, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The finance ministry has penciled in Rs 1.4 lakh crore ($18.8 billion) as fertilizer subsidy in the budget due … Read more

Farmers continue to block rail tracks, affect train traffic in Punjab

Demanding complete loan waiver and compensation to kin of those killed during the anti-farm law stir, farmers blocked rail tracks at various places for the second day on Tuesday, affecting the movement of 156 trains in the state. Ferozepur division railway officials said, “84 trains were cancelled, 47 were short-terminated and 25 were short-originated.” Farmers … Read more

Farmers to vacate Ghazipur border fully by December 15: Rakesh Tikait

BKU leader Rakesh Tikait said farmers will fully vacate their protest site on the Delhi border in Ghaziabad by December 15 as their first group left for Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. Meanwhile, farmers here celebrated the repeal of the farm laws by distributing sweets. BKU’s national spokesman Rakesh Tikait said the government has … Read more

Success of farmers’ stir ‘victory of democracy’, says Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

As farmers decided to end their stir against the three farm laws on Thursday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal termed it as a “historic success” of the farmers’ movement and “victory of democracy”. The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of 40 farm unions, that had been leading anti-farm law protests at Delhi borders … Read more

West UP farmers yet to warm up to BJP even after law repeal

Farmers from West UP have strongly participated in the agitation at Delhi border and a section of farmers (read Jats) were seemingly angry with BJP when ET had last visited the region almost a month ago. The situation has not changed much after the central government had repealed the three farm laws. Farmers in Dabathwa, … Read more

Modi’s farm reform reversal to deter investment in India’s agriculture

India’s repeal of agriculture laws aimed at deregulating produce markets will starve its vast farm sector of much-needed private investment and saddle the government with budget-sapping subsidies for years, economists said. Late last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s government introduced three laws meant to open up agriculture markets to companies and attract private investment, triggering … Read more

Rakesh Tikait demands law to guarantee MSP to farmers

Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Sunday demanded that the Centre bring a law to guarantee Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops to protect the interest of farmers in the country. In Mumbai to participate in the ‘kisan mahapanchayat’ (farmers’ mega conclave) at the Azad Maidan under the Samyukta Shetkari Kamgar Morcha (SSKM) banner, … Read more